KENDALL KESSLER'S OIL PAINTING DIARY

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Radford City Ghost Story near The Blue Ridge Parkway and Clyde Kessler poems published in Rose Red...

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pinkwavecopyrightPink Wave   Original 30"x40" Oil Painting            $2425.00

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I thought it would be a good idea to put up a Spring painting.  Pink Wave was inspired by the beautiful Cherry blossom trees at the Radford Public Library.



bridgewildwoodcopyrightView from Bridge at Wildwood Park   Original 30"x40" Oil Painting   $2425.00

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Wildwood Park is becoming more beautiful each Spring Day!






Radford City Ghost Story


I had no idea there were so many ghost stories in Southwest Virginia!  Here is another one!


A Former employee of Macados on main street in Radford wrote about a ghost story in 2005.  The restaurant is modern and beautifully decorated on the outside but there is an old basement section with two pantries. 

In one section there is a window with glass that is not visible from the outside.  The restaurant was once The Radford Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Supposedly there is a woman dressed in grey in the downstairs section and employees are told not to talk about her.  Articles fly off the shelf at times and one cook says he did actually see her.  They were face to face and then she faded away!

I got this ghost story from ghostvillage.com

Life with The Word and Bird Man - Clyde Kessler

My husband is really tearing up the publishing turf these days!  He just published two poems in the online magazine Rose Red!  This is the third issue of this publication that he has had work in! 


Yea Word Man!

It is an interesting coincidence that one of the poems he published is about ghosts since I have been having a great time researching local ghost stories!

A Mount Juliet Ghost
Clyde Kessler
An old lady drowned in Nashville.
She was almost ghost of the year, blind.
Somebody heard a twanging in the oaks
and said she’s home by the soul’s voice
dreaming a tree that walks through stars.
None of a moonrise’s gold could fetch
her mind in a séance. A photographer
leased her apartment above a salon,
threw his best camera at a cop car,
it struck and killed a deputy by no luck.
You see vengeance spelled with a flood
is still the soul prying itself from hate.
You can build a new house in Mount Juliet.
You can throw parties that marry you off
imprisoned. The old lady walks you home.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Radford University Ghost Story near The Blue Ridge Parkway and I think we read too quickly these days...

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memorialbridgecopyrightMemorial Bridge   Original Oil Painting has been Sold

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newmembridgecopyrightNew Memorial Bridge    Original 30"x40" Oil Painting      $2425.00

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These two paintings are before and after Radford City paintings.  The New Memorial Bridge is beautiful but I loved the complicated lattice work of the old one.

 Radford University Ghost Story

I am still finding New River Valley Ghost stories!

There is a rumor that a girl hanged herself in an elevator shaft in Tyler Hall at Radford University when it was an all girl college.  The story is that she was with child by a professor and became so despondent that she ended her life. Student/Professor relationships were strictly forbidden in those days.

The writer of the story for The Tartan in 1995 said that one night an RA told her he noticed the door was open to the old shaft and he looked in and saw a rope hanging from the top of it. The rope startled him since he was familiar with the tale but just thought it was another rope.  He shut the door but had to shut it three more times that night.

Students on the third floor have reported sounds of a baby crying that seem to be coming from the attic.

I got this story from WHIM, RUs online magazine.

Too Much Information

I think we are so bombarded with words on the internet that we are reading way too fast and missing very important information.  Since I am a professional artist and I sell online I communicate with a lot of people all the time.

Sometimes I get messages from men that would like a relationship with me that is more than friendship.  I am flattered but I am happily married and I always send that in the message.  Oftentimes after I send that message I get another message with the same request for a relationship.

We need to slow down a little!

Life with The Bird and Word Man - Clyde Kessler

Before I met Clyde I didn't know anything about birds beyond a robin, crow, or eagle.  I am still do not know anywhere near what he knows about bird and butterflies but I know a lot more now that when I was single.

Clyde is not much for the beach but I am not happy if I don't get there once a year.  Many years ago at Rehoboth beach he pointed out an osprey to me flying over the waves.  I had never heard of that eagle before that day.  It is a beautiful bird and here is a painting I made to celebrate the flight of the osprey.

ospreyevecopyrightedOsprey Evening    Original 8"x10" Oil Painting     $168.00

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Riverview Park Beauty near The Blue Ridge Parkway and It is Difficult at Times...

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Riverview at Dusk   Original 16"x20" Oil painting  $670.00

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Riverview at Dusk is one of many sites that my husband researches for bird and butterflies.  He is oftentimes there very early on Saturday and Sunday mornings.  It is a beautiful Radford City Virginia park on The New River.


Difficult Times

The circumstances of my life are rather difficult at times.  I am not going to be specific because of what a friend once said.  What is the use of complaining?  Someone will always complain louder.
Still, most of my friends do not have the problem I have to contend with everyday and sometimes I envy them.  I do not have the freedom most people my age have and there are times I would like to scream and I do.

My husband and I do the best we can and that is all I am going to say.  Enough venting.  I have a lot of work to do.

nearingtheshoalscopyrightNearing The Shoals   Original 12"x13" Oil Pastel Painting  $342.00

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This is where I would like to be right now.  I am very thankful that we will be at the beach in a few weeks.


