KENDALL KESSLER'S OIL PAINTING DIARY

Monday, September 29, 2014

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, More People Paintings, and Just to be a Fruitcake...

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist

 

Here are two of my favorite Alan paintings of the first Birthday party he attended.  The guest of honor was two years old.  Alan jumped up an down when he saw all the toys to play with!

bparty2 (1)Birthday Party or A Child's View    Original 25" x 40" Oil Painting    $10,000

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"Birthday Party" or "A Child's View" is a painting done from a photograph I took at a two-year-old's party. I have often been asked why the title is "Birthday Party" since there are no balloons, cake, etc.

The two-year-olds were involved in parallel play and I wanted to paint something that showed the viewer how that age group sees the world. Since they are usually on the floor playing by themselves their view is oftentimes hands and legs of adults hence the second title.


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Birthday Party or A Child's View    Original 25" x 40" Oil Painting    $10,000

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The Rest of the Party is a companion painting. Birthday Party or A Child's View is the other painting of this wonderful event.

I had never heard of a Birthday party for two-year-olds before this one.

My son had such a great time there.  The first painting has parallel play with-in the context of adult hands and feet. This one focuses of the interaction between the adults and toddlers.

 

 



Life with The Word and Bird Man - Clyde Kessler


My husband says a lot of strange things. That is putting it mildly.  Anyway the other day he said he was going to make a peanut butter pie sandwich.  He said that because he uses rice cakes instead of bread.  I told him we didn't have any pie to make a sandwich with. 

He said he was going to make one anyway. 

I said he was going to make a peanut butter sandwich pie because he is a fruit cake.






Please check out my Special Promotions that will end today at 5:00pm.  Swirling Color is on special all October!

Click on Kendall Kessler Art and then go to the painting in the Dreamscapes folder  and click on the 24"x 36" canvas print for the 40% discount.

There is a money back guarantee that includes shipping fee!

cloudswirlpoocopyrightCloud Swirl over The Peaks of Otter    Original 18"x24" Oil Painting    $864

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Color Swirl    Original 20" x 24" Oil Painting    $670

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

Friday, September 26, 2014

Blue Ridge Parkway, People Paintings, and Line Dancing Tonight!

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist

 Here are two more portraits of my son Alan.  These paintings are very special!


Allookmebig (1)Alan Looking at Me    Original  24" x 18"  Oil Painting     $7000.00

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Looking at Me is a painting of my son when he was nine months old.  I did a number of paintings from photographs of Alan when he was young and I was amazed at how he seemed to pose for me when he was a baby.

In one photograph, as soon as he saw the camera he grabbed his foot and held it up and grinned.


We are always amazed at how fast our children grow up and I miss a lot of his younger years. I still have many vivid memories of all that he did and said. I wrote down many things he said so I wouldn't forget those times. I am especially pleased with the sumptuous light effect in this painting.

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Alan on The Couch    Original  25" x 40"  Oil Painting     $10,000.00

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Alan on the Couch is a painting I did years ago and was not happy with the result. I recently got it back out and worked on it and now I am satisfied with it. My son, Alan, is biting his lip and holding his ball for a rare still moment. I spent a lot of time chasing after him as he tried to jump over the sides of the couch.

I am especially pleased with the light effect and the bold brushwork in this painting.


Life with The Word and Bird Man - Clyde Kessler


Years ago I started taking Line Dancing lessons in an attempt to give up skating. I was becoming more and more afraid of the people that don't know how to skate at rinks. Well, it didn't work so now I do both and my husband took lessons for a while.  He has to get up in the middle of the night for work so he quit the lessons.

He isn't much for going out at night so once in a while I go Line Dancing with friends from the class.  It is great fun and hopefully we will be there tonight!  Looking forward to it!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, People paintings, and Computer Greeting Card...

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist

 

More paintings of my favorite guys!


legacysmall (1)A Naturalist's Legacy  Original 40" x 27" Oil Painting     $10,000

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A Naturalist's Legacy is a painting in honor of my husband's naturalist achievements.  The painting is symbolic as he has taught old and young people about the beautiful region he was born in.

Clyde Kessler, a well known naturalist in Virginia and North Carolina  has been studying the bird and butterfly populations and migrations since 1975. He has participated in Christmas bird counts for the National Audobon Society since 1973.

 

His discovery in Virginia of the endangered Mitchell's Satyr in 1998 led to efforts to protect the species in the state. It was unknown in Virginia at the time. It is considered to be one of the most important wildlife finds in the second half of the 20th century.

