About Me

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Paramus, New Jersey, United States
No, this in not a blog about gardening in any way, but a journal of my journey to become a professional landscape painting artist. For years, I’ve given my paintings as wedding gifts without thinking of profiting in some way from it. I worked for 18 years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC as a computer programmer. I have been a painter since 1990, coincidentally, when I started working at the Met. I watched Bob Ross do his thing on Channel 13 in New York and decided I could do this, too. I have no formal training. I incorporate Bob's wet-on-wet technique for sky and water. My subject matter is covered bridges, lighthouses, fishing village scenes, barns, etc. Maine, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Nova Scotia and Spain are some of the places I have painted. My style is detailed and sometimes people think a photo of the painting is an actual photo of the scene. I hope to continue and grow in this medium. I also like to cook & dance. I am also a committed Christian. I am taking commissions - painting your landscapes style photos or your vacation home. Prices on request. contact me - Jackmck@juno.com my website is www.artofjackmckenzie.com

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Artist Lori McNee on pricing your art

Deciding what price to put on the art you produce can be daunting. You put time and sweat and love into this project. It's your baby and and you'd love to send it out into the world to new home, but what price to charge for it?
Lori McNee is a very successful artist with a healthy sales record. She gives lectures, writes books and many other endeavors. Her advice can be found in this post How to price artwork for consistent sales success from her Fine Art Tips blog post.
We are looking for good compensation for our time and work and the buyer is looking for a good investment and something that will give them continual pleasure every time they see it.
If you are a newbie in selling, it requires a good sales pitch based on time and materials spent. Soon you can go by sales history and testimony from past buyers. There is also the element of what your competition is doing, too.
Check out her article and other great advice she has in her blog.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Art Quotes and cartoons

This a continuing series of art quote memes and cartoons I've come across. Hope they will encourage you and give you some good cheer in your artistic life

Blog update - paintings via Instagram

A change in how I display my paintings on this blog. The old format stopped working so anyone trying to see my paintings were blocked. I now have a link to my Instagram page with the hashtag #jackspaintings. Also displaying my Nantucket #artistoffack and Martha's Vineyard #artistoffmv. I will be working on my other categories of paintings.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Art quotes and cartoons

This is a compilation of art quote memes and cartoons I've come across. Hope they will encourage you and give you some good cheer in your artistic life

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

new painting: Oak Bluffs Fishing Pier Sunrise

This is another painting of Martha's Vineyard using a picture from the VineyardColors page on Facebook. The photographer loves having people paint his photos and I've done a few. This one is  about 5 am at a fishing Pier in Oak Bluffs.

Monday, September 4, 2017

New painting - Peace at the Beach at Sunset

Those of us who live on the coasts and love the ocean know what that beautiful time is in the final hours of before the sun sets. On the East Coast, and in this case Ocean Grove NJ on the Jersey Shore just south of Asbury Park, you are facing out into the ocean. The day crowds have left, with a number of reluctants still clinging to the beach to the last. The sea gulls and people with metal detectors start hunting for their treasure, either food or lost coins. It's time to plant your beach chair close to the water and, while listening to the waves and chatter of seagulls, you can enjoy a good read or just enjoy the vastness of the ocean before you. A wonderful time. As usual you can buy a  a mug with this image via Zazzle
This is an 11 x 14 painting using a photo I took one day at Ocean Grove.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Artist spotlight - Dale Lamphere's Diginity

Love this statue by sculpture by artist Dale Lamphere called Dignity.
It sits on a bluff between exits 263 and 2265 on I90 in South Dakota. His description: “Dignity represents the courage, perseverance and wisdom of the Lakota and Dakota culture in South Dakota,” Lamphere said. “My hope is that the sculpture might serve as a symbol of respect and promise for the future.”
A good must see on any artists bucket list