About Me

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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, February 20, 2013

New art tool (and genre?) 3Doodler - a 3D pen!

This is a very interesting new art tool. we've had 3D printers for a while and now there is a 3D "pen". it extrudes a fast drying plastic and you scuplt and draw at the same time! Check out the 3Doodler
Verry cool!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

From NYTimes - Picasso used house paint!

art is a medium where anything can be used to express yourself. I've had these images of the great painters  of the past laboring to make their paints from raw materials. Here come the NY Times science section with an article that  Picasso used house paint  
in many of his masterpieces. Sort of art de Sherman Williams. I've never heard of this, but it seems that theres been a long standing usage of house paint amongst our favorite painters. The things you learn!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Something for every artist's garden!

Many of us artistic type love gardens and occasionally planting our own. I try, but the only plant I havent killed yet is a patch of black-eyed susans. I cam across a picture of something that would elevate the ambience of any artist's garden.Get a number of these and make a artist garden pallet.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentines day - a few cartoons.

Yep its Valentines Day. Not much going on artistically for me, but thought I'd post and wish my followers good relationship with their friends and family. Im a Christian and a sci-fi enjoyer so, a few items related to them I found

For the Star Wars in me
For the Doctor Who in me
for my Christian side

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Guest article from Flavorwire - NY Museum & Restaurant pairings

So your in NYC and are museum hopping and are hungry!! Good article on good places to eat after a day at the museum. My favorite has always been The Met and Sarafinos (not their choice) Museum and restaurants