KENDALL KESSLER'S OIL PAINTING DIARY

Monday, September 1, 2014

Nude Girl Drawings by a Blue Ridge Parkway Artist and 31 Stomachs...

Nude Girl Drawings by Kendall Kessler


I want to start off with one of my Youtube videos!  I am adding one a week so I want to be sure to get them out to the public!

Here are two more selections in black and white that I decided to make color versions of.  What a great experience to look at a completed drawing and re-interpret it in color!  

As I have mentioned before, some of them I like better in color and some in black and white.  Art is always an experience for me that can't be explained.

reachingoutcopyrightReaching Out     24"x 18"  Original Charcoal Drawing      $894

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Reaching Out in Color     24"x 18"  Original Pastel Painting      $894

Prints on Paper or Canvas Available at     KENDALL KESSLER

When I taught in the Art Department at Radford Univerisity I would try to explain Art to students but I found the only way I could really explain it was to have them do it, which is why my Art Appreciation classes were "Hands On".  

When students had to make visual decisions then they started to catch on to what Art is all about.  Drawing is integral to the discipline but Art is so much more then reproducing nature.

In this case I prefer the color painting to the black and white drawing.  The color accents are strong and I like the light effect better in the pastel one. 


Life with the Word and Bird Man - Clyde Kessler


Last year I decided to take off a lot of years from our ages.  I asked my husband how it felt to be thirty years old!  The only response I got was a sour look.

Yesterday was his birthday so I asked him how it felt to turn thirty-one.  This year I got a sour look and a sour comment.

You mean turn 31 stomachs when they look at me?
Ha Ha.  No, that is not what I meant.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Nude Girl Drawings by a Blue Ridge Parkway Artist and Blue Ridge Discovery Center Happening!

Nude Girl Drawings by Kendall Kessler


DSCN0684 (1)Celebration    Original 24"x 18"Charcoal Drawing    $994

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I am going to show a number of black and white nude drawings that I decided to re-do in color.  I am pleased with both versions.  

In this case, I like the color version better.  The shadow in this drawing makes it for me.  The dramatic spacing and light are greatly enhanced by the elongated shadow.

 

The model's pose is exuberance itself, hence the title.  We should all celebrate!  All anyone really has is a limited amount of time and each day is precious!


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Celebration in Color    Original 24"x 18" Pastel Painting    $994

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Life with The Word and Bird Man - Clyde Kessler

My husband and I are sometimes baffled by computers.  I have used the Add Media button and added Youtubes before and the whole Youtube comes up on my post.  

Now I just get the link.  

Yesterday I had Clyde try to figure it out and gave up.  Maybe I will get it to work again sometime.

 

Meanwhile, here is my latest Youtube on my Kendall Expressions!  Please click on it!

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcPtNffZtmc

 

Here is the latest on the wonderful Blue Ridge Discovery Center Group!

Blue Ridge Expeditions: Hike Brushy Mountain North of Crandon

Sat, September 13, 12am – Sun, September 14, 12am

 
 
Where
Applachain Trail, Brushy Mountain north of Crandon
Calendar
BRDC Web Calendar
Created by
aaron@blueridgediscoverycenter.org
Description
September 13th on Brushy mountain north of Crandon. All hikes are on the famed Appalachian Trail, a 2,200 mile footpath from Georgia to Maine, completed in 1937.

 

 

Don't forget my special offer the month of August on this exciting painting!  Lion Explosion is 40% off with a 30 day money back guarantee!  The guarantee includes shipping fee!

Just click on my website and then go to Kendall Expressions.  The 40"x30" canvas print size is on special!

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

Prints on Canvas or Paper and Greeting Cards Available at     KENDALL KESSLER ART

 

Thank you for reading my blog and I hope you enjoyed looking at My Nude Girl Drawings!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Nude Girl Drawings by a Blue Ridge Parkway Artist and Open the Window and Let Gravity do the Work!

Nude Girl Drawings by Kendall Kessler

Yesterday I thought I had finished posting my black and white nude drawings but today I found two more in my portfolio.  I thought I had put these up but they aren't in any posts.  These two have an exceptionally delicate quality about them. 

The first one is one of my few line drawings.  There is some tone but the work exists in a linear format.  I am such a colorist that when I work in neutral tones I always want to use a wide range of greys because they are color to me. 

