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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, March 22, 2015

Check out the Twitter hashtag Thingspeoplesaytoartists

All people in the creative arts field get clueless people asking all sorts of  odd and back handed putdown questions or statements that demean what we do. I previously published the following poster

Well there is a hashtag on Twitter #thingspeoplesaytoartists .  On it, creative people are  posting all the clueless, nasty and rude things that people have said or asked them. Too many people ask for free or reduced price services. This is a huge topic with many art for free  articles and blogging artists  such as Lori McNee have commented on this, too.
Here are a few. Go add your own.
*steals your work without permission* *is called out* " HUH?! You should be grateful for free exposure!
How much for a sketch? $20. But some artists here charge $5 Then buy art from them. But I want YOUR art for $5
"Hey, can you design me a tattoo? The parlor wanted money for that"
"I love your portraits - they're so realistic! Would you draw Spongebob for me?"
You illustrate kid's books? Brilliant! I have an stupid idea for a book that I'd like you to illustrate for free
Hey, do you think you can help me design something? It should only take a minute or two."
"You draw cartoons for a living? When are you gonna grow up!"
What's it like to be a woman in (name any artistic field)?
Person: You're an artist? Oh, man! I totally want you on my team for Pictionary! Me: No, you don't.
"This probably won't take someone like you long, maybe 15 minutes.
Any just to make the art for free thing clear, here's a poster we should have printed on cards and handed out

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