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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, April 22, 2011

New Painting! Title: Tire Swing in Winter - Maine, plus how I promote it

Here's another finished painting. Official Title is: Tire Swing in Winter - Maine

I painted this from a photo my sister-in-law, Julie Mckenzie, took on the Mckenzie Farm in Albion Maine. She posted a bunch of winter photos on Facebook. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to paint it. I then looked at the caption and she was suggesting that it woudld be a good picture for me to paint. So I did! Here's the photo

Once I've completed a painting, what happens next. What steps do I takes to get it seen?

1) Take a photo of it, load it to my computer and trim and do other things to make it look good.
2) 2 posts on Facebook - individual load and load it in to my Paintings alum.
3) Post it on my blog - which then gets posted on Facebook and Twitter.
4) Load it into Fineartamerica, Zazzle and printfection thus creating products for people to buy
5) Load it into Flckr so it can appear in the slideshows on my blog.
6) load it into Photobucket
7) load it into whatever other sites including the arts groups on Linkedin
8) load it into the painting album on my iPod

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