More Roanoke Beauty near The Blue Ridge Parkway and Radford Roosting Festival this week-end!

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leavinfroanokecopyrightLeaving Roanoke       Original tempera painting in white mat   18″x24″     $864.00

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Here is another Roanoke painting that looks at the Blue Ridge Mountains from the inside.  In “Leaving Roanoke” I have captured a special moment when the car lights and street light have just come on but it isn’t dark yet.  The colors of light and shade are still prominent and the mood is serene even though the traffic is heavy.

The view of the mountain ridge reminds us of  a great city that is nestled in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains!

ferrumcopyrightFerrum  Original Oil Painting has been sold

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Kendall Kessler Youtube videos

I also have some of my work on Youtube!  Please check out my paintings there as well as my website.  I am an amateur pianist so I included a number of piano pieces I like as background music.

I have one about my Beautiful Nude series which includes my drawing, “Reaching Out”, which was chosen out of over 3 million works of art on Fine Art America to be on The Mindy Project.  It is in the main character’s office and there have been many shots of it in various episodes.  The show took a break but will be back in April.


Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

The Radford Roosting Festival is this week-end and we are hoping for good weather so the Bird Man can do his thing and entertain participants in his bird walk!  Don’t miss it!

Radford Roosting Festival

RADFORD, VA -The Radford Visitor’s Center will be celebrating the 7th annual Radford Roosting Festival on Saturday, March 29rd in Bisset Park from noon – 3 pm.  Families are welcome and there is no admission charge.

This year’s festival will include live birds, educational birding stations, a photo contest and children’s activities.

There are three scheduled presentations that are sure to be of interest to attendees.

Scheduled presentations are:

12:00 p.m.-Jason Davis/SELU

‘Flying family dynamics: Bluebirds, parenting and stress’

  1:00 p.m.- Sarah Foltz

‘Town & country: How to be an urban bird’

  2:00 p.m.-Jessica Zielske/The Mountain Lake Conservancy

‘Avifauna & geology of Mountain Lake’

Also scheduled is a not-to-be-missed bird walk prior to the festival with Clyde Kessler, local bird expert with Radbird, an outfitter and touring company that specializes in interacting with local birds. The walk sets off at 9 a.m. from the Radford Public Library, 30 West Main St.

More Star City Beauty near The Blue Ridge Parkway and Chasing Tigers in The Blue Ridge

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foggymillmtcopyrightFoggy View from Mill Mountain   Original painting  Professionally Framed  30″x40″x2″     $2625.00

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Here is another great morning vista from Mill Mountain in Roanoke city which is in the Blue Ridge Mountains and near The beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway.  In this painting I emphasized my brushwork to enhance the visual energy of the scene.  One of my favorite compliments on my work is that it reminds people of the work of Vincent Van Gogh who is one of my favorite artists.  I think both of the paintings in this blog are good examples of his influence.

My favorite compliment is that many people say they want to touch my paintings.  I consider my surfaces to be unique, intense expressions of my feeling for nature so I am not surprised when I hear that response from admirers.

ridgelightcopyrightRidge Light    Original painting has been sold

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Life with the Bird and Word Man  – Clyde Kessler

As I have mentioned before,  my husband is involved with the Blue Ridge Discovery Center which is a wonderful organization that seeks to get people outdoors and enjoy and learn more about the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains.

Today I thought I would share a program called  CHASING TIGERS IN THE BLUE RIDGE

The Blue Ridge harbors so many treasures. In the Central Virginia Blue Ridge exists a phenomenal ecosystem, one that was probably shaped by raging braided mountain streams during the last ice age. It contains many disjunct species. In fact, over 90 species that are well outside their typical range have been documented here. It’s an odd mix of coastal plain, Appalachian and northern plants and animals. While several rare and endangered species exist here, today we focused on a well known Blue Ridge phenomenon: Salamanders.

The Rivanna Chapter of Master Naturalists hosted its annual salamander hike to this part of the Blue Ridge. With a strong group of nearly 30 people, we headed to the George Washington National Forest and into the heart of the 30,000 acre wildlife management area known as Big Levels. While we expected to see several species, the one that had our hearts was the State Endangered Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum). It has been documented at this site but rarely has it been seen.


Here is the link to the whole announcement!                CHASING TIGERS IN THE BLUE RIDGE

More on Carvins Cove near The Blue Ridge Parkway and So glad to get this email!

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smallcarvinscovecopyrightCarvins Cove   Original oil painting has been sold

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  • Carvins Cove was a prepatory painting for my larger version, “Misty Morning at Carvins Cove.  Carvins Cove is the water source for Roanoke, VA.  I sold this small version and then started on the larger work.  It is the same locale but the paintings are quite different.

Carvins Cove is such a beautiful jewel in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia!  I have lived in southwest Virginia my adult life and can’t imagine living anywhere else!  I stare at my beautiful surroundings from my house and car and am always amazed by the magical atmosphere!

sugarloafcopyrightSugarloaf Mountain   oil on canvas   14″x11″   $313.0

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Sugarloaf is another mountain range near Rock Castle on The Blue Ridge Parkway

Life with the Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler


I like to tease my husband about all that he does for the natural world.  I don’t know anybody else that gets up early to check on wildlife populations in their surrounding area.  On week-ends and when he is off from work, that is what he does.

