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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

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Something Hot

   Well it was a chilly spring weekend here in northern Indiana so we fired up the big glass furnace and made a little heat of our own. I have been trying to get all of this together for quite some time and finally decided it was time to just get it going. I finished up some small tools I needed to work the glass while things were coming up to temp and just after lunch on Sunday Ethan and I pulled the first gather of glass from the new furnace. It has been about 30 years since I had a blowpipe in my hands with hot glass on the other end so it took a while to get things going but in the end it all worked out. here are a few of the sun catcher/ornaments that we made that day. They are about 3-4 inches in diameter and are available at my Etsy site by clicking here

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