It’s not an Ozark critter, for sure, but I had a photo of my grand-daughter’s Bearded Dragon and so I painted it today. A print for Karter is already framed and ready to deliver for her birthday. This was a quick painting, practice doing faster works that aren’t as detailed. I’m usually not nearly so fast from start to end. But less detail work takes a lot less time.
Bearded Dragon in Progress
The Finished Painting
The sources for the pigments I used today are all from stones found right here around Wild Ozark. The black is from a black stone that I think may be bituminous coal. It’s not real plentiful, but these black rocks are scattered here and there and we usually find them on the driveway. The rest were all sandstones of varying shades of colors.
Isn’t Petunia a cute little bearded dragon?
Madison Woods is a self-taught artist who moved to the Ozarks from south Louisiana in 2005. In 2018 she began experimenting with watercolor painting, using her local pigments. She calls them Paleo Paints, and her artwork now features exclusively the lightfast pigments foraged from Madison county, Arkansas. Her inspiration is nature – the beauty, and the inherent cycle of life and death, destruction and regeneration.
Her online portfolio is at www.MadisonWoods.art.
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