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The underpainting for Kings River in Winter.

Kings River in Winter | Ozark pigments in oil

Alright, today kicked off the first oil paintings in my Kings River Four Seasons series. The one I chose to start with first is the winter scene. Here’s Kings River in Winter as photographed and here’s the first pass. It’s just the underpainting, and I wasn’t sure if I should do it all in one …

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The underpainting for Kings River in Summer, a painting in Ozark oil pigments.

Kings River in Summer | Ozark Pigments in Oils

As you might already know, I’m doing a series of paintings featuring the beautiful Kings river throughout the seasons. This page is for Kings river in summer. The reference photos I’m using for all four paintings are taken at the same location, different seasons and sometimes different times of the day. This one is a …

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My tonalist underpainting for Kings River in Autumn.

Kings River in Autumn | Ozark pigments in oil

On Tuesday this week, I kicked off the first oil painting in my Kings River Four Seasons series. Today (Thursday), I did the underpainting (or underbody?) for the second one. I’m going backwards through the seasons, so here’s the start to Kings River in Autumn: It’s also on a 16 x 20″ birch board. But …

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These images are the inspiration I'm using for my Kings River paintings.

Kings River Paintings | Four Seasons

So many excellent paintings of the Buffalo National river and the surrounding natural areas exist, but I haven’t seen many King’s river paintings. While both rivers begin in our local area, Wild Ozark is in the Kings river watershed. And Kings river is closest. We cross it several times when we go to town. The …

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Rain's a'coming. Kings River with stormclouds and backlighting.

Kings River | Scenes that Inspire Art

We live in the neighborhood of upper Kings River, in Madison county near the Newton county line (Arkansas). Kings River Falls are not too far away as the crow flies. The landscape here is rocky heart of the Boston Mountain range Ozarks, with very little flat ground away from the river valleys. Our 160 acres …

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The second of the gecko paintings in progress.

Update on the Gecko Paintings

I’m in the process of painting the third of three different geckos for a ‘Unique Pet’ portrait commission. I’m almost finished now with the painting phase of this project. After the last little gecko is finished, I’ll frame them and mount the pigment sample rocks on the frame. Finally, the backs will be professionally finished …

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Ponca in Summertime without the frame, an original watercolor in Ozark pigments by Madison Woods.

Painted with the Ozark Pigments | Collecting pigments everywhere

It seems like I pick up rocks everywhere I go. Now I do it with an eye for color. So far, I’ve only painted with the Ozark pigments. But, I collect pigment rocks everywhere I go. So eventually, I want to paint scenes from those locations with the pigments native to that place. Even the …

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Going from eyes closed to eyes open. My art goals for 2023, and the two things that will improve my entire life.

Art Goals | Life Goals, and my Word of the Year – Wild Ozark 2023

The image associated with this post is a single screech owl, but two photos taken successively. In one shot the owls’s eyes were closed and in the other they were open. So I put them together because there’s a lot of symbolism in there that applies to my approach for 2023 art goals and life …

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Am I a Tonalist? I think so, when it comes to landscapes.

It’s always been hard for me to categorize my art, because the colors look different than a lot of contemporary art I see. So I began looking at historical works and styles and I think I’ve found something – a style of painting called Tonalism. Distinguishing characteristics of this kind of painting include limited palette …

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New Acceptance! Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery

I’m pleased to announce that ‘On the Cusp’ has been chosen for inclusion and awarded ‘Special Merit’ in the 12th Annual “Nature” Art Exhibition, an online show with Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery. The exhibit opens on December 1 and can be viewed at their website through the end of the month. It …

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Flash Sale | Painting of Whisper in Bone pigments

I am going to start choosing a random painting to offer at deep discount every once in a while. If I can remember to do so, I’ll make this a quarterly event. The first one up is Whisper, my painting of a Brahman cow in bone pigments. Her usual price is $2800, but for this …

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Suck it up, Buttercup

This whole year has been a busy one and I’m glad it’s time to wind it down. There’s still a lot of catching up to do, though, because for the past several weeks I feel like I’ve been running non-stop. And this is my after-the-fact whining, grumble-grumble post about the recent event in Rogers. I …

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NWA Boutique Show in Rogers, Arkansas

For the past few months I’ve been preparing for this weekend. I’m excited to be a vendor at the NWA Boutique Show in Rogers, Arkansas. I’ve never attended or vended this show before, so I’m not sure what to expect. But from the list of other vendors that’ll be there, it sounds like a Christmas …

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Beech tree leaves are glowing in late autumn.

Beech Tree Leaves, New Business Cards, NWA Boutique Show

I haven’t taken the time lately to make a blog post. I’ve been busy getting ready to bring my artwork to the NWA Boutique Show coming up in Rogers. Today I’m printing and cutting the 8 x 10 prints. If I’m very efficient with my time, perhaps I’ll get to the packaging of prints and …

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Is Art made through Magic, Intuition, or Knowledge?

I once heard it spoken in one of the great (virtual) hallways where educated artists gather, that an ‘intuitive artist’ doesn’t exist. That an artist only uses knowledge and conscious decisions to know what to do on their canvas – no mystery involved. The idea, of whether that is true or not, lodged like a …

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A painting of a highlander and longhorn in Ozark pigments by Madison Woods.

Highlander and Longhorn Cow | Painting Process for ‘Best Friends’

Every year for their birthdays, the grandkids pick the subject they want me to paint. And every time we do this, their requests are getting more and more challenging. The latest one I’ve started is a scene that includes two cows. Not just any cows, but a longhorn and a highlander. I make a print …

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