Sometimes I call him Saint Clyde of Radford since much of what he does is what Saint Francis of Assisi did.  He hates it when I do that and gives me a sour look.  He claims that what he does is what people are supposed to do.  But who else is doing what he does without payment?  He is not perfect but it is great to admire your spouse!

Satisfied Patron

Monday I mailed Beach Houses at Pawleys Island to a great patron in Maryland.  As always, it took quite some time to crate up a 30″x40″ oil painting on masonite.  It has to be bubble wrapped and double boxed.  I am always glad to drop it off at UPS.

I am always uptight when I sell anything on the internet due to the different calibrations of monitors.  I am always worried that the painting does not look like what the patron is seeing on their end.

I have never had an unhappy patron, and, as usual I received a glowing report about my work!  The patron could not be happier and now I can relax!

beachpawlyhcopyrightBeach Houses at Pawleys Island  

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Beautiful Doughton Park on The Blue Ridge Parkway and Mountain Man


Liatris Flowers at Doughton Park             30″x40″     $2425.00

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Another beautiful park in the Blue Ridge Parkway is Doughton Park which is a 6,000-acre landscape of lovely meadows and pioneer cabins near Sparta, North Carolina.

My husband really gets around on his journeys to study birds and butterflies and I especially liked our excursion to this site.  The Liatris flowers are stunning and I really took off with the colors for this painting!

The park has 30 miles of hiking trails through pastures, valleys, and along streams.  It is one of the best places on the parkway to view wildlife including white-tailed deer, raccoons, red and gray foxes and bobcats.

In addition to the gorgeous Liatris flowers, flame azalea and rhododendron bloom in the late spring.  Guided nature walks and craft demonstrations are offered in the summer season.

The two pioneer cabins are the Brinegar Cabin(ca.1885) and the one-room Caudill Cabin(ca.1985).  Other structures were lost in the great flood of 1916.


BRswirlcopyrightBlue Ridge Swirl      Original Painting has been sold

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Life with the Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

My husband is from Franklin County which is famous for moon shine and a creek that is named after all the fighting among the mountain people.  The first time I traveled the road along Shooting Creek I thought the named referred to the flowing water down the mountain.

Clyde Kessler is one of the most knowledgeable people I have ever known.  He is well-educated and read an entire set of encyclopedias when he was a child.  His great-great uncle George Kessler is one of the three founders of Ferrum College.

Still, he is technically a mountain man and has a beard and a moustache.  On one of his excursions to study bird and butterfly populations with friends from Blacksburg, VA  he had gone off a little ways from the group and someone came up to one of his friends to say he had seen a real mountain man!  I’m sure he meant someone that lived in a cabin with a gun.   What else could the friend say but yes you did!

The Beautiful James River off The Blue Ridge Parkway and More Blue Ridge Discovery Center News

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I have always loved water.  When I was a child I spent as much time as I could playing at a creek near our house.  I loved the sound of the water and walking on the rocks.

Creeks, rivers, and, of course, the ocean are places I would rather be than anywhere else.  Much of my artwork includes water.

jamesreflectionscopyrightJames River Reflections           $2425.00

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I am especially pleased with the peaceful moods I captured from two views of the James River off the Blue Ridge Parkway.  This is another site my husband researches for bird and butterfly species.

I will never forget how beautiful the water looked and how magical the reflections were on this day.  My husband, I, and our son Alan walked all around this location and this painting is the view from the walkway bridge under the Harry Flood Byrd Memorial bridge which was constructed in 1959 . I am especially pleased with the complicated system of greens in this painting and the colors reflected in the perfectly still water.

jamesrivermomcopyrightJames River Moment    $2425.00Prints on paper or canvas available at Kendall Kessler Art

blueridgewildflowcopyrightBlue Ridge Wildflowers   original painting has been sold

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Life with the Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

One of my husband’s good friends, Scott Jackson-Ricketts, will be leading a hike this week-end!

Here is the info for all those that want to have a great time!

Attention to all interested parties. This Sunday, weather permitting, some of us BRDC explorers will be running up to the highlands, the Whitetop area specifically, to search for snowy owls and other winter migrants. If you are interested, please contact me at for arrangements and car-pooling opportunities.


Also the  40th Mount Rogers Naturalist Rally is coming up soon!  Here is the link to this great celebration!

Beautiful Arnold Valley on The Blue Ridge Parkway and Connect the Dots…

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Another great mountain site on The Blue RIdge Parkway is Arnold Valley.  I am especially pleased with the atmosphere in my painting, “Near Arnold Valley” from one of the overlooks there. The blues were really taking over the range on this day.

arnoldvalleycopyrightNear Arnold Valley 30×40 oil painting     $2425.00

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My painting does not show the valley but rather the ranges near it, hence the title “Near Arnold’s Valley.

The name comes from Steve Arnold who established his homestead there in 1749.

