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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, January 18, 2015

New Painting: Castle Hill Lighthouse at Sunset

This is the Castle Hill Lighthouse at the entrance to Newport Harbor in Rhode Island. Its a sunset Winter shot and looks rather frigid. Its 11 x 14 oil on canvas board and is available for 200 dollars. This is another painting I've done from photos posted on Facebook by Michael Blanchette Photography.   As usual, Mugs , bags  and other products are available via Zazzle.
Here's my painting

Science says art is great for your brain (DUH!)

So, once again we see science proves what we've know all long - Art is good for keeping your brain healthy, as we see in  this jerrysartarama blog post. Whether its analyzing what we see in a gallery or trying to figure how to create it, it keeps the brain active.
I like the end conclusion of this blog - "So next time you feel like your job or home life is stressing you out too much, maybe a trip to the museum or pulling out your paints or art journal might just help relieve stress and lower cortisol levels a bit more than happy hour."
Do Art!
Your Brain on Art (from the article)
Processing art

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New painting: Central Park - Gapstow Bridge in Winter

A friend posted a picture on FB of the bridge on The Pond in the Southeast corner of NYC's Central Park, looking towards the Plaza Hotel. Liked it so I painted it. I posted an in-progress picture of the painting on FB and she said she might buy it. I do need to work on how I paint bare trees.

Monday, December 29, 2014

10 rules for artists to live by - the Elite Daily version

I know, I know, there are many versions from many sources  of this "10 rules for artists to live by" tag, enough that you can go into a MEGO (my eyes glaze over) state. Ad-infinitum, ad-nauseum. Despite that, they are worth looking into. While most repeat, they each can give different insights on the same idea that will help someone reading it. Its good to check each of them out, 'cause you never which one will speak to your situation.
This one is from Elite Daily
One of my favorites is:

4. Nothing’s free.
You will often hear, “I can’t pay you, but it will be great exposure!” You must value yourself and not give into these offensive offers.

Check out the rest

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Art posters - "Blessed are the weird people" and more

The various art pages on Facebook and some artist friends are always posting what I would call artist encouragement poster. They are there to comfort and encourage those of us who see the world in a different way and express it via painting, sculpture, and other forms. Here are a few I've collected and I hope they help you on your artistic way