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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

Monday, December 13, 2010

The photos are up but no paintings coming out!

I have not started on my new paintings yet. I have the photos lined up to paint, but I can't seem to get things going. They are not speaking to me yet, but I'm sure they will soon. I have many other things going on: Christmas prep, seeking part time unemployment, running the Hawthorne Gospel Church IMPACT singles group amongst other things, so my muse is being drowned out for now. I will have to just stand in front of the easel and just start, hoping I can give this thing a kick-start.

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