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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 6, 2011

Interesting ways people have come upon my blog

When you write a blog, the main issue is how to get people to come and read it. Doing an art blog, you can spotlight artists so you come up in searches on that artist. You can do varied subjects of paintings so you come up in searched of those paintings. Your pictures posted on Flckr or other picture hosting sites get then to you. There are some sites that give the user a selection of blogs to look at while waiting for something to process and mine got chosen. And then there are the strange little searches that people do that somehow end up on you.

I have a widget on my blog called Feedjit. It enchances the info you get from the stats feature on blogspot by showing you where the person is coming from and the search string that they used to get there. Has drawbacks, such as each time you log on, you show up in the stream, but otherwise its a fascinating window into how people get to you and I'm going to start saving the most interesting ones. Some examples:

Chesterfield, Derbyshire arrived from google.co.uk on "Landscapes by Jack: Artist Spotlight - Emil Fiore - Spider web art - what a web-site he must have!" by searching for "emil fiore spider coasters".

Gorham, Maine arrived from google.com on "Landscapes by Jack: New Painting! Title: Tire Swing in Winter - Maine, plus how I promote it" by searching for maine paintings of winter

Emerson, New Jersey left via flickr.com from "Landscapes by Jack"

Alamo, California arrived from google.com on "Landscapes by Jack: An impatient fellow blogger, Tumblr and my sister-in-law's painting suggestion" by searching for "tumblr landscapes blog".

and then there is this one. And it appeared twice in a week. Wonder how I got into the mix!

Calcutta, West Bengal arrived from google.com on "Landscapes by Jack" by searching for "10 Ways to Alienate Your Daughter-in-Law."

Quote: “Maybe one of the hardest things to do in painting is to get over this ‘fear of canvas’. It's natural, and if it bothers you a little bit to jump up here and start throwing a bunch of color on the canvas, it means you're normal. You're just like me and everybody else that's ever painted.” –Bob Ross, 1990

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