Clyde has also led hawk watches since the mid 70's at Rocky Knob and other locations, and has surveyed Wildwood Park for plants and animal species for the city of Radford.


babypool (1)Rabbit in the Pool   Original  30" x 40" Oil Painting     $10,000

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Rabbit in the Pool is a fun genre painting of my son and husband in a baby pool on our deck. My son had a lot of pool toys but my favorite one was a rabbit balloon toy with a carrot in his mouth. This painting is full of life!



 

 

Life with The Word and Bird Man - Clyde Kessler

Yesterday I had a brainstorm, well maybe a brain shower but I thought it was a good idea!  As usual, I am fighting the urge to tear out my hair as I try to figure out a site I work on.  It occurred to me that we need another Holiday for the Greeting Card Companies. 

We can call it The I want to Throw my Computer out the Window Day. Think of how many people would buy a card! 

My husband's response was, think of how many people would be killed by computers falling out of windows.  Oh well, back to the drawing board- literally!



Please check out my Special Promotions that will end tomorrow at 5:00pm.  Cloud Swirl over The Peaks of Otter is on special all September!

Click on Kendall Kessler Art and then go to the painting the Mountain Paintings folder and click on the 24"x 36" canvas print for the 40% discount.

There is a money back guarantee that includes shipping fee!

cloudswirlpoocopyrightCloud Swirl over The Peaks of Otter    Original 18"x24" Oil Painting    $864

Prints on Paper or Canvas and greeting cards Available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART


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A Break in The Clouds   Original  Oil Painting  has been sold

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Eagle Fire    Original 16" x 20" Oil Painting    $670

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

Friday, September 19, 2014

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, People Paintings, and Hang up and Try Again...

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist


Please take a look at my latest video on The Art Blob!


Here are more of my portraits of my favorite guys!


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Window Al   Original 7" x 5" Oil Painting    $500

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Window Al is an intense painting of my son by the window with a venetian cord in his mouth. He was always playing on the couch by the window when he was a toddler and he liked to chew on the cord.

I was forever taking it out of his mouth and putting it up high but it often fell down and he would be at it again. This is one of many fond memories of his young years.

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Concentration   Original 7" x 5" Oil Painting    $500

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Concentration is a close-up of my son staring at a toy when he was three by a window.

I am especially pleased with the brushwork and color contrast of this work.

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A Naturalist  Original 7" x 5" Oil Painting    $500

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A Naturalist is a portrait of my husband, Clyde Kessler, who is a well-known naturalist in the New River Valley.

I am extremely pleased with the brushwork and intense textural surface of this painting.

 

 

 

Life with The Word and Bird Man - Clyde Kessler

As I have mentioned a number of times my husband and I did not grow up with computers and I am beginning to be very thankful.  They are great but they are extremely aggravating at times. 

My husband is better with them than I am since he is one one all day at work.

Yesterday I called him with another computer problem.  Here is what he had to say.

You did not reach the I want to Throw my Computer out the Window Help Desk.  Please try again.

 
 

Please check out my Special Promotions that will end Tuesday at 5:00pm.  Cloud Swirl over The Peaks of Otter is on special all September!

Click on Kendall Kessler Art and then go to the painting the Mountain Paintings folder and click on the 24"x 36" canvas print for the 40% discount.

There is a money back guarantee that includes shipping fee!

cloudswirlpoocopyrightCloud Swirl over The Peaks of Otter    Original 18"x24" Oil Painting    $864

Prints on Paper or Canvas and greeting cards Available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART


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A Break in The Clouds   Original  Oil Painting  has been sold

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Eagle Fire    Original 16" x 20" Oil Painting    $670

Prints on Paper or Canvas and greeting cards Available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART


I hope you enjoyed portraits and landscapes by an artist of The Blue Ridge Parkway!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, People Paintings, and Hawk Migration!

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist


I am pleased to blog about my people paintings.  They are very important to me.  My two favorite models are my son and my husband. 


I have done a number of paintings of both of them over the years and plan to do a new one of my husband when I can find some time and he is not out studying nature on a mountain top!


Clydeal (1)Clyde and Alan  Original Oil Painting has been Sold

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This painting is of Alan when he was a few months old.  Clyde did not like to sit in a rocking chair so when he put him to sleep he would lie down and rock him. 


I noticed that almost every time he held him in his arms, Alan would go to sleep.  I guess he associated Daddy's arms with bed time.

 

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Alan by Our Window  Original Oil Painting has been Sold

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This painting is of Alan when he was a toddler.  He liked to stare out the window.  I am especially pleased with the energetic brush work in this painting.  

Frank Webb commented at a competition that I was able to weave paint together in a very impressive way.  

I won one of the cash awards at the show.


