Here Comes the Sun!!!

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I don’t mind cloudy days but I would prefer sunny ones.  So glad the sun is coming out.  It was a rather gloomy morning and the light was not what I like to have when I paint.  Cheers!


flowg (1)Radford Flower Garden   Original  11″ x 14″ Oil Painting   $313

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Wow! I was the only one in the pool!

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So glad I picked today to swim!  Usually I have to dodge kids that get in the lane marked off for lap swimmers.  Today I was the only one in the pool!  That was a nice break!  I love to watch the kids but they don’t get the lane thing.

eagleexpress (1)Eagle Fire  Original  16″ x 20″ Acrylic Painting     $670

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All Artists are Crazy…

Today a friend on Facebook listed stereotypes that are extremely harmful to society, yet they persist.  I decided to add one more.  

All Artists are Crazy. 

It isn’t true but considering the time I spend painting sometimes I wonder.  LOL!


tulipflowcopyrightTulip Flow    Original   24″ x 18″ Acrylic Painting    $884

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Well, the House is clean but no Swimming today

My husband keeps a close watch on the weather and there was some warning about weather so severe that I stayed home when I really wanted to swim at The Aquatic Center.  Instead I dusted and vacuumed and got some stains out of our carpet.  Now that was not fun!  Oh well, there is always tomorrow!  Of course the storm didn’t show up.


tulipflowcopyrightFlowing Tulip   Original 24″x18″ Acrylic painting           $884

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Mouse in My Left Hand and Back Scratcher in my Right Hand!

I guess I need to get some kind of itch ointment.  I can’t figure out why my back itches so much.  It can’t be laundry detergent or other parts of my body would itch.  Oh well, I have my trusty back scratcher and I am definitely not taking of selfie of me at the computer!


tulipflowcopyrightTulip Flow   24″x18″  Original Acrylic Painting      $884

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Another one of my Kendall Expressions!  Be sure to check them out in the folder on my website!

The Front Porch Called to Me!

tulipflowcopyrightTulip Flow  Original  24″x18″ Acrylic Painting    $894

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I had a little time before dinner and the dirty front porch called to me!  Wash me, wash me- so I did!  It was filthy!

Off and Running or is it Off and Sitting?

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Mostly Tulips   Original 18″x24″  Oil Painting      $864

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So much to do but it is mostly done sitting in front of a computer!  Need to stretch!

The Black Bear in The Blue Ridge Mountains near The Blue Ridge Parkway and Pleased to Sell another Original Painting!

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smallflowerslarge (1)Small  Flowers Original Oil Painting has been Sold

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This painting was sold today to a great Texas patron!  She is saving her money to buy a large one next!


mostly tulips big (1)Mostly Tulips     Original  16″x20″ Oil Painting     $670

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summerpathbig (1)Summer Path at Rock Castle Gorge   Original 30″x40″ Oil Painting     $2425

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One of my favorite places on The Blue Ridge Parkway!

I really have flowers on my mind right now!

The Cherokee Legends of The Black Bear

The Cherokee Indians did not always inhabit the mountains of the North East.  Some historians claim they have only been here five hundred years after migrating from the upper Mid-West but their traditions, legends and myths date back for thousands of years.

The Cherokee, along with all the Northeastern tribes were comfortable living with the black bear. The southern Blue Ridge Mountains have many Cherokee myths concerning the black bear.  They have often seen the black bear as a spirit guide to their people and considered the white bear to be a special spirit.  A few are born with white fur. It was a significant part of their ceremonial or religious practices.

Joining The Black Bears

One tale is about a boy that would leave the Ani tsa gu hi’  tribe for a while and come back with significant amounts of hair on his body that was not previously there.  The tribe asked him what was going on and he said he was spending time with the black bears where there was much food.  He told his tribe they should all join the bears and live in peace with abundant food.

This tribe was part of the Cherokee tribe and they all decided to leave the Cherokees to live with the bears.  They told the others not to worry, that they would live forever with the bears.  There are Cherokees today that believe some of their people became black bears and their descendants are alive today.

I found this story on Cherokee Myths and Legends of The Black Bear online publication.

Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

While we were on vacation I had a great time watching River Monsters!  I loved to fish when I was a child so it was great to watch Jeremy Wade catch huge fish!  In one episode he talked about the fishing method called noodling.  The fisherman puts his hand in the fish’s mouth and pulls it out of the water.  Considering the types of fish he catches, it is a dangerous sport.

My mountain man laughed when I told him I had never heard of noodling.  He said his Dad was doing that when he was a kid.  I replied that I bet it is new to people like me that are part of the mainstream culture, not isolated mountain people.  He said that was true.  His people were so far up the holler the creek ran dry trying to get out.

Just joking!  My husband’s great-great uncle George Kessler was one of three founders of Ferrum College and Clyde Kessler is the most knowledgeable person I have ever known.  Don’t trust those mountain stereotypes!