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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, April 24, 2011

Easter Sunday Plein Aire

   Here is a little one I got in tonight while out painting with my son. We were on one of the trails in a 49 acre tree planting we have where the trees are 15 years old this spring. The singing birds were wonderful while we painted. Light was a little flat but we did the best we could with it.
  This is an oil on canvas panel, 8x10 inches and will be for sale on Etsy soon if yo are interested. Thanks for stopping by to take a look. I put in a shot of the location to so you could see what I was seeing while doing the painting.

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