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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

Friday, September 5, 2014

art in any medium - sand, dust and flame

The artistic mind is capable of seeing something ugly and make it beautiful, of seeing a big picture in the mundane and just taking anything and making it beautiful.

Number one - Sand. We've see amazing sidewalk chalk artistry that looks three dimensional, but here are some beach goers with the same idea

Most people see a dusty car and just scrawl "Clean Me' on it. But here's an example of artists
who see something dirty and ugly and make beauty from it. In fact, for British artist Ben Long dusty vehicles are one of his main canvas. From now on, try and pass try and pass a dusty vehicle and not do something about it.
another artist with the same idea

And now flame.  Fire music!

I realize this is not about painting but its shows the artistic mind at work.
A couple of Danish physics students  took a Rubens tube and assembled a device with rows of them and created a 2D pyro board to physically show music. When I was in an engineering college in the 70's a friend created a color organ using a frequency separator and attaching same color Christmas lights to each node. He then put the device in ceiling  over his water bed and replaced the ceiling panel with a textured plexi-glass panel. We would lay on the his water bed in the dark and watch th music. None of us drank or smoked, so it was a close to a psychedelic as we cold come to.
The fire thing in the next step beyond that (thougt not in  the ceiling)  This could catch on! Could there be a 3D pyro board?

Here's an all flame music video

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