 In this one the line works beautifully to express the essence of a beautiful form.

nudewishirtbig (1)Nude Holding Her Shirt    Original 24"x18" Mixed Media Drawing      $994

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waitinginlightsmall (1)Waiting in The Light   Original 24"x18" Charcoal Drawing    $994


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In Waiting in the Light the model seems to appear out of a puff of smoke for a somewhat mystical look.  I am very proud of the sensuous look of this charcoal drawing.  As I have said before, charcoal is my favorite drawing medium.


Life with The Word and Bird Man - Clyde Kessler

I can not believe the aggravation I have had today with my computer!   I have attempted a lot of tasks it does without complaint every day.  Today it is on vacation or just being mean to me.  

I am reminded of what my husband says. 

I have posted it before but it bears repeating.  Instead of fighting with a machine, open the window and let gravity do the work!  I am really tempted to do just that!


Don't forget my special offer the month of August on this exciting painting!  Lion Explosion if 40% off with a 30 day money back guarantee!  The guarantee includes shipping fee!

Just click on my website and then go to Kendall Expressions.  The 40"x30" canvas print size is on special!

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

Prints on Canvas or Paper and Greeting Cards Available at     KENDALL KESSLER ART


Thank you for reading my blog and I hope you enjoyed looking at My Nude Girl Drawings!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Nude Girl Drawing by a Blue Ridge Parkway Artist and I Can't Believe it!

Nude Girl Drawing by Kendall Kessler


This will be the last of my black and white nude drawings that I will post.  At least, I think this is the last one in my Beautiful Nudes Folder.

This one reminds me of The Thinker by August Rodin but it wasn't what I was thinking when I drew the model.  I love the wonderful, expressive lines in ink drawings and am very proud of the intricate passages in this etching!

Next, I am going to post some color nude drawings I did from some of my favorite black and white drawings!

thinkingnude (1)Leaning into The Day    Original Black and White Etching     $180

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You Tube Videos

Here is another one of my You Tube Videos!  I hope you like it!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieN28aLojSA

Okay, I followed exactly the same procedure when I put up the last videos and they showed up so you could see them without clicking the code.  Go figure!

The painting, Lion Explosion is on Special Promotion on Fine Art America this month!  40% off of a large canvas print with a 30 day money back guarantee which includes shipping fee!

Just click on the Kendall Kessler Art and then click on the Kendall Expressions folder.  Lion Explosion is in the folder and the 40"x30" size is 40% off all August!

 

Life with the Word and Bird Man - Clyde Kessler


Another Ant Saga.  This is exactly what happened.  I am not making this up or changing the story in any way.

It looked as if we were finally rid of the ants for this season.

When they are here I take foods that they can easily get in or crawl on and put them on the table.  My husband explained to me that ants do not climb up table legs.  They prefer to stay along ledges.  So I had his rice muffins on the table and thought I could finally put them on the counter.

Later that day I saw one ant make a bee line for the muffins!  Just one!  I looked everywhere in the kitchen for more but there weren't any!  I gave that ant a dirty look and moved the muffins back to the table and it will be a long time before I move things back again!

 

Thank you for reading my blog and I hope you enjoyed the Nude Girl Drawing!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Nude Girl Drawings by a Blue Ridge Parkway Artist and Slowing Down a Little...

Nude Girl Drawings by a Blue Ridge Parkway Artist


These two nudes have a strong look with an economy of marks.  The expression in the first one is languid while the second one has a more forceful appearance.  Charcoal has a great range of values and can be easily modified with conte crayons and pastels.  

It is a great medium and there is no limit to the expressive possibilities!

turningcopyrightTurning Beauty  Original  24"x 18" Charcoal Drawing     $894

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Strength   Original  24"x 18" Charcoal Drawing     $894

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Life with The Word and Bird Man - Clyde Kessler


My husband is better at preventing problems than I am so I am taking some advice he gave me a while back that, I, of course ignored.  He always gets up every thirty minutes when he works on the computer and stretches.  
We are both at the seat fatigue years and I let it get so bad that I have a problem so today I am following the rule and trying to slow down a little.  For me, I am working at a snail's pace.

I have probably shared this quote before but it bears repeating.  When you finally get your head together your body falls apart.  Oscar Wilde was right.  Youth is wasted on the young.  Now that I love my life and just wish someone could add hours to the day I wish I had that twenty year old body again!

