I Just Took off About Three Years of Grime on the Stove Hood!

I spend more and more of my time promoting my artwork as grime builds up around the house.  Today I am alternating between housework and computer work.  I don’t think I had cleaned the hood over the range in years!  What a mess!


jamesrivermomcopyrightJames River Moment   Original 30″x40″ Oil Painting     $2425

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Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, Legend of Tom Dooley, and Careful with Those Sparklers!

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist


libertysmall (1)Liberty  Original 8″x10″ Oil Painting      $168

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thomasgood (1)Wonder  Original Painting has Been Sold

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jamesreflectionscopyrightReflections on The James River     Original Oil Painting      $2425

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The Legend of Tom Dooley

In 1866, a woman named Laura Foster was murdered in Wilkes County. A man named Tom Dula, pronounced “Dooley”, was convicted and hanged for the crime. That murder and the name Tom Dooley lives on in one of the most famous folk songs ever to come out of North Carolina.

The story of a dashing Tom Dula that returns home from the war to fall in love with a young woman that was being courted by a school teacher is not the accurate story.  If you would like to read the true story you can find it in Stories from The Mountains online publication.  I would rather stick to the fanciful, romantic one.  Laura Foster was being courted by Bob Grayson. Foster fell in love with Tom Dula, but so did another woman, Anne Melton. Melton was married, wealthy, beautiful, and insanely jealous. Learning that Dula was in love with Foster, not her, Anne Melton stabbed Laura Foster to death in a jealous rage.

Tom Dula was blamed for the murder. Tula fled, heading for Tennessee. Bob Grayson headed a posse to hunt down Tom Dula, and he was dragged back to Wilkes County. Dula, realizing that it was Anne Melton who committed the crime, confesses out of a chivalrous desire to save her from a death by hanging.

On May 1, 1868, Tom Dula was executed for the murder of Laura Foster. Grayson returned home to the North. Anne Melton went slowly insane from guilt.

It’s this version of the tale, a complicated story story that ends in the death of an innocent man, that became immortalized in a folk song that circulated in North Carolina for nearly 100 years before it was made nationally famous by the Kingston Trio in 1958. Their recording of the ballad Tom Dooley reached #1 on the Billboard R&B charts, and rose to the top of the country music charts.


I got this story from Stories from The Mountains online publication


Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

My husband is a cautious man.  He is great about car up keep and is always advising me on the weather.  He is also very cautious with fireworks.  We only use sparklers due to all the accidents every year with the other ones.  What I didn’t know is sparklers are much more dangerous than most people think they are.

Sparklers remain one of the most dangerous fireworks in terms of accident statistics simply because they are taken for granted. Year after year people underestimate the dangers of these traditional items and get burnt.

Be sure to have a bucket of water nearby and only light one at a time.  Many accidents have occurred when two of these extremely hot sticks (several hundred degrees celsius) cross and cause a flare up.


So be Safe!


I hope you enjoyed my paintings by an artist of The Blue Ridge Parkway

The Beautiful James River off The Blue Ridge Parkway and More Blue Ridge Discovery Center News

My Artwork

I have always loved water.  When I was a child I spent as much time as I could playing at a creek near our house.  I loved the sound of the water and walking on the rocks.

Creeks, rivers, and, of course, the ocean are places I would rather be than anywhere else.  Much of my artwork includes water.

jamesreflectionscopyrightJames River Reflections           $2425.00

Prints on paper or canvas available at Kendall Kessler Art

I am especially pleased with the peaceful moods I captured from two views of the James River off the Blue Ridge Parkway.  This is another site my husband researches for bird and butterfly species.

I will never forget how beautiful the water looked and how magical the reflections were on this day.  My husband, I, and our son Alan walked all around this location and this painting is the view from the walkway bridge under the Harry Flood Byrd Memorial bridge which was constructed in 1959 . I am especially pleased with the complicated system of greens in this painting and the colors reflected in the perfectly still water.

jamesrivermomcopyrightJames River Moment    $2425.00Prints on paper or canvas available at Kendall Kessler Art

blueridgewildflowcopyrightBlue Ridge Wildflowers   original painting has been sold

Prints on paper or canvas available at Kendall Kessler Art

Life with the Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

One of my husband’s good friends, Scott Jackson-Ricketts, will be leading a hike this week-end!

Here is the info for all those that want to have a great time!

Attention to all interested parties. This Sunday, weather permitting, some of us BRDC explorers will be running up to the highlands, the Whitetop area specifically, to search for snowy owls and other winter migrants. If you are interested, please contact me at scottjr@ls.net for arrangements and car-pooling opportunities.


Also the  40th Mount Rogers Naturalist Rally is coming up soon!  Here is the link to this great celebration!          http://blueridgediscoverycenter.org/mount-rogers-naturalist-rally