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

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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!

 

 

 

More on Tuggles Gap on The Beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway and Radford Roosting Festival


My Art work

neartugglescopyrightNear Tuggles Gap   original oil painting 30″x40″      $2425.00

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My husband’s roots are deep in the Appalachian mountains and he has ancestors in Rock Castle Gorge and also in Tuggles Gap.  His  great-great-great-great grandfather Pryor Pendleton married  Mary Tuggles in 1807.

I wanted to post another section of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Tuggles Gap.  The Blue Ridge Parkway has so many gorgeous vistas.  In Near Tuggles Gap I caught a section of the Blue Ridge with two churches across from each other.  I think the structures makes for a great focal point in this paintings.

floydparkcopyright copyPark in Floyd   Original oil painting has been sold

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In Park in Floyd I had originally thought of painting the scene without the truck but then I thought it was a great focal point and color accent.  I’m sure the buyer of the painting at a gallery agreed!

Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

I wanted to again mention the Radford Roosting Festival where my Bird man will be leading a bird walk.   No admission charge!

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.

Wildflowers at Rock Castle Gorge on The Blue RIdge Parkway and Send out the Dog sleds…


My Artwork

I have quite a number of paintings that are based on scenes from Rock Castle Gorge and views from Rocky Knob.  I am pleased with all of them but if I had to pick favorites it would be the ones that include wildflowers.  The wildflowers are especially beautiful there and make for great color accents in my work.

summerpathcopyrightSummer Path at Rock Castle Gorge   $2425.00

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Summer Path at Rock Castle Gorge is one of my favorite landscapes.  My husband took me around to all the paths that were not hiking paths and I especially liked this one because of the colors and the path was grass rather than dirt.  It was probably just a place where a lot of people have walked through to the ridge to see more of the beautiful mountain vista.

My favorite wildflower found there and here in Radford, Virginia is Sweet Pea.  I love all colors but I am especially fond of magenta, probably because it is a red purple so it is both a warm and a cool color.

There is also Red Trillium, white Albultescens, and pink Claytonia virginica in this wonderful Blue Ridge Parkway area of Virginia.

Here are two more paintings from Rock Castle Gorge.  The first one is another view from Rocky Knob and the other one is a view from another part of the Rocky Knob overlook.

rockyknobcloudscopyrightRocky Knob

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sweetpeacopyrightSweet Pea Morning Original painting – $884.00

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Life with The Bird and Word Man

My husband, Clyde Kessler,  has always kept a close watch on the weather.  He follows all the reports and says some weather forecasters are more accurate than others.  This morning he was quite concerned about the coming  ice and snow storm so he asked me if we needed to get to the store for anything before the roads got bad.

I told him we were seriously low on chocolate.

He said we better send out the dog sled. LOL!