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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, January 14, 2016

guest blogger - Lori McNee on creativity blocks

One of the artists I follow on Twitter and Facebook is Lori McNee

who, besides being a painter, is also a writer, blogger and a resource of many kinds of advice for her fellow artist. Her entry of 10-ways-to-overcome-mental-blocks-boost-creativity
contains lot of helpful tips. A couple speak to me
2) change or clean tour enviroment. I have lots items representing my interests in my paint space, giving me inspiration. My cooking magazine collection is here, as is some of my sci-fi images. There's a a block drawing of a Dalek from Doctor Who saying "EX-TER-MIN-ATE". A few old toys and my photograph albums and my TV. But, I tend to be a messy painter. Tubes of paint tend to get other colors on the. The newspapers I use to cover my old TV stand that my mini-easel sits one get messy. Its good to clean everything  off once in a while. Weekly?
4) give yourself a break from technology. I don't own an smart phone, just an old style flip phone, but I have my TV in my paint space and I need to turn it off and any music so I can concentrate on what I'm painting. Try watching a football game when you are painting. Not a good idea. Maybe listening to the Tonight Show or some other talk show rather than watching it And if I did have an iPhone, I would turn off that annoying "bing" you get when a new post comes on.
Check out the rest of her article

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