I am always been fascinated with what we artists call the disollution of form due to atmospheric conditions.  That is one of the reasons I love The Blue Ridge Mountains.  The colors change with each new day.

One of my heroes, Claude Monet, was also fascinated with color changes.  He didn’t think it was possible to actually paint a landscape accurately since colors change so quickly due to light and atmosphere.

He would put down each color as he saw it and said the result was a naive impression.

Life with The Bird and Word Man

My husband has commented that I remind him of Spock on Star Trek because he thinks I have a logical mind.  Although I wouldn’t want people to think I am that fictional character I am pleased by the compliment.

My husband said he did not think his mind was logical but I disagree.  I told him his mind is logical and he is much more knowledgeable than the average person.

I did admit that sometimes he has trouble connecting the dots.

His reply was, “What dots?”

Of course he is kidding…I think…maybe.

Special Promotions on Fine Art America

Be sure to check out my special large canvas prints on Fine Art America!  Two more days on 40% off prints of Burning Shore, Marsh View at Pawleys Island which is at the top of the blog,  and Breakers at Pawleys Island!  There is a 30 day money back guarantee which includes shipping charges!       

burningshorecopyrightBurning Shore   original painting has been sold

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breakerspicopyrightBreakers at Pawleys Island     original painting has been sold

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More Rock Castle Gorge on The Beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway and It is all in the Light…

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dirtroadrockcastlecopyrightDirt Road Near Rock Castle Gorge

Pastel on paper  17″x23″  Original – $782.00

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I have so many paintings from Rock Castle Gorge that I think I will be blogging about this gorgeous Blue Ridge Parkway attraction for a while.  Hikers especially love the trails at this site and my husband has actually walked as much as eight miles off the trail up and down the mountain to get photographs of butterflies.

His photographer, Bruce Grimes, has to carry heavy equipment to get good photographs and he often has to lie down on his stomach to get the shot.  I have always admired photographers!  Good photography is quite an art and a job!

roadrockykcopyrightRoad to Rocky Knob oil on canvas  8″x10″

Original painting has been sold

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The actual trail is a loop that is  just short of 11 miles long.

I am especially fond of this oil painting of a road that leads to Rocky Knob.  It is quite an expressive work!

There are so many interesting trails around this area and the wildflowers in season are stunning!

When I was in school I had a teacher that was fond of country and mountain scenes and he remarked to me one time that He especially liked the kind of yellow/white grass seen along the dirt road in the painting at the top.

Most artists have a main medium and a secondary medium.  My main medium is oil paint but my secondary medium is pastels.

I am especially proud of my American Artist Award for “Near Smithfield Plantation”from famed pastelist Daniel Greene.

Life with the Bird and Word Man

  • People often don’t like their photograph and with good reason!  The lens is curved and the resulting parallax can make for a picture that looks how a person looks in a curved piece of metal.  No one wants that!
  • I pride myself that I can work around the parallax but I have been having a hard time lately with my digital camera.  I think the old 35mm cameras had less perspective distortion.

Anyway, I finally got a decent picture of my husband for the publication The Writing Disorder which will feature his poems this Spring.  The tenebristic light made all the difference!

clyde2014Clyde Kessler

Another Fancy Gap Painting on The Beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway and Chickens during The Revolutionary War

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Yesterday I mentioned two sales of prints and posted one of them which is Color Swirl.  Here is the other one that went to a great patron in  Downington, Pennsylvania.                             .

 coneflowerscopyrightedCone flowers 24″x30″   $1470.00

I have done a number of Cone flower paintings and am pleased with the captivating colors and textures that draw people in.  I don’t have a favorite color since I work with so many of them.

If someone says they like blue I start to think about all the different kinds of blue and all the ranges of tones of blue so it is a complicated choice for me.

I would say I am partial to cool colors but there is nothing in this world like cadmium red light so I just have to say I like them all and I incorporate all of them in my paintings even when one seems to be the main color.  Of course, in this painting, magenta reigns supreme!

This week I have one of my favorite florals, Natural Rhythm, on special at Fine Art America.  In these specials I offer large canvas prints of favorite paintings at 40% off the regular price. The price below the picture is the price of the original painting.

natrythmcopyrightNatural Rhythm 30″x40″  $2425.00

 Fancy Gap

Here is the third painting I did from locales near Fancy Gap on The Blue Ridge Parkway.

sunsetnearfancygcopyrightedSunset Near Fancy Gap 30″x40″ $2425.00

When I took the shot I based Wildflowers Near Fancy Gap I turned to the other side of the road to see a beautiful sunset.  I quickly took the shot before I burned my retina and am very pleased with the painting.  As always I modified it to suit my own style and the colors and textures are vibrant and exciting.

Life with The Bird and Word Man

As always my naturalist/poet husband, Clyde Kessler,  plays with words so he can make me laugh.  Sometimes he comes up with something so hilarious that I practically need oxygen.  We haven’t had to call 911 yet.

If you don’t like word play you may not see the humor in this one but I like it.  What do you call a chicken during the Revolutionary War?