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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 29, 2011

Interesting article - "25 ways to spread word about your art" , foreign interest and other stuff

Came across this on article on Artbistro, a site that any artist really should know about. Its a sub site of the job search site Monster.com. The article has some really interesting ideas, like artists getting together and having a home show, for one


Blogspot has a traffic feature that tells you where your traffic is coming from. I seem to be getting regular traffic from Russia, Poland, Nigeria and China. Just thought that was interesting.

I am almost done with several paintings. The Goat Island Light is done. There's a Pennsylvania Farm in Fall painting thats almost done. It has a large field of Fall corn stalks that I did a surprisingly good job on. The Lavalette Sunrise is 1/3 done. Have to finish the ocean, which is a large part of it.

As for the library shows: Maywood ends this week and I go on to Ho-Ho-kus. May is two shows, Franklin Lakes and New Milford. By May I should have enough "stock" to do two good shows at once. Secaucus and Hillsdale are in June.

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