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Get Closer to Nature: 5 Quick and Easy Ways

There are so many quick and easy ways to get closer to nature that no one needs to go without the benefits of having that connection to our natural world. Click here for a more in-depth page on building a connection to nature. Quick & Easy Ways to Get Closer to Nature Go barefoot. Even …

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Still the Mind to See and Hear

Nature Journal | Still the Mind to See and Hear

Summary: Still the mind to see and hear things you ordinarily wouldn’t notice. My walking meditation helps settle the audio-visual chatter. 9/17/20 Thursday | Today I stopped at the creek to gather a few rocks. Before that I’d spent the mid-morning hours pulling PDF’s of my old blogs so I can keep them in the …

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How Such Earthy Colors End Up In My Art

It’s hard not to want to spend all my time making art with earthy colors, especially when I see super pigmented resources like this all around me every day. Just look at this rock. I don’t know what took me so long to get started. The colors have been here all along, I’d just been …

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A color story: Wild Ozark raw pigments

A Color Story | Earth Pigments | From Rocks to Paint

When I want a certain color of paint, I’ll go to the creek to look for the rocks I’ll need. In this case, the color is a rich russet – brown with orange influence. What is the color story behind the rocks? But that’s not really where the color story starts. The story starts when …

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A tiny bit of blue pigment extracted from Commelina communis petals.

Chasing the Blue Pigment

I had almost resigned myself to never having an Ozark source for a stable blue pigment. I’d tried various flowers around here, like chicory, and hoped the blue porcelain berry skins would have given me blue. None of the rocks have even the slightest hint of blue (except for the one that looked grayish blue …

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Art by Madison Woods | Ozark Pigments Across the US

I love seeing my art on the walls in other places and on the walls in other people’s spaces. It makes me happy to know these earthy Ozark pigments are out in the world bringing joy. Here are some of the photos owners have sent me of my works on their walls. Some are prints, …

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2020 Art Exhibits

Well, it seems like most of the exhibit opportunities are online for the rest of the year. However, I have one painting that will be in an exhibit open to real-life interaction. Here are the Fall 2020 Exhibit locations and dates. Ongoing 2019-2020: ACNMWA Curated Biennial ACNMWA is a nonprofit statewide volunteer organization begun in …

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A palette of earthy colors worked well for this old tractor.

Painting the Old Ford 8N Tractor

Over the years since its been here, I’ve taken many photos of this old Ford 8N tractor. It used to belong to my grandfather and my dad refurbished it and brought it up here. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been used and the weather has been hard on it over the years. It needs a lot of …

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2nd Anniversary Recap of My Handmade Paints Journey

Handmade Paint | Smashing Rocks and Making Art in Kingston, Arkansas

In July, I forgot to make a 2-year anniversary post for my adventure of handmade paint and smashing rocks! Can you believe it’s already been two whole years since that first poor little painting? I find the time has flown by on one hand, and on the other, it seems like it has been a …

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Favorite Sounds | The Call of the Cuckoo | a.k.a. Rain Crow

For my World Watercolor Month journal entry on the 26 of July, the word prompt was ‘Favorite Sound’. Well, that’s about as hard for me to choose as my favorite color. But right now, during the sultry days of late summer, I guess my favorite sound to hear is the call of the cuckoo, also …

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My Crow Obsession

Yesterday I mentioned my white spotted crow obsession. It’s been a couple of days since I’ve seen him, but this morning he was on the driveway again. Today I managed to get a pic of Spot. It’s not a very good one, but at least you can see he’s not a figment of my imagination. …

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Quick daily sketches in my watercolor journal.

World Watercolor Month 2020 | A Daily Sketch for a Month

This month is World Watercolor Month 2020 and I’m trying to do a quick painting every day according to the daily prompts. If you want to join in, I’m posting mine over at Instagram and I’d love to see yours too. Since I’m also the new Instagram Ambassador for the Mid-Southern Watercolorists, I’m posting the …

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What Bird is Singing? | Click to listen to the Audio

I am hoping someone out there can tell me what kind of bird it is. It is not a cardinal. I saw the bird briefly but it was far up in the treetops and would not stay in one place very long, though it did stay in the same area and seems to always be …

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Flora and Fauna, and Sacred Art

Sacred Art

These are the ways my muse speaks to me. The messages are given through the flora and fauna of my habitat, and I (try to) pass it along to you in the form of art. This task is something I consider to be sacred. Everything about the act of doing it, from gathering the rocks to the destruction and subsequent re-creation into usable paints, to the transference of an idea into reality on paper… it all is part of a sacred art.

Grayscale Art | Painting in Black, Gray and White

I have a new idea mulling around, and it has to do with grayscale… Sometimes I get really frustrated that I don’t have the colors I’d like to have for a painting I’d like to do. For example, I’d love to paint the plants that live in the deep woods ginseng habitat that I love …

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