Well, I am having no problem seeing Monday! Sunday shot by but today is going at a more even pace. I was so pleased to sign the finished Field of Beauty oil painting! I think the surface is exceptionally sensous and instricate. I think this is my best floral so far. I didn’t lose any of the intense color as I modeled the forms and I think it sings out to the world!
Field of Beauty Original 40″ x 30″ Oil Painting $2430
Saturday I was in the drive through with my son at a fast food restaurant. There was one car ahead of us and while we were waiting I saw a ground hog calmly munching a large piece of bread by the other car. We had to laugh. It wasn’t a cat or dog but a ground hog having lunch.
We couldn’t understand why it didn’t take the bread and run. It just kept eating and staring at us with a funny look on its face. I told Clyde and he said maybe the ground hog was trying to tell us he couldn’t believe we ate that food full of GMO canola oil and other weird stuff.
I don’t think that was what the look he was giving us meant because by the time we got to the window the bread was gone.
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Okay, where did Sunday go? I saw it when I got up this morning. I know there is a little left but where did most of it go? Oh well, I did get to walk at the rec center and I ran up and down the stairs twice! I love yoga! That has to be the difference. I hope I can get better and better at it so I can keep the old body in shape.
Cheers! Never underestimate the benefits of physical activity and seize the day if you can get a hold of it!
Radford Flower Garden Original 14″ x 11″ Oil Painting $313
I wonder what it would be like to sleep late on Saturday or any other day. I don’t sleep well anyway so I can’t complain that I am always up early. As always, I just wish someone could add hours to the day. I always feel I am behind the eight ball. Does anyone use that expression any more? My Mom was always saying that one.
I just looked it up and it is an idiom that refers to a being in a difficult situation. I thought it meant short on time. Oh well, have a great day no matter how much you get done or how much fun you have!
Riverview at Dusk Original 20″ x 16″ Oil Painting $670
I love all the arts and am a serious painter, amateur pianist, and crazy Line Dancer. I have always admired writers and wanted to marry one. I didn’t go looking for one but one found me. I don’t have a clue on how to write and it is hard for me to blog but I try.
The other day I thought my intro about having to buy new shoes was pretty good so I called Clyde up and read it to him. I laughed and said maybe I was becoming a writer. His response was well, one of us should be. Ha ha. Clyde has been published over 200 times to my zero. I think we know who the writer is.
Another frightening story from Valle Crucis in The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina!
The name of the town comes from two streams that meet at right angles in the middle of the valley.
Two men were driving by an old stone church on highway 194 when a huge dog with gleaming eyes jumped out in front of them. The dog was a big as a man and had bristling fur and massive yellow teeth. The driver sped away only to see the dog in the rear view mirror following and actually keeping up with the car that was going 80 miles an hour!
The men really believed this dog was from Hell so the driver hit the accelerator one more time and sped over the bridge that goes across the two streams.
The dog stopped following them and the men wondered what it was about the water that stopped this supernatural dog!
The writer of the story claims he knew the driver of the car and considered him to be an honest man. The writer is very cautious about traveling near the graveyard of the old stone church and counts the seconds before he gets to the bridge!
I found this great ghost story on Stories from the Mountains online publication
Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler
On The Blue Ridge Discovery Center that Clyde is an Adviser for there is a great list of books for people interested in this beautiful mountain region!
For the Blue Ridge:
Hollows, Peepers, and Highlanders – An Appalachian Mountain Ecology, George Constantz
A Fly Fisherman’s Blue Ridge, Christopher Camuto
Other must reads:
A Songbird Journeys – Four Seasons in the Lives of Migratory Birds, Miyoko Chu
The Trees in My Forest, Bernd Heinrich
Winter World, Bernd Heinrich
The Beak of the Finch, Jonathan Weiner
Home Ground – Language for an American Landscape, Barry Lopez, Debra Gwartney
A Natural Sense of Wonder, Rick Van Noy
I hope you enjoyed my paintings by an artist of The Blue Ridge Parkway