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My Earthy Painting Process

Follow along through the steps I take to create an earthy painting. My process isn’t pretty, as I tend to make mistakes. But things usually turn out alright in the end :)

'Namesake', in Ozark pigments by Madison Woods. Buffalo on the shores of the Buffalo National River.

How Did the Buffalo National River Get its Name? | “Namesake”

I bet you’d already guessed it. The namesake of the Buffalo National River is … the buffalo. But that’s a misnomer. What we call ‘buffalo’ are actually bison. The American ‘Buffalo’ is really an American Bison. Before Europeans arrived on this land, there were bison everywhere. Many tribes of Native Americans depended on them, literally, …

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Come out and see Fox No. 1 all framed and hanging on the wall at the artists reception for the ANA Member's Show at the Faulkner Center for Performing Arts.

Soul of the Ozarks | The 6th Painting | Red Fox Kit

My 6th painting was a special request by my granddaughter. She loves wildlife and wanted me to paint a fox. Her actual favorite was a kit fox, but instead I painted a red fox kit. I had a good photo to use for that one, taken by photographer friend Terry Stanfill, whereas I did not …

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header for my post on Dr. Carter's Office painting.

Painting in Progress: Dr. Carter’s Office

My current painting in progress is one of the buildings on the grounds of the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, located in Springdale, Arkansas. Dr. Carter’s Office was moved to the museum at a later date, but started life in the late 1880’s in Elkins, Arkansas (Washington county).

Header image for my post about a new article featuring my work.

Stones to Grind | A Fantastic New Interview and Publication

Lisa J. Tomey interviewed me way back in 2019 for an article to be published in Okra Magazine. Just when it was about time for it to run, Covid struck and that article got pushed back on the publisher’s to-do list. Well, I’d almost forgotten about it, but Lisa did an awesome job of keeping …

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Showy Orchis (Galearis spectabilis) in Ozark pigments

Originally, I had planned to do a series of my favorite woodland plants in grayscale. But that was before I found the stone that gives me a sort of green pigment. So changed up the plans a little. Now I’m doing a series of our orchids in my full palette of pigments. First is this …

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Progression of my Brahman cow painting.

Cow Portrait | Whisper, the Brahman cow | Painting Process

The first painting of 2021 is also the first of its size, and the first using a single source for pigment. But it is my second Brahman cow portrait. ‘Brahman Baby’ was the first. This is my progress page, for those who like to see the progression of how a painting looks from blank canvas …

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My second painting was a kestrel.

SOUL OF THE OZARKS | The Second Painting

Honestly, while I was delighted that my handmade watercolors worked alright for my first try, I wasn’t real pleased with the painting itself. So I decided to try a second painting. The Second Painting I was still in Qatar. It was July 2018, and the daytime temperatures outside were so hot I didn’t want to …

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The first painting, in Doha (Al Rayyan), Qatar.

SOUL OF THE OZARKS | Part 1 | The First Painting

Many of you who have followed me for a while will have already seen these paintings, and you might remember the stories that go with them. I’m sorry for the repetition you’re about to endure if that’s the case. But I’m beginning to forget some of the details of my earlier paintings and I want …

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Header image for my page on painting the raccoon.

Painting a Raccoon in Ozark Pigments on Black Paper

I’m working on painting a raccoon on black paper. It’s the first time I’ve painted on black, and the experience is very different from anything else I’ve tried to paint. As I was deciding which paper to put it on, I was holding the old Arches block of watercolor paper and about to throw the …

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Finished with my sweet pair of Bobwhite quail!

Painting a Pair of Bobwhite Quail

I’m embarking on a series of Bobwhite Quail. I’ve had some requests for quail paintings, so this is my toe-in-the-water dip into that audience. How many I’ll do depends upon the market for quail paintings. This doesn’t mean an end to the raptor series. Quite the opposite – I’ve been corresponding with an excellent photographer …

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Accepted to the Wild & Scenic Film festival. “Destination Unknown”, in Ozark earth pigments. The model was a photo by Mike TR Dunn, used by permission. Media is handmade watercolors using real earth pigments on Fabriano 300# and is 16" x 20". The Red-tailed hawk is one of the birds in my ongoing Ozark Birds of Prey project.

Red-tailed Hawk Painting in Earth Pigments

“Destination Unknown”, in Ozark earth pigments. Media is handmade watercolors using real earth pigments on Fabriano 300# (hot press) and measures 16″ x 20″. The Red-tailed hawk is one of the birds in my ongoing Ozark Birds of Prey project. Click the title to see the process …

Stacked rocks still life painting by Madison Woods

Stacked Rocks Still Life Painting- the Process

The Process Story of “Ozark Rocks and Leaf” This painting started out plein air. The grandkids were visiting and wanted to go splash around at Felkins creek. While they played, I began painting these stacked rocks with a sycamore leaf. When it was time to leave, I wasn’t finished yet, so I snapped some photos …

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Red-shouldered hawk in handmade watercolors using Ozark pigments. You could decorate with nature, literally.

Ozark Birds of Prey : Red-shouldered Hawk

Just finished this red-shouldered hawk (Buteo lineatus). The original is SOLD. Prints are available. Progression Pics: Art in Progress I post all of the steps as I’m doing it at Instagram, so if you want to follow along in real time, follow me there or on FB. Sometimes it’s a good bit later when I …

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