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The lineup of pigments we'll use in the handmade watercolor workshop in Fayetteville, AR next week.

Presenting … A Rainbow of Ozark Pigments

I’m gathering my supplies and gearing up to do workshops featuring our gorgeous Ozark pigments. First stop is the Girl Scout Troop of Kingston, AR. I’m bringing items to do a show-n-tell for them this afternoon. Starting from the Ground Up Next stop is ONSC, where we have a workshop on Sunday to start from …

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A Nature Artist’s Business Plan | 2020

An artist’s business plan is just like any other business plan, really. It all boils down to a strategy to make more money than is spent. 2019 was my first full year of ‘being an artist’. Last year was mostly one of trial and error, and learning.

new products 2020

Activity & Products Lineup for Wild Ozark 2020

Last year I had a lot of plans for a variety of different products. This year I’m streamlining a lot. 2020’s new products plan is an effort to reduce costs and effort and increase sales and income. My next post after this one will be more details about my artist’s business plan. New Products in …

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On exhibit at Big Sur Convergence show

Big Sur Land Trust | Goshawks on Exhibit in California

My two goshawk paintings, Rhapsody and Goshawk No. 1 are heading west! Both were accepted to the Convergence Show put on in conjunction with the Big Sur Land Trust and California State University in Monterey Bay. They’ll be hanging at the Salinas Center for Arts & Culture during the month of February. The show opens …

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A Wild Ozark Decade | CHANGE

Nature is a savage muse, and this decade in review does nothing to dispel that notion. Here’s the highlights of each of the past 10 years.

It's not really raining. It just sounds like it because the sun is melting the frost on our metal roof.

It’s not really raining | Sporadic Musings

As the sun rises over the ridge-top to our east the frost on our metal roof quickly responds. It sounds like rain as the melted drops fall onto the lower roof. But it’s not. The sun is shining brightly outside and there are no clouds in sight. It’s only frost melt.

The Bear Issue with Our Spring-fed Water Line

So I’ve done a good job of making sure the water is dripping on the cold nights and so far so good with not letting the lines freeze. But this afternoon my water at the kitchen faucet surprised me with only a very thin stream. Not even enough to rinse out my coffee cup. After a hike up the mountain to see where the problem was, I found that we don’t have a frozen water issue. We have a bear issue.

The beauty of my surroundings is one of the things I'm most grateful for.

A Reflection on Gratitude | A Thanks-Giving for Blessings

I feel a sense of gratitude often throughout most days, but each year around this time, I like to compile a list of things that make me feel grateful. As the end of the year approaches, I start thinking more about goals, aspirations, and plans for the coming year. Some of the small things most …

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Not so Daily Musings – Too Much Busy-ness These Days

It’s been a very busy November. Too much busy-ness. My ‘Daily Musings’ looks like it’s going to be a ‘Not So Daily’ Musings kind of post. Today, and every day for the past week or two… I can’t even remember how long now… I’ve been working on prints inventory. Mounted prints, mostly. I brought some …

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Paleo Prints ready to varnish

Making Mounted Prints the Wild Ozark Way

Today I’m working on a few 9 x 12″ prints, and the idea occurred to me that the process of making mounted prints might be something you’d like to see. There’s a bit of work involved with making these, but I love that they’re ready to hang when I’m done. The look is casual. For …

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Comanche's Lovely Eyes are on products at RedBubble.

Daily Musings- No Colic Today

I’m going to try and start writing some of my old ‘musings’ posts again. Regularly, if I can. They might not have a lot of photos, since it’s optimizing everything that takes so much time up when I’m making a post. More like journal entries from Wild Ozark. Today’s topic is Chichi and his colic. …

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Decorate with nature by hanging paintings made from Ozark pigments.

Decorating with Nature: Paintings Made from Ozark Pigments

If you like decorating with nature, oh boy, do I have some artwork for you. Think earthy colors and natural tones: ochres, umbers, and siennas. Yellows, reds, browns, oranges, and shades of black and gray. I mean, literally, shades of nature. Nature paintings made with earth pigments are a great way to decorate with nature. …

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Gloria with sunlight.

Making Paint is Meditative

Early this morning my friend moved through the doorway of this life and into the realm of whatever lies beyond. And because making paint is meditative to me, that’s what I did for most of my time today. What comes after I know everyone has their own ideas about what comes next when a person …

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My forager bag of sassafras root bark.

Color from Sassafras Root Bark

Today I experimented with sassafras root bark to see if it will make paint. I use the leaves of sassafras trees to get a nice bright yellow color. Ordinarily, I avoid using plant pigments because they tend to be fugitive, meaning they fade or discolor with time. Some plant pigments, like the green I get …

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Something Fishy Going on

UPDATE: The problem was a conflict with one of the plugins. So I think all the text is back to visible on the posts. This morning it appears that the text in many of my blog posts is missing. Section headers are there, photos are there, but the paragraphs between are gone. Hmmm. Early tricks …

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On Exhibit in Oklahoma – Destination Unknown

Somehow I forgot to make a post for the exhibit of this painting. Destination Unknown is my painting of a red-tailed hawk taking off from a weathered fence post. All of the pigments are light fast and of Ozark origin. The schedule of locations and dates are below. The Exhibit Schedule Right now it’s between …

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2019 Autumn Colors in the Ozarks

Fall is my favorite time of year. I absolutely love all the autumn colors in the Ozarks. Each year I usually take a lot of pictures and post them to my blog, but last year and maybe the year before that, I didn’t do much with my pics. This year I’m going to post some …

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Color Fest Flyer

Color Fest in Ponca- Rainout Friday and Saturday

Color Fest in Ponca today was cancelled due to rain. Tomorrow’s forecast shows more rain, so I will not be there tomorrow either. Sunday looks good, though! And I’ll be out there next weekend on Saturday, November 2.

A Painting was accepted! Jones Gallery November Exhibit

I’m so excited to announce that my ‘Working the Dark Waters‘ fantasy painting is going to hang in the November Group Art Show at the Jones Gallery in Kansas City, MO for the month of November. This one, as well as the 1894 Gallery show, were national juried shows. So during the month of November …

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