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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

Sunday, December 14, 2014

NYC's Cooper Hewitt Design Museum reopens

The Copper Hewitt Design Museum (a branch of the Smithsonian) has always been one of my favorite, quirky museums in New York.  Its in an old mansion a few blocks north of the Guggenheim and its all about design. It doesn't get as much attention as its fellow museums to the south on Museum Mile, but its worth looking into. Its been closed for a few years for extensive renovation and is just re-opening. I've not seen it yet but would be a great check out the changes.

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