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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

Saturday, January 30, 2010

One more Native American

Some of these guys work very hard at getting the look and some of them are downright spooky when they are in full dress. Yes that is a feather through his nose and it is real. I have seen many with this adornment. While obviously not for everyone it makes for a very striking appearance if that is what you desire. I like the strong colors, the black and red on the face gives a haunting look. It would have been very interesting to say the least to have lived in those times that these individuals would have been among the colonists in daily life. I will post some more of these as time goes by as I find them very interesting. This painting is 6x8 inches and available for purchase. It is priced at $125 and will not ship until dry and varnished which will be 4-6 weeks. 

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