Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, Scalawag and Maybe it is Renting it…


My Artwork

moutainlakeguestscopyrightMountain Lake Evening   40″x30″  Original Oil Painting     $2425

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canoesmtlakecopyrightCanoes, Mountain Lake     Original 30″x40″ Oil Painting has been Sold

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Mountain Lake in Giles County was the setting for the hit movie, Dirty Dancing with Patrick Swayze!

I found another paranormal tale about a wild man in The Blue Ridge Mountains!

 

The Scalawag from Blue Mountain

Jimmie Lee had heard tales about the legendary Big Foot or Sasquatch but never thought he would come into contact with the beast.  He was twelve years old and staying with his uncle and two cousins for the summer.

One morning his uncle told the boys he saw huge  prints near his apple orchard.     Jimmie and his cousins decided to pitch a tent to see if they could see Scalawag!  They were having fun and when the campfire got low they decided to go to sleep at around 11:00.  About thirty minutes later, the narrator heard a strange hissing sound.  He woke his cousin up and they both heard limbs cracking outside.

They saw with the flashlight a huge mammal like creature with long red fur eating apples in a crouched position. The creature turned and stared at them and they could see a strange human-like face with a pointy head. The face was the only part of the creature that did not have fur and was an orange-brown color. It let out a screeching howl and ran off into the woods.

The next day they saw the huge prints with toes in the ground.  The uncle and aunt have heard the noise of the animal since this event and Jimmie Lee swears he has seen Sasquatch!

I got this story from About.com Paranormal Phenomena online

Life with the Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

I have always been nervous about spiders since one of my childhood friends said she had a black widow spider in her garage.   I stayed out of there!  I am not that scared of them but I don’t know one from the next so I am cautious.

The other day there was a small black spider in the computer room so I asked The Bird Man who is also very knowledgeable about insects to look at it.  I yelled from the room that there was a spider in the room and would he come check it out.

He asked me if it had it’s own web.

I said I didn’t know.  Maybe it is renting it.

The Word Man was not amused.

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

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, The Devil’s Tramping Ground and Worst 40th Birthday Card Ever – But very funny!


Blue Ridge Parkway Artist

Here are some of my recent Kendall Expressions paintings!  Check them out and more in the Kendall Expressions folder on my website!

sharkbeautycopyrifhtShark Beauty  Original  16″x20″ Acrylic Painting     $670

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Beauty and Danger  Original  16″x20″ Acrylic Painting     $670

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Tiger Stare Original  16″x20″ Acrylic Painting     $670

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I am having a great time researching myths and legends of mountain sites that are near the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway!   Here is another Native America legend about the Devil!

The Devil’s Tramping Ground

The Devil’s Tramping Ground is located in Western Chatham county near Siler City.  It is forty feet long. The path forms a ring and is a foot wide. The center of the circle and the area around it is covered with grass and plants but nothing grows in the path.

If objects are place in the path at night they are removed by morning.

It is believed to be the ground where the devil walks in a circle planning his devious tricks. His foot prints make the path.  He is gone by morning.  The devil’s foot prints are so hot the ground is scorched so nothing can grow there. It is believed animals avoid the path.

Spooky!

I got this great legend from Cherokee Indians – Native American myths and legends online publication

 

Worst 40th Birthday Card Ever

I just checked out a Good Neighbors DVD from the library.  I love it so far!  The opening scene has a man with a birthday cake with one candle.  He opens a card and reads it.   Mozart and Mendelssohn were dead by forty – Why aren’t you?

 

Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

The Independence Farmers Market is coming up June 27th!  This is another great event with The Blue Ridge Discovery Center!  There will be activities for kids!  Come on out!

 

BRDC at Independence Farmers Market
Fri, June 27, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Where
Independence, VA
Calendar
BRDC Web Calendar
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More kids oriented educational activities.

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, The Moon-Eyed People and The Word Man does it Again!


Blue Ridge Parkway Artist

Here is one of my favorite Kendall Expressions paintings!  See more on my website in the folder of the same name!

