Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, Judaculla Rock, and I Love it!


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goldenfarmcopyrightGolden Farm Scene    Original Oil Painting has Been Sold

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kingleafcopyrightKing on a Leaf   Original colored pencil drawing has been Sold

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I found another Blue Ridge Parkway Creature Tale!  This one is a giant in Jackson County, North Carolina.

 

Judaculla

There is a rock near Cullowhee North Carolina that has strange inscriptions on it. According to Cherokee legend these markings were the work of a giant named Judaculla.  Supposedly he lived in the region long ago.

The name literally means, “He has them slanting”, which refers to the giant’s eyes.  He was awful to look at with seven fingers on each hand and seven toes on each foot.  He was seven feet tall and very ugly.

Judaculla had control of the elements and all of the game.

There are many explanations for the markings on the rock.  One involves a fall that left impressions, in particular, a foot impression with seven toes.  Another is that Judaculla left hunting instructions on the rock as he was the master of all game and allowed the Cherokees to hunt.

 

The rock was an important focal point for the Cherokees and was the site of religious rituals until their forced expulsion in the 19th century.  It is now an historic site that people can visit.

 

I found this legend on Stories from The Mountains online publication.

 

Out of the Mouths of Babes

I love to laugh! I especially enjoy word play!  There was a great one today on Facebook.  A small child says she has Grandma on Speed Dial!  She calls it INSTAGRAM!

abeautifulmomemtcopyrightA Beautiful Moment   Original  20″x16″ Oil Painting    $670

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Life with The Bird and Word Man

The next Blue Ridge Discovery Center Even is Almost Here!

 

BRDC at Independence Farmers Market
Fri, June 27, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Where
Independence, VA
Calendar
BRDC Web Calendar
Created by
scott@blueridgediscoverycenter.org
Description
More kids oriented educational activities.

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, The Devil’s Tramping Ground and Worst 40th Birthday Card Ever – But very funny!


Blue Ridge Parkway Artist

Here are some of my recent Kendall Expressions paintings!  Check them out and more in the Kendall Expressions folder on my website!

sharkbeautycopyrifhtShark Beauty  Original  16″x20″ Acrylic Painting     $670

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Beauty and Danger  Original  16″x20″ Acrylic Painting     $670

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Tiger Stare Original  16″x20″ Acrylic Painting     $670

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I am having a great time researching myths and legends of mountain sites that are near the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway!   Here is another Native America legend about the Devil!

The Devil’s Tramping Ground

The Devil’s Tramping Ground is located in Western Chatham county near Siler City.  It is forty feet long. The path forms a ring and is a foot wide. The center of the circle and the area around it is covered with grass and plants but nothing grows in the path.

If objects are place in the path at night they are removed by morning.

It is believed to be the ground where the devil walks in a circle planning his devious tricks. His foot prints make the path.  He is gone by morning.  The devil’s foot prints are so hot the ground is scorched so nothing can grow there. It is believed animals avoid the path.

Spooky!

I got this great legend from Cherokee Indians – Native American myths and legends online publication

 

Worst 40th Birthday Card Ever

I just checked out a Good Neighbors DVD from the library.  I love it so far!  The opening scene has a man with a birthday cake with one candle.  He opens a card and reads it.   Mozart and Mendelssohn were dead by forty – Why aren’t you?

 

Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

The Independence Farmers Market is coming up June 27th!  This is another great event with The Blue Ridge Discovery Center!  There will be activities for kids!  Come on out!

 

BRDC at Independence Farmers Market
Fri, June 27, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Where
Independence, VA
Calendar
BRDC Web Calendar
Created by
scott@blueridgediscoverycenter.org
Description
More kids oriented educational activities.

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, Lover’s Legend and Where does an editor go for…


Blue Ridge Parkway Artist

oldkitchenbrowncopyrightOld Fashioned Kitchen Again   Original 10″x8″ Color Lithograph     $170

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oldkitchemcopyrightSunny Old Fashioned Kitchen   Original 10″x8″ color Lithograph   $170

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Here are two of my color lithographs!  What a difference color makes in the expression of artwork!

 

dancingconeflowercopyrightConeflower Dance  Original Oil Painting has been Sold

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Oil paint will always be my main love!

The Legend of Blowing Rock

The town of Blowing Rock in North Carolina is named for a large over-hanging rock formation over a deep valley in the Appalachian mountains that has an upward draft. The draft is so strong that in winter snow blows upwards towards the rocks.

There is a story about this phenomenon that concerns two lovers from different Native American tribes.

Long ago a young chickasaw woman and her father moved deep into the woods to get away from the constant conflict between the Chickasaws and the Cherokees.  One day she was  in the woods gathering food when she saw a man that she feel in love with at first sight.  He was a Cherokee.

 

They met secretly for months and then one day they were drawn to a cliff to see a strange color in the sky.   The sun turned dark and became almost the color of blood.  The man knew this meant there was going to be a war between the two tribes and much blood would be lost.

He didn’t know who is should be loyal to- his tribe, or his love.  His decision was to jump off the cliff and end his life.  His lover was horrified and prayed to the gods that controlled the wind that he wouldn’t die and he magically came back up to her on the wind.

The two used the example of their miraculous love to bring peace to the Cherokees and the Chickasaws.

 

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

 

Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

My husband is always playing with words and cracking me up.  We haven’t had to call 911 yet but I see that day coming.  Maybe one day I can laugh to death!  I think that would be a great way to go!

Anyway, he came up with one I really like a few days ago.  He was talking about revising different kinds of writing and came up with the word, revisal.

A revisal is where an editor goes to get religion! Love it!

 

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