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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

Friday, March 18, 2011

Works in progress and library shows

I have 3 works in progress, one I've just painted in the sky and grass so there is not much to show. The two paintings are :
Newport's Goat Island Lighthouse: got all the background and foreground almost done. Just have to block in the lighthouse in black and then do the details.
Cape Anne Fishing Boat : Need to put leaves on the trees and more detail in the background hills and work a bit in the reflections.

I have another one I'm about to start. Its a photo a classmate from Paramus high School posted on the PHS Facebook site of a Lavalette sunrise. For those outside Jersey, its a quiet Jersey Shore town.

I'm continuing my quest for free exposure by displaying in several more libraries in Bergen County. The Maywood one is over at the end of this month. So far, nothing for April but I have New Milford in May, Hillsdale in June and Old Tappan in July. I not sure how long I want to do this, but I'm thinking maybe a years worth of free shows should do it.

Each library has a different way of handling these shows.
Paramus - here's a wall, if you want to fill it, go ahead with no effort on their part.
Maywood - their publicist does on interview and makes a bio for be displayed with the paintings. There a microscopic mention in the local newspaper.
Hillsdale - a online entry form that needs to be coutersigned by a local resident and will put a couple of picture in their newsletter. I do know several people in Hillsdale.
Old Tappan - is sending me a contract. Don't know all thats involved yet.

The adventure continues

Quote: Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. ~Henry Ward Beecher

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