Peaks of Otter Resort on The Blue Ridge Parkway and The Mount Rogers 40th Naturalist Rally is almost here!


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Now that the weather is finally warming up I am thinking about all the beautiful spots on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The Peaks of Otter resort is high on my list and I have a number of paintings that were done from that beautiful place.

Here is the lodge.  I am especially pleased with the dreamy reflections in the water and the serene mood in this painting.

peakslodgecopyrightPeaks of Otter Lodge      Original 16″x12″ Oil painting        $484.00

Prints on Paper or Canvas Available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART

Color Swirl over The Peaks of Otter is my favorite one of the series.  I have sold a number of prints of this colorful vista.   The original painting is still available!

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Cloud Swirl over The Peaks of Otter    Original 18″x 24″ Oil painting  $864.00

Prints on Paper or Canvas Available at      KENDALL KESSLER ART

 

craftsmancopyrightCraftsman  Original Oil Painting has been Sold

Prints on Paper or canvas are available at       KENDALL KESSLER ART

Craftsman is my tribute to the great mountain people I have come into contact with through my husband.

 

The Peaks of Otter

The Peaks of Otter has drawn settlers and travelers for more than 8,000 years.  The community began in 1776 when Thomas Wood came down from Pennsylvania and settled there.  The wife of one of Wood’s descendants opened her home as the area’s first lodging for travelers in 1834.

By the late 1880s the Peak of Otter was home to 20 families, a school, church, and resort.

In the mid 1900’s it was selected for special attention as the National Parks Service developed recreation sites along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Abbott Lake was constructed and the resort opened in 1964.

I got this information from the Peaks of Otter online website.

 

Life with The Bird and Word Man  – Clyde Kessler

My husband is still hard at work uploading over 2,000 bird files to Cornell University.  He hopes the research he has been doing on the wildlife of this wonderful mountain region will be of help to future generations that seek to preserve his homeland.

 

The Mount Rogers 40th Naturalist Rally

 

The 2014 Rally will be May 9 & 10.

Friday Night Speaker –  Nancy Lee Adamson PhD, Pollinator Conservation Specialist – East Region, The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. An Introduction to Native Bees and Other “Beneficial” Arthropods of the Mid-Atlantic – learn about common native bees we can support by protecting and planting pollinator habitat. The program will highlight nesting habits of some of the 500 species of native bees in Virginia, as well as other pollinators, predators, and parasitoids that benefit from pollinator habitat.

Friday night entertainment – Ronald and Ellie Kirby will be bringing in the evening with some traditional old time tunes.

DOOR PRIZE! – David Richert has offered a free afternoon consultation on forest management as the friday night door prize.

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Looking Down from Sharp Top at The Peaks of Otter and The Bird Man is at it Again!


viewsharptopcopyrightView from Sharp Top       Original 12″x16″ Professionally Framed Oil Painting    $484.00

Prints on Paper or Canvas will be available soon on my website

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  • I will never forget the time my husband, son, and I walked down from Sharp Top mountain on The Peaks of Otter in Bedford County, Virginia.   How great to see the world from the mountain’s view!  We walked around and around the pointed peak and saw people climbing up.  I would never do that.  I am not in that good of shape to walk up a mountain and I think my son would have complained big time about that type of walk even though he did spend his childhood walking with his Dad on long mountain trails and even encountered a bear one time at Rocky Knob!
  • I am especially proud of my painting, “View from Sharp Top”, that was based on a photograph I took on the way down.  This painting has an exceptionally complicated textural surface and the colors sing!   Now that the Lodge has re-opened I hope we will find the time to visit this gorgeous resort again soon!  Such a peaceful, beautiful section of The Blue Ridge Parkway!

overlooknearPOOcopyrightGreat Valley Overlook Near The Peaks of Otter  Original Oil Painting   30″x 40″  in silver colored metal frame     $2425.00

Prints on Paper or Canvas available at   KENDALL KESSLER ART

peachysunsetcopyrightPeachy Sunset      Original Oil Painting has been sold

Prints on Paper or Canvas available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART

One of my favorite 20th century artists Pierre Bonnard once said, in so many words that an artist can learn a lot from the colors of a peach since they don’t change like the colors in a sunset.

 

Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

My naturalist husband is at it again!  This week-end he will be leading a Spring Discovery Walk  with Nancy Kent at Wildwood Park in Radford, Virginia.  Nancy Kent is a great photographer and retired elementary school teacher.

The two of them are teaming up to help parents and their children learn how to  photograph various insects and flowers!  What a great way to start off the Spring season and enjoy nature in a beautiful setting!  Come with your children for a wonderful and educational outing!

 

 

 

More on the Peaks of Otter on The Beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway and The Mindy Project is Back!


distantpoocopyrightDistant View of The Peaks Of Otter    Original Professionally framed  12″x16″ oil painting     $484.00

Prints on paper or Canvas available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART

PLEASE FORGIVE IF YOU ALREADY SAW THIS POST TODAY   I CAN’T FIND IT SO I THINK THERE IS SOME SORT OF COMPUTER GLITCH

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As usual I have had a rough start with WordPress due to the fact that I am somewhat computer challenged.  Oftentimes they don’t make sense to me and I get confused over how different sites are set up.  I started with a post on The Peaks of Otter and thought I had published two but now I see the second one is still a draft so here I go again.

