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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, October 7, 2014

My painting is cover photo on The Artistic Blog FB page

The The Artistic Blog Facebook page is using paintings of people who are regular visitors to their page as their cover photo for a week. They asked all who wanted to appear to email several paintings we would want seen and they'd pick one. I got an email telling me my Hilton Head Sunrise painting (which I painted from a photo by a friend Tammy Ingis)  was their cover page for the week (I'd post that, but I seem to have deleted it :-( ). It went up Sunday and should be there the rest of the week (most likely 10/10/14)
Here's the painting

and here's the caption that went along with it

Featured Artist: Jack McKenzie
'Hilton Head Sunrise' 11 x 14 oil on canvas board
Email: jackmck@juno.com
Blog: http://www.landscapesbyjack.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Art-Page-of-Jack-Mckenzie/266037300075753
The Art Page of Jack Mckenzie

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Beautiful - Kinetic Rain mobile sculpture

There is always some thing new and beautiful to see in art works around the world. Here is a kinetic sculpture called Kinetic Rain (video) installed at the Changi Airport in Singapore. Really beautiful
Check out a full description here


Monday, September 29, 2014

art poster - We all have an inner artist

Love this picture from the The academy of art FB Page that shows how the inner personality of the artist shines forth at all ages. The challenge for parents and teachers is to recognize it and channel it.

here's the caption that accompanied the photo -
 Forget the 'artist type'-- these are personalities inside of us... WE ALL HAVE AN INNER ARTIST who does not conform-- not out of rebellion, but because we are engaged in our own process of exploration and discovery- and we value it.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Pancake Art - Beatles and beyond

A friend re-posted this from the Karnaval.com site. They are creating portraits of the Beatles using pancake batter .The basics seem to be you first create an outline of the person you want to appear, let is cook for a few seconds, then fill it in. The person's face appears on the pancake. Recreate one of your paintings in pancake batter. This has possibilities beyond just portraits or pancakes.. Something to take and run with.




Saturday, September 27, 2014

art parody- The Persistance of Apple

Love it when there are mashups between art and anything else
A friend posted this picture from the 9gag page on FB . I'm not an iPhone user (I still use one of those flip phones, just one step away from an old rotary phone) .I'm sure there must be a snide commentary here with the dropping iPhone, but I find the picture amusing, as I'm sure Dali himself would.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Its a Scream! Paintings doing the ALS Challenge

Everyone's getting in on the act. From the Recycled-art-Foundation FB page



From Lori McNee - 10 reasons to date an artist

Great article here from artist Lori McNee on 10-reasons-why-you-should-date-an-artist
Many artists thru history have done well in romance department. One of the more interesting examples is Picasso. He'd have one lover going full force with a secret one on the side, who would soon become the major lover. In his paintings, he's sneak in a profile of the secret lover.

Now that is not to say the artist you date will do the same thing. Don't miss out on the possibility for having your face immortalized and having a great time.

Here are a couple of the reasons. Check out the full write up on each in the article

3. You’ll Inspire Them and See Your Own Reflection in Their Work
6. They’re a Great Pictionary Partner

8. Their Creativity Usually Extends  Beyond the Canvas