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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

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Getting into Montclair Library early - well almost

So I get this email from Linda Welch at the Montclair Library that their August artist left early for some reason and would I want to come in early? Nice idea, but my struff is still in Washington Twshp. I check with them and it seems besides closing for Labor Day Sat - Mon, they are closing on Friday for carpet cleaning. It all dovetails nicely. I leave a messsage that I'm coming early and go   get the the paintings.
Ms Welch calls back and we talk about all the publicity they are doing, even putting it in the events calendar of the Montclair Patch. I just have to put it in the Paramus Patch and some on-line sites and I'm done.

I get there and find they don't have a hanging system like most libraries, I have to bring my own hooks. It seems it is the emails they sent but I misinterpreted what they meant. I didn have much money on me so I go back home and use my Blick Art Supply gift cards to buy some. Linda was most helpful in trying to find the hardware in the library, but there was none.

A few missteps, but I go back tomorrow and put them up and suggest to Monclair that they get a hanging system like the other libraries have. Montclair has a beautiful library, its a very artsy town and maybe something good will happen here!

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