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Gratitude to all of my family, friends, and followers and Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

Thanksgiving 2020

May your day be filled with abundance and gratitude. I have a lot to be thankful for, and the love and health of family is at the top of my list. I have a husband who is my anchor, best friend, and companion even while on the other side of the world. It’s hard to …

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The cover of Tree Beings by Raymond Huber and Sandra Severgnini

Book Review | Tree Beings

Tree Beings, by Raymond Huber and Sandra SevergniniForward by Dr. Jane GoodallExisle Publishing This book is a review copy from the publisher. I chose this book to review because of the title. Right away, I identified with the concept of ‘Tree Beings’. This is a book about the beings that live within the trees, the …

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My second painting was a kestrel.

SOUL OF THE OZARKS | The Second Painting

Honestly, while I was delighted that my handmade watercolors worked alright for my first try, I wasn’t real pleased with the painting itself. So I decided to try a second painting. The Second Painting I was still in Qatar. It was July 2018, and the daytime temperatures outside were so hot I didn’t want to …

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The first painting, in Doha (Al Rayyan), Qatar.

SOUL OF THE OZARKS | Part 1 | The First Painting

Many of you who have followed me for a while will have already seen these paintings, and you might remember the stories that go with them. I’m sorry for the repetition you’re about to endure if that’s the case. But I’m beginning to forget some of the details of my earlier paintings and I want …

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King, Henry John Yeend; Figures by a Country Cottage; Brampton Museum; https://www.artuk.org/artworks/figures-by-a-country-cottage-18509

The Art That I Love Isn’t Necessarily The Art That I Paint

If find it a little strange that the type of art that I love isn’t necessarily the kind of art that I paint. Mainly that’s because what I love in art are the scenes that no longer exist in our current time. However, I do tend to paint the scenes I love about my own …

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Rogers Arkansas Art on the Bricks

The following is a press release about the Downtown Rogers Art on the Bricks artwalk. I used to go out and set up my art and people would go from business to business in the downtown section to see all the artists and hopefully patronize the small businesses in the process. It was a nice …

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Trying out the blue with a test painting

You may remember my flutter of initial excitement about the possibility of adding a stable blue to my palette. Yesterday I finally tried it in a quick painting in my journal. It worked! It’s so exciting to have this color to use now. But until next year, the supply is very small and I’ll have …

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New Acceptance: Las Laguna Art Gallery | 2020 Portrait Exhibition

I woke up this morning to an email announcing that one of my paintings had been accepted to a show. It’s good there are portrait exhibitions that allow strange paintings to hop on board. It’s no secret that I am awful at painting people, especially faces. But I have one very weird one that fits …

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A sugar glider painted by Daryl Dickson, author of the book I just reviewed.

Book Review | Celebrating Australia’s Magnificent Wildlife

Celebrating Australia’s Magnificent Wildlife is a beautiful book. From the cover jacket to every page inside, it is a visual treat and delight that will mesmerize wildlife and art lovers from any continent. The author and artist shares with us her journey, and as a reader who is also both and artist and author, I rooted for her as the character in this story.

New Acceptance – 78th Annual Audubon Artists Exhibit

I’m pretty excited to announce that ‘Destination Unknown’ was accepted to the the 2020 Audubon Artists Exhibit. UPDATE 11/6/20: I’m even more excited to say that my painting won the Silver Medal and a cash award of $300 for the Aquamedia division!! As with most other art events, this one has moved online for this …

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Painting a Raccoon in Ozark Pigments on Black Paper

I’m working on painting a raccoon on black paper. It’s the first time I’ve painted on black, and the experience is very different from anything else I’ve tried to paint. As I was deciding which paper to put it on, I was holding the old Arches block of watercolor paper and about to throw the …

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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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