Life with The Bird and Word Man - Clyde Kessler

I wanted to again mention 40th Mount Rogers Naturalist Rally that is coming up soon!  Clyde is on the Board of Directors for The Blue Ridge Discovery Group and arranged for Nancy Lee Adamson to be this year's speaker.  Don't miss out on a great time!

The 2014 Rally will be May 9 & 10.

Friday Night Speaker -  Nancy Lee Adamson PhD, Pollinator Conservation Specialist - East Region, The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. An Introduction to Native Bees and Other “Beneficial” Arthropods of the Mid-Atlanticlearn about common native bees we can support by protecting and planting pollinator habitat.


Recent Sale

If you are not in the market for an original or print I hope you will visit my Zazzle store for my work on just about anything!  A great way to have my artwork in your home or a great gift!
Yesterday a pack of Sweet Pea postcards went out to a great North Carolina patron! 

Here is the link!    NEW RIVER ART
sweetpeacopyrightSweet Pea Morning at Rock Castle Gorge  Original 16"x20" Oil Painting     $670.00
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Monday, April 21, 2014

Another Radford New River Ghost Story and Spring Life at Wildwood Park

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nearpandapascopyrighNear Pandapas    Original 30"x4"Oil Painting   $2425.00

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Near Pandapas is another beautiful section of the woods near the pond in Gile County.  When I was a kid I spent much of my time in the woods or at creeks and I especially liked to pull on vines like the one you see here.

homechristiansburgcopyrightHome in Christiansburg    Original Oil Painting has been Sold

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This is a home in Christiansburg that caught my eye every time I passed it so I decided to make a painting of it and the field next to it.

Radford New River Ghost Story


I am amazed at the number of ghost stories in The New River Valley.  I am a very skeptical person and don't believe in mediums or psychics but I do enjoy reading about these various sitings and what people report to be supernatural events.

Here is another Radford City one.

In the Online Ghosts of America a Radford resident reported seeing a man walk out to the middle of the lower section of  the New River Trestle in Radford but before he hit the water, he vanished.  There was no splash and the viewer thought it was a trick of the eye but he has found others that saw the same thing.

He would like to know if there was a suicide off this bridge that is being repeated in spirit form.


Life with the Bird and Word Man - Clyde Kessler


I have been painting in oils since I was twelve and I couldn't imagine my world without paint.   Winston Churchill once said something similar about how he couldn't imagine a world without paint.

Even though I live to paint, I haven't met the medium that I don't like and my portfolio has a wide selection of different ones.

A year ago I decided to add photography to my lost list of mediums and my husband has assisted me in photographing wild flowers in the local parks.

Saturday I photographed the first floral signs of Spring at Wildwood Park.  While we were there, a friend showed up and found a ring neck  snake.  I have always been fascinated by snakes so I took some pictures for my blog. Here is the best one.



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Friday, April 18, 2014

Radford University Ghost Story and One of Those Faces...

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Boat House Mountain Lake in Giles County   Original Painting has been Sold

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This painting is of a beautiful section of Mountain Lake Resort in Giles County, VA.  This popular resort was the setting for the great movie, Dirty Dancing, starring Patrick Swayze!

Radford University Ghost Story


Beneath the grounds of Radford University there is a network of tunnels that used to be used by students so they wouldn't have to go out in bad weather.  The school was originally a girl's college.

There is a ghost story about one student that prowls the tunnels on Hall o' ween.

The tunnels were closed long ago and entrance to them is forbidden.

The girl's name was Elizabeth and she shunned the other students. They played tricks on her and sent her a note claiming a suitor wanted to see her at the Hall o' ween ball dressed as a princess and he would be her prince.

 She went to the ball and waited. He never appeared but a student handed her a note that requested she meet him in the tunnels.  It was dark and she tripped and broke her neck and died instantly.

The legend is that she prowls the tunnels calling for her prince every Hall o' ween!

This story was written by Richie Ellis and printed in The Haunted Commonwealth online publication in 2010.  The story is more complicated if you would like to check it out!

muchroompickercopyrightThe Mushroom Picker    Original  32"x40"   Oil Painting    $2580.00

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This painting is based on a photograph my husband took of someone picking mushrooms at Pandapas Pond.  Oddly enough, the man resembles my husband.

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A Memory    Original  26"x36"  Oil Painting    $1892.00

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Since I am writing about New River Valley ghost stories lately, I thought this haunting painting would be great for this post!  This painting is loosely based on a photograph I saw of a scene that reminded me of my grandmother's beautiful grounds in her home in Clarksville, Virginia.  When I look at this painting I am reminded of our special visits to her home.


One of Those Faces

All of my life people have told me I look just like a relative or friend.  It has never bothered me that I just have one of those faces but now I like to make a joke out of it.

The other night at a Chick Corea concert at Radford University it happened again.  A lady in the seat behind me asked me to forgive her for staring but I look so much like her sister.

We discussed backgrounds and hers was mostly Irish while I am half Italian but I do look more like my mother's Scottish and Irish side.

