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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

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Accountability 3/1/11 - update on the Maine Barn Painting

This is to show the progress in the unusual Maine barn painting. It also shows how I do the painting - a canvas board on an easel with the picture (printed on normal paper) clipped above it. Those containers to the left are just for decoration. Brushes that are no longer usable go there. What I find interesting is that in the picture, the stone silo looks like its tilting but looking at the painting itself, I don't see it.
You can see how I block things in in black and let it dry before I paint it.

My friend Denise in her blog is doing a picture a day and chose to put up a pic of a MacDonalds McShake. Gotta go get one. An artist does have to eat!

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