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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, February 1, 2010

Waiting on Spring

Waiting on Spring
    Here is the perfect couple, an old Chevy truck sitting in an old barn spending their last days together before one is torn down and the other is hauled off to the back of the place or a junkyard. I found this scene a few weeks ago while out wandering around looking for some good subject matter to paint. Scenes like this are slowly disappearing from the countryside as more and more farms are consolidated into larger ones and the old equipment is junked out and the barns that fed those that settled this land are torn down and forgotten. At one time a barn like this was the center of activity on the farm and now sits in disrepair with no one caring about its failing condition. When these were built each was sized to the needs of the farm and what type of farm it was. This one here is here is a loose hay barn used to store the summers bounty from the fields to feed the cows and horses during the winter. It has a hip or gambrel type roof which allowed for more hay to be stored in the barn. In fact some barns were converted from the more familiar "A" type roof to this style in the 1920's and 30's before agriculture was forced into change with the demands of the second world war. 
The painting is 8x10 inches, oil on panel and available for purchase. It is priced at $95.00 and will not ship until dry and varnished which will be 4-6 weeks from the date I post it here. 

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