Nude Girl Drawings by a Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, and What’s Happening with the Blue Ridge Discovery Center!


Nude Girl Drawings

My Artwork

 

reachingoutcopyrightReaching Out   Original  24″x18″ Charcoal Drawing       $894

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When I was in school I spent many years working from a live model learning anatomy and learning how to draw expressive, artistic, beautiful nudes.  The nude drawing is a very important part of our discipline and, as I have told countless students, anyone can draw the human figure but a true artist gets it right.

Most of these student drawings are thrown out but one of my professors was so impressed with mine that he said I should hang on to them.  I didn’t hang on to the stacks of drawing pads with gestures and contours but I did hang on to a number of the longer poses that I was pleased with.  I am so glad I took his advice since, as I have mentioned before, my best-selling nude, “Reaching Out”, was selected out of over 3 million works of art on Fine Art America to be on the set of The Mindy Project on FoxTV.

The drawing is across from Mindy’s desk and the show has been renewed for a third season.

I have been blogging for some time about the beautiful mountains I live in so I decided to start talking  about my other work.

Here are two more favorite charcoal nude drawings.  I am especially pleased with the natural graceful look in both of these.

kneelingbeauty (1)Kneeling Beauty   Original 24″x18″ Charcoal Drawing      $894

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It is very hard to explain what I accomplish in a work of art, but in this drawing the delicate turn of the head and the figure coming out of smoky marks of charcoal is captivating!  I am very pleased with this drawing!

 

reclining beautybig (1)Reclining Beauty  Original 18″x24″ Charcoal Drawing     $984

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In this one the weight of the figure that is pulled down by the pose and the expressive lines make for an intense visual experience!

Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

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
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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.

Ghost Story from the New RIver Valley near The Blue Ridge Parkway and Wildwood Park Fun Tomorrow!


My Artwork

branchesnrbig (1)Branches Over The New River from Bisset Park    Original Oil Pastel has been sold

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New River Valley Ghost Stories

I have always loved ghost stories.  On one vacation I read a selection of ghost stories by Edith Wharton that I especially liked.

The New River Valley has it’s ghost stories and since I have painted so many scenes of the New River and The Blue Ridge Parkway that I thought it would be fun to include some of this region’s hair raising tales.

 

The Holiday Inn sits on land that used to be a plantation known as Jacob’s Lantern.  There is a night club called “Attitudes” in the hotel. A manager has reported that he has been asked to turn down the music when there was no one playing music.  He has also heard voices and laughter in the club when no one was around.

I found this ghost story in the online publication Shadowlands Haunted Places – Index Virginia.

 

eveningriverscenecopyrightEvening River Scene     Original 30″x40″  Oil Painting       $2425.00

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Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

Be sure to come with your children for The Spring Discovery Walk this Saturday with my Bird Man, Clyde Kessler, and photographer Nancy Kent!  They are going to share their knowledge of flowers and insects in  beautiful Wildwood Park in Radford City and Nancy will help visitors learn how to take great pictures!

My husband has dedicated his life to the preservation of his beautiful mountain home.  He has led many nature walks in Radford, Ferrum, and The Blue Ridge Parkway, to name a few.  I can honestly say he is the most knowledgeable person I have ever known.  When he was a child he read the Encyclopedia and I don’t think he has forgotten any of it.

I always ask him first before I look something up.  It is very hard to stump him and unlike the comedic Expert Panel on the great Red Green show, he really does know what he is talking about.

On that hilarious Canadian show they have a panel of expert men that is dedicated to the three words men can’t say which are– I don’t know.    Clyde will say I don’t know but I hardly ever hear those words because he does know.

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The Bird and Word Man        Clyde Kessler

Come out for a great time!

 

 

A Ghost Story about The New River near The Blue Ridge Parkway and Not a Crater on Mars


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New River Scene    Original Painting has been Sold

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My Artwork

I have a lot of paintings on the beautiful New River as seen from Bisset Park and Riverview Park.   New River Scene is one of my more energetic works.  I was especially pleased with the movement in this painting and the fleeting look of the mountains through the tree limbs.

dedmonreflectionscopyrightNew River Reflections Near The Dedmon Center        Original  21″x27″acrylic on paper Painting  $1164.00

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Another beautiful section of The New River in Radford Virginia is close to the Dedmon Center at Radford University where I taught for twenty years in the Art Department.   This painting has a beautiful glow and serene atmosphere.  I love the way the reflections have been gently broken up by the ripples.

