Thursday, December 20, 2018

Some days are like that

'Some Days are Like That' 30x33" oil pastel

The rays of sunshine warm my head
 I lean on the rail
and watch light sparkle on

respite from these stormy days

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

north by northeast

'Morning' 12x18" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

I have some good views from my workroom.
I can't see Russia but,
I can see Canada.

Today I could see Bayview.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

It's the little things

'Things We Need' 10x10" oil pastel;  Kathleen 

I look down at the curb to see all the cigarette butts that have been tossed down
on the ground
 destined for parts unknown.

Cigarette filters are made of 95% cellulose acetate, a plastic.
The balance is paper and rayon.
The thin plastic fibers look like plankton,
a food source,
to unsuspecting marine life.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Not fake news

'Threatened' 11x14" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

We all love the owls.

Most owls live in forests
The Northern Spotted owl
lives in old growth forests

but we're cutting them all down.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

carry on smartly

'Good Schooling'  Brooch, 4x4.5" sterling silver, gouache, 
graphite, mica;  Kathleen Faulkner 

The power is in the numbers.


Friday, July 27, 2018

I like to believe

'Journey' 18x24" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

One can guarantee that
the only constant is change.

We are all the same
yet we are different.

The darkest hour is 
just before the dawn.

'Journey' 18x24" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

humans are very adaptable

'Another Look' 9x20" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulokner

Being able to see over a distance
is a wonderful thing.

I remember coming home from the Aleutians after a few years there.

The evergreens that I grew up with 
made me claustrophobic for awhile.

I had become accustomed 
to a very different lifestyle.

This can happen with current events, as well.  
we get used to a new level of insanity
pretty soon it seems normal

Sunday, June 3, 2018

things we see

'The Burn' 8x8" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

 It was a bad year for fires

the burned areas were becoming miles of dark, 
beautiful patterns
 as we traveled along and the scenery flew by

'The Burn II' 8x8" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

Sunday, May 6, 2018

the other side

'East Side' 21x17" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

 It is a different world. 

the smell is warm and the palette, too

  sometimes you can see forever

'Side View' 21x17" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Rainworks Art Trail

rough sketch

cutting out the stencil


‘Water is a transparent and nearly colorless chemical substance that is the main constituent of Earth's streams, lakes, and oceans, and the fluids of most living organisms.

Water covers 71% of the Earth's surface.

It is vital for all known forms of life.

Safe drinking water is essential to humans and other lifeforms even though it provides no calories or organic nutrients.

Ditches and storm drains do not connect to a treatment system, so everything that flows down the drain goes directly to the nearest water body, ultimately flowing into the ocean.’ *

Be mindful of what you toss.  It could end up in a stomach somewhere.

Rainworks project includes stencils located throughout Mt Vernon, WA by seven artists in conjunction with the Skagit Conservation District and Mt Vernon, WA.
My stencil can be viewed on a rainy day in front of City Hall.
More information and a map of the locations are available at 
or pick up a map at TriDee Arts in downtown Mt Vernon, WA.


Saturday, March 10, 2018

the complications of living

'Ghost Pipes' 18x16" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

If one lives long enough
one says goodbye to many of one's friends.

I've been saying goodbye 
 to friends lately.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

wild animals don't really like humans

'Ready'  16x16" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

 I see him on my walk.   

Sometimes I watch him from a distance
doing his work

Mostly though,
 he sees me and readies for flight
thinking about safety.

I come too close 
Then he's gone. 


Sunday, January 28, 2018


'Apartment Complexity' front-back, ring size 6.5-7
2x1.25x.25" sterling silver, colored pencil, graphite, 
ink, found gasket, mica;  for the show,
'Right On! Rites, Rituals, Remembrances' 
Facere Jewelry Art Gallery, Kathleen Faulkner

We lived in apartments in the city.
I learned to be quiet at a very early age 
so as not to disturb the neighbors.
All around me was the noise of the city.
It was background.


As a small child 
with family from the deep South
I heard stories
that made me afraid.
Later I learned about diversity 
It opened up my eyes 
and made the world 
a more interesting place.

 'A House of Many Colors' brooch, 4x1.5"
sterling silver, found object, colored pencil,
mica;  for the show, 'Right On! Rites, Rituals,
Remembrances' Facere Jewelry Art Gallery,
Kathleen Faulkner