Also, if anyone reading this can tell me how to take my posts out of Peaks of Otter category which is listed on all of them in my posts section, please do!  I’m not sure how that happened but I don’t want The Peaks of Otter to be the category selection for all my posts.

deerpoosopyrightDeer at Peaks of Otter     Original 30″x40″ oil painting          $2425.00

Prints on paper or canvas available at   KENDALL KESSLER ART

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Farm Pond    Original Painting has been sold

Prints on paper or canvas available at   KENDALL KESSLER ART

Life with the Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

My husband works on a computer all day long and is much better at understanding them than I am .  We have a wireless mouse at home which drives us crazy!  We regret switching from the attached mouse.  Ours is one rotten little rodent!

Lately it was moving so slow that it took forever to get things done on my website and other sites.  My husband opened it and spent a long time cleaning it.   I thanked him and told him my mouse has wings now!  He said, with a frown, that is a bat.  Oh well.  I will take a bat over that slow rodent any day!

The Mindy Project is Back on The Air!

I am so pleased The Mindy Project is back on TV with a new episode this Tuesday at 9:30pm on FoxTV!

reachingoutcopyrightReaching Out    Original charcoal drawing on paper in white mat        $894.00

Prints on paper or canvas available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART

Be sure to look for my best-selling print, “Reaching Out”, which was chosen out of over 3 million works of art on Fine Art America to be on the show!  It is in Mindy’s office and there have been many shots of it last season and this season!

The Peaks of Otter on The Blue Ridge Parkway


Peaks of Otter History

My family has enjoyed this beautiful Bedford setting and it is one of many Blue Ridge Parkway sites my husband researches for birds and butterflies. I thought is would be interesting to include some historical facts about this beautiful place that has been an inspiration for a number of my paintings.

No one really knows how the Peaks got their name. There are no otters in the area. The most likely explanation is that two brothers, Charles and Robert Ewing named the peaks after otters from their native land.

There are many natural settings and rivers named for otters in Scotland and England. Charles Ewing and family members are buried at the foot of Sharp Top.

Europeans have known The Peaks for about two and a half centuries. Flat Top is the higher of the two and is 4,001 feed above sea level. Sharp Top is 3,875. Sharp Top appears higher but it is an optical illusion.

Sharp Top draws more visitors and Virginia’s contribution to The Washington Monument was taken from the top of Sharp Top.

I learned about The Peaks of Otter from a great essay called The Peak of Otter Story by Thomas A Markham. There is a lot more to read there if you are interested!

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                                                                                                                                              Cloud Swirl over the Peaks of Otter by Kendall Kessler  Original 18″x24″ Oil painting $864.00

Prints on Paper or Canvas Available at   KENDALL KESSLER ART

Life with Bird and Word Man

Since I am attempting to blog every week day I doubt that I will come up with an example of my husband’s crazy humor everyday but I do want to include something about him in my blog. He has devoted his life to the protection of his beautiful mountain home and has kept extensive wildlife records since his youth.

His discovery of the endangered Mitchel Satyr in 1998 is considered to be one of the most important wildlife finds in the second half of the twentieth century in Virginia.

My Art Work

Although the bulk of my artwork is about the Blue Ridge Mountains and the New River Valley, I am quite versatile and have been exploring my expressive side for some time now. I am having a great time working with my unique brand of Expressionism which I call Kendall Expressions. I am letting my colors and textures fly in these paintings and am excited about putting up my latest one of a domestic cat.

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Cat Swirl by Kendall Kessler

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More on The Beautiful Peaks of Otter on the Blue Ridge Parkway and It Flies!


distantpoocopyrightDistant View of The Peaks of Otter    12″x 16″ original oil painting    Professionally framed         $484.00

Print on paper or Canvas available at        KENDALL KESSLER ART

My Artwork

As usual I have had a rough start with WordPress due to the fact that I am somewhat computer challenged.  Oftentimes they don’t make sense to me and I get confused over how different sites are set up.  I started with a post on The Peaks of Otter and thought I had published two but now I see the second one is still a draft so here I go again.

Also, if anyone reading this can tell me how to take my posts out of Peaks of Otter category which is listed on all of them in my posts section, please do!  I’m not sure how that happened but I don’t want The Peaks of Otter to be the category selection for all my posts.

 

 

deerpoosopyrightDeer at The Peaks of Otter     Original Oil Painting     30’x 40″      $2425.00

Prints on Paper or Canvas available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART

farmpondcopyrightFarm Pond   Original Oil Painting has been sold

Prints on Paper or Canvas available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART

Life with the Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

My husband works on a computer all day long and is much better at understanding them than I am .  We have a wireless mouse at home which drives us crazy!  We regret switching from the attached mouse.  Ours is one rotten little rodent!

Lately it was moving so slow that it took forever to get things done on my website and other sites.  My husband opened it and spent a long time cleaning it.   I thanked him and told him my mouse has wings now!  He said, with a frown, that is a bat.  Oh well.  I will take a bat over that slow rodent any day!

The Mindy Project is Back on The Air!

I am so pleased The Mindy Project is back on TV with a new episode this Tuesday at 9:30pm on FoxTV!

Be sure to look for my best-selling print, “Reaching Out”, which was chosen out of over 3 million works of art on Fine Art America to be on the show!  It is in Mindy’s office and there have been many shots of it last season and this season!

reachingoutcopyrightReaching Out     Original charcoal drawing      24″x18″ on white paper in white mat          $894.00

Prints on paper or canvas available at     KENDALL KESSLER ART