Nude Girl Drawings in Charcoal by a Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, another sale of A Break in the Clouds


Nude Girl Drawings by a Blue Ridge Artist

My Artwork

I am so pleased to sell another print of A Break in the Clouds to a great Tennessee patron!  This painting sure gets around!  It is my second best-selling print and 24″x 36″ canvas prints of it at 40% reduced price are available for the next few days at Fine Art America!   There is a 30 day money back guarantee that includes the shipping price!

breakcloudscopyrightA Break in The Clouds     Original Oil Painting has been Sold

Prints on Paper or Canvas and Greeting Cards Available at   KENDALL KESSLER ART

 

Here are the Other two Painting on the Special Promotion section!

 

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Burning Shore    Original Oil Painting has been Sold

Prints on Paper or Canvas and Greeting Cards Available at   KENDALL KESSLER ART

 

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Lion Explosion  Original 20″x16″ Oil Painting $670

Prints on Paper or Canvas and Greeting Cards Available at   KENDALL KESSLER ART

 

My Beautiful Nudes

As I said yesterday I am going to spend some time blogging about my artwork that is not of the Blue Ridge.  Here are two more nudes that I am proud of.  It is such a fascinating experience to work from a nude model.  The contours on a person constantly change and the volume and life of the figure are obtained when an artist can get a precise contour.

 

draperypullbig (1)Drapery Pull    Original 24″x 18″ Drawing    $894

Prints on Paper or Canvas and Greeting Cards Available at   KENDALL KESSLER ART

This is my second best-selling nude drawing.  I am especially pleased with the composition and light/dark patterns in this one.  Like “Reaching Out”, the model seems to be straining for something beyond the picture plane.

 

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Changing    Original 24″x 18″ Drawing    $894

Prints on Paper or Canvas and Greeting Cards Available at   KENDALL KESSLER ART

In this one the simple act of pulling a garment off has given the model a fluid, expressive look.   Artists seek to capture a beautiful moment in time.

 

Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

Once again, here is the latest news on the group my husband works closely with to promote this gorgeous mountain region!

 

Blue Ridge Expeditions: Hike on Garden Mountain
Sat, August 23, 12am – Sun, August 24, 12am
 
 
Where
Garden Mountain
Calendar
BRDC Web Calendar
Created by
aaron@blueridgediscoverycenter.org
Description
Join BRDC on August 23rd for a hike on the Appalachian Trail at Garden Mountain. For information about any of these free and fun hiking events, please contact Amy Roberts at 276-688-3793 or aarobert@vt.edu.

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, Judaculla Rock, and I Love it!


Blue Ridge Parkway Artist

goldenfarmcopyrightGolden Farm Scene    Original Oil Painting has Been Sold

Prints on Paper or Canvas and Greeting Cards Available at   KENDALL KESSLER ART

 

kingleafcopyrightKing on a Leaf   Original colored pencil drawing has been Sold

Prints on Paper or Canvas and Greeting Cards Available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART

 

I found another Blue Ridge Parkway Creature Tale!  This one is a giant in Jackson County, North Carolina.

 

Judaculla

There is a rock near Cullowhee North Carolina that has strange inscriptions on it. According to Cherokee legend these markings were the work of a giant named Judaculla.  Supposedly he lived in the region long ago.

The name literally means, “He has them slanting”, which refers to the giant’s eyes.  He was awful to look at with seven fingers on each hand and seven toes on each foot.  He was seven feet tall and very ugly.

Judaculla had control of the elements and all of the game.

There are many explanations for the markings on the rock.  One involves a fall that left impressions, in particular, a foot impression with seven toes.  Another is that Judaculla left hunting instructions on the rock as he was the master of all game and allowed the Cherokees to hunt.

 

The rock was an important focal point for the Cherokees and was the site of religious rituals until their forced expulsion in the 19th century.  It is now an historic site that people can visit.

 

I found this legend on Stories from The Mountains online publication.

 

Out of the Mouths of Babes

I love to laugh! I especially enjoy word play!  There was a great one today on Facebook.  A small child says she has Grandma on Speed Dial!  She calls it INSTAGRAM!

abeautifulmomemtcopyrightA Beautiful Moment   Original  20″x16″ Oil Painting    $670

Prints on Paper or Canvas and Greeting Cards Available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART

 

Life with The Bird and Word Man

The next Blue Ridge Discovery Center Even is Almost Here!

 

BRDC at Independence Farmers Market
Fri, June 27, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Where
Independence, VA
Calendar
BRDC Web Calendar
Created by
scott@blueridgediscoverycenter.org
Description
More kids oriented educational activities.

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, The Devil’s Tramping Ground and Worst 40th Birthday Card Ever – But very funny!


Blue Ridge Parkway Artist

Here are some of my recent Kendall Expressions paintings!  Check them out and more in the Kendall Expressions folder on my website!

sharkbeautycopyrifhtShark Beauty  Original  16″x20″ Acrylic Painting     $670

Prints on Paper or Canvas and Greeting cards Available at   KENDALL KESSLER ART

 

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Beauty and Danger  Original  16″x20″ Acrylic Painting     $670

Prints on Paper or Canvas and Greeting cards Available at   KENDALL KESSLER ART

 

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Tiger Stare Original  16″x20″ Acrylic Painting     $670

Prints on Paper or Canvas and Greeting cards Available at   KENDALL KESSLER ART

 

I am having a great time researching myths and legends of mountain sites that are near the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway!   Here is another Native America legend about the Devil!

