I guess it is the Monsoon season right now!


Lots of rain lately.  Too bad it was so dry when the crops really needed it.  Oh well,  I am glad to see the cool weather. 

I hate running the air conditioner, but when sweat starts rolling off my back, we turn it on.  Cheers!

 

I am really pushing my new Youtube right now!  Please click on it!

 

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist’s Cascades Painting and Blue Ridge Discovery Center News


Blue Ridge Parkway Artist

 

Be sure to click on my newest video about The Cascades and other beautiful scenes with water!

 

I took a break from my new Pawleys Island series to paint the gorgeous Cascades waterfall in Giles County, VA.  This beautiful site is one of the most popular attractions of  The Jefferson National Forest and I have made the two mile hike to the falls many times .

The hike is two miles and it is mostly up so I know I will be tired but it is worth it.  The pool below the falls is icy cold but that never stopped me from swimming in it.   I spent many summers vacationing at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and the water there is always cold.

I am very pleased with the painting!  I think I captured the energy of the falls and the beautiful, serene setting with a subtle light effect that emphasizes the warm/cool color contrast. 

 

IMG_1612 (1)Cascades in Giles County     Original  24″x20″ Oil Painting    $960

Prints on Paper or Canvas Available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART

 

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Cloud Swirl over The Peaks of Otter is on special all September! Click on KENDALL KESSLER ART and then on Mountain Landscapes.  Click on Cloud Swirl over The Peaks of Otter and on the 24″ x 36″ Canvas print selection for the special rate!

cloudswirlpoocopyrightPeaks of Otter     Original  18″x 24″  Oil Painting    $864

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Burning Shore  Original painting has been Sold

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Eagle Fire    Original 16″x 20″ Oil Painting       $670

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

 

 Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

Clyde is traveling to Independence, VA today to meet with the Board of Directors of The Blue Ridge Discovery Group!  Lots of great events to be planned!  Don’t miss tomorrow’s hike! 

Blue Ridge Expeditions: Hike Brushy Mountain North of Crandon
Sat, September 13, 12am – Sun, September 14, 12am
Where
Applachain Trail, Brushy Mountain north of Crandon
Calendar
BRDC Web Calendar
Created by
aaron@blueridgediscoverycenter.org
Description
September 13th on Brushy mountain north of Crandon. All hikes are on the famed Appalachian Trail, a 2,200 mile footpath from Georgia to Maine, completed in 1937.

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed by painting of The Cascades in Giles County by an artist of The Blue Ridge Parkway!

That was CLOSE!


We had to travel I-81 today with trucks everywhere!  What a congested road!  We took turns driving and we both kept a close watch on all the traffic.   We were getting pretty close to home when we were traveling in the left lane with a huge truck in the right lane.  There was so much traffic my husband couldn’t get around it. 

I was getting a little uptight when the truck started to slide into our lane!  I yelled at my husband to hit the horn when the driver must have awakened  and moved back into the right lane.

I can’t say for sure that he had fallen asleep but that was the closest we have ever come to being creamed by a truck!  Yikes!

 

fastwaterwildwoodcoopyrightFast Water at Wildwood Park    Original Painting has been Sold

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Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, Floyd Fest ,and The Camps seem to be Merging…


Blue Ridge Parkway Artist

 

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Men  Original 7″x10″ Hand colored Lithograph $150

Prints on Paper or Canvas Available at   KENDALL KESSLER ART

 

creeksmartviewlbig (1)Smart View Original Oil Painting has been Sold

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Floyd Fest

 

Floyd Fest is a great celebration of life !

The event began in 2002, and spans four days each year with on-site camping and multiple stages featuring rock, bluegrass, reggae, folk, Yiddish, Cajun, and world music performers!

In addition to music, the festival features local arts and crafts, dance workshops, morning yoga lessons, story telling, poetry readings, and a Children’s Universe tent.

 

Here is a promo for the Floyd Fest website!  Be sure to check it out for more info on the artists that will be performing!        FLOYD FEST

 

At FloydFest, we believe in the WHOLE SUM Festival experience- which is what makes our event more than just a music festival- it’s a total vacation package. Our beautiful Appalachian Mountain venue lends itself to breaking away between sets for a hike, bike ride, even a nearby float trip.cypfloydfest2013-39

Our Children’s Universe features performances, workshops, play equipment, and basically enough FUN STUFF to keep the kids entertained (and educated!) for four entire days.

