I love seeing my art on the walls in other places and on the walls in other people’s spaces. It makes me happy to know these earthy Ozark pigments are out in the world bringing joy. Here are some of the photos owners have sent me of my works on their walls. Some are prints, some are the originals. Some were purchased, some were gifted. But they all make me happy when I see them.
If you have a photo you’d like to share, send it to me by email at email@example.com. I’ll be happy to add it to this post! My goal is to spread these beautiful Ozark pigments to every state and around the globe. Why not dream really, really big if you’re gonna dream? Hey, I’m making progress with it, though! Look where I know they’re at so far:
- North Dakota
I’ll update the list as new states or countries get on board with my plan 😀
Green Forest, Arkansas
Since this one is on her office wall, I decided to add the text and give her a little publicity while I’m at it. Gab is my daughter, and she has the original Brahman Baby painting in bone black and creek shale. If you’re wishing to move to Carroll or Madison county, she’s the realtor I’d recommend. And once you’re all settled in, I’d love to provide you with the earthy art to decorate your walls 😀
This is a print of Destination Unknown on the wall at my son’s apartment in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The earthy colors go great with the rustic brick, don’t you think? Just having an indoor wall of brick like that is art, to me.
New Town, North Dakota
This one went to my friend Sarah and it tickles me that she even included the tag with the mini print on it 😀
I have to admit this one gave me a big smile, too. This lovely couple in Georgia have called their collection of my prints their ‘Madison Woods Hallway Gallery’. Preeety darn cool.
Since most of my family lives in Louisiana, it’s not surprising that I can find prints and originals on the walls down there. This is probably my dad’s favorite painting. The old tractor belonged to his dad. I’m happy to have painted something that brings him such joy.
When my sister asked if I’d paint a pelican for her, I nearly panicked. Pelican? I’d never even seen a pelican close up. Which is silly, because I’d just painted three kestrels and I’d never seen one of those close up either. So I told her I’d try, and I’m glad I did. But there were some angsty parts in there, especially the eye, face and bill. These birds have such personality in their eyes, and I wanted to be sure to capture that. In the end it came out nicely and I’m proud it’s hanging on her wall in the state where brown pelicans are given the high status of ‘state bird’. There are prints of this one available if you like pelicans, too.
Somewhere in Washington
This was the first painting I ever sold. And it was the fourth painting I’d ever painted, and the first painting made at home rather than overseas in Qatar when I was visiting Rob in 2018. This act of passion regarding my art on Julianna’s part really was instrumental in helping me to have faith in myself as an artist.
Somewhere in Kentucky
Kestrel No. 2 was the second kestrel painted, the second painting ever sold, and the third painting altogether. I painted it at the kitchen table of Rob’s apartment in Qatar with my very first set of paints that I’d hauled all the way around the world. They comprised of a couple of vials of pigment, some still soft freshly poured paints, and a sketch diary and some brushes. Customs never batted an eye at my strange art supplies. While it was hot during the day and Rob was at work, I worked on learning to use my paints.
A Few Missing Art Photos
I don’t have photos of all of them, but I went on and listed the states where I know I’ve shipped some before.
Family, Friends, and Strangers
I’m filled with gratitude that my family and friends enjoy my art enough to hang it on their walls. It’s hard to think of a better compliment for one’s work than to have those who know you want to support you. It’s a different kind of compliment, and one sought by every artist, to have complete strangers buy and hang my art on their walls. This post is offered with a heart full of thankfulness to all of you – my family, friends, and strangers.
I am incredibly blessed to be able to spend the time I’m spending to learn and hone my craft. My husband’s wall of prints is my last photo in this line up, but he was the first to give me the encouragement to keep doing this. He’s even invested in my crazy dream to make a business out of being an artist and paint-maker. First in the commercial printer that hogs more than half of my studio space, and most recently a prospector’s rock crusher, which I cannot wait to try out. It’s still in the box and needs some assembly, so that’s going to be on his to-do list when he wraps up his contract and heads home in December.
My Art on Gallery Walls
At this time, I don’t have gallery representation, but I do have some paintings hanging in gallery exhibits. There are the two goshawks still in California, but I’m not sure if that exhibit is open at this time because of the pandemic, or not. Closer to home, the bald eagle painting is on exhibit at the Buffalo River Art Gallery in Gilbert, Arkansas. That one will be there until near the end of this month.
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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