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Costello Hinchey CHStudios.net Southwest, Virginia, U.S. "In the mountains, we forget to count the days..." happily, coexisting on a 40 acre homestead in the middle Appalachian mountains of Virginia. I spend most of my time with my precious family, of course. They are my biggest fans. Together we share a simple life of mountain living, art, singing and music and loving the outdoors. One can sit from our front porch and see the most wonderful view of Poor Valley. It’s not at all uncommon to see almost all forms of wildlife found in these mountains. Including black bear, bob cats, bald eagles, wild turkey, great blue herons, ground hogs, hawks, etc.I love gray & "soft" rainy days… And the mountains to me are like a big hug all wrapped up in my favorite quilt by the fire on a snowy winter day. Follow our musical group Poor Valley- The Band on Facebook. Our music is Nouveau Mountain style. It's a mix of traditional Appalachian music with a contemporary flair.Poor Valley - The Band

 

My other niche is my artistic creative side. Costello Hinchey Studios Fine Arts- commissions family & pet portraits & sports theme portraits, (from photos), fine art paintings, figure studies and other life paintings/drawings, photography, custom hand painted furniture, photo restoration, I love photo editing & graphic arts, murals, etc.visit: http://www.chstudios.net

* Poor Valley- The Band and Linda Costello Hinchey's Artwork, Creations & Images Do Not Belong To The Public Domain & are copyrighted CHStudios© & CH Fine Arts© All Rights Reserved. Copying, altering, displaying or redistribution of any of these images without written permission from the artist is strictly prohibited.

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Freshwater Mussel by L.Costello Hinchey

Posted by Linda Costello Hinchey on October 3, 2015 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Designed, created and hand painted fresh water mussel.


Creating a Hellbender!

Posted by Linda Costello Hinchey on August 21, 2015 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Kind of sounds like something from a Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley novel.  



Hand created Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis (eastern hellbender salamander) by Artist, L. Costello Hinchey for the Upper Tennessee River Roundtable by a grant by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife.

5 Virginia Treasures!

Posted by Linda Costello Hinchey on January 3, 2013 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

5 Inspirations for the creation of this Deacon's Bench! Hand-painted on this deacon's bench is five of my favorite wildflowers from the Appalachian mountains of Virginia. The pattern, framing each of these hand painted flowers, is a tedious country paisley pattern done in a pretty shade of blue periwinkle. Soft white and yellow stripes are the background for each flower.


The first flower I decided to paint was, indeed, my favorite! It was the Mertensia virginica commonly known as the Virginia Bluebell. Other common names for this woodland flower is Virginia Cowslip, Roanoke Bells and Lungwort Oysterleaf. As it's name implies, it resembles a blue bell. Or like a very old fashioned dress (with bustle, of course!) and frilly lace along the bottom. Its clustered blossoms start as pink buds and as they bloom graduates from various tones of pinks into various tones of blues. I truly fell in love with this flower when it mysteriously appeared at the wooded edge of my vegetable garden, behind my green house, under a tree that I had buried my precious dog the previous Fall. She was 6 months shy of 20 years old. And after 9 years, I still miss her so... The second wildflower I chose to include on the seat of the bench is Chicory, Cichorium intybus. Chicory may also go by the common names of blue sailors, succory, and coffeeweed. Some mistakenly call this flower Corn Flower (Centaurea cyanus) which is a separate variety of flower all together. This wild plant has many uses including a coffee substitute, livestock crop and intestinal wormer. According to old European folklore has the ability to open locked doors! So be careful where you plant it and where you leave your bouquets! The colors worked perfectly in this piece, in ranges of blue lavenders. In the wild you may be fortunate spot a few white blooms in the mix and on rare occasions even pink! The Rhododendron Maximum commonly referred to merely as the Rhododendron was my third choice in this project. It's also known as the Great Laurel and is in the heath family and often compared to azaleas and laurels. The color of their bloom ranges from paper white to pale and deep pink to a rare rose which includes green-yellow spotting. I think what I love most about these plants, along with the luscious blooms, are the dense evergreen foliage. Have you ever hiked through the Appalachian mountains of Virginia and had to maneuver through these bushes? Rhododendrons are extremely toxic. Deadly to humans, cattle and deer! The Xenophon mentions that Greek soldiers in Asia Minor were poisoned by honey made from these flowers! And I was worried about copper heads on my hikes! The pink Thistle that grows wild in these parts of Southwest Virginia are dear to my heart. To me they remind me of my Celtic heritage. Other Names: Carduus lanceolatus, C. vulgare, Cirsium lanceolatum, bank thistle, bell thistle, plume thistle, spear thistle. Originally from Eurasia, bull thistle is now established on every continent except Antarctica. The species was introduced to northeastern U.S. during colonial times and is now widespread throughout the U.S. and Canada. According to Wikipedia, "the leek, the thistle, and the shamrock, stand for the other three divisions of the British Isles. In the language of flowers, the thistle (like the burr) is an ancient Celtic symbol of nobility of character as well as of birth, for the wounding or provocation of a thistle yields punishment. For this reason the thistle is the symbol of the Order of the Thistle, a high chivalric order of Scotland." Bull thistle roots are sold commercially in Australia for rabbit bait. Some people find roots and young leaves tasty, providing the spines are removed. They are a favorite of our local Yellow Goldfinch, who pair for life. "Sweet, Sweet violets. Sweeter than the roses..." Why some folks work so hard to eradicate these little beauties from their yards, it's beyond me. Back in the "olden" days, folks made use of nearly everything they could. And I remember my grandmother talking about making jelly out of wild violets! I ran across this link that shows just how to make violet jelly! Can you imagine how beautiful they must of been in the canning jars! I've always been told that white, yellow and blue violets are edible (all but too much of the root), but according to the Peterson Field Guide, some of the yellow species are mildly cathartic. "The corm contains the polysaccharide inulin and thus must be cooked to be edible. Native Americans wrapped the bulbs in cattails and reeds then cooked them in a pit covered with earth over which a fire was burned. Ten to twelve hours in the hot pit would render the corms delicious." They are often consumed as teas, greens, salads and the blossoms are made into candies! The yellow flowers can even be used to make wine, I'm told! The next time your wandering in your yard or on a hike, try to view the wild flowers and local plants in a different light. :) ***********************************************

