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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

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sort of an art thing - a week of Palidrome dates

I realize this may not be an art issue , but its a cool thing anyway. This week 4/12/14 thru 4/19/14 the dates are all palidromes (if you you have the year as the last two numbers) . The numbers are the same backwards and forwards. Cool!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Be Brave - Make Art Guest post by Donna Zagotta on Fine Art Tips

One of the blogging artists I admire  and read all the time is Lori McNee on her Fine Art Tips FB and Twitter pages. She will many times pass along other artists posts and I have passed those along before.. This is another good. Its a post by Donna Zagotta called Be Brave Make Art
some passages from that posting
"This world can be a scary place. There are plenty of people making very good money stirring up fear and hatred and calling it entertainment. Or even news. But there’s at least one way out of fear. Be brave, make art!
Why? Because art teaches us not to be afraid. Because every time we make art, we have to face our fears and overcome them. Do that enough, and you just might realize you’re capable not only in art, but other areas as well."
First, there’s that scary white surface. Paper, canvas, wood, it doesn’t matter. It’s blank and you have to fill it
Whew, you’re done. You kind of like this one. Now what? Don’t hide it up in your attic…dust-bunnies don’t appreciate your hard work. Shine your light
You may not make a lot of money (or maybe you will). Your friends may not like it (or maybe they will). You may not sell it (or maybe you will). But you will be one step closer to being unafraid.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

fun posters that encourage artists from Artify It

There are a number of artist oriented sites on Facebook, one being artifyit. They will publish posters are intended to give us artistic types a boost and celebrate our "uniqueness"  and a mashup or two. I some times use them as a profile pic for my Facebook art page Check these out. Will put up more in the future

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

My niece's wedding present - my Paper Mill Covered Bridge painting

When my paintings started to become something I thought was presentable, my main intention was to give them as wedding gifts and the occasional 50th anniversary gift. I painted occasionally when the mood struck and an upcoming wedding  was the usual motivation.  I have given over 20+ paintings as gifts and I did not keep track of who I gave what to. Only in the past 2 or 3 years has painting become a move active activity in my life, trying to display and sell them and items based on them, but I still give them as wedding gifts.

My niece Christine got married to Frank Portera on March 28th and a month or so before a I asked her what she would like in a painting - one of my current stock or if there was a photo she would like painted. The question never got a definite answer, so I chose one of my current paintings  -  Paper Mill Village Covered Bridge - Bennington VT. Hope they like it

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sold a painting - Portland Head Light at Sunrise

For me, selling a painting is a rare event. I just sold my most recent painting - the Portland Head Light at Sunrise that I it from a picture from the FB page Michael Blanchette Photography to a couple from my church Bob & Sue Blumenstock. A bit of a story here:

Last summer I ran the 1st annual  First Baptist Summer Art Gallery at my church. This was to try and draw out the artists of many different types and styles to show their talents and it was very successful. I, of course, showed my paintings as well. Bob and Sue Blumenstock are long time family friends and church members and expressed interest in buying one of my paintings but could not decide which one. No rush! The decision making went on until my church's recent mission conference, where several of the missionaries we support come and we have 4 days of meetings and a banquet to get re-aquainted with  them and hear what they've been doing. The theme was Fisher's of  Men, so there were nautical decorations around the church, including a small sailboat on stage with various types of fishing gear and my nautical paintings (lighthouses and fishing boat) on the window sills - 16 in all. As soon as Bob and Sue saw the Portland Head painting, they knew that was the one. 
       what it looked like on the church window sill                 and Bob and Sue with the painting

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

prepping for 2nd FBH Summer Art Gallery - registration

Last Summer I started the the  First Baptist Summer Art Gallery at my church First Baptist Hackensack NJ. calling myself The Curator. There is a large display board in the hallway leading to the gym where usually the the Hackensack Christian School art class displays their work. Its empty during the Summer, so I got permission to use it to display the wide range of  artistic talent in the congregation and it was a success. We had photographers, painters, needlepointers, sowers and others coming forward to display their talents. Each person's display was given a museum like description and I posted " Press Releases" on the church's FB page, website, Twitter, the weekly bulletin. and this blog.

We will be having a second one this year from May 22nd to the end of September. This year we have an Summer Art Gallery Registration on the church's website. They click on  the "Signups and contacts" button which shows a drop down menu of several different signup possibilities and click on the "Summer Art Gallery". There they fill in their name,email, phone, media type and message to the curator. That message should show a brief bio and description of their art. That get e-mailed to me and I start scheduling. Already have one person with some crochet art.

God has  given all of us a gift that benefits others. Art gives us time to pause and enjoy.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Art Quote - creativity quote from Ray Bradury - Dont think, do

This is a new occasional posting of quotes from creative people that give some insight as to how they approach their craft and may help in defining how I will or will not approach mine. Its always good to get a different perspective. This one was posted by artist Jennifer Beaudet on her Facebook page JBeaudetStudios  from Ray Bradbury, one of my favorite Sci-fi writers - 

“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things” – Ray Bradbury