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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, September 9, 2014

Today's art Poster - Create what sets your heart on fire

The Art Therapy Without Borders page on FB always has some good inspirational posters for artists.
Here's today's

Friday, September 5, 2014

A mother and daughter union. 4 year old completes mom's drawings

Found this on the The-Art-School-at-Old-Church in Demarest, NJ FB page.
A collaboration (and a fun clash) of styles here.
The artist, Mica Angela Hendricks, was serious about her art and didn’t want her four-year-old daughter Myla near her new sketchbook cause she knew little Myla would want to scribble all over the pages. Then, her daughter said the words that changed everything:
“If you can’t share, we’ll have to take it away.” Which was the phrase mom used when the kids would not share and Myla used her own mother’s words against her. Nnow Mica had no choice but to indulge Myla. She let her daughter finish one of her sketches, and pretty soon, they had a whole collection of collaborations
Check it out

art in any medium - sand, dust and flame

The artistic mind is capable of seeing something ugly and make it beautiful, of seeing a big picture in the mundane and just taking anything and making it beautiful.

Number one - Sand. We've see amazing sidewalk chalk artistry that looks three dimensional, but here are some beach goers with the same idea

Most people see a dusty car and just scrawl "Clean Me' on it. But here's an example of artists
who see something dirty and ugly and make beauty from it. In fact, for British artist Ben Long dusty vehicles are one of his main canvas. From now on, try and pass try and pass a dusty vehicle and not do something about it.
another artist with the same idea

And now flame.  Fire music!

I realize this is not about painting but its shows the artistic mind at work.
A couple of Danish physics students  took a Rubens tube and assembled a device with rows of them and created a 2D pyro board to physically show music. When I was in an engineering college in the 70's a friend created a color organ using a frequency separator and attaching same color Christmas lights to each node. He then put the device in ceiling  over his water bed and replaced the ceiling panel with a textured plexi-glass panel. We would lay on the his water bed in the dark and watch th music. None of us drank or smoked, so it was a close to a psychedelic as we cold come to.
The fire thing in the next step beyond that (thougt not in  the ceiling)  This could catch on! Could there be a 3D pyro board?

Here's an all flame music video

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Creative People quote from Matisse

As I've mentioned before The Art Therapy Without Borders FB page always posts some great art quotes and thoughts. Here's one that a quote from Matisse. have a great art day!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Art parody - Starry Night Parodies

Starry Nights is one of my favorite paintings. I also enjoy parodies of famous paintings and Starry Nights is one of the most parodied. The Mona Lisa is another parody rich painting, but that's another time. Enjoy these

here are a couple of three in ones

Monday, August 25, 2014

New painting - Hilton Head Sunrise

I'm always trolling my friend's FB pages for pictures to paint. This was on Tammy Ingis's page. This is one that n matter what I do comes out lighter than I want it. The darkish fog/clouds by the horizon came out darker, which brightens the entire picture and I kind of like it that way. As Bob Ross aleays said, "the are no mistakes, only happy accidents"
As usual you can buy a Mug from Zazzle with this image on it.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Exhibit #4 of the First Baptist Summer Art Gallery

The is the final exhibit of the 2nd annual First Baptist Summer Art Gallery. I took down most of my work. I kept one and added a new one: Nantucket Lighthouse - A View From the Ferry V.  The newest exhibitor is one of our youngest - 11 year old Alexandra (Alex)  Ward with 7 abstract art pieces. She and her mother came up with a very simple elegant artist statement that I just left as it was.  This is the "press release" I posted on the church's FB page:

First Baptist Hackensack Summer Art Gallery
 Press Release from the Office of the Curator
 Release date : 8/24/2014
 Subject: Fourth and final Exhibition of the Summer Art Gallery - the   Art of Alex Ward
 For: Immediate Release
The Curator is pleased to announce the fourth and final exhibition of this year's Summer Art Gallery. To the reduced works of Carolyn Obrien, Jack Mckenzie and Olivia Grace Feliciano,  we add the abstract work of 11 year old Alexandra (Alex) Ward. Alex provided the following artist statement. Normally I try and refashion the artist statement into a 3rd person museum-like wall tag, but her statement was too simply elegant to touch and says everything

                                                                The Art of Alex Ward
"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."

The SAG will come down the 1st Sunday in September. The  Curator is looking forward to more people young and old participating next year. See you in 2015

The pictures - Alex's  art board description

her art
                                                                    Alex and her art

                                                            The re-arranged board