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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, March 15, 2011

Getting Ready

   Here are some new pieces I have been working on in the wood shop. None of these have finish on them yet but I thought I would put them up. Included a few in stages as I carved them. Thanks for looking!

  Here are some candle boxes all joined up and waiting to be finished up. 

This one I finished up as a "Don't Tread On Me" box. 

A close up of the lid. 

This one I did as a  Revolutionary War box with the year it started on one side, the year it ended on the other and thirteen stars. 

One side all finished up!

Other side finished. 

One of the ends.

Here is the finished box that just needs some stain. The wood I used is sassafras, it has a real nice grain and carves very well with sharp tools. 

This is a spoon rack made out of Tulip Poplar. 

This is my shop cat Twitch, I am starting to carve the Eagle on a wall box out of Pine. 

Here I have one wing roughed out, the Eagle is attached to my carving board with screws from behind. 

Here I have most of the bird relieved and roughed in. 

Some detail coming in lower section. 

Most of the feathers laid in and the shield is done.

Pretty well finished up now it just needs a box to go with it!

Box joined up and the bottom getting ready to go on. 

Ready for some finish. 

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