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I am an artist working in Water Color, Oils, Glass and wood in North Central Indiana. I enjoy Plein Aire work the most but often find myself in the studio during the winter when the weather is less than desirable for working on location. I have always been an artist, memories of drawing are some of my oldest. My early influence came from looking at old magazine covers done by Norman Rockwell. Later I discovered the photography of Edward Curtis as he had struggled to capture the American Indians of the Southwest before that culture completely disappeared. then I found Andrew Wyeth and knew what I wanted to paint. The Egg Tempera and Water Color Paintings of Andrew Wyeth were simply wonderful and I was forever committed to painting the rural landscape and those that live there. It was then I realized I would never again see the land as I had before I painted it. Soon after it was Winslow Homer and his Water Colors that kept feeding my interest in this medium and a traditional approach to my art. While I left the life as a professional artist for a time I find my return to it at this point in my life refreshing. Life is a journey and I am turning towards home. Mike Yazel

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Bright Winters Day

 This is quick little study of a house in town I shot on a bright winter day a couple of weeks ago. There used to be a house here on the south side of this one that a rather strange recluse type of person used to live in. It got rather ran down and some people in town found him a nice little apartment that he moved to and the old place was torn down. He has since passed away, he was a son of a friend of my fathers. On the other side to the north is a large house that a gentleman by the name of Ralph Belts used to live in years ago. I did several paintings of him and will have to find some of those and post them here. I always remember he used to cut his grass with a pair of scissors while wearing one of the hats like workers wore in the rice fields from the vietnam war era.  The house itself was occupied by an eccentric old women while I was growing up that was a good friend of my mothers who shared quite an interest in antique glass. Her house was so full of antiques at the time that even the steps going upstairs were used for storage save a narrow walkway. She had one of the largest collections of glassware around along with a large variety of other items. Strange little corner of town this was! 
The painting is another 8x10 inches, oil on panel and is available for purchase but will not ship until dry and varnished. 

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