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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, May 20, 2012

My Spanish Cafe painting id'd - Venta el Socorro in Gaucin

I went to Spain in 2004 with some friends and stayed in Algreciras. We took a day trip to Ronda and passed thru many little and big towns. In one I took a picture of a cafe out the window of the car as we sped by, but did not have the town name. It looked pretty good , so I painted it. I never spent much time identifying it, just calling it Spanish Cafe - Andalucia. Here's the photo.
and here's the painting
a friend now wants to buy it, so I did a little digging and found a picture of the cafe - The Venta el Socorro in Gaucin Spain in this blog entry - http://ournewlifeinandaluciaspainbigblog.blogspirit.com/archive/2006/10/index.html. I came across a couple of reviews, this from the site http://panorama.forumcircle.com/viewtopic.php?p=12061 - ------- I'm sure that you know the road up to Ronda from Jimena via Gaucin well. A very decent locale, although it doesn't look like much at all, is Venta "El Socorro" about half way along Gaucin on the right side of the road (about 200 metres along from the petrol station). If you only have one thing, make sure that you have the chorizitos en vino... to die for. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------other sites echo that its an excellent place for tapas so now, I'm gonna have to go add Gaucin to this painting's tags. Nice job. If you'd like to buy a print, mug or other items based on this image, check the merchandising area on top of this blog. Here's the Fineartamerica site - http://fineartamerica.com/featured/spanish-cafe--andalucia-jack-mckenzie.html. Check out my Zazzle, Printfection, Mugsbyjack and other site

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