The Devil’s Tramping Ground

The Devil’s Tramping Ground is located in Western Chatham county near Siler City.  It is forty feet long. The path forms a ring and is a foot wide. The center of the circle and the area around it is covered with grass and plants but nothing grows in the path.

If objects are place in the path at night they are removed by morning.

It is believed to be the ground where the devil walks in a circle planning his devious tricks. His foot prints make the path.  He is gone by morning.  The devil’s foot prints are so hot the ground is scorched so nothing can grow there. It is believed animals avoid the path.

Spooky!

I got this great legend from Cherokee Indians – Native American myths and legends online publication

 

Worst 40th Birthday Card Ever

I just checked out a Good Neighbors DVD from the library.  I love it so far!  The opening scene has a man with a birthday cake with one candle.  He opens a card and reads it.   Mozart and Mendelssohn were dead by forty – Why aren’t you?

 

Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

The Independence Farmers Market is coming up June 27th!  This is another great event with The Blue Ridge Discovery Center!  There will be activities for kids!  Come on out!

 

BRDC at Independence Farmers Market
Fri, June 27, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Where
Independence, VA
Calendar
BRDC Web Calendar
Created by
scott@blueridgediscoverycenter.org
Description
More kids oriented educational activities.

Blue Ridge Healing Waters near The Blue Ridge Parkway and Anticipation!


 

My Artwork

 

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Lion Explosion   Original 20″x16″ Oil Painting    $670

Prints on Paper or Canvas Available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART

 

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Eagle Fire  Original 16″x20″  Oil Painting    $670

Prints on Paper or Canvas Available at   KENDALL KESSLER ART

 

 

I am real excited about my next series of paintings!  I am going to do a number of large paintings of Pawleys Island including some sunset over the ocean scenes!  It has been a while since I did a shore scene so I am looking forward to these new works.

I am going to do one more Kendall Expression painting and then get started.  I have had a great time working on my own brand of Expressionism but I am anxious to get back to my own personal Impressionistic style. I really do live to paint and I love to find homes for my creations!  I just mailed Small Flowers to a great Texas patron!

 

Here are two of my favorite Kendall Expressions paintings and the Youtube video I did on a number of them.  I need to get back to making videos!  I will soon!

 

Blue Ridge Healing Waters

 

The Cherokees have a tradition about healing waters in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  According to legend there is a mysterious lake high up in the Smoky Blue Ridge mountains that all animals are aware of and trust to cure their wounds.

It is said that whenever a black bear is wounded by hunters it will go this lake and swim from one shore to the other and then be healed as soon as it reaches the other side.

Healing waters are a part of legends and myths of many cultures.  Perhaps that is where we get the myth for the Fountain of Youth.

 

I found this story on Cherokee Myths and Legends of The Black Bear online publication.

 

 

Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

 

I wanted to again mention the newest Blue Ridge Discovery Center happening that starts tomorrow!

 

BRDC Day at Independence Farmers Market
Fri, May 30, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Where
Intersection of 21 and 58, Independence, VA
Calendar
BRDC Web Calendar
Created by
scott@blueridgediscoverycenter.org
Description
Kids programs will be provided on site.

More on the Staunton Theater Ghost Story near The Blue Ridge Parkway and Farm Days!


My Artwork

wildflowcurrentcopyrightWildflower Current    Original 30″x40″ Oil Painting     $2425

Prints on Paper or Canvas Available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART

Very proud of the color contrast and flowing motion in this one!

 

kraftavecopyrightKraft Avenue Blacksburg Virginia   Original  16″x20″ Oil Painting     $670

Prints on Paper or Canvas Available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART

Beautiful section of Blacksburg wildflowers!

 

morebissetcopyrightBisset Park Sunrise     Original Oil Painting has been Sold

Prints on Paper or Canvas Available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART

This favorite sunrise painting is owned be a great patron in Germany!

Staunton Theater Ghost Story

 

Yesterday I wrote about the little girl that haunts a Staunton Virginia theater.  There is a little more to the story and another story about a male ghost on the premises!

Sometimes rolls of coins would disappear and then show up in stacks and patterns in the projectionist room. It looked as though the ghost was playing with them. The girl seemed to be most active in the upper story and the projectionist room.

A tall man dressed in a Victorian suit has been seen in what was the orchestra pit.  The suit did not fit.  It was too tight across the shoulders. As I mentioned yesterday, the theater was originally an opera house.

I found this story online at Ghosts of America.

 

Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

As always, The 40th Mount Rogers Naturalist Rally was a great success!  Now Blue Ridge Mountain lovers can look forward to next week’s Farm Days!   Clyde spent his early years on a farm and his father still has an extensive garden that we have enjoyed over the years!  No one grows corn like Herman Kessler!

