I turn rocks and clay into color-drenched, earth pigments for handmade watercolors. I call them Paleo Paints, and each collection of colors are a Soul of the Ozarks collection. The process I use to get the pigment is similar to how it was done from the first time a human slapped a painted handprint on the wall of a cave.
My watercolor paintings made from our local earth pigments are, naturally, earthy. The subjects I paint are drawn from the nature around me here at Wild Ozark. You can find my earthy paintings listed in my online shop, or see at exhibits. At this moment there are five paintings in three states. The exhibits are temporary and will be different.
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All of my paints and palettes are small-batch produced and will always be available in very limited quantities.
Paleo Paint made from my local stones, clay, or herbs are arranged into palette collections called “Soul of the Ozarks”. When I use earth pigments from other places, I’ll note that in the product descriptions.
I use my local earth pigments in my watercolor nature art, and to add color to my native clay sculptures.
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Here’s a few of the posts on the website about the work I’m doing with pigments and nature art:
How to Make Handmade Watercolors
Earth Pigments and Hand-Made Watercolors
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. Wild Ozark is also the only licensed ginseng nursery in Arkansas. Here’s the link for more information on the nursery end of life out here.
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