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Sacred Art

These are the ways my muse speaks to me. The messages are given through the flora and fauna of my habitat, and I (try to) pass it along to you in the form of art. This task is something I consider to be sacred. Everything about the act of doing it, from gathering the rocks to the destruction and subsequent re-creation into usable paints, to the transference of an idea into reality on paper… it all is part of a sacred art.

Grayscale Art | Painting in Black, Gray and White

I have a new idea mulling around, and it has to do with grayscale… Sometimes I get really frustrated that I don’t have the colors I’d like to have for a painting I’d like to do. For example, I’d love to paint the plants that live in the deep woods ginseng habitat that I love …

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Idea clippings for my old hermit diaries.

Hermit Diaries | May 2, 2020 | Wild Ozark

With the nice weather we’ve had for the past few days, I’ve been working in the garden. My hermit diaries really don’t reflect a life much different than ordinary life out here at Wild Ozark, though. The only real difference is the presence of Chloe and my new role as homeschool teacher and constant companion. …

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Wild Ozark Intro video

It’s Today! Drop in at the Women Make Arkansas Market at FB

I’m excited to be participating in this Women make Arkansas Market event today. It’s a Facebook thing, orgainzed by Et Alia Press. Due to Covid-19 and all the social distancing we just can’t do in real life. But if you’re able to pop in and see the video me and Chloe made the other day, …

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Still Being a Hermit | April 25, 2020

As I write this post, I’m still being a hermit, but with a couple exceptions. I’ve still been staying busy. It’s hard for me to imagine how people manage to get bored. I have a list of things I want to do and it’s so long I won’t be able to do all of it …

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Featured image for my post about my Wild Ozark Paleo Paints

Ozark Pigment Profiles | Paleo Paints

I’ve finally been making the paints long enough to see some repetition in the colors. They’ll never be exact from batch to batch, but I’m getting a sense of what to expect from the various rocks I use. Here are the Ozark pigment profiles of the ones I use most often. The Pigments Red Red …

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Coronavirus Hermit| Fences, Gardens, Memories & Lilacs

One day I’ll change the title of this from ‘Coronavirus Hermit’ to plain old ‘Wild Ozark Hermit’ journal entries. I’m digging the staying at home deal, to tell you the truth. The only drawback is that there’s limited outlets for making an income from out here, but I’ve been working on stocking my online shop …

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Coronavirus Hermit | Journal Entry for the week of 032020

So what does a hermit do with her time during coronavirus slow downs? Pretty much the same thing I’ve always done with my time out here. Except now with less internet useage, ha. And there’s an extra little body in the house to be a hermit with during this whole coronavirus deal. We’re coronavirus hermits. …

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Current and past exhibits for art by Madison Woods.

Original Artwork | PDF Catalog

My original artwork features pigments gathered from the Ozarks. I use nature to create paintings of nature. I keep online portfolios by year at PaleoPaints.com. With Covid-19 in the air, most exhibits and fairs have been canceled. So I’ve created a catalog a PDF format of all of my original artwork on hand. You can …

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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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Convergence Show Opening, and Tiny Little Prints

Opening dates for the Big Sur Convergence show in Salinas, and a preview of my tiny little prints. Convergence Show in Salinas, CA If you’re in the neighborhood, the opening for the Convergence show in Salinas, CA is on Feb. 19. I won’t be able to make it, but if you do, please send pics! …

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Small Works | Old Sheds and Ancient Goddesses

While I’m between birds of prey paintings, I’m doing a few small works on paper scraps. They’re not truly ‘scraps’, but leftover 5 x 7″ pieces from large 300# Arches watercolor paper I had cut down to size. I can’t remember what I had cut it originally for, but I found these the other day …

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The lineup of pigments we'll use in the handmade watercolor workshop in Fayetteville, AR next week.

Presenting … A Rainbow of Ozark Pigments

Skip right to the discussion for your workshop: email me at [email protected] I’ll bring my stash of Ozark pigments and rocks, or we can go foraging on site at your location. Plus, I’ll bring all the materials needed to make art with local colors! I’m gathering my supplies and gearing up to do workshops featuring …

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A Wild Ozark Decade | CHANGE

Nature is a savage muse, and this decade in review does nothing to dispel that notion. Here’s the highlights of each of the past 10 years.

It's not really raining. It just sounds like it because the sun is melting the frost on our metal roof.

It’s not really raining | Sporadic Musings

As the sun rises over the ridge-top to our east the frost on our metal roof quickly responds. It sounds like rain as the melted drops fall onto the lower roof. But it’s not. The sun is shining brightly outside and there are no clouds in sight. It’s only frost melt.

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