Sunshine and Red Leaves!

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Beautiful view out my window today!  Lots of sunshine and red leaves!


rockyknobcopyrightRocky Knob in Fall Original Painting has been Sold

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This will be a Difficult Decision…

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An article on me and my artwork will be in the June print issue of The Inflectionist and the CEO contacted me about which paintings to use.  I have 699 pieces of artwork in my portfolio right now so I am going to have a hard time deciding which work to use.


He has some in mind but I’m not sure they are the best choices to represent me.  Decisions, decisions!  I am sure we will work it out!


The Inflectionist is a magazine for a small group of writers and artists. 

Most of the writers possess journalism degrees and some of the team are actually well known figures in the music and literary industries, including Kevin Stea (who was in Madonnas “Vogue” and Michael Jacksons “Black or White”) and Adam Jacot De Boinod (a writer for the TV show “QI”).


Glad to be asked to be part of this magazine.  Now to figure out what to put in the article.


ferrumcopyrightFerrum  Original Oil Painting has been Sold

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I thought I was being careful and POW!

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I was carefully cutting up an onion for our steak dinner tonight when the onion slipped and the knife went right into my pinky!  I let out quite a yell!  It was bleeding so much that I had to get my husband to put the band aid on.  It seems fine now so hopefully I won’t need stitches. 

Oh well, it happens!

rosesdrivewaycopyrightSpring Roses  Original 24″ x 20″ Oil Painting    $980

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Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, People Paintings, and Line Dancing Tonight!

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist

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Here are two more portraits of my son Alan.  These paintings are very special!


Allookmebig (1)Alan Looking at Me    Original  24″ x 18″  Oil Painting     $7000.00

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Looking at Me is a painting of my son when he was nine months old.  I did a number of paintings from photographs of Alan when he was young and I was amazed at how he seemed to pose for me when he was a baby.

In one photograph, as soon as he saw the camera he grabbed his foot and held it up and grinned.

We are always amazed at how fast our children grow up and I miss a lot of his younger years. I still have many vivid memories of all that he did and said. I wrote down many things he said so I wouldn’t forget those times. I am especially pleased with the sumptuous light effect in this painting.

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Alan on The Couch    Original  25″ x 40″  Oil Painting     $10,000.00

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Alan on the Couch is a painting I did years ago and was not happy with the result. I recently got it back out and worked on it and now I am satisfied with it. My son, Alan, is biting his lip and holding his ball for a rare still moment. I spent a lot of time chasing after him as he tried to jump over the sides of the couch.

I am especially pleased with the light effect and the bold brushwork in this painting.


Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler


Years ago I started taking Line Dancing lessons in an attempt to give up skating. I was becoming more and more afraid of the people that don’t know how to skate at rinks. Well, it didn’t work so now I do both and my husband took lessons for a while.  He has to get up in the middle of the night for work so he quit the lessons.

He isn’t much for going out at night so once in a while I go Line Dancing with friends from the class.  It is great fun and hopefully we will be there tonight!  Looking forward to it!


I hope you enjoyed portraits by an artist of The Blue Ridge Parkway!

Roanoke College Ghost Story near The Blue Ridge Parkway and Mount Rogers 40th Naturalist Rally Coming Up!

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colorblastbig2 (1)Color Blast    Original Oil Painting has been Sold

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A terrific example of gorgeous evening color on The Blue Ridge Mountains!


cloudcolorlarge (1)Cloud Color    Original 5″x7″ Oil Painting       $75.00

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One of my favorite cloud paintings!


riverview (1)Riverview Reflections       Original  30″x40″  Oil Painting       $2425

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If I had to pick a favorite painting, this is it!  The intricate surface, colors and textures are wonderful!


The Haunted Guest House of Roanoke College

The Monterey House on High Street on Roanoke College’s campus is said to be haunted. The house was purchased in 2002 and is used for a guest house and meeting space.  According to Dr. Tom Carter, the owner did not want to sell the house and told her children that the college would get the house over her dead body.

Supposedly the owner’s body is one of many ghosts people come in contact with at the house.  Students that have stayed over night have claimed they heard noises or felt tapping on their necks and hands. Dr. Carter asks his students to consider how their beliefs shape their findings and to try hard to discern exactly where the noises are coming from.

