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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

Monday, July 7, 2014

Interesting Things - Art trail developed for work of Maine artist Bernard Langlais

There are certain artists who dream big and set out to accomplish that dream. My exposure to that was via the artist Christos. His massive project in New York's Central Park called The Gates set NY buzzing. Thousands of 10 foot high structures along the paths of Central park with orange material hanging down from them was a wonder to behold. Some loved it some hated it. Other artists have done this. Sometimes its done for an artist after they are gone. This is what is happened for Maine Artist Benard Landlais
Thousands of pieces of the art of Maine Artist Benard Landlais, who died in 1977, are being distributing thousands of artworks in more than 50 sites. His wife died later and donated everything to the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville. The museum's director,  Sharon Corwin, developed the plan. Check out the link above. Below is a piece called Local Girl.


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