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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

Monday, June 13, 2011

adding Lancaster, Maine, and Peggy's Cove slideshows and a painting inspires writers

I'm adding 3 more slide shows containing my Lancaster, Maine and Peggy's Cove paintings. Each has reached my arbitrary 5 painting limit to earn their own slide shows



Peggy's Cove

Now as the the story of one of my paintings inspiring latent writing abilities. I think an artist gets a kick out of helping to inspire others to seek their artistic abilities. they may have tried or thought of it in the past and discarded the thought for many reasons. One on my paintings seems to have kicked up these latent abilities in two of my friends Theresa and Audrey.
This is what I've called my Smiling Barn - Maine that I found on the back roads of Maine.

After posting this on Facebook Theresa and Audrey posted the following

Audrey: It's smiling at what the hay bales are saying to each other, obviously. Jack, have you thought of illustrating children's books?

Theresa: oh... that's a great idea Aunt Audrey... Jack, she's right I could totally see this image in a picture book!

Me: Audrey, have you thought of writing a children's book and me illustrating, since you came up with the idea of talking hay bales.

Theresa: Hmmm... I've always wanted to write a book...maybe I will... I definitely will think about it...

Keive: Maybe there is a collaboration in the works... I third the notion of you being an illustrator for a children's book! Definitely go with the "smiling Maine barn". It looks too happy to be just a Maine Barn. :)


Further inperson discussion posited the idea of a barn with allergies (hay fever,etc) and looking for a purpose.
Stay tuned

Quote: All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.
::: Eckhart Tolle :::

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