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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

Thursday, June 18, 2015

New painting. Taftsville Covered Bridge- Vermont 2016.

I've painted the Taftsville Covered Bridge a number of times. In fact, my first painting that looked like anything was of this bridge from a similar angle (this is it)

As I got better, I'v wanted to go back to this one. I found a picture on FB that was what I was looking for. I'm not happy with the reflections in this one or the background trees, for that matter. Finally decided it was done. I was going to put more definition into the foreground tree, but decided it made the bridge standout better by leaving them in the dark.
I should note that between the two paintings, the bridge was almost destroyed by Hurricane Irene in 2011 (which destroyed the Bartonsville Bridge)) the bridge was dismantled and reassembled  and re-opened in 2012 So here it is

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