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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, May 22, 2013

Smithsonian Article - WWII artists fooling Hitler

Great article from the Smithsonian of  artistic talents being used to confuse the Third Reich during World War II. I had seen articles that this was done before the D-Day invasion of Normandy, using Patton's 3rd Army as a decoy. All the same tactics were used: false radio transmissons, fake equipment, etc. Here's one artcle on 
Patton & D-Day deception

This Smithsonian article shows an even deeper deception, using many categories of artistic talents to fool Hitler and win the war! Nice read for history buffs

Fooling Hitler

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