Nature & Wildlife Art
Madison Woods’ original watercolor art is painted using pigments she foraged and processed by hand. The sources she uses produces a permanent, light-stable paint. Her archival prints are created with an eye for exact color replication. If an original isn’t going to fit your budget, a print could. And the hues you see in these images (prints and original works) are literally the colors of the Ozarks.
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Fine Art Prints & Originals featuring Ozark Colors
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Before she starts a painting, Madison gathers pigments. Rocks, shale, and bone are the materials she uses. Rocks and shale are crushed and washed. She chars bone in a wood fire during winter, then crushes it to use throughout the rest of the year. Watercolor paints use a water-soluble tree gum and honey for binders. The Ozarks offers a wide range of colors in earth tones, but no blue or bright green.
Her limited palette offers an opportunity to stretch her creativity. No matter what she paints, her art portfolio has a cohesiveness, a signature style difficult to achieve by many artists.
The subjects Madison paints are always drawn from nature, but birds of prey are her favorite. She is drawn to the concepts of duality and the predator/prey relationships that exist in nature. Her work is realistic but not photorealism, and the local pigments offer a unique color cast in her representations. Madison gathers pigments in the form of rocks, clay, and bones from everywhere she goes, but mainly uses the Ozark pigments of home in her current works.
Madison Woods paints nature, with nature – literally!
About the Artist
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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