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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, March 19, 2013

A different kind of bird feeder - colorful yarn for their nests

We artistic types like to make our environments more cheerful and colorful. Thats why we paint and sculpt and plant gardens and many other such activities. I came across this on Pinterest and its another way to influence your environment This may be an old thing for many but  this is a different kind of bird feeder - one containing colorful yarns that you local birds can use to build their nests. Bird will use whatever is on hand to build them and and this makes colorful bits of yarn available for that purpose. Check out the website for this picture fiberfarm - bird yarn. Enjoy! And maybe attach shiny bits of buttons or crystals to some of them to give some flash to the nests, too!

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