The Healing Arts area offers ‘hands-on’ healing ranging from traditional massage to the more nuanced alternatives, as well as morning yoga classes and other natural refreshers.

The Teen Scene provides a space and outlet for our ‘rising adults’ to both get space and make healthy connections, and our Workshops and Panels are educational, informative and  engaging platforms for the exchange of information and ideas.

 

Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

We are still fighting the ants with little success.  I put out the glucose drops that contains poison and they just seem to party down!  They looked sluggish the other day but now they are back to perfect circles around the stuff. 

Maybe they are playing cards. 

Until today the small species stayed clear of the large ones but I guess they either called a truce or they are good friends now.  Both types are everywhere in the kitchen and bathroom.

I’m sure a manufacturer will come up with another fool proof method for getting rid of them.  We are the fools that prove the pesticide works for a while and then the ants become immune to it!

I hope you enjoyed Artwork by an artist of the  Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, The Moon-Eyed People and The Word Man does it Again!


Blue Ridge Parkway Artist

Here is one of my favorite Kendall Expressions paintings!  See more on my website in the folder of the same name!

 

owlselectriccopyrightOwls Electric  Original   9″x8″   Pastel Painting  $174

Prints on Paper or Canvas  Available at   KENDALL KESSLER ART

 

porchlithocopyrightPorch     Original Hand Colored 8″ x 10″  Lithograph   $180

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autumnjewelscopyrightAutumn Jewels    Original Oil Painting has been Sold

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One of my favorite Autumn scenes!

 

More Appalachian Cherokee Legends!

 

The Moon-eyed people were, according to the Cherokees, a race of small men that  lived in the southern Appalachians. They were quite different from the Cherokee people in appearance.  Their skin was light and and they were bearded.  They were called moon-eyed because they could only see at night.  Their sensitive eyes were blinded by the sun so they were nocturnal beings that lived in underground caverns.

Cherokee cosmotology is complex.  They believe they live with other supernatural beings but the Moon-eyed people are never described as having other-worldly characteristics so some believe they may have been European settlers that arrived before Columbus.

The stone wall of Fort Mountain, George is said to be associated with these people. According to legend, this great wall is left over from a war between the Moon Eyed People and the neighboring Creek nation. The wall is 850 feet long with varying heights between two and six feet high.  Again, according to legend the Creek nation drove the Moon Eyed People off in a battle at night when the light of the moon was strong enough to weaken the nocturnal warriors.

 

I found this great story from the online publication Stories from the Mountains!

 

Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

The Word Man has done it again!  This time  his poem, My Granny’s Island has been accepted for publication by Leaves of Ink!  Yea Word Man!  The poem will appear in July’s issue!

Thank you for looking at paintings by an artist of The Blue Ridge Parkway

The Rain Helped me out!


The windows won’t wash themselves but I am not standing in the rain to clean them!  Maybe tomorrow!

 

bridgewildwoodcopyrightView from Wildwood Bridge  Original 30″x40″  Oil Painting    $2425

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Staunton Ghost Story near The Blue Ridge Parkway and One More Time!


My Artwork

 

n.albemarlecopyrightNorth Albemarle, McLean Virginia      Original 30″x40″    $2425

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Here is a beautiful Mclean garden!

 

neardedmoncopyrightNear The Dedmon Center     Original  11″x14″ Oil Painting      $313

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Great View of The New River by The Dedmon Center at Radford University!

 

nearkirbycopyrightNear Kirby Road     Original Oil Painting has been Sold

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This is where I spent much of my childhood!  It is no wonder I married a naturalist.

Staunton Virginia Ghost Story

 

I am still finding news ghost stories.  Here is a Staunton, Virginia spooky tale!

 

The Bell Grae Inn Ghost Story

 

This Inn is haunted by Mrs. Bagsby since the 1800’s. She unlocks door and play other tricks. It has been reported that she has caused the Inn’s hot water supply to bypass a guest that she does not like.

The Inn claims guests can experience this ghost if they stay in Room 7!  I thought 7 was a lucky number.  Not in this case!

 

Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

I wanted to be sure to announce The 40th Annual Mount Rogers Naturalist Rally that starts today!  What a great opportunity to learn about this wonderful mountain region and gain insight to ways to preserve the wildlife and natural beauty of this region I have happily spent my adult life in!

I cannot imagine living anywhere else and I never tire of painting the incredible atmospheric effects of The New River Valley and the surrounding areas!

Please come out and have a great time!

