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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, August 5, 2014

Guest Artist - Art parody - David Irvine and "re-directed paintings"

I love art parodies and mashups - where a classic painting is redone with cultural characters. Nighthawks by Edward Hopper is one such painting that gets riffed on so many times.

This is a set of  mildly interesting paintings you might fine gathering dust in thrift shops that Artist David Irvine has made them more interesting  by adding pop-culture characters to them, as he calls them "re-directed". They may clash with the painting or fit right in, but they do make them more viewable. You'll fine more at Bored Panda and the artist website gnarledbranch Here are two of my favorites

Enjoy anything Monty Python

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