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

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 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
Applachain Trail, Brushy Mountain north of Crandon
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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!

This may be the Last time for the Summer

I am determined to get all my work done and get to the lake today.  It is cool right now but it will be hot later.  The beach area closes after Labor Day Weekend so this is my last swim for the season!


lakesunsetcopyright copyLake Sunset  Original 5″x 7″ Oil painting    $75

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Pleased to Sell a Framed Print of Sunset near Fancy Gap!

A great patron in Herndon, Virginia bought a framed print of one of my Fancy Gap paintings today!   Cheers!

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Sunset Near Fancy Gap  Original 30″x40″ Oil Painting     $2425

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

Still Raining!

Our dry spell is definitely over!  We got a 1/4 inch today and more tomorrow!  Yes!!!!!


countrysunsetcopyrightCountry Sunset  Original  8″ x 10″ Oil painting        $168

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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!


Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, Ghost near Asheville and Our 24 Hour Ant Diner

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist


pawleyscormorantcopyrightPawleys Island Cormorant Morning   Original 30″x40″ Oil Painting     $2430

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

Before I married Clyde I didn’t know a cormorant from an osprey!  He has taught me a lot and I am proud of this latest shore painting!


cheerscopyrightCheers    Original 9″x12″ Oil Painting      $226

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A Cheerful Still life!


I found another great ghost story on  Local Asheville Ghost Stories website!


Battle Mansion is located near The Grove Park Inn.  Supposedly, it is haunted by a servant girl named Alice.

They say she either fell or was pushed down the stairs.  The mansion is also haunted by the former owner, Samuel Battle.  He has been seen wearing a top hat and formal attire.

When the mansion was the location of 13WLOSTV Alice was often seen by employees.  She wears a long, old fashioned dress.  Sarah Harrison, the writer of this report talked with two employees of Grove Park Inn and one of them swore that some wires hanging from the ceiling were swaying back and forth on their own.   The other worker said he was grabbed when he walked down the stairs. The man that grabbed him fit the description of Samuel Battle.  He was presented a picture of the doctor and is sure of his claim.  SPOOKY!

The mansion was demolished in 2006.


Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

Kessler Ant Diner –  Open 24/7!

Every year when the weather gets warm we have hoard of ants in our kitchen.  We have tried everything to get rid of them without success.  Ant traps don’t work and we have tried a number of safe remedies that work at first and then the ants are back in full force.  One summer talcom powder did the trick for a while and then they were back.

This summer we have a remedy that consists of putting a few drops of a glucose solution with poison on small squares of paper.  The ants eat the solution and take the poison back to the nest.  This one was working great for a while!

Now they are all just sitting in a circle around the drops having a great time!

Thank you for looking at Paintings by an Artist of The Blue Ridge Parkway


One More Time before the Storm!

I wanted to get one more blog in as the thunder rolls around outside.  I can’t imagine ruining a computer because I just didn’t get off during a storm!  Not going to happen!  Here is another painting and then Good Bye until tomorrow or the end of the storm – whichever comes first.


ospreyevecopyrightedOsprey Evening   Original 8″x10″ Oil Painting    $168

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