 

The 40th Annual Mount Rogers Naturalist Rally

This BRDC signature event highlights the crown jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Southwest Virginia.  The Mount Rogers area, which includes Virginia’s three tallest peaks, has long fascinated scholars and explorers.  Not only is there a wide variation in altitude, there are many different ecosystems and mini-ecosystems within a short drive or hike of each other.

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 – Ronald 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.

 

Salem Ghost Story near The Blue Ridge Parkway and Mount Rogers 40th Naturalist Rally is Tomorrow!


My Artwork

 

islepalmscopyrightIsle of Palms Sunset     Original 30″x40″ Oil Painting      $2425

Prints on Paper or Canvas Available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART

This is where my head is at right now!  Looking forward to our South Carolina shore visit!

 

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Fast Water Wildwood Park    Original Oil Painting has been Sold

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Beautiful view of Radford Virginia’s popular park!

 

Today I came across a very interesting ghost story written by “an old man” according to the writer.  It is intriguing to me that the author has a theory that perhaps we see these things when we are young and more perceptive to what is around us. He has not had a supernatural experience since this story.

As I have mentioned before, I am a skeptical person but I have had four strange events in my life that I cannot explain.  Interestingly enough, the latest one was a few months ago and I am not young by most people’s estimation of what young is.

 

Lunch Bucket Man

The writer’s story happened when he was a student.  He was traveling home to Roanoke via Rt. 81 via Wildwood Road.  Supposedly the Wildwood Inn has quite a spooky reputation. The Inn was closed and he was pretty much the only car on the road.

As he approached the ramp to Wildwood Road he saw a tall thin man holding a lunch bucket, not a pail, but a bucket.  The writer said he had seen that type of bucket carried by coal miners.  When the car lights passed over the man there was no shadow.  He didn’t move or change expression.

He seemed to vanish and the writer tried hard to figure out what had happened but could not come up with a logical explanation.  He has not had a similar experience.  This was in the early 1980’s.

I found this story on Ghost of America online.

 

Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

The Mount Rogers 40th Naturalist Rally is tomorrow!  I wanted to be sure to alert everyone again to this great event!

The 40th Annual Mount Rogers Naturalist Rally

This BRDC signature event highlights the crown jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Southwest Virginia.  The Mount Rogers area, which includes Virginia’s three tallest peaks, has long fascinated scholars and explorers.  Not only is there a wide variation in altitude, there are many different ecosystems and mini-ecosystems within a short drive or hike of each other.

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 – Ronald 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.

 

Smart View on The Beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway and This is Spring?


My Artwork

creeksmartviewlbig (1)Creek at Smartview      Original Painting has been sold

Prints on paper or canvas available at   KENDALL KESSLER ART

Another beautiful vista on The Blue RIdge Parkway is Smartview.  I have done one painting and one pastel painting of this great place.  I willl never forget the day we had a picnic there.  I was teaching at Radford University and working hard at motherhood, painting, and housework and I was so tired I was practically lying down on the picnic table.

I still wanted to take some pictures to base some painting on so I got up and got some great shots of Smart View and then turned around and took a shot of the creek which was so peaceful.  Most of my paintings are based on my photographs and slides.  Pein air painting is not for me.

My work is meant to be viewed indoors and it is done with many layers going from thin to thick paint.  If I paint outdoors and then bring it inside, it is a completely different painting.

Creek at Smart View was bought by a great Blacksburg patron who later commissioned me to paint a creek scene with his wife and a child by her side.  She was pregnant and knew nothing of this painting.  A Baby shower was coming up and he worked on a baby tapestry that was the same size as the painting.  At the shower he had my painting under a sheet of fabric and his wife told everyone she already knew what it was.  She was sure  it was the tapestry. When he took down the sheet and revealed a painting with her and a child by a creek she was flabbergasted.

What a great gift, great surprise,  and a great husband!

bluestonelakebig (1)Bluestone Lake   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

My husband is quite a self-taught scholar and one of his favorite subjects is the weather.  He has been studying the patterns all his life and when he was a child he would tell his mother what to expect and she said he was right most of the time.

I always check with him if I am going out anywhere.   One time at an outdoor  show in Roanoke on a very sunny day he came up to me and said I had five minutes and then it would be raining.  Everyone around me thought he was wrong.  Five minutes later there was a river running down the road.

Needless to say he is concerned with what he calls climate disruption.  He agrees with scientists that think global warming is real whatever the cause which brings me to my blog title.  This is Spring?  There is another cold front on the way and I am not looking forward to it!