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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, January 21, 2013

Invited to be part of Kingston NY gallery show, but wont.

A few days ago I got the email posted below to participate in Kingston, NY's Cornell St Studio's art show. It's themed "Kingston NY" and would show the following painting -

Ive decide not to go. It would require a number of trips and a few other reasons, but its nice to be noticed and asked. I've liked their FB page. I did email my regrets and got a message back saying there would be more shows and would be welcome to be a part of them. Maybe next time!
Renee Darmstadt
Kingston NY Art Show
Hi Jack, would you be interested in participating in this upcoming art show 
with the Rondout Light House painting and prints?
We Love Kingston NY  @ Cornell St. Studios (February 2013)
Information For the Artists:
 $20 Entrance Fee and a 25% commission goes to the gallery when artwork is sold.

Show runs Februbry 9th- March 28th, 2012. Participating artists should attend opening reception.
Opening Reception: Saturday February 9th 6pm-10pm
Closing Day of Show: March 28th
Please Note: The opening reception is going to have an admission of $10. 
It will be free for the participating artists to attend the opening, but all other guests (friends, family, etc) will be paying the cover charge of $10 to attend the event. Please note there will also be a classical guitar concert the night of the opening, with David Temple... and we are working on some other special guests.
Deadline to Respond:  Please send an image of your work when you respond.
If you would like to participate in this show, you must respond before  December 8th, 2012 but please remember, even though we have a large space, it will fill up quickly.  The show will most likely become booked before the deadline.   I recommend responding as soon as possible. Please pay attention to the theme!
The Art Show
Theme: Kingston NY! think history, architecture, landmarks, natural resources, 
uptown, midtown, downtown. The artwork submitted must represent Kingston, NY Please be VERY creative! Show your artistic Style! Hanging Dates: January 1-31st Please set up a date and time in which you would like to bring in and hang your artwork. Please try to schedule a time Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm. Tuesdays 9am-4pm. Some saturdays will be available.
Pick-Up Dates: April 1st - April 5th, All ART submissions must remain throughout 
the show. There will be a $50 fine for any art that is taken down in advance. Also there is a $10 charge for picking up artwork late. Any artwork left 30 days after the pick up dates becomes property of Cornell Street Studios
Please note:  Art must be ready to hang when brought in. (Art must be framed 
or matted, since we hang by molding in four rooms now). Art that is in paper form (photos for example) MUST be framed or matted, otherwise they will not be accepted. Also, for returning artists, please submit art that is new to the studios. If it has been displayed at CSS before, it will not be submitted into

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Painting: Fishing Boats - Menemsha Harbor

I love Martha's Vineyard, one of the islands off the southern New England coast with a long history in the fishing industry, It has many quain towns with their own individual character. My friends and I go there in June to bike around the island on the cheap (staying in the hostel in East Tisbury) and I usually do the cooking (salmon cooked in a pineapple salsa anyone?) . Our usual route in to head for the Gayhead Lighthouse and a few other places and end up in the fishing village of Menemsha. We go to Larsens to pick up some fresh fish and to have a pre-dinner feast of stuffed quohogs and quohog chowder. Delicious!
The new picture is below and of course maybe purchase some  mugs or bags with this image. One little oddity here: the orange boat is perched atop the Big Lady boat. I paint from pictures and it puzzeld me at first, but checking other pictures of my own and on the 'net showed it from different angles. Strange!