Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, Haunted School, and They Look so Different!

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist




Tea Time  Original 12″x16″ Oil Painting    $384

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applecopyrightApple          Original Colored Pencil Drawing  NFS

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Haunted School near Asheville, North Carolina

In the 1970’s The Clyde Irwin High School was built just outside Asheville, North Carolina. What was left of the Old County Home Graveyard was dug up to make room for the school.  The remains from the Potter’s Field were moved across the street and buried under wooden crosses.  The spirits must not have liked the move as there are strange goings on since the transfer. Janitors that work the night shift at the school refuse to relate the strange incidents they witness!

Unmarked graves are said to still be beneath the Potters Field overlooking the School.

I found this ghost story on Local Ghost Stories of Asheville, North Carolina website! Great website!

Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

We continue to battle the big black ants and the small ones.  I guess they don’t like each other because the big black ones stay on the slips of paper in one part of the the counter and the small ones are in another section.  I guess they are worried about fist fights.

Anyway, when we first put out the slips of paper with the poison they  all sat around in a perfect circle, laughing and shooting the breeze.   Now there aren’t any perfect circles – just partial arcs and I have seen some ants look like they are about to fall of the paper on the ledges.  Could it be they are drunk with all that glucose and can’t find their way back to the nest?

Still, I don’t see them waltzing through the shelves and getting into the food supply so I can’t really complain that much, but I like writing about them!

I hope you enjoyed paintings by an artist of The Blue Ridge Parkway!

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, Ghost near Asheville and Our 24 Hour Ant Diner

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist


pawleyscormorantcopyrightPawleys Island Cormorant Morning   Original 30″x40″ Oil Painting     $2430

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Before I married Clyde I didn’t know a cormorant from an osprey!  He has taught me a lot and I am proud of this latest shore painting!


cheerscopyrightCheers    Original 9″x12″ Oil Painting      $226

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A Cheerful Still life!


I found another great ghost story on  Local Asheville Ghost Stories website!


Battle Mansion is located near The Grove Park Inn.  Supposedly, it is haunted by a servant girl named Alice.

They say she either fell or was pushed down the stairs.  The mansion is also haunted by the former owner, Samuel Battle.  He has been seen wearing a top hat and formal attire.

When the mansion was the location of 13WLOSTV Alice was often seen by employees.  She wears a long, old fashioned dress.  Sarah Harrison, the writer of this report talked with two employees of Grove Park Inn and one of them swore that some wires hanging from the ceiling were swaying back and forth on their own.   The other worker said he was grabbed when he walked down the stairs. The man that grabbed him fit the description of Samuel Battle.  He was presented a picture of the doctor and is sure of his claim.  SPOOKY!

The mansion was demolished in 2006.


Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

Kessler Ant Diner –  Open 24/7!

Every year when the weather gets warm we have hoard of ants in our kitchen.  We have tried everything to get rid of them without success.  Ant traps don’t work and we have tried a number of safe remedies that work at first and then the ants are back in full force.  One summer talcom powder did the trick for a while and then they were back.

This summer we have a remedy that consists of putting a few drops of a glucose solution with poison on small squares of paper.  The ants eat the solution and take the poison back to the nest.  This one was working great for a while!

Now they are all just sitting in a circle around the drops having a great time!

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Roanoke, The Star City near The Blue Ridge Parkway and They wouldn’t tell us…

My Artwork


Star City    original oil painting  25″x40″  $2000.00

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I am especially pleased with the complicated system of color, the intense brushwork, and the overall mood of this painting.

The Star City

Another great Blue Ridge Mountain locale is Roanoke city which is near The Blue Ridge Parkway.  It is also known as The Star City.

It was originally called Big Lick and was established in 1852 and chartered in 1874.  It was called Big Lick due to the salt which drew wildlife to the site near the Roanoke River.  The name Roanoke is said to have originated from an Algonquian work for shell money.  This was also the name of the river that bisected it and the county.  The river is probably where the shells came from.

I got this information from Wikopedia and my husband, Clyde Kessler.


Blue Ridge Meadow Sunset    Original pastel painting has been sold

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Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

Again, before I print this comment my husband made about people I want to emphasize that he is well-liked by all that come into contact with him and is the most diplomatic person I have ever known.  He is quite a contradiction – a very sweet curmudgeon!

Sometimes I am in awe of all we can do.  Computers, airplanes, spacecraft,etc.  My husband is not as impressed with our accomplishments because of all the problems technology has created for this limited spaceship.

The other day I said to him that ants don’t have computers.  His response was, if they did, they wouldn’t tell us.

Then I said we can fly but we don’t have wings.  He said there are so many people filled with hot air that they could probably get anywhere they wanted to go without an airplane.  Life with a curmudgeon!  Lots of fun!