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!

One more painting of Roanoke near The Blue Ridge Parkway and I can’t even find it…


My Artwork

campbellavecopyrightCampbell Avenue       Original Painting has been sold

Prints on paper or canvas available at     KENDALL KESSLER ART

Here is one more of my paintings of beautiful Roanoke, VA before I move on to other great places in Southwest Virginia.  This one is a great celebration of the beautiful pear trees that adorn Campbell Avenue.

I always include my phone number on the back of my paintings and was very pleased when the buyer called me to tell me how thrilled she was with the painting.  She hung it in her office.  I have seen her a number of times since then and she always tells me how much she loves it!

bluegreenascadescopyrightNear the Cascades     Original hand colored lithograph proof has been sold

I have other versions of this lithograph that are available on my website

Prints on paper or canvas available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART

Computer Challenged

I am getting a lot of likes on my About page which is much appreciated but when I go to look at the people I follow I have a hard time finding the About page.   So, please be patient with me.  I didn’t grow up with computers and they baffle me at times.

Life with the Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

My husband and I are noticing signs of aging that we don’t like.  I’m sure no one likes the memory problems and general ditziness that we all get if we don’t die young.

The other day I looked up Alzheimer’s symptoms to make sure I am not developing that disease.  I found a list of symptoms of aging with two rows.  The first one was Alzheimer’s and the second row was age.  All of my symptoms are found in the second list.  Yea!!!

Yesterday I said to my husband I just can’t cut the mustard anymore.  He said he couldn’t even find the mustard!

Radford Roosting Festival

The festival is tomorrow so I wanted to print the information one more time!

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 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

Prints on paper or canvas available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART

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

Prints on paper or canvas available at   KENDALL KESSLER ART

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.

Here is the link!    KENDALL KESSLER BEAUTIFUL NUDE DRAWING ON THE MINDY PROJECT

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


My Art work

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

Prints on paper or canvas available at     KENDALL KESSLER ART

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

Prints available on paper or canvas available at   KENDALL KESSLER ART

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

Roanoke, The Star City near The Blue Ridge Parkway and They wouldn’t tell us…


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Star City    original oil painting  25″x40″  $2000.00

Prints on paper or canvas available at   KENDALL KESSLER ART

I am especially pleased with the complicated system of color, the intense brushwork, and the overall mood of this painting.

The Star City

Another great Blue Ridge Mountain locale is Roanoke city which is near The Blue Ridge Parkway.  It is also known as The Star City.

It was originally called Big Lick and was established in 1852 and chartered in 1874.  It was called Big Lick due to the salt which drew wildlife to the site near the Roanoke River.  The name Roanoke is said to have originated from an Algonquian work for shell money.  This was also the name of the river that bisected it and the county.  The river is probably where the shells came from.

I got this information from Wikopedia and my husband, Clyde Kessler.

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Blue Ridge Meadow Sunset    Original pastel painting has been sold

Prints on paper or canvas available at      KENDALL KESSLER ART

Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

Again, before I print this comment my husband made about people I want to emphasize that he is well-liked by all that come into contact with him and is the most diplomatic person I have ever known.  He is quite a contradiction – a very sweet curmudgeon!

Sometimes I am in awe of all we can do.  Computers, airplanes, spacecraft,etc.  My husband is not as impressed with our accomplishments because of all the problems technology has created for this limited spaceship.

The other day I said to him that ants don’t have computers.  His response was, if they did, they wouldn’t tell us.

Then I said we can fly but we don’t have wings.  He said there are so many people filled with hot air that they could probably get anywhere they wanted to go without an airplane.  Life with a curmudgeon!  Lots of fun!

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More Smart View Beauty on The Blue RIdge Parkway and Latest Poems published by the Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler


My Artwork

smartviewcopyrightSmartview       Original pastel painting has been sold

Prints on paper or canvas can be purchased at          KENDALL KESSLER ART

I have not been to Smart View many times but both of the paintings I did from that site sold.  It is a gorgeous place and I’m sure we will visit again sometime.  My favorite Blue Ridge Mountain paintings include clouds.  I have always been fascinated by cloud shapes and the colors of light and shade on them.  I especially like the colors in the evening when the contrast is not so strong and the spectrum is easier to see.

Recent Print Sales

It is great to sell my paintings over and over again in print version!  On my website patrons can get my work on paper or canvas,  framed or un-framed, and in a great selection of sizes.  Some of them can be bought in around size 40″x60″!

Here are the latest sales. The originals are still available.

smithmtlakecopyrightSmith Mountain Lake   Original Oil Painting  20″x16″     $670.00

Prints on paper or canvas available at   KENDALL KESSLER ART

nearsmithfieldcopyrightNear Smithfield Plantation    Original pastel painting        14″x22″   $648.00

Prints on paper or canvas available at      KENDALL KESSLER ART

Life with the Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

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My husband has had his poems published over 200 times in magazines and one of them will soon be in an anthology.

Here is one of the five just published in The Writing Disorder!

DIPLOMACY

by Clyde Kessler

Trees here, never being trees,
are always born from growling binary stars
slumming the world. You can dream them
with a cluster of orchid flowers strangling
a flag, hoisting it inside a plum seed,
or home across your brow where all
imagination is suspect, and isolated.

You can fall from orbit, go crazy,
track the moonrise across fallout shelters.
You can divvy up the salt, the stress,
the last communiques, wolf pups, jonquils,
two dazzle bolts, three crates of kit puzzlers,
and the last bag of visors whittled from skulls.

Trees, never being trees, have been painted
towards our frozen city, to start new wars.
I read you the news, you read me a reply.
Our diplomats start shooting each other.

Smart View on The Beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway and This is Spring?


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creeksmartviewlbig (1)Creek at Smartview      Original Painting has been sold

Prints on paper or canvas available at   KENDALL KESSLER ART

Another beautiful vista on The Blue RIdge Parkway is Smartview.  I have done one painting and one pastel painting of this great place.  I willl never forget the day we had a picnic there.  I was teaching at Radford University and working hard at motherhood, painting, and housework and I was so tired I was practically lying down on the picnic table.

I still wanted to take some pictures to base some painting on so I got up and got some great shots of Smart View and then turned around and took a shot of the creek which was so peaceful.  Most of my paintings are based on my photographs and slides.  Pein air painting is not for me.

My work is meant to be viewed indoors and it is done with many layers going from thin to thick paint.  If I paint outdoors and then bring it inside, it is a completely different painting.

Creek at Smart View was bought by a great Blacksburg patron who later commissioned me to paint a creek scene with his wife and a child by her side.  She was pregnant and knew nothing of this painting.  A Baby shower was coming up and he worked on a baby tapestry that was the same size as the painting.  At the shower he had my painting under a sheet of fabric and his wife told everyone she already knew what it was.  She was sure  it was the tapestry. When he took down the sheet and revealed a painting with her and a child by a creek she was flabbergasted.

What a great gift, great surprise,  and a great husband!

bluestonelakebig (1)Bluestone Lake   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

My husband is quite a self-taught scholar and one of his favorite subjects is the weather.  He has been studying the patterns all his life and when he was a child he would tell his mother what to expect and she said he was right most of the time.

I always check with him if I am going out anywhere.   One time at an outdoor  show in Roanoke on a very sunny day he came up to me and said I had five minutes and then it would be raining.  Everyone around me thought he was wrong.  Five minutes later there was a river running down the road.

Needless to say he is concerned with what he calls climate disruption.  He agrees with scientists that think global warming is real whatever the cause which brings me to my blog title.  This is Spring?  There is another cold front on the way and I am not looking forward to it!