I don’t know if this is something to boast about, but Roanoke College has a year round Hall o’ ween house!


I got this information from Roanoke College online.   There is a picture of the building in the article.


Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

The much anticipated Mount Rogers 40th Naturalist Rally is almost here!   All are welcome for this great mountain 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.



Bedford Virginia Ghost Story near The Blue Ridge Parkway and The Word Man does it Again!

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monarchcopyrightMonarch   Original 15″x21″   Acrylic Painting on paper  $652

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Here is a great warm weather painting to brighten up anyone’s day!



naturalrhythmcopyrightNatural Rhythm  Original  30″x40″ Oil Painting       $2425

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Another Spring Beauty!  I have sold many canvas prints of this work.  The original painting is still available!



roadblueridgecopyrightRoad To The Blue Ridge    Original Oil Painting has been sold

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Bedford Ghost Story


I am still finding great New River Valley ghost stories!  I don’t necessarily believe they are true but they are interesting!  You never know!

The Seven Gates of Hell

This ghost story is about a place in Bedford, Virginia called the Seven Gates of Hell.  A house on a hill has seven black iron gates that lead up to the house.  The story goes back to a legend that began in the 1900’s about an insane family that went on a killing spree of African Americans.

Supposedly in the 1930s more were killed by the Klu Klux Klan.  My source says The Knights on Columbus but I believe that is an error.

Anyway, the grounds are so spooked that people are too afraid to walk up the hill to the house.  The gates are always open on Hall ‘ o Ween.  Spooky stuff!

I found this story on

Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

My poet husband is publishing all over the place these days!  The other day he had one poem accepted for publication in Decades Review.  The poem will published a few months from now.  Way to go Word Man!

Clyde has been published in over 200 magazines!  He is in communication with a publisher regarding a book!  I see that day coming!


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Another Roanoke Ghost Story near The Blue Ridge Parkway and Where is it?

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beachhousepawleycopyrightBeach Houses at Pawleys Island      Original Painting has been Sold

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 This is where I want to be right now.  We will be vacationing at this great South Carolina resort soon!


fairlawncopyrightClouds Over Fairlawn   Original 18″ x 24″ Pastel Painting    $864

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Another Beautiful Southwest Virginia vista!

clouddancecopyrightCloud Dance  Original 30″x40″ Oil Painting       $2425

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There are a lot of Sugarloaf Mountains.  This is the one in our neck of the woods off the Blue Ridge Parkway!

The Ghosts of Beth Israel Synagogue


Laurie Platt has no doubt she has been in touch with the other side at Beth Israel Synagogue!  She started to see and hear ghosts when she started her Folk Dance classes. A few times upon arrival she heard voices when the place was vacant.

Another time while dancing she looked up to see a woman floating in the back closet.  She was dressed in a ninteenth century dress.

The next day she went to the library and found out that before the synagogue was built there was a house on the property owned by “Betty” and her husband.  Supposedly Betty now haunts the Synagogue!

At other times another dancer and Laurie saw a short man standing on the stairs looking down at the hall watching them dance.


There certainly are a lot of ghost stories in Southwest Virginia and The New River Valley!  It is great fun looking them up!  I found this story on Ghosts of America.


Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler and Where is it?

My husband has a huge library of his naturalist records, wildlife and poetry books.  He is trying to get back some space in our computer room/guest room by putting these records online.  The room is a wreck but I read somewhere that exceptionally intelligent people have a hard time organizing their things because they are involved with so many different studies.

I would like to think that is the case here so I won’t set fire to the room.

I have to have my things organized or I can’t find anything.   I don’t have trouble finding my keys because it is against the law for them to be anywhere but on the kitchen counter or in my purse.  I have had panic attacks when they were just a little to the left or right of the spot and hiding behind something.

I only have one credit card.  If I had more I would lose them.     I don’t wear a ring because I would lose that also.  I can keep up with large things but not small ones.

Oh well.  As a little boy said many years ago to my husband, “We lock the castle up with booming tamborines!”  We manage, we manage!