Ghost Stories about The New River

The Devil’s Stairs is a site along N.C. 88, just east of the community of Warrensville. The spot got its name when the Norfolk & Western Railway (now Norfolk Southern) extended the rail line from Abingdon, Va., into Ashe County, N.C., around 1914. A section of rock at that bend in the river was dynamited, and the resulting formation resembled a set of giant steps ascending the side of the mountain.

The stairs may have been designated as the devil’s because at least one construction worker is said to have been killed in the dynamite blast.

 

There are a number of versions of this North Carolina devil  but here is what Dennis Lewis, who put this story on New River Notes, thought was the best!

It concerns a preacher who was driving home after a church service on a rainy, cold night. As the car neared the Devil’s Stairs, the minister “saw a hitchhiker in a dark black raincoat that covered his head and face.” The preacher stopped to offer the stranger a lift, primarily out of compassion due to the raw weather that evening.

“The hitchhiker did not say a word as he sat in the back seat,” according to the account. The reverend “looked in the rear-view mirror several times, but never saw the hitchhiker’s face. So he turned around and looked into the man’s eyes, which were as red as fire and as big as a fist.”

 

The startled minister pulled over to the side of the road to let the rider out, but when he got out and opened the back door he found no one inside the car.

Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

When my son was little I read a lot of Sesame Street books to him.  His favorite was How to be a Grouch by Oscar the Grouch.  The one I remember the best was Grover’s Bad Awful Day.  We all have those at times.  It is one of those days that Murphy of Murphy’s Law just stalks you.

Yesterday was one of those days for me.  One irritating thing after another.

My bread machine for some reason has a hard time making a good loaf out of whole wheat flour.  I don’t mind when it doesn’t come out right because it is more dense and the flavor is usually better but yesterday’s loaf was  horrible.

My husband said take a picture of it and tell your readers it is not a crater on Mars.    It sure looks like one!

breadcraterAerial View of Yesterday’s Loaf of Bread or  My Bad, Awful, Day

More Bisset Park Beauty near The Blue RIdge Parkway and How it used to be on The New River


My Artwork

origbissetcopyrightBisset Park Original    Original Pastel Painting not Available for Sale

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I especially like the many New River scenes I have done.  My favorite ones were done from different parts of Bisset Park in Radford, VA.  When the weather is nice there are a lot of motor boats, canoes, and rafts gliding along the river.

Bisset Park Original is not available, because as luck would have it, it drowned in a gallery in North Carolina years ago.   There was a tremendous amount of rain that year and the gallery flooded.  The water rose over a foot and this pastel drawing was low enough for the lower half to be immersed in water!   The gallery was insured and I was compensated for the painting but it no longer exists.

Afterwards, I decided to do an oil painting of the same spot.  I wanted to get a very different look reflecting a different time of day and season.  One of my favorite artists, Claude Monet, often did the same scene at different times of days and seasons and each one is a unique, beautiful creation.  I love the way colors change throughout the day as the light shifts.

bissetcopyrightBisset Park    30″ x 40″ Original Oil Painting        $2425.00

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New River History

I love history and thought it would be nice to put in a little information on how different the river was years ago.

The river used to have many batteaux carrying cargo downstream as far as Bateau Mountain before the coming of the railroad.  Bateau Mountain ,which is near Grandview, is now called Batoff.

The batteaux were propelled along the shallow rivers by crews pushing long poles along the side of the boats and steering with long sweeping rudders at each end.

The boats carried lumber, agricultural produce, and mercantile products.

A lot of the workers were African-American crews and captains.  Because of the unique skills and abilities the job required, batteau crews could find an equality in their work that was not easily available for African Americans seeking employment in American society at the time.  For most of the workers it was a vagabond life on the river.

I found this information on batteaux in the online publication New River Gorge

Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

Again, be sure to join Clyde and Nancy Kent this Saturday in Wildwood Park for a great nature walk.  Photographer Nancy Kent will teach young and old on how to get good photographs of flowers in insects!

The Mount Rogers Naturalist Rally is coming up.  The Rally is Friday May 9    5:00 – 9:30pm at The Konnarock Community Center!  Check out the Blue Ridge Discovery Center for more information!