Be sure to come see me and my artwork with four other local artists at Glencoe Museum in Radford VA at 6:00 tomorrow evening!  Summer Path at Rock Castle Gorge will be on display along with four other landscapes!


summerpathcopyrightSummer Path at Rock Castle Gorge    Original 30"x40" Oil Painting    $2425

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Current Exhibition: Five Years of Art at Glencoe


This season marks the fifth year of Glencoe Museum’s “Gallery at Glencoe,” and to celebrate this milestone, the museum is hosting a series of three shows featuring the works of artists from the previous five years. The three shows will take place in August and November 2014 and February 2015.

The August show features the works of six talented artists whose works range from photography to painting to fiber art. These works reflect many different styles and provide something for everyone to appreciate—from traditional to avant-garde. These artists are Franchell Mack Brown, Alexander Crookshanks, Kendall Kessler, Susan V. Lockwood, Joyce Sims and RL Thomas.

Thank for reading my blog and I hope you enjoy my Nude Girl Drawings!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Nude Girl Drawings by a Blue Ridge Parkway Artist and You can't make Brownies with Donuts!

Nude Girl Drawings by a Blue Ridge Parkway Artist

I am still showing my artistic nude drawings and will be for a while.  I am anxious to get back to my other work but I wanted to share these for a while.  I am proud of the craftmanship and expression I achieve in these works.

There are so many mediums to use to make intensely expressive drawings.  Conte crayons are a favorite medium but I think my favorite will always be charcoal.  I especially like the charcoal blocks to get deep blacks and complicated textures. 

Color is the most important part of my work so when I work in black and white or one color I like to have a wide range of values.  Black and white drawings with a wide range of grays are like color to me.


modellifecopyrightModel Life   Original 18"x24" Charcoal Drawing       $894

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In this drawing, instead of inanimate objects on a table, there is a beautiful model.  I am especially pleased with the use of space in this one.


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Stretch   Original 24"x18" Charcoal Drawing       $894

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In Stretch I succeeded in getting a strong sense of volume with a minimum amount of lines and marks.  You really feel the figure stretching out in this drawing!

 

Life with The Word and Bird Man - Clyde Kessler


I have never been good at sleeping.  I have a hard time settling down and I tend to work so hard during the day that I am often sore when I go to bed.  It usually takes me a long time to get to sleep while my husband drops right off.

I have a lot of very strange dreams.  I think I remember so many of them because I don't sleep soundly and wake up a lot.

Last night I had one about brownies.  I dreamed that I didn't have any flour but I did have some sugar coated donuts so I decided to use them!  The dream ended before the taste test so we will never know.  I think I will go make some brownies!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Nude Girl Drawings, Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, and Do you Mind?

Nude Girl Drawings by a Blue Ridge Parkway Artist

  Here are some more of my Beautiful Nudes.  As I have mentioned before, one of my Beautiful Nudes, "Reaching Out", was selected out of over 3 million works of art on Fine Art America to be on The Mindy Project.  

The show has been renewed for a third season!


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 Dreaming   Original Mixed Media 24"x18" Drawing    $894

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In this one the languid pose says it all.  I took care to apply the charcoal and conte crayon in a flowing manner that echoes the mood of the model. 

I will never forget what my mother said to me when I was a teenager and had just done something stupid.  She yelled that I lived in a dream world. 

Until that moment I had never realized that.  She was right and it is a great place to be!


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 Dreaming   Original Mixed Media 24"x18" Drawing    $894

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In this one the hat on a nude model is fun and whimsical!  The bars of the chair make it appear as if the model is purposely hiding and in her own world.  

The energetic shadow has a foreboding quality that makes for a great visual accent.

 

 

 Life with The Word and Bird Man - Clyde Kessler

I hope this will be the last of the ant chronicles for this summer.  The troops have slowed down.  They aren't marching in formation or sitting around the poison drops in a perfect circle.

Now I mostly see them peeking out from behind objects on the counter.  The other day a bunch of them were criss-crossing on one of the counters.  Since they were moving in a random fashion I decided I could put peanut butter on a cracker with out moving to the other side of the kitchen.
As soon as I got the cracker out one of them made a bee line for it!  I yelled, "Do you mind?"  

This is my cracker!  Move on!  It did and I finished making the crackers.  The nerve of these ants!