 

owlselectriccopyrightOwls Electric  Original   9″x8″   Pastel Painting  $174

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porchlithocopyrightPorch     Original Hand Colored 8″ x 10″  Lithograph   $180

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autumnjewelscopyrightAutumn Jewels    Original Oil Painting has been Sold

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One of my favorite Autumn scenes!

 

More Appalachian Cherokee Legends!

 

The Moon-eyed people were, according to the Cherokees, a race of small men that  lived in the southern Appalachians. They were quite different from the Cherokee people in appearance.  Their skin was light and and they were bearded.  They were called moon-eyed because they could only see at night.  Their sensitive eyes were blinded by the sun so they were nocturnal beings that lived in underground caverns.

Cherokee cosmotology is complex.  They believe they live with other supernatural beings but the Moon-eyed people are never described as having other-worldly characteristics so some believe they may have been European settlers that arrived before Columbus.

The stone wall of Fort Mountain, George is said to be associated with these people. According to legend, this great wall is left over from a war between the Moon Eyed People and the neighboring Creek nation. The wall is 850 feet long with varying heights between two and six feet high.  Again, according to legend the Creek nation drove the Moon Eyed People off in a battle at night when the light of the moon was strong enough to weaken the nocturnal warriors.

 

I found this great story from the online publication Stories from the Mountains!

 

Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

The Word Man has done it again!  This time  his poem, My Granny’s Island has been accepted for publication by Leaves of Ink!  Yea Word Man!  The poem will appear in July’s issue!

Thank you for looking at paintings by an artist of The Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, Sirens, and More Mirror Jokes


Blue Ridge Parkway Artist

I always work hard to put the “life” in still lifes!

karenstilllifecopyrightKaren’s Gift    Original  30″x40″  Acrylic Painting     $2430

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applepeartwirlcopyrightApple and Pear Twirl    Original 9″x20″ Oil Painting   $360

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joggercopyrightJogger  Original Oil Painting has been Sold

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Blue Ridge Parkway Way Sirens

 

The Lorelei live in the pools of Ashville, NC and here is the Native America legend regarding their existence! They are said to live in pools of rapidly flowing water.

The Lorelei are sirens that appear to travelers that stop for a drink in the heat of the day.  They appear to be beautiful women.  It is said that soft music can be heard blending in with the sounds of the water.  Travelers see a beautiful woman beckoning to them.  When the traveler reaches out their hand to touch the lovely image, they are drawn into the water by cold slimy hands. A skull appears, a loud laugh, and then silence.

 

Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

As I have said before, I think my husband is very good-looking. He was when we were young and he still is now.  He doesn’t share that opinion and is always making jokes about his appearance.

The latest one is that the mirrors have 911 on speed dial and they hit it whenever he looks at his reflection.  The cops are really getting tired of answering all the calls.

Just three more Days until the next Blue Ridge Discovery Center Event!

Where
Mexican Restaurant in Independence, Va
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For the next gathering I thought we’d meet around 5:00, June 19th at the Mexican restaurant in Independence. Please join us! Contact Eva Floyd with questions ecbaird@gmail.com 276.579.2464 The Beak of the Finch by Jonathan Weiner On a desert island in the heart of the Galapagos archipelago, where Darwin received his first inklings of the theory of evolution, two scientists, Peter and Rosemary Grant, have spent twenty years proving that Darwin did not know the strength of his own theory. For among the finches of Daphne Major, natural selection is neither rare nor slow: it is taking place by the hour, and we can watch. In this dramatic story of groundbreaking scientific research, Jonathan Weiner follows these scientists as they watch Darwin’s finches and come up with a new understanding of life itself. The Beak of the Finch is an elegantly written and compelling masterpiece of theory and explication in the tradition of Stephen Jay Gould.
THANK YOU FOR LOOKING AT PAINTINGS BY AN ARTIST OF THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY

More Cherokee Animal Legends of the Blue Ridge Mountains near The Blue Ridge Parkway and Blue Ridge Discovery Happening is Tomorrow!


