More on The Great Smoky Mountains Near The Blue Ridge Parkway and Who can fall down the hardest…

My Artwork


The Very Blue Ridge  Original Painting has been sold

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So far I have two paintings from The Great Smoky mountains of North Carolina.

They are a subrange of the Appalachian Mountains, and form part of the Blue Ridge Physiographic Province which is why I entitled the above painting, The Very Blue Ridge even though it is a range in the Smokies.  Both of them have been sold, but, as always, large and small prints on paper or canvas are available on my website.

North Carolina Myths and Legends

There are a lot of myths and legends about North Carolina mountains.

Here is one I really like.


Brown Mountain is a low ridge in Burke County that is a showcase for one of the last, great unexplained phenomena in the world.

During the night, usually in autumn, mysterious glowing orbs can be seen to rise up off the mountain, hover and wobble about fifteen feet up in the air, and then disappear.

There’s no denying that the lights are real. They have been observed by countless witnesses and photographed on many occasions. But what they are is still unknown.


Explanations have varied over the years.

The Cherokee were aware of the lights, and claimed that the lights were the souls of Cherokee women searching for their men who had died in a great battle between the Cherokee and the Catawba that took place on Brown Mountain.

Other legends say that the lights are the the ghostly echoes of lights that appeared during a search for a murdered woman in the 19th century.


I got this legend from Brown Mountain Lights on the online publication, North Carolina Ghost Stories and Legends


goldenbrsunsetcopyrightGolden Blue Ridge Sunset    Original pastel painting     18″x26″    $936.00

Prints on Paper or Canvas available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART


Life with the Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

Kudos to Clyde for getting five more poems published yesterday in Mystic Nebula and Rose Red.  Mystic Nebula is a science fiction poetry magazine and Rose Red is a fantasy poetry magazine.  He really is on a roll lately!

I love to skate.  I have been skating for most of my life but a number of years ago I decided I should quit because I feared getting a bad injury.  I took up Line Dancing and loved it but missed skating.

This year I decided to go back and just skate when there aren’t a lot of people at the rink and wear pads.  I read on the Internet that skating is actually one of the lower risk sports and would be even lower if people would wear pads.

I still get nervous due to skaters that can’t skate very well and reckless skaters.

The other day a bunch of teen-age boys were skating at break neck speed and playing tag.  I told my husband it would be great if rinks had adult skates like pools so I could skate in peace.

His reply was they should have a session for all the macho skaters that want to see who can fall the hardest without mangling himself.  The words he used were more colorful but I strongly believe in G-rated posts!  Although I will post an occasional tasteful nude.  It’s art!

The Great Smoky Mountains near The Blue Ridge Parkway and The Mindy Project Tonight!

My artwork


The Great Smoky Mountains     Original Painting has been sold

Prints on paper or canvas available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART

Another great range mountain range in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains is The Great Smoky mountains.  This is another region my husband, Clyde Kessler, researches for birds and butterflies.  The national park is an extremely popular park.

It was established in 1934 and is the largest national park East of the Rocky Mountains and receives 9-10 million visitors a year.  The park is home to 4000 plant species, 140 tree species and around 1600 black bears.

It is known as the salamander capital of the world with 30 species.

I got this information from 75 facts about the Great Smoky National Park printed in the online publication, Escape to the Smokies

shadowridgenearockykcopyrightShadow on a Ridge Near Rocky Knob           Original Oil Painting     30″x40″     $2425.00

Prints on paper or canvas available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART

Life with the Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

Shadow on a Ridge Near Rocky Knob is another favorite painting from the Rock Castle Gorge section of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  I have more paintings from this area of the Blue Ridge Parkway than any other location.  This is where my husband does most of his bird and butterfly research.

He is a well-known naturalist in The New River Valley and has led countless nature hikes in his beautiful home region.

The Mindy Project is Back on The Air!

I am so pleased The Mindy Project is back on TV with a new episode tonight 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!