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Making Mounted Prints the Wild Ozark Way

Today I’m working on a few 9 x 12″ prints, and the idea occurred to me that the process of making mounted prints might be something you’d like to see. There’s a bit of work involved with making these, but I love that they’re ready to hang when I’m done. The look is casual. For …

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Decorate with nature by hanging paintings made from Ozark pigments.

Decorating with Nature: Paintings Made from Ozark Pigments

If you like decorating with nature, oh boy, do I have some artwork for you. Think earthy colors and natural tones: ochres, umbers, and siennas. Yellows, reds, browns, oranges, and shades of black and gray. I mean, literally, shades of nature. Nature paintings made with earth pigments are a great way to decorate with nature. …

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Gloria with sunlight.

Making Paint is Meditative

Early this morning my friend moved through the doorway of this life and into the realm of whatever lies beyond. And because making paint is meditative to me, that’s what I did for most of my time today. What comes after I know everyone has their own ideas about what comes next when a person …

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My forager bag of sassafras root bark.

Color from Sassafras Root Bark

Today I experimented with sassafras root bark to see if it will make paint. I use the leaves of sassafras trees to get a nice bright yellow color. Ordinarily, I avoid using plant pigments because they tend to be fugitive, meaning they fade or discolor with time. Some plant pigments, like the green I get …

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On Exhibit in Oklahoma – Destination Unknown

Somehow I forgot to make a post for the exhibit of this painting. Destination Unknown is my painting of a red-tailed hawk taking off from a weathered fence post. All of the pigments are light fast and of Ozark origin. The schedule of locations and dates are below. The Exhibit Schedule Right now it’s between …

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A Painting was accepted! Jones Gallery November Exhibit

I’m so excited to announce that my ‘Working the Dark Waters‘ fantasy painting is going to hang in the November Group Art Show at the Jones Gallery in Kansas City, MO for the month of November. This one, as well as the 1894 Gallery show, were national juried shows. So during the month of November …

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These are the paintings hanging in the 1894 Gallery in Texarkana until November 30, 2019.

Our Heritage Through the Arts at 1894 Gallery in Texarkana

I’m pleased to announce that three of my Paleo Paintings using Ozark Pigments and handmade watercolors are invited to hang at 1894 Gallery for the Heritage Heart and Arts exhibit in Texarkana, AR. Dates are October 26 through November 30. 1894 Gallery The name of the exhibit is “Our Heritage Through the Arts“. The exhibit …

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The second set of test pieces - they survived!

What Does OOAK Mean?

What does OOAK mean in arts and crafts descriptions and titles? It means one of a kind (ooak), but this might not always be so clear cut as you might think. Pay close attention to item descriptions and ask questions of the seller if you want to be sure you’re getting truly unique items. One …

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Creating an Artist Statement for a Painting

So I’ve been applying to various shows and exhibits since I finally have more than a few paintings I can enter. Most of the application process is straightforward – name of the work, name of the artist, price, medium, size, etc. But there’s one blank I encounter that really gives me grief. The artist statement. …

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“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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Paint Making Tools of the Trade

When I first started experimenting with handmade watercolors, I didn’t have any special tools. I had some ideas, a little bit of information, and a whole lot of curiosity. Along the way I discovered these things that have become my paint making tools of the trade. Making Do Some of the tools are pricey, and …

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