More on the Peaks of Otter on The Beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway and The Mindy Project is Back!


distantpoocopyrightDistant View of The Peaks Of Otter    Original Professionally framed  12″x16″ oil painting     $484.00

Prints on paper or Canvas available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART

PLEASE FORGIVE IF YOU ALREADY SAW THIS POST TODAY   I CAN’T FIND IT SO I THINK THERE IS SOME SORT OF COMPUTER GLITCH

My Artwork

As usual I have had a rough start with WordPress due to the fact that I am somewhat computer challenged.  Oftentimes they don’t make sense to me and I get confused over how different sites are set up.  I started with a post on The Peaks of Otter and thought I had published two but now I see the second one is still a draft so here I go again.

Also, if anyone reading this can tell me how to take my posts out of Peaks of Otter category which is listed on all of them in my posts section, please do!  I’m not sure how that happened but I don’t want The Peaks of Otter to be the category selection for all my posts.

deerpoosopyrightDeer at Peaks of Otter     Original 30″x40″ oil painting          $2425.00

Prints on paper or canvas available at   KENDALL KESSLER ART

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Farm Pond    Original Painting has been sold

Prints on paper or canvas available at   KENDALL KESSLER ART

Life with the Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

My husband works on a computer all day long and is much better at understanding them than I am .  We have a wireless mouse at home which drives us crazy!  We regret switching from the attached mouse.  Ours is one rotten little rodent!

Lately it was moving so slow that it took forever to get things done on my website and other sites.  My husband opened it and spent a long time cleaning it.   I thanked him and told him my mouse has wings now!  He said, with a frown, that is a bat.  Oh well.  I will take a bat over that slow rodent any day!

The Mindy Project is Back on The Air!

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

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

Prints on paper or canvas available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART

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!

One more painting of Roanoke near The Blue Ridge Parkway and I can’t even find it…


My Artwork

campbellavecopyrightCampbell Avenue       Original Painting has been sold

Prints on paper or canvas available at     KENDALL KESSLER ART

Here is one more of my paintings of beautiful Roanoke, VA before I move on to other great places in Southwest Virginia.  This one is a great celebration of the beautiful pear trees that adorn Campbell Avenue.

I always include my phone number on the back of my paintings and was very pleased when the buyer called me to tell me how thrilled she was with the painting.  She hung it in her office.  I have seen her a number of times since then and she always tells me how much she loves it!

bluegreenascadescopyrightNear the Cascades     Original hand colored lithograph proof has been sold

I have other versions of this lithograph that are available on my website

Prints on paper or canvas available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART

Computer Challenged

I am getting a lot of likes on my About page which is much appreciated but when I go to look at the people I follow I have a hard time finding the About page.   So, please be patient with me.  I didn’t grow up with computers and they baffle me at times.

Life with the Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

My husband and I are noticing signs of aging that we don’t like.  I’m sure no one likes the memory problems and general ditziness that we all get if we don’t die young.

The other day I looked up Alzheimer’s symptoms to make sure I am not developing that disease.  I found a list of symptoms of aging with two rows.  The first one was Alzheimer’s and the second row was age.  All of my symptoms are found in the second list.  Yea!!!

Yesterday I said to my husband I just can’t cut the mustard anymore.  He said he couldn’t even find the mustard!

Radford Roosting Festival

The festival is tomorrow so I wanted to print the information one more time!

Radford Roosting Festival

RADFORD, VA -The Radford Visitor’s Center will be celebrating the 7th annual Radford Roosting Festival on Saturday, March 29rd in Bisset Park from noon – 3 pm.  Families are welcome and there is no admission charge.

This year’s festival will include live birds, educational birding stations, a photo contest and children’s activities.

There are three scheduled presentations that are sure to be of interest to attendees.

Scheduled presentations are:

12:00 p.m.-Jason Davis/SELU

‘Flying family dynamics: Bluebirds, parenting and stress’

  1:00 p.m.- Sarah Foltz

‘Town & country: How to be an urban bird’

  2:00 p.m.-Jessica Zielske/The Mountain Lake Conservancy

‘Avifauna & geology of Mountain Lake’

Also scheduled is a not-to-be-missed bird walk prior to the festival with Clyde Kessler, local bird expert with Radbird, an outfitter and touring company that specializes in interacting with local birds. The walk sets off at 9 a.m. from the Radford Public Library, 30 West Main St.

Fabulous Fancy Gap on The Blue Ridge Parkway


My Artwork

One of my favorite Blue Ridge Parkway sites, Fancy Gap, has been the inspiration for three of my paintings so far.  Wildflowers Near Fancy Gap was sold to a great patron in Chicago.  Farm Near Fancy Gap and Sunset near Fancy Gap are still available. It is quite an effort to ship a 30″x40″ oil painting on masonite which is a lot heavier than canvas but I have been doing that for around thirty years.

I have never had an accident or return – just compliments.  This patron wanted to frame it herself so I left off the light-weight metal frame I put my large paintings in.  Most patrons want to have the work professionally framed to suit their tastes.

I didn’t have a problem with the packaging but for some reason I must have put in the wrong information on UPS and was given a quote that was much higher than It usually is.  I contacted the patron and she said it was all right but when UPS came the price was much lower. We were having a hard time with adjusting the price on Paypal so I decided to just include a check for the difference.

Things work out!

