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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

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Outstanding Article from Lori McNee - The importance of being an artist in today's modern world

Another great article by Lori McNee, I think her best one yet. Her son is studying 3d animation and as she says "This got me thinking about the subject of the possible irrelevance of Art in this computer driven day and age". She doesn't think so, of course and then makes two good points:
1) 'the worse things get - the more indispensable Art becomes."
2)"Art records the footprint of all peoples, cultures and the world around us:"

then she launches into a brillaint recitation of art thru the ages. You really must check this out.


Quote: "The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance." Aristotle

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