My Artwork

For the last few days I have been blogging about Cherokee Animal Myths and Legends so I thought it would be a good idea to post some of my animal paintings from my folder Kendall Expressions.  In these paintings I have let my expressive side take over!

Here is the link to this folder on my website      Kendall Expressions

bearbeautyhcbig (2)Bear Beauty   Original 16″x20″ Acrylic painting      $670

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antlersbig (1)Antler Swirl    Original 20″x16″ Acrylic Painting     $670

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galoppingredhcbig (1)Galloping Red   Original 16″x20″ Acrylic Painting      $670

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Yesterday I blogged about some of the Cherokee animal legends and thought it would be a good idea to add some more!    I like to learn!

 

Cherokee Animal Legends

Yesterday I wrote about the skunk legend.  The Cherokees believe the smell is a deterrent to disease.  There is more to it.  During the small pox epidemic of 1866 the animal was hung up and sometimes it was cooked and eaten.  The oil was rubbed on the sick person’s body because they believed the smell would repel the disease spirit.

The beaver is invoked when children are getting their permanent teeth since it has amazing gnawing ability.  When  children lose a tooth they run with it around the house four times and ask the beaver to put a new tooth in their jaw.

The dog does not appear much in their myths but some say it is responsible for the Milky Way. Another myth says the dog drives the wolf from the home and takes the comfortable place by the fire for himself.

The elephant which some Cherokees saw in shows is called The Great Butterfly because of its large flapping ears and long trunk which resemble the wings and proboscis of the insect.

I got this information from the online publication  First People The Legends

 

Life with The Bird and Word Man  –  Clyde Kessler

I wanted to again remind folks of the next Blue Ridge Discovery Center event this Friday!

 

BRDC at Independence Farmers Market
Fri, June 6, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Calendar
BRDC Web Calendar
Created by
scott@blueridgediscoverycenter.org
Description
More kid events.

Cherokee Animal Legends and Vacuum Tales in Radford near The Blue Ridge Parkway


 

My Artwork

 

bueridgemistcopyrightBlue Ridge Mist    Original 12″x16″  Oil Painting     $384

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LiatrisflowersLiatris Flowers at Doughton Park    Original 30″x40″ Oil Painting  $2425

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pawleyswaterwaycopyrightNear Pawleys Island    Original 11″x14″ Oil Painting     $313

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I still have Pawleys Island on my mind!  After I do some more shore scenes I will be getting back to large Blue Ridge Vistas!

 

I have put up a number of blogs on the Cherokee Native American legends about the Black Bear in The Blue Ridge Mountains and today I came across some other legends regarding other animals!  Interesting stuff!

Cherokee Animal Legends

The primeval animals are thought to have been larger and stronger than their present day descendants.

The rabbit is the most prominent animal in their myths.   It is a trickster and considered to be malicious.  It is often beaten at its own game by those it intends to victimize.  Ball players are forbidden to eat rabbits when they are in training because this animal seems to be so confused when it runs.

The meat of the common grey squirrel is forbidden to rheumatic patients because of the cramped position it assumes while eating.

The deer won its horns in a successful race with the rabbit.

The wolf is revered as a hunter and Cherokees abstain from killing it if they can avoid it.  They believe a relative of the slain wolf will seek out the hunter and kill him.

The odor of the skunk is believed to keep off contagious diseases.

 

I found this information on the online publication, First People , The Legends

 

Life with The Word and Bird Man- Clyde Kessler

Over the years my husband and I have had a lot of trouble with vacuum cleaners.  I try to be very careful not to pick up anything that will break it but I seem to manage to break them anyway.  Either that, or they just break to spite me.

I am practically putting my head to the rug to check for objects since we bought a new one a while back.  It is under warranty and I have the box and everything in it.  This one will be replaced if something goes wrong.

The other day I was vacuuming our bedroom and my husband was standing nearby.

I said I checked and I didn’t see any stupid thing  on the floor.

He said he was standing on the rug but he didn’t think that would be a problem.  I didn’t mean him!  He is always there with a word quip!  Keeps me laughing!

