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.

You can text or call to reach me by either name (see above):
(479)409-3429, or email madison@wildozark.com

Felkins Creek study, Ozark pigments in oil, by Madison Woods.

Felkins Creek, Madison County AR | Ozark Pigments in Oil

The beautiful Felkins creek is located in Madison county AR. These rocky shores supply me with many of the rocks I use to make my paints. This photo is one of the favorites I’ve ever captured at a particular spot that always draws my eye. I’m going to attempt to capture it in a painting.

Felkins creek is my art supply store. These rocky shores are where I gather many of the rocks I use to make my paints.
Felkins creek is my art supply store. These rocky shores are where I gather many of the rocks I use to make my paints.

The Luminance

I don’t know yet how to portray the luminance you see in this photo. It’s hard to capture even with a camera, unless there’s backlighting. So, if ever I learn how to do it with the pigments I’ve foraged, I’ll come back to this and try it again. If there’s any one technique that will drive me to take a class, this would be it. I really want to know how to do that. In the meantime, I’ll study great artists who share their techniques online.

The Felkins Creek Focus

The rocky foreground is the focal point. Felkins creek is very rocky, and I’ve yet to do a good job painting the rocks into a scene. This will be good practice.

Progress So Far

A painting of Felkins creek in Ozark pigments in oils by Madison Woods.

A study

This small one is a study for a larger one I want to do next. I think it would be a nice scene for a 24 x 36″ painting, or at least a 16 x 20″.

Until it’s dry and ready to ship, there is a pre-purchase discount of 20%. This will be removed in a couple of weeks.

A Little About My Process

Since my paints are handmade and locally foraged, I have to make sure I have the colors I need before I begin a project. If I’m close to out of one, then I’ll go look for the rock that gives me the color I need. If it’s a plant pigment, then I’ll need to harvest the plant. The only three plant sources I use at this time are indigo, thyme, and the root bark of Osage trees. The rest comes from rocks, soot, bone, or purchased titanium dioxide powder.

So, if it’s a rock, then I’ll break it to smaller pieces, then crush it as finely as I can. The crushed rock is the raw pigment. After that I put the powder into a jar and fill the jar with water. Depending on the source rock, I’ll either pour off the colored water into another jar to let it settle, or pour the rinse water out and keep the sediment for the paint. After the water clarifies and the pigment has settled, then I pour off the clear water and let the sediment dry. That is what I’ll make the paint from.

When it comes to plants, there’s more chemistry involved. I’ll make what is called a ‘lake’ pigment. Here’s a post that gives more information on that process.



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