Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, Ghost of East Hall, and The Word Man gets Published Again!


 

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist

 

nanandbeaucopyrightNan Beau   Original    20″x18″ Oil Painting     $740

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A favorite portrait of my sister with the only dog she had growing up.  Beau was an exceptionally sweet dog!

 

techpondcopyrightTech Duck Pond    Original Oil Painting has been Sold

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The V.P.I. and S.U. duck pond is a favorite place to walk and fish in Blacksburg, VA!

East Hall Ghost

East Hall Dormitory is on Appalachian  State University.  The story began in the 1960’s.  A student took her life on the lowest floor of the five story section. The cause is not remembered.  She hung her self with a long silk scarf in the basement restroom.

Ever since then students have reported strange happenings. Whispering in the hallways, strange balls of light hovering near the ceiling in the dorm rooms, and one man claimed a ghost toppled him over after he heard the words, “My Dorm.”

The strongest presence of a ghost is felt in the basement where the girl died.  Students have reported seeing a blue mist about the size of a human being moving through walls and always ending the walk at the bathroom.

Whatever is going on, there seems to be an affect on the students that live there.  There have been a lot of psychotic episodes and the school’s mental health services  keep a close eye on the students in this dorm and they are always on the look out for early signs that a student that has gone East!

I got this story from North Carolina Ghosts and Legends on the online publication Stories from the Mountains

 

Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

Once again The Word Man has published his work!  I am very impressed with how frequently he is publishing his poetry these days!   He is not sure how many times he has been published but he knows it is more than 200 times in small press publications!

This time three of his poems will be in The Kentucky Review!  They will appear in the online publication  soon and the printed publication in January 2015.  Way to go Word Man!

 

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I hope you enjoyed my paintings by an artist of The Blue Ridge Parkway

The Lake is Thumbs up for Now! We will see what the Guys say when they get Home!


I really want to get out to the lake today and have supper there!   Claytor Lake Park is a great place and summers are so short!  Hope the guys don’t change their minds later.

 

dockpandapascopyrightDock, Pandapas   Original 30″x40″ Oil Painting     $2425

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Computer Arm Strikes Again! Time to get Off!!!


I need to let up but there is always so much to do online.  I don’t have carpel  tunnel but I do have one sore arm!   As we all know, swimming is the answer!  I will be there tomorrow!

 

boathousecopyrightBoat House at Mountain Lake    Original Oil Painting has been Sold

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Mountain Lake was the setting for the hit movie, Dirty Dancing starring Patrick Swayze!

The Rain is Here! Yea!


The rain was predicted for yesterday but it took its time getting here!  A great rain is falling right now!  We have been so dry.  This is great!  I am not going to dance in it but I am happy to watch it fall!

 

lionexplosionbig (1)Lion Explosion  Original 20″x16″  Oil Painting     $670

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Okay, Where was the Rain?


rockcastlecopyrightRock Castle Gorge    Original 30″x40″ Oil Painting   $2425

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Nice Cool Day in Southwest Virginia!


I love the warm weather and swimming in the lake but it is nice to get a cool day one in a while.  Rain is predicted and we need it!

 

smithmtlakecopyrightSmith Mountain Lake    Original 20″x16″ Oil Painting    $670

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Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, The Biltmore Ghost ,and My Latest Shore Scene!


Blue Ridge Parkway Artist

I am very pleased to present the first of my latest shore scenes from beautiful Pawleys Island!  I love the shore and we get there once a year.  South Carolina has great beach resorts but my favorite is Pawleys Island.  One of my best-selling prints, Marsh View at Pawleys Island, is one of my favorite paintings!

Pawleys Island Sunrise on the Sand is a sumptuous look at how the light reflects off the wet sand.  In this sunrise there is more morning light on the sand than the water, hence the title.

 

pawleyssunrisesandcopyrightPawleys Island Sunrise on the Sand    Original 30″x40″ Oil Painting      $2430

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breakerspicopyrightBreakers at Pawleys Island   Original Painting has been Sold

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The Biltmore Ghost

The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina was home to  George Washington Vanderbilt who was one of the heirs to the Vanderbilt industrial fortune. He was born into a mountain of money and never had to work a day in his life.

When he was  26 he traveled to Asheville with his mother and loved the area so much that he purchased 126,000 acres and built a fabulous vacation home there The house is so big that one could sleep in a different bed room each night and not sleep in one twice for a year!

George was an avid collector of books, art, and artifacts and had a huge library.  He and his wife had lavish parties and he usually had to be called out of the library to greet guests.

When he died in 1914 the estate passed through his daughter to his grand sons.  They decided to open the house to the public.  It is the largest privately owned home in America and the setting for a number of successful movies including Being There, starring Peter Sellers.

Today there are reports of ghosts on the premises. George is said to be seen in the library where he often retreated during storms.  His wife’s voice has been heard asking him to join his guests.  The parties seem to still be going on. People sometimes hear laughter and loud voices at the pool which is no longer in use.

 

I got this ghost story from Stories from The Mountains online publication

 

Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

Yesterday I listed books on Appalachia that The Blue Ridge Discovery Center suggests for great reading about this gorgeous area of the world!   I forgot to mention A Natural Sense of Wonder by  Rick Van Noy includes a chapter on Clyde.     Rick Van Noy is very impressed with the naturalist work my husband does and we were pleased he included him in his book!

Here is the list again!

For the Blue Ridge:

  • Hollows, Peepers, and Highlanders – An Appalachian Mountain Ecology, George Constantz 
  • A Fly Fisherman’s Blue Ridge, Christopher Camuto

Other must reads:

  • A Songbird Journeys – Four Seasons in the Lives of Migratory Birds, Miyoko Chu
  • The Trees in My Forest, Bernd Heinrich
  • Winter World, Bernd Heinrich
  • The Beak of the Finch, Jonathan Weiner 
  • Home Ground – Language for an American Landscape, Barry Lopez, Debra Gwartney
  • A Natural Sense of Wonder, Rick Van Noy

I hope you enjoyed my paintings by an artist of The Blue Ridge Parkway