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Wildflowers at Fancy Gap by Kendall Kessler

ARTIST RETAINS FULL COPYRIGHT OF ARTWORK AND IS PROTECTED BY US AND INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHT LAWS

A Little History on the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is the most visited unit of America’s National Park System.  It attracts around twenty million visitors each year.

The Blue Ridge Parkway runs for 469 miles. It mostly is part of the Blue Ridge which is a major mountain chain that is part of the Appalachian Mountains.

It is the longest, narrowest National Park in the world.

The road was begun during the administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt and was originally called The Appalachian Scenic Highway.

In 1936 it was formally recognized as The Blue Ridge Parkway.

A Little About Fancy Gap

Early roads in the mountains often followed established paths such as creeks, deer paths, and Indian trails.  The curves were hard on wagons so locals began building their own roads. In the mountains these home engineered roads often crossed at the lowest spots called gaps or up the gentlest slope which is called a spur.

There is a legend about how Fancy Gap got it’s name.  Ira Blair Coltrane(1815-1894), a self-made engineer helped his grandfather drive loaded wagons up the steep incline. The story is that he saw a better route up the mountains across the valley and remarked that it would make a Fancy Road.

In 1849 the Fancy Gap Turnpike was begun and finished in the 1850’s.  Coltrane, as a contractor, built the road from Fancy Gap to the foot of the mountain, making the dream of his youth a reality.

I found this information on a great essay by Ron Hall entitled Heaven is a little closer, Fancy Gap, Virginia.  Ron has a lot more interesting facts about Fancy Gap!

The Peaks of Otter on The Blue Ridge Parkway


Peaks of Otter History

My family has enjoyed this beautiful Bedford setting and it is one of many Blue Ridge Parkway sites my husband researches for birds and butterflies. I thought is would be interesting to include some historical facts about this beautiful place that has been an inspiration for a number of my paintings.

No one really knows how the Peaks got their name. There are no otters in the area. The most likely explanation is that two brothers, Charles and Robert Ewing named the peaks after otters from their native land.

There are many natural settings and rivers named for otters in Scotland and England. Charles Ewing and family members are buried at the foot of Sharp Top.

Europeans have known The Peaks for about two and a half centuries. Flat Top is the higher of the two and is 4,001 feed above sea level. Sharp Top is 3,875. Sharp Top appears higher but it is an optical illusion.

Sharp Top draws more visitors and Virginia’s contribution to The Washington Monument was taken from the top of Sharp Top.

I learned about The Peaks of Otter from a great essay called The Peak of Otter Story by Thomas A Markham. There is a lot more to read there if you are interested!

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                                                                                                                                              Cloud Swirl over the Peaks of Otter by Kendall Kessler  Original 18″x24″ Oil painting $864.00

Prints on Paper or Canvas Available at   KENDALL KESSLER ART

Life with Bird and Word Man

Since I am attempting to blog every week day I doubt that I will come up with an example of my husband’s crazy humor everyday but I do want to include something about him in my blog. He has devoted his life to the protection of his beautiful mountain home and has kept extensive wildlife records since his youth.

His discovery of the endangered Mitchel Satyr in 1998 is considered to be one of the most important wildlife finds in the second half of the twentieth century in Virginia.

My Art Work

Although the bulk of my artwork is about the Blue Ridge Mountains and the New River Valley, I am quite versatile and have been exploring my expressive side for some time now. I am having a great time working with my unique brand of Expressionism which I call Kendall Expressions. I am letting my colors and textures fly in these paintings and am excited about putting up my latest one of a domestic cat.

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Cat Swirl by Kendall Kessler

ARTIST RETAINS FULL COPYRIGHT OF ARTWORK AND IS PROTECTED BY US AND INTERNATIONAL LAWS

More on The Beautiful Peaks of Otter on the Blue Ridge Parkway and It Flies!


distantpoocopyrightDistant View of The Peaks of Otter    12″x 16″ original oil painting    Professionally framed         $484.00

Print on paper or Canvas available at        KENDALL KESSLER ART

My Artwork

As usual I have had a rough start with WordPress due to the fact that I am somewhat computer challenged.  Oftentimes they don’t make sense to me and I get confused over how different sites are set up.  I started with a post on The Peaks of Otter and thought I had published two but now I see the second one is still a draft so here I go again.

Also, if anyone reading this can tell me how to take my posts out of Peaks of Otter category which is listed on all of them in my posts section, please do!  I’m not sure how that happened but I don’t want The Peaks of Otter to be the category selection for all my posts.

 

 

deerpoosopyrightDeer at The Peaks of Otter     Original Oil Painting     30’x 40″      $2425.00

Prints on Paper or Canvas available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART

farmpondcopyrightFarm Pond   Original Oil Painting has been sold

Prints on Paper or Canvas available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART

Life with the Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

My husband works on a computer all day long and is much better at understanding them than I am .  We have a wireless mouse at home which drives us crazy!  We regret switching from the attached mouse.  Ours is one rotten little rodent!

Lately it was moving so slow that it took forever to get things done on my website and other sites.  My husband opened it and spent a long time cleaning it.   I thanked him and told him my mouse has wings now!  He said, with a frown, that is a bat.  Oh well.  I will take a bat over that slow rodent any day!

The Mindy Project is Back on The Air!

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

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!

reachingoutcopyrightReaching Out     Original charcoal drawing      24″x18″ on white paper in white mat          $894.00

Prints on paper or canvas available at     KENDALL KESSLER ART