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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

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Art cartoon - Art Colony infestation

Gotta watch out for those artists colonies popping up all over the place


Sunday, August 23, 2015

New painting: Nantucket Harbor Sunset

Nantucket is a favorite place of mine. I get there once a year for a bike riding weekend in September and stay in the hostel. This is a photo from The Nantucket Blackbook page run by Nantucket blogger Holly Finigan who is  becoming more and more a social arbiter  on the island, sort of thier own Anna Wintour. Check out her website NantucketblACKbook
Nantucket Harbour Sunset. 11 x 14 oil on canvas board. As usual you can buy a bag or mug
from Zazzle

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

FBH Summer Art Gallery 2015 3nd exhibition


This is the third exhibition in this year's Summer Art Gallery, which I curate at my church. I posted this "press release" in the church's bulletin, FB and Twitter pages. I will also post this on Instagram.

Press release
From: Office of The Curator
Subject: 2015 Summer Art Gallery 3nd exhibition
For: Immediate release
The Curator is pleased to announce the third exhibition in the FBH Summer Art Gallery, a venue for the display of the many artistic talents of the members of FBH. Current exhibitors:
The Art of Olivia Grace Feliciano
We have several works by Olivia. She is an eight year old who is trying to find her artistic voice.
Alex (Alexandra) Ward (following is her artist statement. Alex is 13)
My name is Alex Ward and art is my favorite subject, because it always inspires me. I normally draw abstract art but sometimes like reusing cardboard to create 3D figures. Last year I got a bunch of patterned duct tape, and now I am obsessed with it. I like to make hair bows out of duct tape and update my clothes with it too. I’ve been doing art since I was about 2 years old and I loved it then and now. My dream is to inspire other kids to be happy making art.


Monday, August 10, 2015

New painting: Rose Family Christmas Cove Table at Sunset.

New painting: Rose Family Christmas Cove Table at Sunset. This is a commissioned work for Rich Rose and family. I know them from First Baptist Hackensack and they now live in Norfolk Va, but have a family compound in Christmas Cove, Maine. I saw this picture on his FB page while ago and said I might want to paint this. More recently, I painted a picture his daughter took of lobster shack and he reminded me of this picture. So here it is.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

FBH Summer Art Gallery 2015 2nd exhibition

This is the second exhibition in this year's Summer Art Gallery, which I curate at my church. I posted this "press release" in the church's bulletin, FB and Twitter pages. I will also post this on Instagram.

Press release
From: Office of The Curator
Subject: 2015 Summer Art Gallery 2nd exhibition
For: Immediate release
The Curator is pleased to announce the second exhibition in the FBH Summer Art Gallery, a venue for the display of the many artistic talents of the members of FBH. Current exhibitors:
The Needle work of Carolyn Onisk
Carolyn has been doing needle work for over 30 years. She has been a member here for many years and has always enjoyed creating with her hands.
The Art of Olivia Grace Feliciano
We have several works by Olivia. She is an eight year old who is trying to find her artistic voice.





Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Guest artist: Don Dixon sees Pluto before New Horizons did

Artists are visionaries. Just check out any Jetsons cartoon and many things there are here today. Some technically inclined artists can take technical data and translate the unseen into a surpisingly accurate paint. Space artist Don Dixon did this with Pluto as the cover picture for a 1979 book on Pluto. Check out the Article from Slate and the comparison photo below.

Friday, July 10, 2015

New Paintingl: Surf City NC Sunrise II

I like sunrises and sunsets. This is one from a photo on the Town of Surf City FB page. 11 x 14 oil on canvas board. I call it the second, 'cause I did a previous one, but it seems I did not post it. It's part f the display at the Summer Art Gallery I've been curating at my church, so when I get it back I will post it. As usual you can buy a Bag or a Mug from Zazzle