"And Botany I rank with the most valuable sciences, whether we consider its subjects as furnishing the principal subsistence of life to man and beast, delicious varieties for our tables, refreshments from our orchards, the adornments of our flower-borders, shade and perfume of our groves, materials for our buildings, or medicaments for our bodies." (October 7, 1814, to Thomas Cooper)

What are your holiday traditions?

Posted by Linda Costello Hinchey on December 6, 2012 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I was thinking today of all the wonderful holiday traditions that folks have. What are your holidays and their traditions? ...Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas? I'm always intrigued at how alike and different they can be. I know that many of you have very special religious traditions associated with your holidays. Many go to church or Mass for the holiday. For many its a very personal day shared with their friends and family. In addition to the "reason for the season", here are a few of our simple traditions...


Our newer family traditions are making gingerbread houses right after Thanksgiving with my family and friends. We always go to the Bristol Raceway to see the lights. We always look for a bald "dug tree w/roots" for our holiday tree so we can plant it in our spacious back yard. We feel it's one of the many special things we can do for the environment. Every year we buy a new ornament for each of us to put on the tree. Then we make "dough" and make ornaments. By the time the kids are grown and start a family of their own, they have a wonderful collection to add to of their own! We always look forward to caroling. And the last few years we've had the snow to make the event perfectly festive! And speaking of snow! We always cut out enough snowflakes to cover the doors and frames around the house. Have you heard the old saying that when you start cutting out snowflakes that it will snow? I think it works! My children "camp out" with sleeping bags, etc. under the lit tree on Christmas night after the packages are all opened. How many folks open one gift on Christmas Eve? And my son is a health nut and insists we leave veggies, low fat cheese and whole grain crackers with skim milk for Santa! My dad always poses as Santa and calls our children to tell them he's proud of them and that he can't stop until they are fast asleep. This sends them off to bed without a fuss!!  


For us it's also a time of year for remembrance. We've lost many loved ones, and it an be one of the hardest times of year for many.  We tend to pick up and carry on many traditions give to use by those we miss. My mother alway baked this time of season. I want my  family to have wonderful memories of their past holidays, too. So, I'll get in that kithen this holiday and make that peanut butter fudge and prune cake. ...We'll watch Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and The Wizard of Oz. ...And we'll buy lotto tickets and put them in the kids stockings along with tangerines and nuts. We will blend our old traditions with new ones and there'll be good times and we'll have cherished memories...  Happy Holidays!!! 

Don't forget to drop by and share your holiday traditions with us here!

What we remember from childhood we remember forever stamped, inked, imprinted, eternally seen. ~Cynthia Ozick

Our Store in NC!

Posted by Linda Costello Hinchey on December 2, 1990 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Here is the store located in Belmont, NC.

Here is one of the store front windows... 




CHS murals

Posted by Linda Costello Hinchey on August 14, 1990 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm highlighting some of the murals I managed to get photographed. Some were back in the day before cell phones. Can you believe it?!!



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