Wednesday, March 12, 2014

More Beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway vistas and Thoughts on Parties...

My Artwork

purplebrsunsetcopyrightPurple Sunset on The Blue Ridge     original pastel painting has been sold

Prints on paper or canvas available at       KENDALL KESSLER ART

This Blue Ridge pastel painting is one of my favorites!  The wildflowers and color in the sky create a serene, beautiful mood.  I could never be sad in a place like this!

I have always been what artists call a colorist.  I carefully construct my work according to what I consider to be good principles of art and design but the colors always take off and lead the way in the expression.

Clouds over Buffalo Mountain  11x14   $313.00


Original Painting and Prints on paper or canvas available at       KENDALL KESSLER ART

So far I have two painting of Buffalo Mountain.  In this one the mountain with it's distinctive hump is a little left of center on the bottom.  I am especially pleased with the energetic cloud effect.

The Man Who Moved a Mountain

In yesterday's blog I mentioned Bob Childress, who is known as the man who moved a mountain.  Here is a little more about him.

Bob Childress was born into the then isolated Buffalo mountain community that was full of violence and alcoholism.  He said his earliest memory was of his mother nursing his illness by holding a rag soaked in whisky to his mouth.

He was unable to attend school and often resorted to violence and began drinking heavily. He vowed to quit drinking after he witnessed a massacre at a court house. He entered law enforcement and eventually became a minister. 

 He returned to high school at the age of 30 in the same room school as his 6 year old son.

He was ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1926 and was in demand by churches throughout Virginia and the Eastern United States.  

His desire was to return to his Appalachian community to help eradicate the violence and ignorance of the region.

Through his 40 years of ministry he built and led congregations at 6 "Rock Churches" of which 5 remain today.  

In 2002, the Churches were submitted to the National Register of Historic Places as the Reverend Robert Childress Presbyterian Churches.

Not bad for a boy from an alcoholic community!

I gained this information from my husband, Clyde Kessler, and from Wikopedia.

Life with the Word and Bird Man - Clyde Kessler

Before I write about something my husband said the other day I want to make sure everyone knows he is very well liked by all that come into contact with him and is one of the most diplomatic people I have ever met.

A few days ago we were talking about parties.  I am a painfully shy person so I don't really like to be around more than a few people at a time.  

My husband is essentially a very nice curmudgeon.

He said he wouldn't go to his own party!  LOL


  1. Your art is as beautiful as your writing, Kendall.Thank you for visiting me and leaving a nice comment on my blog.It is always lovely to have new friends come into your life!

  2. Thank you so much Arti and you are welcome! It is great to have new friends!