Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, People Paintings, and Hawk Migration!

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist


I am pleased to blog about my people paintings.  They are very important to me.  My two favorite models are my son and my husband. 

I have done a number of paintings of both of them over the years and plan to do a new one of my husband when I can find some time and he is not out studying nature on a mountain top!

Clydeal (1)Clyde and Alan  Original Oil Painting has been Sold

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This painting is of Alan when he was a few months old.  Clyde did not like to sit in a rocking chair so when he put him to sleep he would lie down and rock him. 

I noticed that almost every time he held him in his arms, Alan would go to sleep.  I guess he associated Daddy’s arms with bed time.


Alan by Our Window  Original Oil Painting has been Sold

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This painting is of Alan when he was a toddler.  He liked to stare out the window.  I am especially pleased with the energetic brush work in this painting.  Frank Webb commented at a competition that I was able to weave paint together in a very impressive way.  

I won one of the cash awards at the show.


Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

Fall is Hawk migration time and hundreds are flying over! Two of Clyde’s friends, Tom Moser and Todd Frederickson led a hawk watch at Rocky Knob with a class and there were 500 hawks, mostly Broad-winged hawks.


Kendall Kessler Special Promotions

Be sure to click on Kendall Kessler Art for my Special Promotions!  I will have three up tomorrow.  Cloud Swirl over The Peaks of Otter is on special all September. 

Click on the Mountain paintings folder, then click on the painting and choose the 24″ x 36″ canvas print for 40% with a 30 day money back guarantee that includes shipping fee!



Cloud Swirl over The Peaks of Otter    Original 24″ x 36″ Oil Painting $670

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

Christiansburg Ghost Story Near The Blue Ridge Parkway and I use Signs now…

My Artwork

house11copyrightHouse on Route 11  Original Oil Painting has been Sold

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Route 11 is the road I take to Christiansburg, VA.  I loved this house and decided to make a painting of it.  It was sold in Roanoke at Studios on The Square.



Christiansburg Virginia Ghost Story  

This is a Ghost Story that has been around for more than a century. Mary Snead, Caroline Martin, and Virginia Wardlaw were educators that ran the Old Montgomery Female Academy.

The old building is gone. It is now The Old Christiansburg Middle School and currently houses Blacksburg Middle School students.

The women were notorious for killing off relatives for insurance money.  They were never convicted of a crime until they left and moved to New Jersey in 1909. When they went to New Jersey they had a $20,00 insurance policy on Ocie Snead. The three women would pay for the suspicious drowning of Ocie.

Caroline was convicted and died later in a state mental institution.

Mary Snead pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Virginia Wardlaw starved herself to death before a judge could make a ruling. Her body is in an un-marked grave in Christiansburg.


Some people say the Snead Sisters, or The Sisters in Black still live in the halls of this local school.

I found this ghost story on the online articles collections

thecrossingcopyrightThe Crossing  Original 25″x 30″    Acrylic painting    $1830.00

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This is a painting I did from a photograph of a man and his daughter crossing The New River from Bisset Park.  I changed the way they looked to protect their privacy.  I just thought this would make a nice genre painting.

Life with The Word and Bird Man

I have always been careful to the point of being uptight about schedules and my husband is the same way.  We are both usually early to any kind of meeting.  It is much easier to be early than on time.  He has some choice words about people that are late.  He has a descriptive word for someone that is five minutes late, another one for ten, and a very colorful one for someone that is twenty minutes late.

I never thought I would forget an appointment until about a year ago when I thought about the appointment in the morning and then forgot about it in the afternoon!  I was mortified so now I actually post a sign that hangs down from the door frame to my kitchen so I won’t forget.

Age really does change a person.  This morning I had to be reminded by my husband to put the sign up!  Yikes! What next?