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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 20, 2011

New Painting - West Chop Lighthouse-Martha's Vineyard and a punny art joke

Here is my latest painting as of 6/20/11 - The West Chop Lighthouse on Martha's Vineyard. This is as view from the ferry a it passes by on the way to Vineyard Haven. This is from a photo I took on a absolutely gorgeous, no cloud in the sky day about 4 in the afternoon.

Check out items for sale based on this painting on Fineartamerica and Zazzle



An artist needs a sense of humor to navigate in the world, so here's one that came my way. I love punny stuff and this is full of them. (This is a personal issue, of course!)

A thief in Paris stole paintings from the Louvre & almost made it safely, but his van ran out of gas. When asked how he could make such an obvious error, he replied, 'Monsieur, that is the reason I stole the paintings.'
I had no Monet
To buy Degas
To make the Van Gogh.'
So if you have De Gaulle to send this on to someone else.
I sent it to you because I figured I had nothing Toulouse .....

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