Friday, December 30, 2022


'Hopeful Hanna' 10x10" oil pastel; Kathleen Faulkner
I am grateful for the opportunities that I have received.
I am sharing some highlights with you.

April was a banner month:
 'Craft Island', an oil pastel, was accepted into the permanent collection at the Museum of Northwest Art in LaConner. 

My ring, 'Apartment Complexity' was published in Metalsmith magazine.

Two works, an oil and oil pastel,  'Almost Home' and East of Here' were loaned to the American Embassy in Pristina, Kosovo.

Then, September offered me a spot in a show to start out the new year
 at Harris Harvey Gallery in Seattle  

December came with the honor of having my work represented on the kiosk at the entry to Dog Woods, Guemes Island.

Despite my good fortune, this year had it's challenges 
yet I am grateful for every moment!

I am hopeful for the future.

Here's to a new year of wonderful possibilities
and a wish 
May we become the people that
make this world a better place for all
living beings.

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

the neighbors

'Minders" 16x16" oil pastel; Kathleen Faulkner

They wait in silence.
patient and stately.


The bugs never know what hit them.

Friday, December 2, 2022


 'Wake-robin' 12x12" oil pastel on panel; Kathleen Faulkner


a precise and elegant wildflower
fragile and shy
They always bring up memories
that always make me smile.

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Be prepared

'Wish Rock' brooch 2x1.5" sterling silver, mica, 
graphite, paper; Kathleen Faulkner

 It's always good to have a wish rock or two 
hanging around.

I keep several. 

You never know 
when you might need one.

Monday, November 14, 2022


'A Morning Walk' 20x30"oil pastel on panel;
Kathleen Faulkner

It's my good deed to myself..
that morning walk 

Always different, always something to see 
 never a dull moment.

I return home feeling awake and energized
ready to seize the day.

Monday, October 31, 2022



'Ghost Pipes' 12x12" oil pastel on panel; Kathleen Faulkner

My father spotted them for me.

He said they were rare. 

As a child,

that experience left a deep imprint.

I thought I would never see them again

but, every now and then,

I spot the Ghost Pipes. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

which day is it?

'Just a Thought' 12x12" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

Sometimes our thoughts can flow like water

other times they just dam up the works.

Friday, September 16, 2022

glide flow skim slide..

'Drift' 12x15" oil pastel on paper; Kathleen Faulkner

I am sitting in the sand
listening to the waves.
It isn't cold but it has that look.

The smell of kelpy salt water mingles with the breeze
and sends a wave of happiness through me

I am reminded that I don't visit often enough.

Sunday, September 11, 2022

I love a sweet surprise

Two Madronas, oil pastel approximately 40x30" each;
Kathleen Faulkner

It's always a bit of a shocker to see the work 
that I haven't seen in years. 

These two pieces grace the walls of a collector on Guemes Island. 

It made me happy to see them again.

Sunday, August 21, 2022

High Life

'High Life' 19x19" oil pastel and oil pen;  Kathleen Faulkner


It is a different world up here, say the trees.

The air is different, the climate, too

we see things

Birds love us.

Sunday, August 7, 2022

who knew that brown feels hopeful

'Seasonal Color' 16x16" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

These fields will always be here. 
We have protected them against development.
Sometimes they are green or yellow.
Sometimes, when the County sprays ROUNDUP,
the fields glow orange.

I like the naked field best.. 
the dirt is so dark and rich looking.
A hopeful thing
giving me something to look forward to.

Friday, July 22, 2022


 'Swift Creek' 20x20" oil on panel;  Kathleen Faulkner

Growing up in Seattle I would often think about how long it would take me to get out of the city in case of an emergency.  I would even factor in rush hour.

That amount of time will get me into deep woods here.

Friday, June 17, 2022

bucket list

'Iceberg' 4.5x1.4" sterling silver, reticulated 
silver, plastic, oil paint; Kathleen Faulkner

I have never seen an iceberg in real life. 

Maybe I never will. 

Sunday, June 5, 2022

thoughts and prayers

'Lip Service' 4x3" brooch, sterling silver, paper, colored pencil,
graphite, watercolor, mica;  Kathleen Faulkner

empty talk  hollow words

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Treasure or Trash

'Good/Bad' 16x20" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

This time of year the wild grows quickly

I don't know which I like best

horsetails or skunk cabbage.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

shining sea

'Breather' 24x24" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

So much is going on in the world.

It's good to take a break
now and then.


Sunday, April 24, 2022

it's all relative

'Almost Home' 30x24" oil on canvas;  
Kathleen Faulkner

So close
yet so far away...


Friday, April 15, 2022

current events

 'Tangle' 20x20" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

'Oh what a tangled web we weave
When first we practice to deceive'

Sir Walter Scott

Monday, April 11, 2022

Why is water sometimes green?

'Agua Verde'  24x24" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

The more phytoplankton in the water, the greener it is.

I see the green as I approach the coast
and it is dramatic!

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Where are we going?

 'Heading Out' 24x24" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

Off we go
into the wild blue yonder...

Who knows what lies ahead.

Thursday, March 10, 2022


'Water Study' 16x16" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

I am surrounded by water. 
It is different throughout each day.

never a dull moment

'Water Study II' 12x12" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

Saturday, February 26, 2022

what if..

'If Sand was Wood' 12x12" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

I almost became a biologist.

Life would have been different
I'm sure.

small events,
forks in the road
that lead to 
different worlds


Wednesday, February 16, 2022


'Night Life' 22x30" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

This nightspot has

no cover.

Sunday, February 6, 2022

some thoughts

'East of Here' 12x18" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

A moat, the dike, even a trench or the channel

It always reminds me
of a friend
who painted
fuzzy ditches.

Thursday, January 27, 2022


'Growler' 1.75x2" brooch, sterling silver, paint, plastic;
Kathleen Faulkner

a large floating mass of ice 
detached from a glacier or ice shelf

an emotionally cold person

iceberg lettuce

that is just the tip of the iceberg

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Sing a song

 Song Sparrow 10x10" oil pastel; Kathleen Faulkner

    Let's just say I know 
    a little bird told me.