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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

South of Town

This is a Water Color of what had been a very nice farm just south of Mentone. Although I prefer to paint landscapes Plein Air this day was just to cold with a strong north wind blowing and snow on the ground to work on location. I took several photos and did this in the studio. The barn is showing its age and the brick how is rumored to be really cold in the winters. Had a friend that lived here years ago and she said the paste froze on the walls one day when she was trying to hang wallpaper. The painting is 11x22 on 300 lb Fabrino Rough paper.

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