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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

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The art of Pi - celebrating Pi day 3-14-15

This one will take some time, so get a cup of coffee and a piece of pie and enjoy.
Today, March 14,2015 is a math geeks holiday! It's Pi day! Pi is a value used to determine the area of a circle, which is 3.14159265359 in short form so the date 3/14 is Pi day annually and once every hundred years the 15 comes into play along with the time 9:26:53, so there is a lot of attention to today. It is known as an irrational number since there is no end point. Since Pi looks and sounds like the English word pie, part of the celebration is baking and eating pie. Its a day where math and food coincide.  In fact  if you look at 3.14 in a mirror, you get the word pie.

Which leads to the art of Pi.
The cartoonist come up with all sorts of pun offerings and Pi day works


and must include this one - riff on Norman Rockwell

Math in visual representation can be beautiful. Fibonacci numbers produce spirals. Fractals produce astonishing patterns. So does Pi. Computers are used to generate beautiful images of Pi using various patterns and alogrithims
Here are a few

So get another piece of pie and enjoy the day

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