The Black Bear in History and Break a Leg! Life in Radford near The Blue Ridge Parkway


My Artwork

heroncopyrightEgret Reflection    Original Oil Painting has been Sold

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heroncovecopyrightHeron’s Cove  Original    20″x30″    Pastel Painting    $1230

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The Black Bear

I have been blogging about Cherokee legends regarding the black bear so I thought it would be interesting to write about the influence of the black bear on other cultures.  The Cherokees are not the only people that believe the black bear possesses healing powers.

This trait is said to be known by many cultures and it is believed this notion originated in the paleolithic period. The Ancient Greeks associated Artemis with the bear because of its self-healing properties.

There are many plants that are considered to be medicinal with bear in the name such as bear root and bear clover.

Some cultures believe so strongly in the bear’s medicinal properties that the bear population is threatened by over demand.  China has bear farms but also poaches bears in the United States and Canada.

Now that the bear is making a comeback in its natural habitat it is in danger from poachers.

I found this information on the online publication, Interesting Facts.

Break a Leg

Yesterday I had my regular eye check-up here in Radford.  My doctor works out of two offices.  He is in Radford for two days and in Salem for the rest of the week.  Needless to say, his office usually has many patients.

Yesterday they were especially busy.  When the assistant got to me she said, “Welcome to the Mad House!”

A few minutes later I heard another assistant say they were so busy she needed roller skates so she could break a leg and go home!

Now, that is one way out of work!

Life with The Bird and Word Man  –  Clyde Kessler

I wanted to again remind folks of the next Blue Ridge Discovery Center event this Friday!

 

BRDC at Independence Farmers Market
Fri, June 6, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Calendar
BRDC Web Calendar
Created by
scott@blueridgediscoverycenter.org
Description
More kid events.

Mountain Bear Man near The Blue Ridge Parkway and Blue Ridge Discovery Center Happenings!


My Artwork

 

blueridgemeadowcopyrightBlue Ridge Meadow  Original Oil Painting has been Sold

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The great Charlottesville patron that recently bought Blue Ridge Meadow emailed me to tell me it is stunningly beautiful!  Now that is what an artist that sells paintings online wants to hear!

 dirtroadbrcopyrightRoad to the Blue Ridge    Original 18″x24″  pastel painting   $862

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Wish I were on that road right now!

Here is another fascinating legend about the Cherokee Native Americans and the Black Bear!

 

The Bear Man

A Hunter shot one arrow after the next into a black bear and chased after it until the bear finally took the arrows out and told the man he couldn’t be killed and asked the hunter to come live with him.

This bear was a medicine bear and could talk and read people’s thoughts.  The hunter was worried the bear would hurt him but the bear told him he wouldn’t hurt him and there would be plenty to eat.

They came to a hole in the side of the mountain that widened as they entered.  It was not the bear’s home.  It was a meeting place for bear councils.  The other bears were alarmed at the presence of the hunter but the medicine bear told them it was only a stranger come to see them and he should be left alone.

The bear took the hunter to his home and rubbed his stomach and then his paws were full of chestnuts.  He did this many times for different kinds of food and both he and the hunter had plenty to eat.  The hunter stayed with him and his hair grew so long he was beginning to look like a bear.

One day the bear told him it was the day hunters would kill him. He told the hunter to put leaves over his remains after the kill.  The hunters entered the hole, killed the bear, and then realized the hairy creature was a hunter that has been missing for some time.  They  left with big chunks of bear meat and the hunter.  Before they left the hunter put leaves over the remains of the bear and as they were leaving the bear reappeared, shook off the leaves, and disappeared into the forest.

The hunter told the tribe to let him be by himself for seven day so he could shake off the bear nature and become a man again but his wife was so determined to see him that she went into him and took him home.  He never became like a man again.

Legend has it that if he had been allowed to be alone and fast for seven days he would not have kept the bear nature.

I found this story on on the online publication First People The Legends.

 

Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

The next Blue Ridge Discovery Center Happening is this Friday! 

