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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

Monday, January 25, 2010

Red House, Gray Barn
Water Color, 7x11 inches on 300 lb Fabrino rough paper

This painting is a water color of the old Teel farm southwest of town. A friend of mine, Greg Hoover had an aunt and uncle that lived here when we were growing up. The house is cement block and had been a weathered gay my entire life until a younger generation of the family moved in and sided it with the red siding. This new color on the house has totally reversed the the traditional norm of a "Red Barn" down on the farm. The barn is showing its age but is still a wonderful example of a "Swiss" or "German" "Overshot" bank barn. It is a large one maybe 80 feet long and 50-60 feet wide. These barns were built with an area for the animals in the bottom and loose hay and grain storage in the top. I have seen 36 inch wide boards in some of those graineries sawn from the old growth Yellow Poplar that was cleared to make way for the farms. These were the some of the most interesting barns while the more common"English" pattern is what was built on most farms. Thanks for stopping by.

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