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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, July 2, 2013

New Painting: Medina Fish Merchant - Fez ( Fes ) Morocco

This painting is from a photo I took in the Medina of Fez (or Fes ) Morocco. I was on a trip with some people from my church to visit missionaries in Spain and took a several day side trip to Fez Morocco. The Medina is a city within a city with narrow streets and full of merchants selling their goods. The Fez Medina has a section where they tan leather using urine as one of the tanning agents and that area has a distinct air about it. Donkeys and mo-peds are the only modes of transportation able to navigate the streets.

This is a scene of a fish merchant try to whisk the flies and other insects away from his fish. The area is not sanitary by any means, but they do the best they can.

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