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

Sunday, May 21, 2017

more art memes to encouage us

This is an ongoing series of art memes 
We artists can be a moody lot sometimes. We question what we are doing and why and need some encouragement to keep going on.her ar a few art quotes I've com across that do just that. Check them out.

New Painting : Moon Over Great Bay Beach

(I painted this a few weeks ago, but I was having trouble getting into the blog)
My usual subjects are barns, covered bridges, Nantucket & Martha's Vineyard to name a few, but occasionally a picture pops up on social media that piques my interest and begs to painted. This is one of them.
One of the artists I follow on FB, Twitter and and Instagram is Lori McNee. She lives in Colorado and she paints, write books, has classes on many places, the most recent was a plein air trip to Monet's Giverny  Gardens . Check out her website Fine Art Tips.
She vacations in the Virgin Islands and she posted a picture on Instagram of her standing out on the Great Bay Beach at night looking across the bay in a full moon. I decide I needed to paint it and I posted that on the picture and she said go for it.
I checked out a few Youtube videos on painting moonlight on the ocean  and came up with this

from the original picture
Not bad for a first time at this type of picture. I may revisit this in the future for a better version. For now, I'm happy with it.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

New Painting: Nantucket Main Street Snowfall

Have I said before that I love Nantucket? I agree with Holly Finigan of NantucketBlACKbook (one of the Gray Lady's premier bloggers) that it is my happy place. It is one of my favorite subjects, usually summer or sunrise/sunset scenes. Then the Townpool Nantucket Store Posted an after snowfall photo on their FB page and I had to paint it. Its all the basic Nantucket white or gray houses but on the right hand side was a red brick building and I had to paint it.  Check out their page with lots of drone based sunset shots and some interesting merchandise
And as usual, you can get mugs from Zazzle of this image

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Mourning Tyrus Wong - Bambi Artist

When an artist dies who has had an impact, despite being relatively unknown, it needs to be noted. 106 year old artist Tyrus Wong died, whose artistry was essenttal to the success of the old Disney movie Bambi. He was also known around the Santa Monica beach for his amazing kites.

As for Bambi - “He basically created the look of the film,” said Michael Labrie, director of collections at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. He curated an exhibition of Wong’s work in 2013.  “Everything you see on the screen -- the other artists were trained to draw like Tyrus for that film.” Walt Disney made the final decision to use Tyrus's art to create the look of the film.
Check out  the Tyrus Wong story here.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Art Quote Memes - to encourage us

We artists can be a moody lot sometimes. We question what we are doing and why and need some encouragement to keep going on.her ar a few art quotes I've com across that do just that. Check them out.

Monday, October 31, 2016

New painting - Nubble Lighthouse Sunrise

I've never had an actual commisson to do a painting until now. A woman in my church asked me to do a painting of the Nubble Lighthouse in Maine. It's one that's been on my list to do a painting of, but never got around to it. She gave no preferences as to what it was to look like, just saying do your best! A nice bit of carte blanche. I've been doing rather well with sunrises and sunsets, so I went looking for on-line pictures as an inspiration. I found a sunset I liked and combined it with another picture. I showed her a picture of what I did and she was thrilled. I will be giving it to her next Sunday, so expect a picture of her and the painting.
As usual you can buy bags or mugs  from Zazzle with this image on them

Sunday, September 11, 2016

New Painting: Docks of Northwest Cove - Nova Scotia

This is the third painting I've done using a photo from Catherine Rose Photography . She photographs around Nova Scotia. I love  Nova Scotia, which is full of little fishing villages. I do need to travel there again. This one is called Docks of Northwest Cove - Nova Scotia. 11 x 14 oil on canvas board
As usual you can purchase items based on this image from Fine Art America
or Mugs or mugs  or other products from Zazzle