Wednesday, September 22, 2021

The Innocents

'My Kingdom for a Home' 29x24" graphite on paper;  
Kathleen Faulkner

It's been a time

of political turmoil 
and a pandemic that is ongoing

add a mix of
fear, unrest, and uncertainty.. 

I'm concentrating on my
non human friends.



 

Friday, August 20, 2021

Sharing the Bounty

'Urban Landscape, (my favorite neighbors)' 20x24" graphite; Kathleen Faulkner


I leave the apples on the ground
because, each morning, momma and baby
show up looking for their breakfast.

Later, the squirrels and other critters
clean up the leftovers. 



Monday, July 26, 2021

a journey

'Could be Anywhere" 24x20" oil on canvas
Kathleen Faulkner


 It has all the necessary ingredients:
water, land, sky.



Monday, July 12, 2021

Time sink


'Tidal Current' 24x24" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner



Tidal current is the movement of water associated with the rise and fall of the tides.

Watching this event can be mesmerizing.




Sunday, June 6, 2021

some memories


'In the Deep' 10x10" oil on panel;  Kathleen Faulkner


I used to work on boats.





Monday, May 3, 2021

I like my yard

'Yard Work' 23x37" graphite on paper;  Kathleen Faulkner
 

We have been hoping for change.

We hoped the COVID would alter our way of seeing/being.

I don't know if if is permanent, but,
I find a new sense of appreciation for small things.




Thursday, April 22, 2021

You choose

'Heavyweight' 10x10" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

 Some events are more dangerous than others.

I got my shots.



Tuesday, March 16, 2021

a rare encounter

'Middle of Nowhere 21x29" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner 

That place 

no humans
no garbage
only nature sounds





Thursday, March 4, 2021

An ongoing project

'Helpful Friends II' 22x30" graphite;  Kathleen Faulkner



'Art Pals II' 22x30" graphite;  Kathleen Faulkner


I'm still drawing masked portraits.

These exceptional humans have been there for me in one way or another
throughout this pandemic.

I am grateful.









Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Variants


'Variant' 22x15" graphite;  Kathleen Faulkner

I have a new appreciation for my own small spot in the world.
I see things now that, before, were invisible

only because I didn't look. 




Sunday, January 24, 2021

Please don't litter

'Wiley Slough' 24x12'
oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

A friend is doing a project documenting discarded masks.

I am helping her. I have documented eight.
One was in Wiley Slough.





Monday, November 23, 2020

as the world turns


'Field Work' 37x33", 37x27" oil;  Kathleen Faulkner


While we isolate, 
the earth carries on
going about its business.



Sunday, November 15, 2020

speaking of March

'Vignette II, 30x22" pencil drawing;
Kathleen Faulkner


Here we go.
Back in lockdown again.
 
I have explored my yard like never before
this year. 
I'm drawing what I see  
in my tiny bubble.
  






 

Monday, October 26, 2020

first aid for a worried soul


'Art Pals' 22x30" graphite on paper;  Kathleen Faulkner





'Helpful Friends' 22x30" graphite on paper, in progress;  
Kathleen Faulkner





'Helpful Friends II' 22x30" graphite on paper, in progress;
Kathleen Faulkner




It has been a tough year.

Because of COVID, I am unable to be with my friends
so I decided to draw them.

Seeing them looking back at me gives me comfort 
and knowing they are all wearing masks out in that cold, cruel world 
gives me hope that I will see them again, 
in person, 
sometime in the future.






'Self Portrait: Mirror Image'
Kathleen Faulkner






 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

offshoots

'Vignette' 14x17" graphite;  Kathleen Faulkner


Twig

a slender shoot of a tree
a small, dry, woody piece fallen from a branch

to see; perceive
to understand


 

Sunday, September 20, 2020

musings

'Squall' 17.5x34" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner
 

I am thinking about this strange and dangerous year
as I sit on a log and look out at the sea

Nature is not happy with we humans





Friday, August 7, 2020

Nautical Twilight

'Nautical Twilight' 29x28" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner 



two different worlds,
night and day

each as full
in different ways




Friday, July 24, 2020

B is for Brooch


A Bevy of Brooches various sizes, sterling silver, driftwood, pottery shard,
colored pencil;  Kathleen Faulkner




It is nearing the end of July
cool and cloudy weather
We are lucky, though, 
while the rest of the country burns up.

