We Lucked out in this Frigid Weather!

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It was so cold last night that we let our faucets drip to keep the pipes from freezing.  I haven’t been outside once today.  Too cold!   So how did we luck out?

The handle on our toilet broke today but we managed to get a plumber who will be here soon!  He is, of course, delayed with other jobs but will be here today!  Yes!!!


rollingautumnsmallRolling Autumn   Original   9″ x 12″ Oil Painting   $236

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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!

Evenings at Rock Castle Gorge on The Blue Ridge Parkway and The Chocolate Run

My Artwork

I will be taking a break from writing about Rock Castle Gorge and Rocky Knob to show off other beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas but I still have quite a number of paintings from this site so here I go again!

eveglowrockcastlecopyrightjpgEvening Glow at Rock Castle Gorge  30″x40″   original painting – $2425.00

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I have always been drawn to evening scenes.  I doubt you will find many people that don’t like sunsets or sunrises.  I am no exception but I especially like the look of the sky after the sun has gone down and the pink hues tend to predominate the sky.

I will never forget one patron that was very happy with the painting she bought of Mountain Lake in Giles County but decided against one of my New River scenes because there was pink in the sky.  She said she had always seen the orange and purple in the sky but not pink.

She died a number of years ago and whenever I see pink in the sky I think of her.

rockyknobevecopyrightRocky Knob Evening

Original painting has been sold

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pathrockykcopyrightPath to Rock Castle Gorge in The Evening

Original painting  30″x40″ $2425.00

Prints on paper or canvas available at kendall-kessler.artistwebsites.com

Life with The Word and Bird Man

My husband, Clyde,  has no problem with cold weather.  He will get up in the middle of the night to check out owl populations for the Audubon Christmas bird counts no matter how cold it is.

After the storm yesterday we were joking around about how he was considering getting out the dog sled to get to the store because I was seriously low on chocolate.

Well, he didn’t get out the sled but he did walk to a nearby store to get a nice lunch and, of course, some chocolate for me!  He really is a nice guy!