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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

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

South of Town

  This is a farm south of town, painted it earlier in the winter I think right after the first real snow and cold spell. At one time this was a real nice farm, now it is in decline. The barn has real problems and will be beyond repair soon if someone doesn't do some work on it. Like most of these farm houses now cut off from their farm they just slowly slip away. Once had a friend that lived here and said the place was so cold during the winter that paste froze on the wall when she was trying to put up wall paper. The pines in the fore ground are a new tree planting about 6-7 years old now. The pines are called nurse trees and keep the hardwoods planted between them tight and straight so they produce good timber in about 60 years. Actually the pines will die out from being shaded by about 20 years and then an improvement and release cut will be done at about 35 years and that will set things up for a small harvest 20-30 years later. It will be a true woods by then and grow wood from then on if taken care of by following generations. 
     The painting is 11x15 inches on 300 lb Fabrino Rough Water Color paper and is available, it is priced at $195.

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