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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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These are the paintings hanging in the 1894 Gallery in Texarkana until November 30, 2019.

Our Heritage Through the Arts at 1894 Gallery in Texarkana

I’m pleased to announce that three of my Paleo Paintings using Ozark Pigments and handmade watercolors are invited to hang at 1894 Gallery for the Heritage Heart and Arts exhibit in Texarkana, AR. Dates are October 26 through November 30. 1894 Gallery The name of the exhibit is “Our Heritage Through the Arts“. The exhibit …

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The second set of test pieces - they survived!

What Does OOAK Mean?

What does OOAK mean in arts and crafts descriptions and titles? It means one of a kind (ooak), but this might not always be so clear cut as you might think. Pay close attention to item descriptions and ask questions of the seller if you want to be sure you’re getting truly unique items. One …

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Down Time Ahead for all Things Wild Ozark

I’ve almost got all of my loose ends tied, my office-studio is newly reorganized, and the house is almost as clean as it ever gets. The frenzy of getting ready for a few weeks of down time is nearing the end. Relaxation, fun, and the joy of companionship with Mr. Wild Ozark is about to …

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Creating an Artist Statement for a Painting

So I’ve been applying to various shows and exhibits since I finally have more than a few paintings I can enter. Most of the application process is straightforward – name of the work, name of the artist, price, medium, size, etc. But there’s one blank I encounter that really gives me grief. The artist statement. …

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Wilson Springs Preserve – A Communion With Nature and Art

The truck is loaded with market tent and supplies. IMMERSE is happening tomorrow (Saturday) morning in Fayetteville, AR. It’s the grand opening celebration for Wilson Springs Preserve, a 121-acre prairie wetland purchased by the Arkansas Land Trust several years ago. So far, the weather forecast looks perfect! If you want to get a free hands …

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Mounted Print Giveaway

I’ll be offering mounted prints in my shop soon, but first let’s have a giveaway! I’ll choose by random number drawing on Labor Day 2019.

Wild Ozark’s Canon Pro2000 Adventure

Just getting the printer home was an adventure all by itself. This Canon Pro2000 is a large format printer, but the smallest of the large format line in that series. It’ll print up to 24″ wide which is plenty big enough for me. Besides, I don’t have a spot in the house where I could …

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