KENDALL KESSLER'S OIL PAINTING DIARY

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Blue Ridge Parkway Bridge Ghost and What am I going to do with the Two Gallons I ordered?



My Artwork


tugglecopyrightTuggles Gap  Original 30"x40" Oil Painting       $2425

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riverview (1)River View Reflections    Original 30"x 40" Oil Painting     $2425

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blueridgemeadowcopyrightBlue Ridge Meadow    Original Oil Painting has been Sold

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Helen's Bridge


Helen's bridge is located in Beaucatcher mountain in Asheville, North Carolina.  Supposedly a woman hung herself there after losing her daughter in a fire.  Now she wanders around the mountain in a long  dress asking people if they have seen her daughter.  

 Strange things happen on the bridge.

Many people have reported car trouble on the bridge or right after  crossing it.  Others have reported seeing strange monstrous, dark things coming out of the woods.  Watch out!



Life with The Word and Bird Man - Clyde Kessler

As I have said before, I love to laugh.  I had a hilarious father and am married to a hilarious guy.  Their humor is different but I like both styles!  I remember one day when I was a teenager my father cracked up my mother and me right before he took off for work.

She said she kept him around for laughs!

I miss him very much!

My husband keeps me laughing now and I look for opportunities to come up with some of my own humor.

The other night we were watching TV and there was a commercial about some sort of rejuvenating face mask all over the advertisers face.  Clyde said he was so glad that I didn't spend time with  goop on my face or cucumbers on my eyes.

I became alarmed and asked him what I was going to do with the two gallons of face mask I ordered?  One for me and one for him!

He wasn't amused but I thought it was a pretty good quip!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Blue Ridge Parkway School Ghost Story and They Look so Different!

teapotcopyrightTea Time  Original 12"x16" Oil Painting    $384

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applecopyrightApple          Original Colored Pencil Drawing  NFS

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TWO OF MY FAVORITE STILL LIFES!


Haunted School near Asheville, North Carolina

In the 1970's The Clyde Irwin High School was built just outside Asheville, North Carolina. What was left of the Old County Home Graveyard was dug up to make room for the school.  The remains from the Potter's Field were moved across the street and buried under wooden crosses.  

The spirits must not have liked the move as there are strange goings on since the transfer. Janitors that work the night shift at the school refuse to relate the strange incidents they witness!

Unmarked graves are said to still be beneath the Potters Field overlooking the School.

I found this ghost story on Local Ghost Stories of Asheville, North Carolina website! Great website!



Life with The Word and Bird Man - Clyde Kessler

We continue to battle the big black ants and the small ones.  I guess they don't like each other because the big black ones stay on the slips of paper in one part of the the counter and the small ones are in another section.  I guess they are worried about fist fights.

Anyway, when we first put out the slips of paper with the poison they  all sat around in a perfect circle, laughing and shooting the breeze.   Now there aren't any perfect circles - just partial arcs and I have seen some ants look like they are about to fall of the paper on the ledges.  

Could it be they are drunk with all that glucose and can't find their way back to the nest?
Still, I don't see them waltzing through the shelves and getting into the food supply so I can't really complain that much, but I like writing about them!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Blue Ridge Parkway Ghost Story and the Ants were just Sleeping in!


My Artwork


sweetpeacopyrightSweet Pea Morning  Original 18"x24" Oil Painting    $864

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Rocky Knob   Original Oil Painting has been Sold

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Cloud Dance   Original 30"x40" Oil Painting    $2425

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Three beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway Mountain Vistas


Calvary Episcopal Church Ghost

An Episcopal church in Fletcher near Ashville is said to be the site for a ghost.  The church itself does not have a ghost but there are reports of a Phantom Rider of the Confederacy. The Phantom Rider is said to be the ghost of a woman on a palomino horse.  She pauses at the road by the church and then gallops by as if she were being chased!