 

Bisset Park Near The Blue Ridge Parkway and A Charging Rhino…


My Art Work

fallnewrivercopyrightFall on The New River at Bisset Park   Original Pastel Painting has been sold

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I have done many paintings of the beautiful New River which is actually one of the oldest rivers in the world.  Many of the paintings come from Bisset Park in Radford, Virginia.  Radford Virginia is about 30 miles from the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway.

Bisset is Radford’s largest city park and is located on 57 acres of riverfront land in the central part of the city. The park offers walking trails, athletic fields, picnic shelters, children’s playground, a sand volleyball area and other opportunities for outdoor recreation. The three picnic are available for group functions.

I especially enjoy walking by the New River and have painted it many times.

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 New River Trestle    Original 30″x40″ Oil Painting      $2425.00

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The New River has been linked with numerous different names during our brief history in juxtaposition, with itself. It has been called the Wood, Wood’s, Woods, Kanawha, The Great Kahnaway River, and the Cohnaway rivers by various different maps and legends.

One legend has it that various Native American tribes nicknamed it the “River of Death” and the “River of Evil Spirits.” How did one of the oldest rivers, possibly on Earth, get the oxymoron of a name such as it has?

It has been documented that Colonel Abraham Wood, a noted English Fur trader, sent two men, Thomas Batts and Robert Fallam into what was then the unexplored outreaches of territorial Virginia. Discovering a river that they had never seen before, Batts and Fallam wrote “new river” on the map that they had drawn, and, without editing the map, turned it to the map maker, and thereafter the New River forever kept its name.

There are a number of explanations for the name of one of the world’s oldest rivers.  This account is the most accepted origin of the name.  I got this information from New River Gorge, an online publication.

Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

I wanted to again mention Clyde’ Nature Walk with Nancy Kent which is this Saturday!

My naturalist husband is at it again!  This week-end he will be leading a Spring Discovery Walk  with Nancy Kent at Wildwood Park in Radford, Virginia.  Nancy Kent is a great photographer and retired elementary school teacher.

The two of them are teaming up to help parents and their children learn how to  photograph various insects and flowers!  What a great way to start off the Spring season and enjoy nature in a beautiful setting!  Come with your children for a wonderful and educational outing!

 

A Charging Rhino

Two weeks ago my husband and son had a nasty virus with congestion and ear infections.  A week went by and I didn’t develop any symptoms.  I bragged that I didn’t get it.  I finally got sick last Saturday.  I shouldn’t have bragged!

I have to be at death’s door to slow down.  I am a workaholic and keep busy all day long.  My husband thought I should rest.

I told him that asking me to rest is like asking a charging rhino to move over!  Not going to happen.

 

Looking Down from Sharp Top at The Peaks of Otter and The Bird Man is at it Again!


viewsharptopcopyrightView from Sharp Top       Original 12″x16″ Professionally Framed Oil Painting    $484.00

Prints on Paper or Canvas will be available soon on my website

My Artwork

  • I will never forget the time my husband, son, and I walked down from Sharp Top mountain on The Peaks of Otter in Bedford County, Virginia.   How great to see the world from the mountain’s view!  We walked around and around the pointed peak and saw people climbing up.  I would never do that.  I am not in that good of shape to walk up a mountain and I think my son would have complained big time about that type of walk even though he did spend his childhood walking with his Dad on long mountain trails and even encountered a bear one time at Rocky Knob!
  • I am especially proud of my painting, “View from Sharp Top”, that was based on a photograph I took on the way down.  This painting has an exceptionally complicated textural surface and the colors sing!   Now that the Lodge has re-opened I hope we will find the time to visit this gorgeous resort again soon!  Such a peaceful, beautiful section of The Blue Ridge Parkway!

overlooknearPOOcopyrightGreat Valley Overlook Near The Peaks of Otter  Original Oil Painting   30″x 40″  in silver colored metal frame     $2425.00

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peachysunsetcopyrightPeachy Sunset      Original Oil Painting has been sold

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One of my favorite 20th century artists Pierre Bonnard once said, in so many words that an artist can learn a lot from the colors of a peach since they don’t change like the colors in a sunset.

 

Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

My naturalist husband is at it again!  This week-end he will be leading a Spring Discovery Walk  with Nancy Kent at Wildwood Park in Radford, Virginia.  Nancy Kent is a great photographer and retired elementary school teacher.

