KENDALL KESSLER'S OIL PAINTING DIARY

Friday, October 31, 2014

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, People Paintings, and Seize the Day?

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist

 

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I have been trying all day to get a blog done but this day has shot by so fast I am looking at all the things I needed to do in the rear view mirror! 

My husband had a weird suggestion.  He noticed I still have my mallet and chisel from a sculpture class I took a long time ago.  Maybe I can pound or carve it into a better day that doesn't fly by? 

Like I said.  Weird suggestion, but what else would you expect  from The Word and Bird Man?


muchroompickercopyrightThe Mushroom Picker   Original 32" x 40" Oil Painting $2580.00

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The Mushroom Picker is a languid view of a mushroom picker at Pandapas Pond in Giles County. This is one of many sites that my husband, Clyde, researches for birds and butterflies. On one of his excursions he came upon this man and took a slide of him which I used for the painting. The light in this scene was intense and flickering though out the bank.

It looked like it was dancing around the figure. 


watergitlbigMy Turn  Original 20" x 19" Pastel Painting    $790

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My Turn is a delightful pastel painting of a toddler watering flowers. I love to watch children.  They are in a world all their own.  It is no wonder they like to believe in fairies!  The flower garden is on the edge of a woods and the cool foliage colors beautifully accent the warm colors in the girl's hair and clothing. I live to paint but I also work in pastels and other mediums.

 

I am very proud of my American Artist Award from famed pastelist Daniel Greene.


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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, Expressive Men paintings, and No one gave him a Ticket...

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist

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More People Paintings

Sometimes I like to paint people that I don't know in an intensely expressive manner.  The vendor here is bathed in coloristic light and strong cool shadows. 


vendor (1)Vendor   Painting Not For Sale

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Vendor is an expressive, colorful look at a street vendor in a parking lot. The color contrast makes this painting an especially eye-catching work. My work is unique to me but it harkens back to both Impressionism and Expressionism. This painting is one of my more Expressionistic works like the work of Edvard Munch, one of my favorite painters.



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Intensity   Painting Not For Sale

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Intensity is my most expressive portrait. The color contrast and strong brushwork make this an exciting visual experience. I love to push warm/cool color relations and get them to sing. This painting is a great example of that concept. The man is lost in thought but not oblivious of his surroundings. The shadows add to the expression and emphasize the value patterns that connect the space.


 

Life with The Word and Bird Man - Clyde Kessler


A few days ago a bear was spotted in downtown Radford!  This certainly doesn't happen very often but the incident inspired my husband to come up with his own report!  Leave it to my husband to turn a scary event into something funny!


Early this evening a bear was sighted running a red light in downtown Radford. 

It is supposed that it was late for a fraternity pledge or a movie.  No police officer  bothered to stop it for a ticket.


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Monday, October 27, 2014

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, Sister Paintings, and It is always a Battle...

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist


I have two sisters and they have let me make portraits of them which is something artists often do.  Models are expensive and it is a great experience to paint family members.  

 

This first one is of Nan when she was ten with the only dog she had growing up.  My mother decided I needed a dog and we got this adorable poodle that we all loved.  We liked to let the hair grow out rather then trim it. 

Beau was a very sweet dog and Nan was devoted to him.

 

 

 

nanandbeaucopyrightNan and Beau    Original    20" x 18" $4000

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A Skater   Original 22" x 40" Oil Painting     $5000

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Nan was quite athletic and became a Ice Skating instructor.  I love to tell people that since it certainly isn't a run of the mill occupation.  She excels at skating and teaching the sport.

I am glad I was able to paint her as a child and adult.  She is an interesting subject and I am especially pleased with the expressive look in her eyes in this portrait.


My new painting is coming along but I think it is going into the arm wrestling stage.  I guess if they didn't start out well I would never pick up a brush. 

I love to paint but it is always a battle!

 

 

 

 

 

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A Break in The Clouds   Original  Oil Painting  Has Been Sold

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

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Lion Explosion  Original 20" x 16"  Oil Painting $670

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, More People Paintings, and He did not want to hear that...

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist


Here are two more paintings of Alan's friends.  Samantha is a little older than Alan but she was very nice to him.  She was one of the first neighbors to talk to him from the fence that bordered both our homes.  

 

I did a number of paintings of Alan's friends but Samantha was the only one I asked to pose for me. 


samantha2Samantha  Original Painting has been Sold

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Troy  24" x 14"   Original Pastel Painting $3000

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Troy Swan was one of Alan's friend at McHarg Elementary school.  He moved away shortly after they became friends and I have often wondered how everything went for him in Richmond.  He had a great time at one of Alan's Birthday parties.


Life with The Word and Bird Man - Clyde Kessler

This time of the year my husband spends a lot of time watching migrating hawks from Rocky Knob on The Blue Ridge Parkway and in our backyard.  What he doesn't want to hear is me screaming at the computer.   I do get quite frustrated with this machine that has a mind of its own. 

Yesterday I attempted to load another Youtube about my Floral paintings.  The graph said it was 81% complete and there were only fifteen minutes remaining.  An hour later there were still fifteen minutes remaining.  Argh!  I will try again today!


