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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

Monday, October 29, 2012

Google celebrates Bob Ross's 70th birthday

From my previous posts, you know I'm very partial to painter Bob Ross. Watching his painting show those many years ago was the push I needed to get my painting started. Well, he would have been 70 today and Google has a doodle celebrating that. You just know I had do a post about it. So here's to all the happy little trees and clouds  that have been painted by many people, thanks to him (and to his pet squirrel)

and a friend, Dave Muller (a fellow painter) posted this picture  on Facebook

Bob Ross Quotes :
Little raccoons and old possums 'n' stuff all live up in here. They've got to have a little place to sit.
We tell people sometimes: we're like drug dealers, come into town and get everybody absolutely addicted to painting. It doesn't take much to get you addicted.
When we teach people to paint this is the one they fall in love with. It works so well.

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