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Max Mckenzie

Max Mckenzie

Chattanooga, TN

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My wife and I travel to different parts of the country photographing new material to bring back to our home studio. I then down load the images into my computer and work from a large color montor. This is not an original idea of course. I first saw a CD of Richard Schmid and he was painting from a chair in his studio and explained that due to health reasons he had to sit mostly to paint and he too works from a TV montor.
This works quiet well when we are traveling but nothing takes the place of painting on location. All of your senses, sight, sound, smell and any experiences that you might have on location becomes a part of the painting. This is hard to duplicate with a camera but who wants to drag all of the equipment out in the field for maybe one or two sketches when you can take a digital camera and get enough material to keep you busy for a year or more. The camera is an indispenseable tool for capturing different lighting situations or photographing a subject in several angles. These images can be down loaded into photoshop and used to creat a guide for a painting. The old masters used cameras to help them creat beautiful works of art. I see no reason why I should"nt do the same.

 
 

Blue Ridge Runoff

 
 

North of Big Sur

 
 

Seasons Pass

 
 

Trout Stream

 
 

Lake in Springtime.

 
 

Beach ON Highway One

 
 

Dogwood In Springtime

 
 

Diane's Cove

 
 

Wildlife Sanctuary

 
 

Mountain Retreat

 
 

Spring Thaw

 
 

Somewhere On Big Sur

 
 

Seal Sanctuary

 
 

Crossing Stones

 
 

Dock Side

 
 

First Frost

 
 

Morning Light

 
 

Pidgeon Point Lighthouse

 
 

Natural Jetti

 
 

Storm Over Desert

 
 

Sailor's Warning

 
 

Gatlinburg River

 
 

Rocky Shore Breakers

 
 

Cattle Cooling Pond

 
 

Rehersel