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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, February 27, 2011

A keychain sale and promotion

The one painting that evokes the most response is my Fishing boats-Tarifa Spain painting - the one at the top of this blog. As stated in the last entry (check the photo), I made business cards using the image,a keychain, magnets and a mouse pad. The cards need to be re-done since you can barely read my blogname. It looked great on the screen but in actual practice, not so much. But I took 20 and wrote the name on back and it got the usual response.
I put the keychain on my usual keychain for display purpose. I went to Redeemer Presbyterian Sunday night and a group went out for a bite to eat afterwards. A woman saw the keychain and immediately asked to buy it. She also took one of the cards. She will be a great saleswomen amongst her friends and I made a dollar.
This is one of the big things you must do, be always but gently promoting yourself. Carrying a few items around can stimulate people to start talking to others about you, saying look at this beautiful item. Hopefully my customer in France who bought the magnet will be doing that, too.

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