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Inspired by Nature

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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Decorate with nature using this sweet"Brahman Baby" painting in bone black, creek shale, and willow black..

Brahman Baby in Gray-scale

So I’ve got something entirely new and out of my usual realm drying on the easel. If you scroll down, you can watch “Brahma Baby” in progress, from start to finish. If you’d like a print of this painting then click here. There are several differences between this painting and the others I’ve done. First, …

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My Artist’s Business Plan for Wild Ozark 2019

So, this isn’t a ‘formal’ business plan, but more of an outline of my goals, plans, and strategy for the year regarding my art. To see the outline of intended subjects for the paintings, take a look at my Ozark Birds of Prey page. It’ll give you an idea of the focus and scope of …

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Selling my handmade watercolors is part of my Artist's Business Plan for 2019.

“I make paint from rocks…” A typical encounter.

Click HERE to go directly to my online gallery. All of the work you’ll see there uses paint made from rocks. Click HERE if you want to see Paleo Paints at Etsy. And HERE for workshops on making them. Talking about Paint from Rocks When people see my artwork, they usually don’t realize the colors …

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