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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

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Heritage Trail

Heritage Trail is a Water Color of a street scene in Wabash Indiana that I painted recently from several reference photos taken there earlier in the winter. It was a very clear cold day, about 10 degrees F so Plein Air Water Color was not an option. Perry an artist friend and I had went down to see a small show in a new Gallery there in a wonderfully restored Downtown Hotel.  I liked this scene and the play of light on the buildings and hills in the background. I love these towns that have maintained the older storefronts and architectural  details that give them such identity. Wabash was the first city in the country to install electric lighting and they have maintained this heritage throughout with details such as the wonderful lamp posts in this scene.
The painting is on a half sheet of Arches 300 lb Rough Paper and measures about 15 by 20 inches. This piece is sold but prints are still available from Fine Art America just click on the button on the blog. Thanks for looking!

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