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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, February 13, 2011

A little bit of Glass

   Here is one of the Ring Holders I made yesterday in the Glass Shop. It is about 2 inches in diameter and 2 1/2 inches tall. The color was from some frit (ground up glass) that was picked up on the piece while hot and then melted in. These are fun to make!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Winter in Mentone

This is a painting looking down the tracks on a snowy winter day in Mentone. I did this in the studio from some pics I shot on a nice snowy morning. Hard to paint in the snow as the moisture keeps the paint from sticking. I like these winter scenes and enjoy doing them. It is always so hard to capture the feeling of the day even though that is why I paint, to make the viewer feel what you felt at that moment in time. This one is oil, 16x20, price; sorry sold.