Our Blacksburg Ghost Story near The Blue Ridge Parkway and a Gorilla…


My Artwork

housebburgcopyright  House in Blacksburg        Original Oil Painting has been sold

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Since I have been blogging about New River Valley Ghost stories lately I thought this painting would be a good one to put up.  I had no intentions of painting a ghost house but the dissolution of form in the warm and cool colors, in a way, gives the impression of an other-worldly place.

Our Short Blacksburg Ghost Story

I am a very level-headed person and extremely skeptical of anything that is considered to be supernatural.  I took a silly Big Bang test a while back to see which character I am like on the show, and, of course, it was Sheldon.  My husband says I remind him of Spock from Star Trek.

Anyway, having said all that, I must say I have had three strange experiences in my life that I cannot explain.

Here is one of them.

Years ago my husband and I needed to get a larger apartment at the complex we lived at in Blacksburg, VA.  The manager said F-67 was open and we grabbed it.  They were having a hard time renting it and we couldn’t see why.  They were all alike.

Shortly after we moved in we were resting on our bed when we heard, very clearly, a voice that seemed to be coming from the closet.  The word was Rachel in a strange voice.  It happened a few more times and we just ignored it.  We never heard it again.

The only logical explanation would be that someone that could throw their voice like a ventriloquist was outside and playing a trick on us.  We will never know!

hucklyberrylinetrailcopyrightRain Pond, Huckleberry Line Trail in Blacksburg     Original Painting has been sold

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This pond no longer exists.  It was at the Blacksburg Airport when my husband and I were first married.  We would walk out to it every Sunday afternoon.  That is such a pleasant memory.

rockgardencopyrightRock Garden   Original 32″x40″ Professionally Framed Oil Painting    $2720.00

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This painting was inspired by the beautiful flower gardens at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg VA

Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

I try very hard to avoid problems on the internet.  I know that people can copy a site and make it look like an official request for a phishing attempt.  I know that people will try to get money from me by claiming they want to buy a painting and I need to pay their private shipping company out of the excess money on the check they send me.  Of course, the check is phoney and I am out the shipping money.

I have never fallen for that one and never will.

I do download some sites that are designed to help me improve my art sales.  They look perfectly okay to me.

My husband is much more cautious than I am and he says I would download a gorilla and let it walk around the house!   I would not!  We already have enough monkeys around here.

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.