KENDALL KESSLER'S OIL PAINTING DIARY

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

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Burning Shore    Original  Oil Painting  has been sold  $864

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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

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 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!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Beautiful Girl Drawings by a Blue Ridge Parkway Artist and It is a good thing he didn't use a Pizza!

Beautiful Girl Drawings by Kendall F. Kessler


lookingatlightbig (1)Looking at the Light      Original 24"x 18"  Mixed Media Drawing       $994

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Looking at the Light is my favorite clothed model drawing.  The flowing space and the soft pastel accents create a serene mood and peaceful atmosphere.  I like to wear long dresses in the summer.  They are so comfortable.


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Resting in The Studio      Original 24"x 18"  Charcoal Drawing       $994

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Resting in The Studio has a special moment to it that is accented by the sharp lines and austere quality of the drawing. 

 

Life with The Word and Bird Man - Clyde Kessler

I have been reading a book on the history of Physics.  I only took one semester of Physics but thought it was interesting.  I like to learn.  

Anyway, I was discussing with my husband the myth that Galileo dropped two objects from the Leaning Tower of Pisa to prove his theory that objects fall at the same speed, regardless of their weight.

Of course, as usual, he gave me a comical reply- 

How do they know?  I'll bet he really did that experiment and it is a good thing one of the objects was not a pizza.  Someone would have grabbed it before it hit the ground!

 

 

 

 

My Special Promotions ends tomorrow at 5:00.    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!

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

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Natural Rhythm   Original  30" x 40"  Oil Painting    $2425

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Pawleys Island Sunrise in the Sand Original  30" x 40"  Oil Painting    $2425

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I hope you enjoyed my drawings of Beautiful Girls!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Beautiful Girl Drawings by a Blue Ridge Parkway Artist and Special Promotions!

Beautiful Girl Drawings by Kendall Kessler

 

I have a few more Beautiful Girls to show you and then I will more on to another aspect of my work.  These are clothed.  Sometimes artists like to dress up their models.  

If I were wealthy I would get back to working from a live model but modeling is a hard job and their fee is high as it should be.  My husband won't do it for me and I don't blame him and I am not going to model for myself with mirrors.  Too awkward and too embarrassing! 

 

Anyway, I am proud of the ones I have done and especially proud of my best-seller on The Mindy Project!  I am so pleased that the show has been renewed for a third season!  Yea!!!!!!


This is another example of my work where I prefer the sketch to the pastel painting.  The immediacy in the sketch and the strong contrast is more to my liking.  I have always liked a wide range of values in my work.  

 Renoir once said that black was the queen of colors!

modelhatsketchbig (1)Model Hat Sketch   Original 18"x24" Charcoal Drawing     $894

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Model Hat   Original 18"x24" Pastel Painting     $894

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Be sure to check out my Special Promotions that end on Wednesday.    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!

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

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

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Natural Rhythm   Original  30" x 40"  Oil Painting    $2425

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

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Pawleys Island Sunrise in the Sand Original  30" x 40"  Oil Painting    $2425

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I hope you enjoyed my drawings of Beautiful Girls!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Nude Girl Drawings by a Blue Ridge Parkway Artist and Special Promotions!


Nude Girl Drawings by Kendall Kessler

Here are two more nudes that I am especially fond of!  In this case I like the black and white version better than the color.  

I like the extensive color modulations in the second one but there is a visual drama in the first one that I think it extremely captivating!

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Life with The Bird and Word Man - Clyde Kessler

It is Hawk migration time and Clyde is either in the backyard or at Rocky Knob checking out what is going over!  Here is the latest from The Blue Ridge Discovery Center!

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.

 

These three popular paintings are on special for two more days!  40% off regular price with a 30 day money back guarantee that includes shipping!

Cloud Swirl over The Peaks of Otter will be on special the whole month of September!


breakcloudscopyrightA Break in The Clouds    Original Painting has been sold

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Cloud Swirl over The Peaks of Otter    Original 18" x 24" Oil   Painting $964

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

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

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Just click on my website and then click on the Blue Ridge Mountains folder for the first two and Kendall Expressions for the last one.  Then click on the painting and click on the 24"x36" canvas print selection for the special rate. 

 

For Lion Explosion it is the 30" x 40" canvas print selection.


Thanks for reading my blog and I hope you enjoyed my Nude Girl Drawings!

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

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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.