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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, June 8, 2011

A couple from this week.

   I am in the middle of the art show season now so I am working whenever I can trying to keep new items ready for the shows. These two were done in the studio this week as I try and build up my small painting inventory. The first is of a small farm now sitting empty and the other other of a wonderful brick house that has painted white as long as I can remember and just glows in the morning light. A perfect setting with the hayfield leading up the hill to it. Both are about 7x10 inches in size and water color.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Dairy Cows

   This Water Color is of some dairy cows from a farm over by Crystal Lake. I like cows but trying to find a herd that is pastured on grass anymore. This is a pretty good sized dairy farm for our area and grazes their cows on several different pastures and raises a lot of hay. I liked all of the dandelions in this one and the look of the cow staring right at me when I took the photo I worked from in the studio.
    Painting is about 7x11 and painted on 300lb Fabriano CP paper with artist grade water colors. It is going to a show this weekend and might show up on Etsy later. Thanks for looking!