BRDC at Independence Farmers Market
Fri, June 6, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Calendar
BRDC Web Calendar
Created by
scott@blueridgediscoverycenter.org
Description
More kid events.

 

Blue Ridge Mountain Bear Chase near The Blue Ridge Parkway and The Writing on the Wall…


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fieldflowerscopyrightField of Flowers  Original Oil Painting has been Sold

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naturalrhythmcopyrightNatural Rhythm   Original 30″x40″  Oil Painting   $2425

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I really do have flowers on the brain right now!

 

Today I found a wonderful Cherokee bear story about Autumn!

The Great Bear

A great black bear ,Nyah- gwaheh was terrorizing a village.  Children stayed out of the woods for fear of this animal. Four hunters set out to track down and kill Nyah- gwaheh.  The bear was said to possess magical powers and could cause its tracks to disappear.   The hunters had a magical dog that could see tracks days after they had vanished.

The four hunters were great hunters but one of them was fat and lazy.  He always wanted to take breaks.  On one break he reached into his pouch for a snack and found squirmy things in it which was a magical sign that the bear knew it was being hunted.

The bear ran and ran up the mountain to escape the hunters.  It was so huge that it was easy to track.  The forest was being torn up as it passed.  As the bear tired it stopped in its tracks to kill the annoying dog and one of the hunters succeeded in driving an arrow through it.

They cut the bear up and roasted it when one hunter noticed strange sparks in the darkness far below his feet.  They were no longer on the mountain but up in the air!  The powerful magic of the bear had led them to the world of the sky!

The dog started barking at the pile of bones and they came alive and the hunters chased the bear across the sky.

Legend has it that each autumn the hunters chase the bear across the sky and when it is killed the blood drips from the sky onto the trees.  The fat from the fire causes the grass to turn white.

I got this great story from the online publication, Cherokee Myths and Legends of The Black Bear

Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

Sometimes my husband and I joke about how we got together.  It is rather unusual that a girl from McLean VA marries a naturalist poet from a town that is so small it could be on Hee Haws Salute the Small Town section of the show.

The latest quip is  I didn’t hold a poem to your head.  You could have said no.

My response is I didn’t see the puns on the wall.

Just kidding around!  I am very glad I married my mountain man!   He is the only one for me!

Blue Ridge Healing Waters near The Blue Ridge Parkway and Anticipation!


 

My Artwork

 

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Lion Explosion   Original 20″x16″ Oil Painting    $670

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Eagle Fire  Original 16″x20″  Oil Painting    $670

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I am real excited about my next series of paintings!  I am going to do a number of large paintings of Pawleys Island including some sunset over the ocean scenes!  It has been a while since I did a shore scene so I am looking forward to these new works.

I am going to do one more Kendall Expression painting and then get started.  I have had a great time working on my own brand of Expressionism but I am anxious to get back to my own personal Impressionistic style. I really do live to paint and I love to find homes for my creations!  I just mailed Small Flowers to a great Texas patron!

 

Here are two of my favorite Kendall Expressions paintings and the Youtube video I did on a number of them.  I need to get back to making videos!  I will soon!

 

Blue Ridge Healing Waters

 

The Cherokees have a tradition about healing waters in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  According to legend there is a mysterious lake high up in the Smoky Blue Ridge mountains that all animals are aware of and trust to cure their wounds.

It is said that whenever a black bear is wounded by hunters it will go this lake and swim from one shore to the other and then be healed as soon as it reaches the other side.

Healing waters are a part of legends and myths of many cultures.  Perhaps that is where we get the myth for the Fountain of Youth.

 

I found this story on Cherokee Myths and Legends of The Black Bear online publication.

 

 

Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

 

I wanted to again mention the newest Blue Ridge Discovery Center happening that starts tomorrow!

 

BRDC Day at Independence Farmers Market
Fri, May 30, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Where
Intersection of 21 and 58, Independence, VA
Calendar
BRDC Web Calendar
Created by
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Description
Kids programs will be provided on site.