Friday, February 21, 2014

Fabulous Fancy Gap on The Blue Ridge Parkway and A Real Hug...

My Artwork

One of my favorite Blue Ridge Parkway sites, Fancy Gap, has been the inspiration for two of my paintings.  Wildflowers Near Fancy Gap was sold to a great patron in Chicago.

Farm Near Fancy Gap is still available. It is quite an effort to ship a 30"x40" oil painting on masonite which is a lot heavier than canvas but I have been doing that for around thirty years.

I have never had an accident or return - just compliments!  This patron wanted to frame it herself so I left off the light-weight metal frame I put my large paintings in.  Most patrons want to have the work professionally framed to suit their tastes.

I didn't have a problem with the packaging but for some reason I must have put in the wrong information on UPS and was given a quote that was much higher than It usually is.  I contacted the patron and she said it was all right but when UPS came the price was much lower.

We were having a hard time with adjusting the price on Paypal so I decided to just include a check for the difference.

Things work out!
Wildflowers at Fancy Gap by Kendall Kessler


Life with the Bird and Word Man
My husband, Clyde Kessler, is always such a great help with my efforts to bring more attention to my artwork.  In my efforts to give more background to my subject matter he is always there with some help.

Yesterday, he was searching for one of his Blue Ridge Parkway books and I came up from behind him and gave him a long hug.  He said that was a real hug.  I asked him what was an unreal hug and he replied it was one that Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory would give.  He has a point there!

A Little History on the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is the most visited unit of America's National Park System.  It attracts around twenty million visitors each year.

The Blue Ridge Parkway runs for 469 miles. It mostly is part of the Blue Ridge which is a major mountain chain that is part of the Appalachian Mountains.

It is the longest, narrowest National Park in the world.
The road was begun during the administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt and was originally called The Appalachian Scenic Highway.

In 1936 it was formally recognized as The Blue Ridge Parkway.

A Little About Fancy Gap

Early roads in the mountains often followed established paths such as creeks, deer paths, and Indian trails.  

The curves were hard on wagons so locals began building their own roads. In the mountains these home engineered roads often crossed at the lowest spots called gaps or up the gentlest slope which is called a spur.

There is a legend about how Fancy Gap got it's name.  Ira Blair Coltrane(1815-1984), a self-made engineer helped his grandfather drive loaded wagons up the steep incline. 

The story is that he saw a better route up the mountains across the valley and remarked that it would make a Fancy Road.

In 1849 the Fancy Gap Turnpike was begun and finished in the 1850's.  Coltrane, as a contractor, built the road from Fancy Gap to the foot of the mountain, making the dream of his youth a reality.

I found this information on a great essay by Ron Hall entitled Heaven is a little closer, Fancy Gap, Virginia.  Ron has a lot more interesting facts about Fancy Gap!

I just added a new Kendall Expression painting!  Check it out and others in my Kendall Expressions folder!

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