The two of them are teaming up to help parents and their children learn how to  photograph various insects and flowers!  What a great way to start off the Spring season and enjoy nature in a beautiful setting!  Come with your children for a wonderful and educational outing!

 

 

 

Waterfalls Near The Blue Ridge Parkway and The Witch of Cedar Mountain


fivemilemtcopyrightAnother Look at Five Mile Mountain  Original Oil Painting   25″x40″   $2025.00

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Five Mile Mountain near The Blue Ridge Parkway has a beautiful waterfall that I painted three times.  I did one for my father-in-law and then decided to do two more versions of this beautiful scene.  I have always loved creeks and spent a lot of time around them when I was a kid.

We were fortunate to live in a suburb that bordered a small private residence that had a large field and a creek running through it.  It was my favorite place to be and I often went there by myself.  It is no wonder I married a naturalist.

 

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Secluded Water Fall       Original Oil Painting    14″x 11″       $313.00

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Here is another wonderful  Mountain legend from Blue Ridge Highlander.com!

Witch of Cedar Mountain

Just before you get to Dahlonega coming from Union County, at the crossroads GA 60 and Highway 19, you ’ll notice a rather tall stack of stones in the center of the junction with a large plaque accompanying.  The plaque tells of the Cherokee princess Trahlyta, enchanted with great beauty obtained from “Witch of Cedar Mountain.”

It is was said that the witch knew of the secrets of the magic springs of eternal youth located 3/4 of a mile from here. Trahlyta’s tribe lived on Cedar Mountain north of Dahlonega.  Trahlyta was to said to drink from a nearby Fountain of Youth to maintain her renowned beauty.

Legend has it that Wahsega a rejected suitor kidnapped the great beauty Trahlyta.  Taken far from her homeland she lost the enchantment of her beauty.  Dying of a broken heart and away form the powers of the magic spring Wahsega promised to return her to her homelands and bury her near the magic spring.

Laid to rest under a large stack of stones, Trahlyta remains legendary to her people and her beloved mountains.   Travelers who passed by the stone covered grave often add a stone to the stack for good fortune.

Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

My husband and I get very irritated with technology.  We both agree that the improvements in technology are, for the most part, helpful, but everything is getting so complicated it is difficult to keep up.   I cussed, in private, big time after my Aperture program was upgraded.    Nothing much was changed and then a week after it was up-dated my files disappeared.

My husband up-graded his phone and we can’t figure it out.  The manual has to be viewed online.   When you can’t just pick up a phone and use it then there is a high probability of loud cussing by the owner.  We both did that yesterday.

Sometimes I wish I had grown up with computers.

Blue Ridge Parkway Legends and Spring Bird Sightings


 

My Artwork

creekbridgecopyrightCreek Bridge      Original Framed Oil Painting    18″x24″   $884.00

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The Blue Ridge mountains and the Smoky mountains are the oldest ranges in the United States so there are a lot of myths and legends about them.  I posted one yesterday and thought it would be fun to post more!

I love legends!

Check out the brass plaque near the Walasi-Yi Center where the Appalachian Trail passes through the center’s breezeway, it’s otherworldly to say the least.

The plaque states; In Cherokee mythology the mountain (Blood Mountain) was one of the homes of the Nunnehi or Immortals, the “People Who Live Anywhere,” a race of Spirit People who lived in great townhouses in the highlands of the old Cherokee Country. One of these mythical townhouses stood near Lake Trahlyta. They were a friendly people that often brought lost hunters and wanders to their townhouses for rest and care before guiding them back to their homes.

 

I got this legend from Blue Ridge Highlander.com

 

canoesmtlakecopyrightCanoes at Mountain Lake        Original oil painting has been sold

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Life with the Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

My Bird Man is pleased to see the chimney swifts return!  There were two recent sitings on Bent Mountain.

Here is some information on this beautiful bird from the Cornell online publication – All About Birds.

A bird best identified by silhouette, the smudge-gray Chimney Swift nimbly maneuvers over rooftops, fields, and rivers to catch insects. Its tiny body, curving wings, and stiff, shallow wingbeats give it a flight style as distinctive as its fluid, chattering call.