When the concert was over I looked over to the lady and said, "You must have a beautiful sister!"   She said she did and we both laughed -  but not too hard, of course!

Life with The Word and Bird Man - Clyde Kessler

My husband is at it again publishing poems!  This week he had five poems published in Still: The Journal.  This is the second time he has had work published there and this online magazine won the 2014 E-Appalachia Award!

Also, another bird count is coming up in Franklin County on April 26th.  There are teams that have mapped out locations to survey.  People are welcome to join the effort.  If you are interested contact my bird man at ckessler@vt.edu!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Radford City Ghost Story near The Blue RIdge Parkway and Blue RIdge Discovery Center May Happening!


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Clouds Over The Blue Ridge Parkway   Original 5"x7" Oil Painting      $75.00

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Clouds over The Blue Ridge is one of my favorite Small Gem paintings.  These paintings are only 5"x7" .  They light up any home or office!




 


nearmemorialcopyrightNear Memorial Bridge    Original 30"x40" Oil Painting     $2425.00


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Near Memorial Bridge is a house I see every time I cross the bridge.  It is the only house that can be seen all year long.  The others are covered up by summer vegetation.  I love the way the light hits this home!

I am having a great time researching Ghost stories in The New River Valley!  Who doesn't like a ghost story?

Radford City Virginia Ghost Story


St. Albans in Radford Virginia was originally a boy's school. It stands over the New River and was converted into a sanatorium. The site is now used by Radford University but many buildings are empty.

The Seven Hills Paranormal Society has investigated the site and reported "shadow people" or un-seen presences.  They also reported a mysterious ball of light hovering near the floor and then disappeared.

One investigator felt like she had been shoved in the chest and footsteps have been heard throughout the hospital.  Also, voices have been heard.  One said, "God, I want to die", and another said, "Tasha, we need to hide."

I found this information in an article entitled "Haunted Places in  New River Valley Vieginia" from the online publication Ehow.

fairlawnridgecopyrightFairlawn Ridge   Original Oil Painting has been Sold


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Life with The Bird and Word Man - Clyde Kessler


The 40th Annual Mount Rogers Rally is coming up!  Don't miss out on this great event that is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Discovery Center.  My husband is on the Board of Directors.


The 2014 Rally will be May 9 & 10.

Friday Night Speaker -  Nancy Lee Adamson PhD, Pollinator Conservation Specialist - East Region, The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. An Introduction to Native Bees and Other “Beneficial” Arthropods of the Mid-Atlanticlearn about common native bees we can support by protecting and planting pollinator habitat. The program will highlight nesting habits of some of the 500 species of native bees in Virginia, as well as other pollinators, predators, and parasitoids that benefit from pollinator habitat.
Friday night entertainmentRoald and Ellie Kirby will be bringing in the evening with some traditional old time tunes.
DOOR PRIZE!David Richert has offered a free afternoon consultation on forest management as the friday night door prize

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Christiansburg Ghost Story near The Blue RIdge Parkway and I use Signs now...

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house11copyrightHouse on Route 11  Original Oil Painting has been Sold

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Route 11 is the road I take to Christiansburg, VA.  I loved this house and decided to make a painting of it.  It was sold in Roanoke at Studios on The Square.



Christiansburg Virginia Ghost Story  

This is a Ghost Story that has been around for more than a century. Mary Snead, Caroline Martin, and Virginia Wardlaw were educators that ran the Old Montgomery Female Academy.

The old building is gone. It is now The Old Christiansburg Middle School and currently houses Blacksburg Middle School students.

The women were notorious for killing off relatives for insurance money.  They were never convicted of a crime until they left and moved to New Jersey in 1909. When they went to New Jersey they had a $20,00 insurance policy on Ocie Snead. 

The three women would pay for the suspicious drowning of Ocie.

Caroline was convicted and died later in a state mental institution.

Mary Snead pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Virginia Wardlaw starved herself to death before a judge could make a ruling. Her body is in an un-marked grave in Christiansburg.

 Some people say the Snead Sisters, or The Sisters in Black still live in the halls of this local school.


I found this ghost story on the online WDBJ7.com articles collections

thecrossingcopyrightThe Crossing  Original 25"x 30"    Acrylic painting    $1830.00

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This is a painting I did from a photograph of a man and his daughter crossing The New River from Bisset Park.  I changed the way they looked to protect their privacy.  I just thought this would make a nice genre painting.




Life with The Word and Bird Man

I have always been careful to the point of being uptight about schedules and my husband is the same way.  We are both usually early to any kind of meeting.  It is much easier to be early than on time.  He has some choice words about people that are late.  

He has a descriptive word for someone that is five minutes late, another one for ten, and a very colorful one for someone that is twenty minutes late.

I never thought I would forget an appointment until about a year ago when I thought about the appointment in the morning and then forgot about it in the afternoon!  I was mortified so now I actually post a sign that hangs down from the door frame to my kitchen so I won't forget.

Age really does change a person.  This morning I had to be reminded by my husband to put the sign up!  Yikes! What next?