The Blue Ridge Discovery Center is hosting Farm Days at Matthews Living History Farm in Independence VA!  Here is the address and a map can be found on the Blue Ridge Discovery Center website. The tour will include educational demonstrations and programs for kids at the farm museum!  Come on out for a great time!

Matthews Living History Farm

107 W Main St
Independence, VA 24348

Radford Ghost Story near The Blue Ridge Parkway and May Blue Ridge Discovery Center Rally!


My Artwork

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Clouds Over The Blue Ridge Parkway   Original 5″x7″ Oil Painting      $75.00

Prints on Paper or Canvas Available at  KENDALL KESSLER ART

Clouds over The Blue Ridge is one of my favorite Small Gem paintings.  These paintings are only 5″x7″ .  They light up any home or office!

 

 

nearmemorialcopyrightNear Memorial Bridge    Original 30″x40″ Oil Painting     $2425.00

Prints on Paper or Canvas Available at   KENDALL KESSLER ART

 

Near Memorial Bridge is a house I see every time I cross the bridge.  It is the only house that can be seen all year long.  The others are covered up by summer vegetation.  I love the way the light hits this home!

 

I am having a great time researching Ghost stories in The New River Valley!  Who doesn’t like a ghost story?

 

Radford City Virginia Ghost Story

 

St. Albans in Radford Virginia was originally a boy’s school. It stands over the New River and was converted into a sanatorium. The site is now used by Radford University but many buildings are empty.

 

The Seven Hills Paranormal Society has investigated the site and reported “shadow people” or un-seen presences.  They also reported a mysterious ball of light hovering near the floor and then disappeared.

One investigator felt like she had been shoved in the chest and footsteps have been heard throughout the hospital.  Also, voices have been heard.  One said, “God, I want to die”, and another said, “Tasha, we need to hide.”

 

I found this information in an article entitled “Haunted Places in  New River Valley Vieginia” from the online publication Ehow.

 

fairlawnridgecopyrightFairlawn Ridge   Original Oil Painting has been Sold

Prints on Paper or Canvas Available at   KENDALL KESSLER ART

 

Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

 

The 40th Annual Mount Rogers Rally is coming up!  Don’t miss out on this great event that is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Discovery Center.  My husband is on the Board of Directors.

 

The 2014 Rally will be May 9 & 10.

Friday Night Speaker –  Nancy Lee Adamson PhD, Pollinator Conservation Specialist – East Region, The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. An Introduction to Native Bees and Other “Beneficial” Arthropods of the Mid-Atlantic – learn about common native bees we can support by protecting and planting pollinator habitat. The program will highlight nesting habits of some of the 500 species of native bees in Virginia, as well as other pollinators, predators, and parasitoids that benefit from pollinator habitat.

Friday night entertainment – Roald and Ellie Kirby will be bringing in the evening with some traditional old time tunes.

DOOR PRIZE! – David Richert has offered a free afternoon consultation on forest management as the friday night door prize.

More Star City Beauty near The Blue Ridge Parkway and Chasing Tigers in The Blue Ridge


My Art work

foggymillmtcopyrightFoggy View from Mill Mountain   Original painting  Professionally Framed  30″x40″x2″     $2625.00

Prints on paper or canvas available at     KENDALL KESSLER ART

Here is another great morning vista from Mill Mountain in Roanoke city which is in the Blue Ridge Mountains and near The beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway.  In this painting I emphasized my brushwork to enhance the visual energy of the scene.  One of my favorite compliments on my work is that it reminds people of the work of Vincent Van Gogh who is one of my favorite artists.  I think both of the paintings in this blog are good examples of his influence.

My favorite compliment is that many people say they want to touch my paintings.  I consider my surfaces to be unique, intense expressions of my feeling for nature so I am not surprised when I hear that response from admirers.

ridgelightcopyrightRidge Light    Original painting has been sold

Prints available on paper or canvas available at   KENDALL KESSLER ART

Life with the Bird and Word Man  – Clyde Kessler

As I have mentioned before,  my husband is involved with the Blue Ridge Discovery Center which is a wonderful organization that seeks to get people outdoors and enjoy and learn more about the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains.

Today I thought I would share a program called  CHASING TIGERS IN THE BLUE RIDGE

The Blue Ridge harbors so many treasures. In the Central Virginia Blue Ridge exists a phenomenal ecosystem, one that was probably shaped by raging braided mountain streams during the last ice age. It contains many disjunct species. In fact, over 90 species that are well outside their typical range have been documented here. It’s an odd mix of coastal plain, Appalachian and northern plants and animals. While several rare and endangered species exist here, today we focused on a well known Blue Ridge phenomenon: Salamanders.

The Rivanna Chapter of Master Naturalists hosted its annual salamander hike to this part of the Blue Ridge. With a strong group of nearly 30 people, we headed to the George Washington National Forest and into the heart of the 30,000 acre wildlife management area known as Big Levels. While we expected to see several species, the one that had our hearts was the State Endangered Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum). It has been documented at this site but rarely has it been seen.

 

Here is the link to the whole announcement!                CHASING TIGERS IN THE BLUE RIDGE