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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

Friday, September 30, 2011

Eagle Box

  This engraving was done on one of the small TDC cap or pill boxes in German Silver. It was all cut by hand using a small hammer and chisel. It is about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Sorry this one is sold.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Buck 110

   Here is the latest knife I have engraved. These are a real nice knife for engravers as the bolsters are large and made of solid brass not castings. Knife is about 4 1/4 inches long closed with a 3 inch blade for an overall open of 7 1/4 inches. I made this design up just for this knife and felt it was a good fit to the bolsters. If you are interested in purchasing this knife please check out my Etsy site at Etsy. Thanks for looking.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Chair Season

  It is chair season in the shop right now and I am building furniture instead of painting. This is a pair of Connecticut style Doublebacks with Knucklearms. They are about the highest class chair I make and my personal favorite. They will be given a coat of red milk paint as soon as the Crest Rail in on and the two coats of dark green. Second shot is a stanley 113 circular plane I use to finish up the Crest Rails.