I wear two hats with different names: Madison Woods when I’m wearing the artist hat, Roxann Riedel in real life and real estate. I'm a rock-smashing paint-making artist & a sales agent for Montgomery Whiteley Realty. Hailing from the wild Ozarks in Kingston, Arkansas where my husband and I work toward a sustainable lifestyle.

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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 begin.

So you won’t see me posting on social media often. I’m already not posting so often on this blog as I used to. Painting in progress is stashed on the easel and put in the corner, and the paints in progress have been labeled and set aside. All things ‘business’ are going to be put on hold until the middle of October. (Except the winner of this month’s newsletter subscriber 4 x 6 mounted print giveaway- that will be announced the first week of October).

Allowing myself some R & R is always difficult for me, but at the same time I’m looking forward to it. I believe I may be a workaholic. But that’s easy to do when I love what I do. Not to mention how many hats are hanging on the rack associated with this little venture. And also not to mention, no matter which hat I’m wearing for the day, how little time there seems to be in a day to get all of the work done. It’s hard to take them all off and put on the ‘normal person’ hat. Ha. Hubs would remind me that there is no ‘normal person’ hat on my rack.

Taking some down time doesn't mean I won't still stop for colorful rocks on the road, haha.
Taking some down time doesn’t mean I won’t still stop for colorful rocks on the road, haha.

After the Downtime

And when I come back to my regular work days, I’ve got a lot to do. Soon after re-opening the schedule there’s the Heart of Rogers Craft Fair. I’ll have a lot of prints and mounted prints to package for that. And soon after that is Ponca’s Color Fest. For that I’ll bring a framed original or two and some prints. Possibly a few sets of Paleo Paints too.

But the biggest event to prepare for is on December 7, the date of the Little Craft Show in Bentonville. I’ll hopefully need a lot of prints, mounted prints, Paleo Paint sets. And I’ll try to have more of the originals framed by then, too. If I can’t get them framed, I’ll just bring them flat and ready to frame.

Down time day begins on Thursday, but I’ll still be pretty busy getting everything ready to put it away for a while until then. I may even get a post or two pre-scheduled so that my blog doesn’t think it’s completely done.

Wild sunflowers, yellow petals that would probably make great paint...
Wild sunflowers, yellow petals that would probably make great paint… but no time right now! It’s time to just stop and smell the flowers, not pick them.


Soon I’ll find out who won the prizes for the Seven States Biennial. At some point I hope to catch up with the exhibit so I can see what all is showing besides my own. Plus I’d just like to see my own hanging on a museum wall!

On the 28th Goshawk No. 1 will hang at Fenix Fayetteville for the IMMERSE closing show. That’ll be at 5 p.m. in downtown Fayetteville at the Fenix gallery. The painting will be for sale, and 20% of the sale price will be donated to NWA Land Trust.

Although it’s not during their regular open hours, you may also be able to see the rest of the art in the gallery that evening. I’m not sure. Anyway, here’s the directions they give on their website to the gallery: “You will find us just off the north side of the historic Fayetteville square. Go up the steps and down the pedestrian walkway between ARvest Bank and Sara Katherine’s Gifts. Fenix signs will be out during open hours.”

So a little bit of passive work will still be getting done during my down time 🙂

"Goshawk No. 1", 12 x 17", handmade watercolors using Ozark pigments.
“Goshawk No. 1″, 12 x 16”, handmade watercolors using Ozark pigments.

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