I Didn’t even do a Rain Dance!

It has been raining steadily since yesterday morning!  So glad to see it!  Cheers!


tugglecopyrightTuggles Gap     Original 30″x40″ Oil Painting      $2425

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Second Stage Done! Yea!

I managed to get the second stage of a Pawleys Island beach painting done yesterday.   I think a lot of people don’t know that most paintings are done in a series of layers going from thin to thick.  It is quite an elaborate process that I couldn’t begin to explain, especially after all these years of developing a style that is unique to me. 


Wildflowers by a Blue Ridge Sunset   Original Painting has been Sold

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As I told my students an artist never gets exactly they they want but if they work hard they will get close.  This one is really close right now!


Roanoke, The Star City near The Blue Ridge Parkway and They wouldn’t tell us…

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Star City    original oil painting  25″x40″  $2000.00

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I am especially pleased with the complicated system of color, the intense brushwork, and the overall mood of this painting.

The Star City

Another great Blue Ridge Mountain locale is Roanoke city which is near The Blue Ridge Parkway.  It is also known as The Star City.

It was originally called Big Lick and was established in 1852 and chartered in 1874.  It was called Big Lick due to the salt which drew wildlife to the site near the Roanoke River.  The name Roanoke is said to have originated from an Algonquian work for shell money.  This was also the name of the river that bisected it and the county.  The river is probably where the shells came from.

I got this information from Wikopedia and my husband, Clyde Kessler.


Blue Ridge Meadow Sunset    Original pastel painting has been sold

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Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

Again, before I print this comment my husband made about people I want to emphasize that he is well-liked by all that come into contact with him and is the most diplomatic person I have ever known.  He is quite a contradiction – a very sweet curmudgeon!

Sometimes I am in awe of all we can do.  Computers, airplanes, spacecraft,etc.  My husband is not as impressed with our accomplishments because of all the problems technology has created for this limited spaceship.

The other day I said to him that ants don’t have computers.  His response was, if they did, they wouldn’t tell us.

Then I said we can fly but we don’t have wings.  He said there are so many people filled with hot air that they could probably get anywhere they wanted to go without an airplane.  Life with a curmudgeon!  Lots of fun!


Beautiful Carvins Cove near The Blue Ridge Parkway and Walking Behind a Horse…

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magiclightcarvinscovecopyrightMagic Light at Carvin’s Cove   Original painting has been sold

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Carvins Cove

Another great place near  The Blue Ridge Parkway is Carvin’s Cove.  I have done three paintings so far of this beautiful section of The Blue Ridge Mountains and will probably do more in the future.

Magic Light at  Carvin’s Cove is probably my favorite!  I am especially pleased with the light effect and the cool colors in the mountains and water.  I think this is one of my most magical paintings and it was sold to a great Roanoke patron.

Carvins Cover Nature Reserve is the second largest park in the nation.  11,363 acres of Carvins Cove is protected by the largest conservation easement in Virginia’s history and is overflowing with recreational opportunities including hiking, biking, fishing, and boat rentals.  There are more than 40 miles of trails.

I found this information on Carvins Cove in  the online publication Roanoke Outside.com


Misty Morning at Carvins Cove          original oil painting   32″x42″  professionally framed   $2952.00

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Life with the Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

When I say I married the Bird Man I don’t mean I married someone that likes to look at birds once in a while.  Clyde is a serious conservationist and has been keeping records on bird populations since 1975.

He is working hard to add his 15,000 data reports to E bird at Cornell University.  For most of our marriage he has worked part-time with the  U.S. Forest Service in The Jefferson National Forest researching bird, butterfly, and dragonfly populations.

The Trojan Horse  

My husband and I didn’t grow up with computers but now they are an essential part of our life and we are thankful for them in many ways but the computer can be a trojan horse.  We all have to be careful of harmful invasions.

I don’t know if anyone else has called the computer a Trojan Horse but lately I think it is a fitting title in another way.  Between my husband’s work and my artwork we spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen.

Lately I feel like I walked behind that horse and got kicked hard right in the butt!  I have to remember to get up every so often or maybe we should get a very high table for the computer so we can stand up!