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Great Horned Owl Painting in Progress

I’ve long wanted to do a Great Horned Owl painting, since I drew up the list of birds of prey and put them on my To-Paint list. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures of it at the very beginning. So this will pick up where I remembered to take the first pic. Here’s what I’ve got so far on it, and as I do more, I’ll update this post to show you the progress.

Great Horned Owl Painting-in-Progress

For a nice change in the order-of-ways-things-usually-work (usual for me, at least, though I’d be happy to change to a new norm of having them sold before I’m done!), I’ve already had an offer to buy this painting. The buyer asked me if I can make the perch a cedar branch, because that holds a special significance to her. So today I went out and took some pics of suitable cedar branches. I think I can modify it and turn the old oak into an old cedar. We’ll see. So the branch may be the next part I work on, and then go back to the owl body. I won’t be able to stop thinking about working on the branch so I might as well skip to it.

Feathered owl foot in progress

A Feathered Foot

I worked on the owl foot before moving onto the feathers, and after I changed the branch into cedar. The final result looks a little different than this, but this is close to what I ended up with. Feathered feet were a new thing for me!

Tune In for more

Finished it Saturday, Nov. 20. Now I’ll get it framed, with rock samples, and ship this off to the collector in Missouri!

The Pigments

All of the pigments are foraged from right here at Wild Ozark. These are the sources: bone (white), soot (black), red sandstone, russet sandstone, shale, green sandstone, limonite (yellow stone), and what I think is bitumen. The bitumen makes a brown paint if I use it whole, and a nice black if I wash the pigment first.


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Author/Artist Info
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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, and her artwork features 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.MadisonWoods.art.

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Photo of Madison Woods, artist and Paleo Paint maker, and her social media contact information.
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