Life with The Word and Bird Man - Clyde Kessler

Yesterday I was so excited to NOT see the big black ants sitting around the poison enjoying life!  I thought one of them had finally gone back to the nest and annihilated it!  No such luck.  They must have been sleeping in. 

They came back full force around noon.

We live with ants in the summer and that is all there is to it.  We are not going to spray chemicals that are also harmful to us so I guess I will keep on feeding them.  As long as they stay in all the little cafes, they aren't in our food, so I can't complain too much!


Don't forget about the next Blue Ridge Discovery Center Events at Floyd Fest  on July 25- 27th!

In cooperation with the New River Land Trust, BRDC will host a series of educational booth activities throughout the week. Friday is iffy for BRDC, which also scheduled another farmers market day

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Blue Ridge Parkway Ghost Story and I don't need to feed the Ants today!

My Artwork


peakslodgecopyrightLodge at The Peaks of Otter    Original 16"x12" Oil Painting  $384

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fairlawnridgecopyrightFairlawn Ridge Original Oil Painting has been Sold

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dockpandapascopyrightDock at Pandapas  Original 30"x40" Oil Painting      $2425

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Here is another great Blue Ridge Parkway Ghost Story!


The Battery Park Hotel is now apartment building.  Supposedly it is haunted by a woman that was murdered in room 224.  On July 17th, 1936 Helen Clevenger was found murdered.  She had been beaten, her faced slashed and shot.

An employee Martin Moore confessed to the crime and died in the gas chamber.  On stormy nights Helen is seen wandering the halls.

The roof was the scene for a number of suicides and people report seeing bodies falling from it.

I found this great story on The Local Asheville Ghost Stories website!

Life with The Word and Bird Man - Clyde Kessler


Yesterday I wrote how our kitchen is a 24/7 diner for ants this time of the years.  We have a glucose poison they are supposed to eat and take back to the nest.  This is not happening. They just sit around the poison in a circle and have fun rather than take it back to the nest and annihilate it.

We have two kinds of ants.  Some very small ones and larger, blacker ones.

Today I was so happy that the large ones were not sitting around the poison talking and laughing!  I guess one of them finally went back to the nest.  There is still plenty of poison on the slips of paper so I don't have to serve them today.

The smaller ones are still here but they still have plenty of poison to sit around.

The waitress has a day off!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Blue Ridge Parkway Ghost Story near Asheville and Our 24/7 Ant Diner

My Artwork


pawleyscormorantcopyrightPawleys Island Cormorant Morning   Original 30"x40" Oil Painting     $2430

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Before I married Clyde I didn't know a cormorant from an osprey!  He has taught me a lot and I am proud of this latest shore painting!


cheerscopyrightCheers    Original 9"x12" Oil Painting      $226

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A Cheerful Still life!


I found another great ghost story on  Local Asheville Ghost Stories website!                             


Battle Mansion is located near The Grove Park Inn.  Supposedly, it is haunted by a servant girl named Alice.

They say she either fell or was pushed down the stairs.  The mansion is also haunted by the former owner, Samuel Battle.  He has been seen wearing a top hat and formal attire.

When the mansion was the location of 13WLOSTV Alice was often seen by employees.  She wears a long, old fashioned dress.  Sarah Harrison, the writer of this report talked with two employees of Grove Park Inn and one of them swore that some wires hanging from the ceiling were swaying back and forth on their own.  

The other worker said he was grabbed when he walked down the stairs. The man that grabbed him fit the description of Samuel Battle.  He was presented a picture of the doctor and is sure of his claim. 

SPOOKY!

The mansion was demolished in 2006.

Life with The Word and Bird Man - Clyde Kessler

Kessler Ant Diner -  Open 24/7!

Every year when the weather gets warm we have hoard of ants in our kitchen.  We have tried everything to get rid of them without success.  Ant traps don't work and we have tried a number of safe remedies that work at first and then the ants are back in full force.  

