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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

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Anatomy of a painting - Gifford Covered Bridge in Winter

I like to keep a record of how my paintings progress and occasionally share the. This is the photographic record of how my Gifford Covered Bridge In Winter progressed. It started with a photo from Vermont-Four-Seasons-Photography page on Facebook and went from there.
As you can see, my style is to block out things in black, let it dry and the paint over that, painting the entire background. The anything in front of that, I block out in black and paint over that. I'm trying for depth.
                                                                       final product

Start with the picture and go from there

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