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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

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Currently on my easel - Menemsha Bike Ferry I

My friends and over the past decade have enjoyed biking around Martha's Vineyard, usually the first weekend in June. We drive up there Friday and stay at the Hostel. Saturday we bike around the Island. One of the routes taken is to the Gay Head (Aquinna) lighthouse and then down to he fishing town of Menemsha to buy fish at Larsens for our dinner. Only problem is the road from the lighthouse down to Menemsha is cut off by the inlet to Memensha  Pond. You could either go the long way around or take the bike ferry (a pontoon boat) the 100 yard distance between the end of road and Menemsha. It only runs is summer.

I plan to do several paintings of it. This is the first one.

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