One summer talcom powder did the trick for a while and then they were back.
This summer we have a remedy that consists of putting a few drops of a glucose solution with poison on small squares of paper.  The ants eat the solution and take the poison back to the nest.  This one was working great for a while!

Now they are all just sitting in a circle around the drops having a great time!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Blue Ridge Parkway Falls and Blue Ridge Discovery Center Happening!

My Artwork

secludedwaterfallcopyrightSecluded Waterfall   Original 14"x11" Oil Painting      $313

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fivemilemtcopyrightAnother Look at Five Mil Mountain   Original 25"x40" Oil Painting   $2025

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I thought it would be fun to look at all the beautiful falls in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains!  I have always been fascinated by falls and when I was in college I often hiked up to the Cascades in the Jefferson National Forest in Giles County.

The hike is two miles long and is an up hill climb.  It is great fun to watch the rushing water and the light coming through the trees.  I have one painting of what is called The Roman Road that I sold to a great patron in Martinsville.  I also sold a print to the creator of that section of the trail.

The water is extremely cold in the pool at the falls but I spent many summers at Rehoboth Beach where the water is also very cold so I liked swimming under the falls!  Some of my fondest memories are of that beautiful place!  I hope to go there again sometime soon.  It has been a while.



The Top 10 Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfalls

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Blue Ridge Parkway WaterfallsTop 10 Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfalls

Graphic by Blue Ridge Parkway Daily


 Life with The Bird and Word Man - Clyde Kessler

Upcoming Blue Ridge Discovery Center Happening!


July 27th, 2014: The Channels, Clinch Mountain

Leaders: Ronald Kirby and Fred Newcomb
One of southwest Virginia’s most spectacular and unusual natural preserves will be explored on this Blue Ridge Expeditions (BRE) hike which is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Discovery Center (BRDC). The part of Clinch Mountain known as The Channels is an area of huge sandstone rock outcroppings where ancient forces have created a maze of giant fissures, some of which now serve as passageways somewhat similar to slot canyons of the western states.
The hike will be a 5 mile round trip of moderate difficulty and will take place on Sunday, July 27. Geology expert Fred Newcomb and Ronald Kirby will lead the group. Participants should call (276) 579-4011 to register and for more information.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Blue Ridge Parkway Biltmore Ghosts and The Word Man does it Again!

My Art Work


mtlakeevecopyrightMountain Lake Evening   Original 23"x30" Oil Pastel Painting   $1380

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


housechesterbrookcopyrightHome on Chesterbrook Road   Original 30"x40" Oil Painting    $2425

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Biltmore Ghosts


A while back I wrote about some ghostly activity at the Biltmore Estate.  Yesterday I found out that there was a lot more to the story!

Back in 1914, George W. Vanderbilt died from complications from a surgery he had for appendicitis. His wife was extremely upset. So late at night, in the Library, she would sit in front of the large marble fireplace, and talk with George though he was never really there.

Her servants started to think she was losing her mind. To this day, late at night you can still hear her voice talking with George very softly. Also, you can feel George's presence in the Billiard Room, and the 2nd floor Oak Sitting room, one of his favorite rooms in the mansion.

During rainy late nights, George would sit and read. Workers report feelings of being watched, apparitions, voices, laughing, & screams. A headless orange cat has been seen by numerous visitors roaming the area between the Gardens and the Bass pond. The Pool Room is also a focal point of unexplainable events.

The sound of people swimming echoes throughout the entire lower floor in the dead of night.
Insane laughter can be heard coming from the drain at the bottom of the pool. It is said to be haunted by a lady in black.

Employees report hearing footsteps on the second floor. It's $10 for the small tour and $50 for the full tour of the house. But be sure you stay CLOSE to the guide. Odds are, there will only be 3 or 4 people touring with you.

I got this story from The Blue Ridge Parkway Guide online publication


Life with The Word and Bird Man - Clyde Kessler

The Word Man does it again!  This time He got a poem published in the San Pedro River Review fall issue!  The name of the poem is "Gigging and it will be in print!