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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 to go sparing with it. Once the dayflowers begin blooming, I’ll get busy harvesting and storing up more pigment.

My first painting using the blue pigment from the Asiatic dayflower petals.
Blue Skies, Pink Sunset featuring the blue from Commelina communis

How much blue on hand?

At first glance it seems like not much! All the pigment I have is stored in these 3 squares. The darkest one is almost fully saturated. The missing corner is the amount I used to do the blue in my painting in the photo above. It’s a small painting, almost 5 x 7″. There was a lot of pigment in that tiny snip, though, so it does seem to go a long ways. Unless I go wild with blue, I think these squares will last until the flowers bloom again next summer.

Madison Woods is an artist and paintmaker from Kingston, Arkansas.
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In the summer of 2018 I began making watercolor paints from the rocks, clay, and other resources of our land here in the Ozarks. My artwork is made exclusively with these paints. I call them Wild Ozark Paleo Paints, because they’re made in a way very close to the same way paints were made when man first put a hand-print on the wall of a cave. My specialty is painting nature, specifically the nature that surrounds me here in the remote hills of northwest Arkansas.

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Madison Woods
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janet
19 October 2020 3:59 pm

I really like that painting, Madison!!

Mary Gwyn Bowen
Mary Gwyn Bowen
19 October 2020 2:11 pm

Beautiful! Quite ethereal!

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