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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

Friday, November 30, 2012

Paramus Library show over & a secret to driving traffic to your blog

Welll, its the end of November and my little show at the Paramus Library is over. I got some good comments, but no sales. As far as I know, I have to future library shows. I'm not sure if I want to continue them, but we will see,

In a previous post, I posted a Bob Ross for President poster I found somewhere on the 'net. That post has gotten the most hits of anything else I've put on here, 190! Thats one of the secrets of getting a lot of traffic to your blog: post something alot of people are looking for. Find some artist you like or a recipe that appeals to you and post it. It'll get you traffic you are seeking. Some of you veteran bloggers know this already, but for any newbies out there, try it! The 'net has become sort of like the old card catalogues in the library: you start looking for one thing and end up finding something ompletely unexpected. 

quote: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
― Pablo Picasso
“A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

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