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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 18, 2012

new painting: Esopus Meadows Lighthouse - Hudson River

This is the second in my series of Husdon River Lighthouse paintings. This one is the Esopus Meadows Lighthouse also know as "Maid of the Meadows". Here's the link to the lighthouse's website Esopus Meadows Lighthouse.  I had some trouble with all the railing details, trying to get them to stand out, so I left the some of the black underpainting show to get them to stand out a bit. It looks sloppier than I want it to be, but I feel its finished. The mountains in the background are the Catskills near Kingston, NY. I go to a Christian family camp in the Adirondacks and when I see this particular section of the Catskills from the New York State Thruway, I know I'm half way there. This is from a photo I took while on a Hudson River Cruise with my church group. Maybe purchase from the Zazzle site a  Bag or a mug or check out my merchandising section at the top of the blog  for items from my other paintings

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