 Please check out my Special Promotions that will end Tomorrow 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 20"x 24" canvas print of Swirling Color for the 40% discount.

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A Break in The Clouds   Original  Oil Painting  Has Been Sold

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

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Lion Explosion  Original 20" x 16"  Oil Painting $670

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, Young boy Paintings, and Visit to Mabry Mill...

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist


Another one of my son's first friends was Paul.  They are still friends and see each other at the Bowling League games.  Paul used to live on our street but moved away a few years  ago.

When Alan was very young I made this painting of a small boy walking through the woods.  It was loosely based on a photograph of someone else.  I changed the way the boy looked so that it was not a portrait.  

Alan insisted it looked like Paul and he wanted to visit my studio every day to look at the painting of Paul.  I decided to name it "Like Paul".  There is a strong resemblance.

like paul (1)Like Paul   Original Oil Painting has been Sold

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Paul Again   Original 20" x 30" Soft Pastel Painting  $1230

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Here is the second jeep painting of Paul.  Alan and his friends got a lot of mileage out of that jeep!

 

 Please check out my Special Promotions that will end Tomorrow 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 20"x 24" canvas print of Swirling Color for the 40% discount.

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Burning Shore   Original  Oil Painting  Has Been Sold

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

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Dream Horse  Original 20 x 16"  Oil Painting $670

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Life with The Bird and Word Man - Clyde Kessler


I enjoyed my short trip to The Meadows of Dan with my husband on Monday.  I have never painted Mabry Mill and I wanted to get a number of photos to work from.  Such a beautiful place!  I highly recommend this beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway site!  Such a peaceful, lovely place and there is a great restuarant there as well!


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Friday, October 17, 2014

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, One more Skating Paintings, and He wants to add This...

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist


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This pastel painting, "Skating", is the last of my skating paintings.  This one is a celebration of my sister Anne.   In elementary school she joined the girl scouts and earned a badge for ice skating.  The instructors at the rink were so impressed with her natural ability that they encouraged her to take lessons.  

 

 

She became quite an accomplished skater and completed three of the preliminary tests to be an Olympic contender.  She decided she didn't want to compete but has been an Ice Skating Instructor in Sterling, Virginia for many years.  This painting is a celebration of her gift.  She is the figure in the top center and the other skaters are famous skaters.  I changed their faces so I wouldn't run into any copyright issues.

 

 

I have always been impressed with her skill.  I also ice skated when I was a child but just for fun and exercise.  When I moved to Southwest Virginia I took up roller skating since the nearest ice rink is in Roanoke, VA.  As I mentioned in previous blogs, I was very disappointed when the local rink closed this past Spring.  I hope another one opens up in the future.

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Skating   Original Pastel Painting has been Sold

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Life with The Word and Bird Man - Clyde Kessler

The other day I mentioned my husband's addition to all the warnings on drug commercials.  He said that if you are dead, stop taking this medication. 

Yesterday he added this.  If you are dead, stop taking this medication and call your lawyer.

 

Don't forget about the hike on Sunday!  Join The Blue Ridge Discovery Center for a great time!

Blue Ridge Expeditions: Hike Brushy Mountain between Bastian and Bland

Sat, October 18, 12am – Sun, October 19, 12am

 

Where
Appalachian Trail, Brushy Mountain between Bastian and Bland
Calendar
BRDC Web Calendar
Created by
aaron@blueridgediscoverycenter.org
Description
On October 18th join BRDC on Brushy Mountain between Bastian and Bland. All hikes are on the famed Appalachian Trail, a 2,200 mile footpath from Georgia to Maine, completed

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, Skater Paintings, and Blue Ridge Discovery Center event!

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist


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Here are two more skater paintings from the Dominion Skating Rink that was a great place for all ages in Christiansburg, VA.  I especially liked watching the kids play trios!  They had to skate hooked up and then turn around whenever the announcer said skate in the opposite direction! 


moretriosbig (1)Trios   Original  Oil Pastel Painting   

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Skating Break    Original  Oil  Painting   

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This skating painting is more about the glossy floor and decorative atmosphere then skaters.  It was all great fun!

 

 

 

 Please check out my Special Promotions that will end Friday 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 of Swirling Color for the 40% discount.

There is a money back guarantee that includes shipping fee!


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Riverview at Dusk   Original 16" x 20" Oil Painting  $670

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

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Lion Explosion  Original 20 x 16"  Oil Painting $670

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Don't miss the next great Blue Ridge Discovery Center Event!

Blue Ridge Expeditions: Hike Brushy Mountain between Bastian and Bland
Sat, October 18, 12am – Sun, October 19, 12am
 
 
Where
Appalachian Trail, Brushy Mountain between Bastian and Bland
Calendar
BRDC Web Calendar
Created by
aaron@blueridgediscoverycenter.org
Description
On October 18th join BRDC on Brushy Mountain between Bastian and Bland. All hikes are on the famed Appalachian Trail, a 2,200 mile footpath from Georgia to Maine, completed in



 

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