While I’m waiting on my white pigment powder to arrive, so I can make an opaque white paint, I figured I’d experiment a little with the paints I have on hand. My white grounds came in a few days ago, so I gave one of my 5 x 7″ boards a few coats. I’m finding that I do like working on a white background better than starting off with the linseed coated wood. This is an imaginary cabin in the woods scene. But of course the tree is strongly influenced by our Gloria, the old white oak in our front yard. The little cabin is imaginary, but is influenced by many cabins I’ve seen in the past. The landscape is imaginary, but influenced by the ones I see around here.
This little cabin in the woods is a reoccurring theme, and I’m sure I’ll do another variation of one one day. The first was smaller, a 4 x 4 in Ozark pigment watercolors. I’ll frame this one with pigment samples on the frame. Here’s a link to the listing. My oil paintings will all need to be varnished at least 4 months after they’re finished drying, so I list them in a category for ‘in progress’ paintings. They can be purchased, but will need to dry before delivering to their new home, and returned for varnishing when it’s time.
I’m using my Ozark pigments in oils for this painting. The white that I use is purchased pigment for the purpose of adjusting shades and value of the Ozark pigments.
Cabin in the Woods – Progression
Here’s where you can see my progression on this little cabin in the woods. When it’s finished drying, I’ll post the final photo. The white pigment came in the day before I finished this one, so it does include that element at the end. I really liked being able to make lighter shades and tones of the beautiful, rich, but way too dark Ozark pigments.
If you are interested in a set of my paints for yourself, check out my online shop to see what’s available. I usually make extra when I make my own.
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. In 2023 she began her journey into the world of oil painting with those same pigments. Her paintings of the Ozark-inspired scenes feature 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.PaleoPaints.com.
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