Blue Ridge Parkway Hard at Work on Everything…

Kendall Kessler Art

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I am hard at work on my new portrait of The Word and Bird Man.  The light is so different in the evenings that we have decided just to work in the afternoon when the light is good.  I have a combination of artificial and natural light set up but the natural light plays a big role in the whole effect.

Working  on everything else at the same time.  Clicking my fingers off on sites and trying to catch up on housework.  My Dad firmly believed the key to happiness was activity.  I think he was right.

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Clyde Stage Three  Original Oil Painting   NFS

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Outfits of the Week

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A Pretty Penny Personal Style OOTD Lucky Brand Tunic Free People Hi-Roller SkinniesMONDAY – Lucky Brand Tunic (TJMaxx) & Free People Hi-Roller Skinnies

I bought this Lucky Brand printed tunic on clearance at TJMaxx last weekend, thinking I could maybe pull it off as a dress. Clearly I was drunk, because um, no ma’am. I’m glad I snagged it, though; I think tunics over high-waist skinnies may be my new favorite thing.

A Pretty Penny Personal Style Blog LOFT Black Romper Casual StyleTUESDAYLOFT Romper

When you wake up completely uninspired: romper. Don’t be afraid to drop some cash on a good one; it felt ridiculous to spend $80 on this LOFT romper last year, but I still wear it at least once a week. Nordstrom has a similar style under $100.

A Pretty Penny Personal Style Blog J.Crew Turner Pants Aeropostale Tee Casual Style Minimal StyleWEDNESDAY – J.Crew ‘Turner’ Pants & Aeropostale Tee

I already told you about these J.Crew Turner pants. They’re like the lovechild of your work pants and favorite sweats. If you missed them while they were on…

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Publikworks proudly presents — changes. New theme, new look, new tag. The whole shootin’ match. It’s the easy road, naturally, the one requiring the least effort. I spent minutes deciding on a ready-made design, pushed a button and, Bob’s your uncle, a brand new shiny blog. Hey, I lifted a finger, so the credit is deservedly mine. Alone.

With stats in free fall, extreme measures were necessary. Nearly all the options under consideration involved planning and effort and thought, a buckling down which I didn’t like the sound of. Seriously, a complete overhaul? No. Raise my standards? Pfft, what standards? Quit? The thought crossed my mind, and more than once, but no. I’m not a quitter, I’m a slacker.

Changing themes is a Band-Aid on a stab wound, I know, but it’s something. You might want to prepare for some unwelcome fallout, just in case. See, there’s bound…

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A Time To Kill vs. To Kill A Mockingbird

Dysfunctional Literacy

Adding "To Kill" makes almost any title a little better. Adding “To Kill” makes almost any title a little better.

Besides a similarity in titles, there’s not a whole lot in common between A Time to Kill by John Grisham and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  First of all, both books have great titles.  It’s tough to mess up a book title when you put the words “To Kill” in it.  Adding the words “To Kill” will improve almost any book title.    If Gone Girl had been  Gone To Kill the Girl, the novel might have won a Pulitzer.  If The Goldfinch had been To Kill The Goldfinch, it might have won a Pulitzer AND the Nobel Prize.

If you’ve got a book and you’re not sure what to title it, just throw in the words “To Kill,” and you’re set.  The only catch is that you can only use that trick once.  If Harper…

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The Fin Fell Off My Paddleboard and Other Metaphors For Our Thirteenth Anniversary

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My fin fell off my paddleboard. There was a gentle breeze, an overcast sky, and right next to the rock where the cormorants pose, I dug my paddle in the water to turn my board into the inlet and felt it spin in place.

I switched sides with my paddling and the rotation reversed. I was at a loss.

I had a Plan. I had Goals. I was planning to paddle all the way around the island.

And now I was rudderless, finless, turning lazy circles in front of the bemused cormorants. I spent 25 minutes slowly spinning around the cove in search of my fin in the shallows. From the sky I must have looked like a white and red pinwheel with a Momkini striped center.

It wasn’t at all as I’d pictured.

By the time I’d lugged my finless board back to the house I was positively dejected.

“Mama’s…

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Hamilton and the Tenner

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It does seem to me historically tone deaf for the Treasury Dept. to consider taking Alexander Hamilton, of all people, off U.S. currency, of all things, or even reducing his presence there. I can’t say I care who is on the money — easier to have nothing there but graphic design, I think — but if any face should be engraved on money, it’s Hamilton’s. Money is what he was all about.

That obvious fact has recently inspired a burst of Hamilton adulation, summed up in Steven Rattner’s New York Times Op Ed today. Rattner takes the controversy as an occasion for making a boatload of wrongheaded comparisons among the U.S. founders, arriving at the foregone conclusion that Hamilton was morally and politically superior to others. That requires glib assertions that misrepresent Hamilton and end up making no historical sense at all.

Leaning at first on the rickety Hamilton-vs.-Jefferson binary, Rattner says Hamilton created the first U.S. central bank against Jefferson’s fierce opposition. Jefferson did oppose the bank, but it…

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“A Deadly Adoption” Is Brilliant, and Don’t Believe Anyone Who Tells You Otherwise

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willFor 30 years, Lifetime has been making predictable movies about women in peril, marriages on the skids, and adorable children in danger. These competently produced but uninspired films usually feature familiar faces from TV and provide disposable diversion for the channel’s core female audience.

Saturday night, Lifetime paid homage to that history while simultaneously mocking it with a delightfully bizarre inside joke.

A DEADLY ADOPTION follows the Lifetime blueprint, but with a surprising twist: Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig, two icons of contemporary comedy, play the lead characters. Ferrell is Robert Benson, a recovering alcoholic and author of self help books. Wiig is his wife Sarah, a stay-at-home mom who operates a baked goods stand at a local farmer’s market, selling sugar free treats concocted for their diabetic daughter Sully (Alyvia Alyn Lind). 

All is ostensibly well until the Bensons decide to take in pregnant, unmarried Bridget (Jessica Lowndes). Sarah, as we learn in the film’s prologue, is…

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In Light of Recent Events

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gay marriageThis is the text of the sermon I preached on Sunday, June 28, setting aside my summer sermon series to address a number of recent events in our nation.  I publish it here by request:

On Thursday Christy and I drove from Richmond, Virginia, to Niagara Falls, Ontario, which means that we waited in line to cross the Rainbow Bridge to the Canadian side of the border. I don’t know why. You can see the falls from the American side. But we love international travel, and it only cost $3.50 to cross the bridge, so we did it. And, besides, we had reservations at a bed and breakfast on the Canadian side. To avoid roaming charges we switched our phones to “airplane mode” and spent a blissful sixteen hours ignoring the news. When we crossed back over the next day it seemed that everything had changed. Christy sat in the…

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