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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

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Jan 24 2010

This will be my first post on this blog that I have been trying to get started for about a year now. I am an artist working in Water Color and Oils at the moment. I have always been an artist, memories of drawing are some of my oldest. I was a professional artist once before but then drifted away only to return now at midlife to my paintbox and drawing table. I paint what I know and what I know is the landscape, towns and people of of the midwest where I lived my entire life. I like the light here and the skies, the ever changing skies! Just today with a strong warm front that had come in over night they were wonderful for late January. This time of year it normally either bright and clear or dark and gray with that nasty permacloud that just settles in and refuses to leave. The light of a clear winter day is a sight to behold for an artist as it is unlike the light of any other time of year. Years past I would sometime wait for it to make a subject "just right" for painting. Well enough talk, here are some recent Water Colors.

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