I wear two hats with different names: Madison Woods when I’m wearing the artist hat, Roxann Riedel in real life and real estate. I'm a rock-smashing paint-making artist & a sales agent for Montgomery Whiteley Realty. Hailing from the wild Ozarks in Kingston, Arkansas where my husband and I work toward a sustainable lifestyle.

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(479)409-3429, or email madison@wildozark.com

A painting of a Cooper's hawk by Madison Woods.

Cooper’s Hawk | a Blue-eyed Juvenile

Currently on my easel is a portrait in progress of a gorgeous blue-eyed juvenile raptor. It’s a painting of a Cooper’s hawk. As he matures, his eyes will change to yellow, orange, or red.

A photo of a Cooper's hawk by Tamalyn Wortham.

Tamalyn Wortham, Photographer

“The story behind it is…. I was sitting in my car and looked down. It was right outside my door. I couldn’t even get the entire bird in the frame. I was shocked I didn’t spook it when I opened the door. Juveniles are like that. They don’t know to fear humans till they get older.”

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About the Painting

Size is 16 x 12″. The bird will be larger than life-sized and I’m hoping it allows me to create more realism in the feathers. The background is mottled earthy reds and yellows, and I’m loving that part of it already. I think it’ll definitely allow the Cooper’s hawk itself to be the focal point, with good color contrasts.

This one is an experiment in substrates. I’m painting in oils on Arches watercolor paper that has been attached to a birch cradle board. It gives a different texture to the surface, and it takes the paint differently, too. I can’t describe it well, but I like it a lot. When I’m done, the painting will need longer to dry than one on canvas or board alone. Once it’s varnished, the longevity of the work should be as good as any other surface.

Progression of Painting of a Cooper’s Hawk

Finished, but still drying

In the meantime, while it’s on the easel and until the painting is dry and ready to frame, it’s available as pre-order at a discount.

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