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Inspired by Nature

Nature is my muse. My art and writing are both inspired by nature.

Whippoorwill Says “Time to Plant Corn”

Yesterday evening I heard the first close whippoorwill of the 2021 season. Rob said he’d heard it the night before and wondered that it didn’t wake me up. And this week we “mowed” grass for the first time. But that’s not what you think.

Hermit Journal Updates | Early Spring Activities

It’s been a busy past couple of weeks here at Wild Ozark. Early spring and warmer weather brings a flurry of activity here at Wild Ozark. I’ve been working on our garden, grinding more rocks, and generally just enjoying the warmer weather. The temps are still cool enough for a jacket mornings and evenings, but …

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My resolution this year is to walk a loosely defined path, and enjoy the moments along the way.

My 2021 Outlook | A Loosely Defined Path

This is probably the first year that I didn’t go through a reflection of the previous year while making plans for the coming year. In some ways right now, it feels like it doesn’t really matter anyway. No matter how much I plan things out, life inevitably has a way of undoing the strands. Then …

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Still the Mind to See and Hear

Nature Journal | Still the Mind to See and Hear

Summary: Still the mind to see and hear things you ordinarily wouldn’t notice. My walking meditation helps settle the audio-visual chatter. 9/17/20 Thursday | Today I stopped at the creek to gather a few rocks. Before that I’d spent the mid-morning hours pulling PDF’s of my old blogs so I can keep them in the …

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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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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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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’m working on a printable catalog. When it’s finished, you’ll be able to click and download. If …

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The beauty of my surroundings is one of the things I'm most grateful for.

A Reflection on Gratitude | A Thanks-Giving for Blessings

I feel a sense of gratitude often throughout most days, but each year around this time, I like to compile a list of things that make me feel grateful. As the end of the year approaches, I start thinking more about goals, aspirations, and plans for the coming year. Some of the small things most …

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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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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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