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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

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

New painting - Taftsville Covered Bridge in Vermont

I love covered bridges (I think I've said that a few times in this space). One of my favorite is the Taftsville Covered Bridge in Woodstock Vermont. Its one of those with an added scenic feature, a manmade waterfall to power equipment. In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, it was buffeted by propane canisters that were being swept along by the river. It survived, but is in need of some tender loving care.
This is the fourth painting I've done of this bridge. One of my earlist paintings that looked like anything at all was of this one.
Here's the first and the fourth

quote: Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do. ~Edgar Degas

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