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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, July 18, 2011

Interesting Article - Lori McNee on traits of a successful artist and starting 2 new painting - Boothbay Harbor

I took a little vacation from painting last week. Went to visit relatives who live near and work at Camp-of-the-Woods in Speculator, NY. So, to keep you all coing back, I'm posting some items I've found on other blogs.
While up there, I had discussions with a family friend who is also an artist about our craft. I'm heavily into computer and social site usage and he wants nothing to do with it. We did have some interesting talks.

Lori McNee has another good article: this time on traits for a successful artist.


I'm starting two new paintings, both of the Catholic Church in Boothbay Harbor Maine from pictures taken from the harbor tour boat. Both show fishing boats in front of it. I've checked the 'net and there does not seem to be many paintings of this scene. Probably because many painters like to do "plein aire" style, which is difficult from a boat, whereas I take pictures and paint from that. Its also a cloudy day in the photo and I;m changing them to sunny day pics. Happily, thee are photos of the church on a sunny day, so I can get the shadows right. Here's one of the pictures.

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