Saturday, November 19, 2011

Ode to OWS

'Small Fry' colored pencil;  Kathleen Faulkner

Never forget that not all the 1% are bad and not all the 99% are good.  
That being said, Viva La Revolucion!

"Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do."
US computer engineer & industrialist (1955 - 2011)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The View from Here

'In My View' 25x36" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

indicates high views
with clear vision of what is beyond
yet to come*

*unknown author

Friday, November 11, 2011

Forest for the trees..

'Forest'  20x20"  oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

The rains have begun.  First storm of the season will be blowing in later today.  
A long, cold season begins and, to add insult to injury, the season before was not that fulfilling.  

The good news is that it is a most creative time.  
The ideas are starting to flow and I look forward to the dead of winter


yet satisfying

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Thoughts on the under appreciated

'Alder' 18x18" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

Ah, yes, the 'mighty' alder.  It's another bit of nature that is under appreciated.  

Alder's favorite place to live is in the Cascade Mountains.  We are very lucky because, without this tree, erosion happens.  After a fire, Alder is the first on the scene using it's roots to stabilize river banks and mountain sides while also providing shade protection for evergreen seedlings. 

Another excellent attribute of the Alder is it's nitrogen-fixing nodules that are located on it's roots. These nodules improve soil fertility and make it a perfect solution for reclaiming degraded soils and industrial wastelands. 

The indians used alder to make canoes since the wood will never rot in water: as a matter of fact, water preserves alder wood whereas air eventually rots it.  Different parts of the tree have been used to make dye,  health remedies and many other things.

When the whitish wood is cut, it turns red as if it's bleeding.  I always wonder what the world of a tree is like from a tree's perspective.