I guess it is the Monsoon season right now!

Lots of rain lately.  Too bad it was so dry when the crops really needed it.  Oh well,  I am glad to see the cool weather. 

I hate running the air conditioner, but when sweat starts rolling off my back, we turn it on.  Cheers!


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Blue Ridge Parkway Artist’s Cascades Painting and Blue Ridge Discovery Center News

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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

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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!

I Wish I were there Right Now!

I am working on a painting of the beautiful Cascades Falls in Giles County.  This gorgeous setting is part of the Jefferson National Forest and I have hiked up to the falls and swam in the pool of water many times.  The painting will be done soon and I think I will ask my husband to hike up there with me again soon! eveningriverscenecopyrightEvening River Scene  Original 30″x40″ Oil Painting   $2425

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

My Artwork

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!