This enigmatic little bird spends almost its entire life airborne. When it lands, it can’t perch—it clings to vertical walls inside chimneys or in hollow trees or caves. This species has suffered sharp declines as chimneys fall into disuse across the continent.

 

More on The Great Smoky Mountains Near The Blue Ridge Parkway and Who can fall down the hardest…


My Artwork

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The Very Blue Ridge  Original Painting has been sold

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So far I have two paintings from The Great Smoky mountains of North Carolina.

They are a subrange of the Appalachian Mountains, and form part of the Blue Ridge Physiographic Province which is why I entitled the above painting, The Very Blue Ridge even though it is a range in the Smokies.  Both of them have been sold, but, as always, large and small prints on paper or canvas are available on my website.

North Carolina Myths and Legends

There are a lot of myths and legends about North Carolina mountains.

Here is one I really like.

 

Brown Mountain is a low ridge in Burke County that is a showcase for one of the last, great unexplained phenomena in the world.

During the night, usually in autumn, mysterious glowing orbs can be seen to rise up off the mountain, hover and wobble about fifteen feet up in the air, and then disappear.

There’s no denying that the lights are real. They have been observed by countless witnesses and photographed on many occasions. But what they are is still unknown.

 

Explanations have varied over the years.

The Cherokee were aware of the lights, and claimed that the lights were the souls of Cherokee women searching for their men who had died in a great battle between the Cherokee and the Catawba that took place on Brown Mountain.

Other legends say that the lights are the the ghostly echoes of lights that appeared during a search for a murdered woman in the 19th century.

 

I got this legend from Brown Mountain Lights on the online publication, North Carolina Ghost Stories and Legends

 

goldenbrsunsetcopyrightGolden Blue Ridge Sunset    Original pastel painting     18″x26″    $936.00

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Life with the Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

Kudos to Clyde for getting five more poems published yesterday in Mystic Nebula and Rose Red.  Mystic Nebula is a science fiction poetry magazine and Rose Red is a fantasy poetry magazine.  He really is on a roll lately!

I love to skate.  I have been skating for most of my life but a number of years ago I decided I should quit because I feared getting a bad injury.  I took up Line Dancing and loved it but missed skating.

This year I decided to go back and just skate when there aren’t a lot of people at the rink and wear pads.  I read on the Internet that skating is actually one of the lower risk sports and would be even lower if people would wear pads.

I still get nervous due to skaters that can’t skate very well and reckless skaters.

The other day a bunch of teen-age boys were skating at break neck speed and playing tag.  I told my husband it would be great if rinks had adult skates like pools so I could skate in peace.

His reply was they should have a session for all the macho skaters that want to see who can fall the hardest without mangling himself.  The words he used were more colorful but I strongly believe in G-rated posts!  Although I will post an occasional tasteful nude.  It’s art!

The Great Smoky Mountains near The Blue Ridge Parkway and The Mindy Project Tonight!


My artwork

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The Great Smoky Mountains     Original Painting has been sold

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Another great range mountain range in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains is The Great Smoky mountains.  This is another region my husband, Clyde Kessler, researches for birds and butterflies.  The national park is an extremely popular park.

It was established in 1934 and is the largest national park East of the Rocky Mountains and receives 9-10 million visitors a year.  The park is home to 4000 plant species, 140 tree species and around 1600 black bears.

It is known as the salamander capital of the world with 30 species.

I got this information from 75 facts about the Great Smoky National Park printed in the online publication, Escape to the Smokies

shadowridgenearockykcopyrightShadow on a Ridge Near Rocky Knob           Original Oil Painting     30″x40″     $2425.00

Prints on paper or canvas available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART

Life with the Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

Shadow on a Ridge Near Rocky Knob is another favorite painting from the Rock Castle Gorge section of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  I have more paintings from this area of the Blue Ridge Parkway than any other location.  This is where my husband does most of his bird and butterfly research.

He is a well-known naturalist in The New River Valley and has led countless nature hikes in his beautiful home region.

The Mindy Project is Back on The Air!

I am so pleased The Mindy Project is back on TV with a new episode tonight at 9:30pm on FoxTV!

reachingoutcopyrightReaching Out    Original charcoal drawing on paper in white mat        $894.00

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Be sure to look for my best-selling print, “Reaching Out”, which was chosen out of over 3 million works of art on Fine Art America to be on the show!  It is in Mindy’s office and there have been many shots of it last season and this season!