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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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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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Going to Grizzly: Woodworking Tools for the Future of Wild Ozark

So after a year of Rob working overseas to fund this goal of buying good woodworking tools, we took to the road today and headed to Springfield, MO. Destination? Grizzly.com. Excitement Disappointment Some of the items he wanted were out of stock. In fact, many of the items on display in the store carried ‘Out …

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Make your own watercolor paints with the new DIY Paleo Paints kit from Wild Ozark!

She Delivers in Spades

I went down to see what gifts the creek brought when the waters receded from my favorite little spot 💕 She always delivers in spades when she rages 😁 Why the rocks? If you haven’t already been following me, you may wonder why on earth I am so excited over these rocks. Maybe in the …

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Check the Fences… and Waterfalls

I didn’t intend to check the fences on the steep side of our property this evening. I say the ‘steep side’ as if there is only one. Ha. No. Most of the sides on our square-shaped 160 acres are steep. At the very least none of it is level. Anyway, the plan was to feed …

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American ginseng in the Wild Ozark woods in June.

Potted Ginseng Seedlings in Arkansas

So I have some help this year with the ginseng nursery from a pair of young organic, permaculture enthusiasts who are ready to learn about being good ginseng stewards. That means I will after all have some potted ginseng seedlings available throughout spring! They’ll have to be picked up in the Kingston square, by appointment. …

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Artist’s Demo Day in Kingston, Arkansas

Today, Saturday April 27 2019, is Demo Day down at the Kingston Square Arts gallery. If you can find Kingston, you’ll easily find the gallery. It’s the large white historic building on the corner of the square. No worries about which part of the square, either, as you might in some large cities. Our square …

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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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The Sound of a Flock of Goldfinches

Today as I was driving the 4-wheeler down the driveway to go check the mail, I heard the sound of a thousand birds in the trees. Maybe I’m exaggerating, but maybe not. It was a big crowd of noisy American goldfinches flitting around the treetops by the gate. A few days ago I saw a …

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Red-shouldered hawk in handmade watercolors using Ozark pigments. You could decorate with nature, literally.

Ozark Birds of Prey : Red-shouldered Hawk

Just finished this red-shouldered hawk (Buteo lineatus). The original is SOLD. Prints are available. Progression Pics: Art in Progress I post all of the steps as I’m doing it at Instagram, so if you want to follow along in real time, follow me there or on FB. Sometimes it’s a good bit later when I …

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Two Screech Owls in a Tree

This morning before I left the house to go to the post office, I briefly thought about whether I should grab the camera or not. I decided to not. It had been a few days since I’d last caught even a glimpse of the screech owl that lives by the gate. So I didn’t have …

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Early April in the Ginseng Habitat

Every year the same flowers bloom in pretty much the same order. And although I have hundreds of images in my files, I can’t help but start heading out with the camera. The blooms start in early April in the ginseng habitat. The first flowers that bloom are usually the toothwort (formerly of the Dentaria …

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Weekly Update & Color Experiments

It’s been a busy past few weeks for me here at Wild Ozark. Today I’m doing some color experiments with suspended solids and trying to separate out some pigment. There’s a whole blog post over at the PaleoPaints site to explain exactly what I’m doing here, but suffice it to say that this colored water …

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If the Creeks Don’t Rise… Springtime in the Ozarks

Wild Ozark will be at Terra Studios tomorrow. But with the rain we might get overnight and in the morning, the odds are looking poor. If I can’t make it there on Saturday, then on Sunday I should be able to make it. Springtime in the Ozarks usually means more rain. UPDATE: I made it …

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Back to my Spring Schedule

I’m back to my spring schedule and that means Sundays at KSA! You can check my calendar to make sure I’m there or call ahead if you’re coming to paint or try out the Paleo Paints.

Handmade, Wild-crafted Paleo Paints Mini Cubes

Paleo Paints Mini’s are mini cubes of watercolor paints using Ozark pigments. Each one is approximately 3/8 inch cubes. They’re wild-crafted and handmade. Smaller than a standard half-pan but far larger than a sample dot, these are perfect for creating watercolor travel sets. The Colors The mini cubes come in all of the colors I …

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Nothing Much

I haven’t blogged regularly in a long time. It is so much more labor intensive to do a “good” blog post that I just haven’t had the spare time to do it. But I miss the more journal-y kind of blogging I used to do. Maybe you do too. At any rate, here’s one of …

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Testing… 1…2…3

Don’t mind me, I’m just trying to fix my broken blog. If you see this post, then that means I was successful! No more forced trailing slash in my .htaccess file, that’s why. WordPress should have sent out a public notice to everyone that if you have trailing slashes forced in your .htaccess file, then …

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Artist’s Reception – Artists of Northwest Arkansas Members Show

Fox No. 1 (Little Rascal) is on display at the Faulkner Center for Performing Arts, located at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. The artist’s reception is Thursday, March 7 at 6 pm, hosted by the UofA. If you’re able to attend, I’d love to see you there. Here’s the painting of mine (it’s on …

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A Falconry Story

I read Simone’s falconry story over in the Lady Hawker’s group at Facebook. While I’ve never owned a raptor of any sort, I could relate to the chasing down of a bird. Parakeets and cockatiels like to go on ‘walkabouts’ too and I’ve kept a few of those in my earlier years. She gave me …

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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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