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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 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.

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