On this early afternoon
The sun starts peaking through the clouds
building patterns.

I am grateful to be here. 







Monday, June 22, 2020

here's a thought

'Thought Bubble' brooch 2.25x1.25" sterling silver, paper, ink, mica
Quote by Henry David Thoreau;
Kathleen Faulkner


...or don't see. 




Wednesday, May 20, 2020

things change

'Stick Pin'  4.75" sterling silver, stick;  Kathleen Faulkner



Back in the day
when running free was a given 
no worries about touching
or being in close quarters
 a sneeze brought a
'bless you'
a cough meant not too much




Community of stick pins. Kathleen Faulkner

We had our art openings and events 
filled to the brim
hugging and laughing

the good old days. 



'COVID safe' stick pin, 4" sterling silver, paper,
gouache, mica;  Kathleen Faulkner

Today's stick pin is fully covered
for protection
no direct contact
social distancing is currently in place
as it sits in a box 
on a table.





Sunday, May 3, 2020

survival tips


'Western Larch' 24x24" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

The good thing about living on the edge 
is that one must be
flexible.


"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, 
nor the most intelligent;
it is the one most adaptable to change."
Charles Darwin





Sunday, April 26, 2020

Life during lockdown

'Hillside' 24x24" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner


Springtime in the Pacific Northwest

It is especially beautiful this year
maybe it is the clean air,
the quiet 
or lack of humans 
all around 

I walk the trails
sunshine hits the back of my head
I forget, for a moment, that life is different now:

No touching
 no hugs, no kisses
10 feet
always wear a mask if out and about.

I can do this.  
It's not that different from my weird normal life

but I miss my friends.




Sunday, April 12, 2020

on hold

'Slack Water' 20x24" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

Life during the time of COVID

I am at a stand still 
no movement either way
 in the tidal stream of life



Wednesday, March 25, 2020

keep on the sunny side

'Slough' 24x24" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner


"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,
it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness,
it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity,
it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness,
it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair."
Charles Dickens


This oil pastel was completed 
during the pandemic.
It will
forever
remind me of the time 
we lived or died.


Thursday, March 5, 2020

when in doubt

'Grey and White and Cloudy' 12x12" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

Max said,  "paint clouds and water".




Saturday, February 15, 2020

life on the edge

'Moving Forward'. 24x24" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

It's been a tough winter.

I make myself move forward 
knowing that all things change.

 Spring is coming.



Thursday, January 23, 2020

Junco junction

'Anne's Feeder' 10x10"oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

I watch the birds
eat at Anne's feeder.

I look past the feeder at the tree behind
The leaves are gone now
replaced with juncos
waiting their turn.





Friday, January 10, 2020

weather or not

'Winter Morning'. 12x12" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner


Sometimes
in the midst of ruff and tumble weather
hopeful breaks appear.

I always appreciate those.



Friday, December 27, 2019

things we remember

'Childhood Landmarks' necklace 30" sterling silver,
gouache, graphite, ink, mica, glass lenses;
Kathleen Faulkner



I was born and raised in Seattle 

It seems like a very long time ago
or just yesterday
depending on the day.  

Many places are gone now. 
Some still remain. 


The links in this piece are names of meaningful
places from my childhood that no longer exist.
The drawings are of some places and things that we can still visit. 

It's just a  glimpse. 



'Childhood Landmarks' detail;  Kathleen Faulkner




Saturday, December 21, 2019

wishes

'One of Many' 24x24" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

Happy Solstice, Friends! 

My wishes for the New Year are 
probably about the same as yours:

Our Planet is saved
and the quality of Life is improved for Us All!

Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa and a Better New Year!