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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

Friday, August 19, 2011

Ya gotta link everything and starting a new Tire Swing painting

First. its imperative in this on-line world to help people find you in anyway possible. I spent yesterday doing just that. I started the task of going to every site where I've posted pictures of my paintings (Flickr, Photobucket, Artistinternetcafe, etc ) and do the following:
1) make sure titles are consistent
2) make sure tags are consistent and will get the most people to it
3) add a line in the caption: "If you would like to purchase mugs, notecards, prints, etc with this image please visit my blog www.landscapesbyjack.blogspot.com".
You need to plant the idea of the viewer buying things based on the painting everywhere and anywhere you can. I was going to post the specific Fineartamerica, Zazzle, etc links, but this way it gets traffic to your blog and make a bit of money from those blog clicks.

Secondly, I've started a second Tire Swing in Maine painting. My sister-in-law, Julie McKenzie, sent me a picture of the tire swing in a summer setting and I should have it done by next week. I'm posting the first painting "Tire Swing in Winter" so you know what I'm talking about.

and I leave you with this quote:

"Every artist clips his brush in his own soul and paints his own nature into his pictures."
Henry Ward Beecher


  1. Can't wait! Have I taken one on a bright sunny day? I'll go out & take a few... plus finally took a picture of the painting you gave us for our wedding! Will email that one to you too!

    Good luck, let the Lord paint thru your brush!

  2. HI, I like your work and your ideas about art, very much! You mentioned your a lover of art and food, so why not check out my blog also and if you like it, follow me too! :)
    Look forward to reading more of your posts.