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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, January 31, 2011

A bit of redesign - from Photobucket to Flickr slideshows and other stuff

For some reason, my Photobucket slide shows are not working, so I've switched to Flickr, which I was going to do, anyway.

I've been getting some advice from many people on this venture. I go to a networking group on Monday mornings and one or two others. I was going to get encouragement and advice on my COBOL programming job search, they seem to have a few ideas on the art side, too. One man has cousins who buy rights to art images for cards, posters, etc in Houston and is going to check with them. Another suggested checking with college and other procurement departments because they are seeking art in various forms to fill he walls of buildings. Quite a few have have relatives who are or were artists suggested going to their websites. A good friends's mother is Gail Ingis, who has quite art biography.

I've loaded a couple of images on Etsy, but no hits.

The arts and craft show season is coming and it appears to a a bit expensive on the up-front side. I have to pay for a table and then produce at least 10 of each item I want to sell. That could be a thousand or so and I don't have that to spend. We will see!

I began loading some of my photos on Fineartamerica - several from Spain and Fez Morocco but forgot about the 25 image limit for the free subscription, so I left a few on. I that got huge comments and hit, but no sales was a picture I took of a Spanish sunset coming down the mountain from Ronda to Malaga on the way to Algeciras. The journey continues

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