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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

West on 15

This another painting of Wabash Indiana where Highway 15 heads west towards the Honeywell Center. It is painted in Water Color on a half sheet of Fabrino CP Paper. I love these cityscapes in these towns that have maintained there downtowns and as in the case here even restored them. This was done from reference photos taken earlier in the winter on a beautiful clear winter day. These scenes can be found all across the country in towns and should get local artists out and painting. So many times people want what they don't have and use it for an excuse to not do something. Art is where you make it! You are painting the moment, the light, everything else is just the supporting actors in the the painting. I don't live in the west with the mountain ranges in my backyard but that does not mean I can't find interesting subject matter worthy of dipping a brush in paint. Look around where you live, find something that interests you and paint!
This Water Color is 15x22 inches and is available for purchase. Sorry this has sold.

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