About Me

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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

Sunday, February 26, 2012

currently on my easel - Cap Cod Beach

Thursday, February 23, 2012

How to feel miserable as an Artist - Poster

Interesting article - 10 reasons creative folks Drive us crazy


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Article from Empty Easel - How to prevent art blog from flopping

What every artist who blogs wants to know http://emptyeasel.com/2012/02/14/how-to-prevent-your-art-blog-from-flopping/

Friday, February 10, 2012

Right Brained or Left Brained? I'm both!

This was posted on Facebook. I am both actually - a computer programmer & artist. Love the picture!
“I am the left brain. I am a scientist. A ma...thematician. I love the familiar. I categorize. I am accurate. Linear. Analytical. Strategic. I am practical. Always in control. A master of words and language. Realistic. I calculate equations and play with numbers. I am order. I am logic. I know exactly who I am.” And for the right brain: “I am the right brain. I am creativity. A free spirit. I am passion. Yearning. Sensuality. I am the sound of roaring laughter. I am taste. The feeling of sand beneath bare feet. I am movement. Vivid colors. I am the urge to paint on an empty canvas. I am boundless imagination. Art. Poetry. I sense. I feel. I am everything I wanted to be.”

Sunday, February 5, 2012

New artist site I've joined - art-profiles.com

There are lots of these around and I think its good to get your art in as many places as possible. Check it out www.art-profiles.com

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Interesting Article from Lori McNee - 10 reasons Why artists love Pinterest

I've seen this Pinterest site mentioned all over Facebook, with many people becoming addicted. I just kind of brushed it off, but it seems I need to look into this thing. According to this article, its a great place to promote my art and maybe sell items based on my art. Its just like my "conversion" to Twitter. It did not seem like much, but the power is there. http://www.finearttips.com/2012/01/im-hooked-10-reasons-why-artists-love-pinterest/ Quote: You have to systematically create confusion, it sets creativity free. Everything that is contradictory creates life. ::: Salvador Dali :::

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

My art show for February is now open - Bergenfield Library

So my paintings are now on display at the Bergenfield NJ Library, They are in the lower gallery. Nice space! I put some unframed paintings in the middle display cases. Here's the library info: 50 West Clinton Avenue Bergenfield, NJ 07621-2799 (201) 387-4040 bergenfield.bccls.org/ and here are some pictures:
quote: A painting that is well composed is half finished. Pierre Bonnard