This is a 5 x 7″ commission of Limelight hydrangeas. I’ll use my Ozark pigments in oils plus white made from titanium. For the green, I’ll use a combination of the yellow lake pigment that I made from thyme I grew in my garden and a Maya blue that I made using purchased indigo pigment, native clay, and our spring water. I have indigo growing, but it won’t have time to get enough leaves for me to make any pigment from it this year. Both the thyme and indigo are very lightfast dyes from plants. I could have a much larger palette of colors to choose from if more plants had good stability. But, unfortunately, they do not. Most of them fade very quickly.
My Reference Photo
My Reference Photo is a licensed photo from iStock.com.
Here’s how it’s looking from start to finish. As I get more work done on Limelight, I’ll add them here. When it’s all done and dried, I’ll have prints available, but the original is already sold. If you’d like to see images posted as I work on it, follow me at Instagram. I’ll post updates here as I get a chance. You can see progress pages for most of the paintings I’ve done by clicking here.
. Author/ArtistInfo ________________________________ 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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