Life with The Bird and Word Man - Clyde Kessler

Fall is Hawk migration time and hundreds are flying over! Two of Clyde's friends, Tom Moser and Todd Frederickson led a hawk watch at Rocky Knob with a class and there were 500 hawks, mostly Broad-winged hawks!


Kendall Kessler Special Promotions


Be sure to click on Kendall Kessler Art for my Special Promotions!  I will have three up tomorrow.  Cloud Swirl over The Peaks of Otter is on special all September. 

Click on the Mountain paintings folder, then click on the painting and choose the 24" x 36" canvas print for 40% with a 30 day money back guarantee that includes shipping fee!


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Cloud Swirl over The Peaks of Otter    Original 24" x 36" Oil Painting $670

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Thank you for looking at paintings by an artist of The Blue Ridge Parkway!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, People Paintings, and Chief of the Beef

Blue Ridge Parkway People Paintings

I have done a number of family and friend portraits over the years.  I have also done some commissions but most of my people paintings have been done because I wanted to.  They are for sale and a number of them have been sold.  My son's friends were a favorite source of inspiration. 

I have also done a number of paintings of my husband and son.   I remember, years ago, when Elaine DeKooning visited Radford University, she made a remark about portraits.  She said they were like smoking cigarettes.  A habit she couldn't break.  I don't smoke but I do like to paint portraits and welcome commissions.

alandandclydebig (1)Alan and Clyde  Original 36" x 26" Oil Painting     $20,000

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This is a very important painting for me.  Alan was nine months old and when he was two he smiled at the painting and climbed up on a chair and added the mark on my husband's right shoulder and the one on the right side of his nose with a crayon.  He made it complete!


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Joy  Original 12" x 9" Pastel Painting     $2000.00

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My husband has a wonderful saying that when someone is happy they smile all over themselves!  This pastel painting is a perfect example!

 

Please check out my Special Promotions that will end Wednesday at 5:00pm.  Cloud Swirl over The Peaks of Otter is on special all September! 

Click on Kendall Kessler Art and then go to the painting the Mountain Paintings folder and click on the 24"x 36" canvas print for the 40% discount. 

There is a money back guarantee that includes shipping fee!

cloudswirlpoocopyrightCloud Swirl over The Peaks of Otter    Original 18"x24" Oil Painting    $864

Prints on Paper or Canvas and greeting cards Available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART


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Burning Shore    Original  Oil Painting  has been sold  $864

Prints on Paper or Canvas and greeting cards Available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART


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Eagle Fire    Original 16" x 20" Oil Painting    $670

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Life with The Word and Bird Man - Clyde Kessler

 

My husband is very good about helping with my stir fry meal.  I do most of the work but he helps here and there.  Yesterday I asked him to pound the beef to make it tender.  I think that works much better than tenderizers.

Hey, please pound the beef.

Should I slam the ham, too?

We don't have any ham.

Okay, I will be Chief of the Beef.

Thank you, smart alec.


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

Friday, September 12, 2014

Blue Ridge Parkway, Cascades paintings, and Blue Ridge Discovery Center News!


 

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist


Be sure to click on my newest video about The Cascades and other beautiful scenes with water!


I took a break from my new Pawleys Island series to paint the gorgeous Cascades waterfall in Giles County, VA.  This beautiful site is one of the most popular attractions of  The Jefferson National Forest and I have made the two mile hike to the falls many times .

The hike is two miles and it is mostly up so I know I will be tired but it is worth it.  The pool below the falls is icy cold but that never stopped me from swimming in it.   I spent many summers vacationing at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and the water there is always cold.

I am very pleased with the painting!  I think I captured the energy of the falls and the beautiful, serene setting with a subtle light effect that emphasizes the warm/cool color contrast. 


IMG_1612 (1)Cascades in Giles County     Original  24"x20" Oil Painting    $960

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Here are the latest Special Promotions!    40% off with a 30 day money back guarantee that includes shipping fee! 

 

Cloud Swirl over The Peaks of Otter is on special all September! Click on KENDALL KESSLER ART and then on Mountain Landscapes.  Click on Cloud Swirl over The Peaks of Otter and on the 24" x 36" Canvas print selection for the special rate!

cloudswirlpoocopyrightPeaks of Otter     Original  18"x 24"  Oil Painting    $864

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Burning Shore  Original painting has been Sold

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


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Eagle Fire    Original 16"x 20" Oil Painting       $670

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


 Life with The Bird and Word Man - Clyde Kessler

Clyde is traveling to Independence, VA today to meet with the Board of Directors of The Blue Ridge Discovery Group!  Lots of great events to be planned!  Don't miss tomorrow's hike! 

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.



I hope you enjoyed by painting of The Cascades in Giles County by an artist of The Blue Ridge Parkway!