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Pigment Hunting at War Eagle

On Sunday we took a field trip out to the $2 hole at War Eagle Creek near the Mill where some of my paintings and prints are offered for sale. Rob wanted to look for arrowheads while I planned on doing a bit of pigment hunting. Of course, I wouldn’t pass up an arrowhead if I found one, though 🙂

War Eagle Creek
The gravel bar at the $2 hole at War Eagle Creek.

Most of the rocks I found were too hard to be very good for making pigment. But there was a lot of red flint, which I will try anyway. I know the gray flint makes a very light gray and is a fine paint. It’s just not rich in pigment and is very hard to crush fine enough.

The pigment hunting trip was successful, though. Nothing really new or different in the colors, though. The rocks I found that would be easy to make pigment from were very similar to the rocks I find around home.

Pigment Hunting in Different Terrains

Close to home in our own hills, the makeup is mostly sandstone. Just a few mountains over from us, the makeup is mostly limestone. So it changes from area to area around here.

War Eagle is about 40 miles north and west of Wild Ozark, as the crow files. The rocks there are more chert and flint and other things too hard to make paint from, with a few softer stones like sand or silt stone in between.

Pigment Hunting- Good Rocks for Pigment

Let’s crack open a few of the rocks I found that I thought might work.

A pigment rock
Let’s see what color is inside of this rock 🙂
Inside the rock. Not as rich as some of the rocks, but this one will probably make a nice color.
Some nice color inside.
Another good rock for making handmade watercolors.
This one looks like it’s going to be a really good pigment source.
Nice color inside the second rock.
Oh yeah. This one will make really good pigment!
Brown-Gold earth colors in this rock.
This one, too, will make a nice handmade watercolor paint.

So I found enough rocks to make a small ‘War Eagle Collection’ or three. It’ll be later on toward the end of June before I get a chance to make paint again, though. I’m always in some mode of pigment hunting, even when I won’t be able to use the rocks in the near future. It’s just too hard to pass them by when I see them if I have a pocket handy.

Website Woes

I would have posted about this earlier, but my website has been down for several days. Somehow I managed to delete the whole thing from my server and I have no idea what I did. Let’s just hope I don’t do it again!

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  1. He found a few knapped pieces of flint, but no real arrowheads this time. We’ve had better luck at other places, even on our own land, lol. The $2 Gate is so called because there’s a $2 charge to enter and stay the day. It’s on private land (I think) and the owner allows public access to it. There’s a gate and a money box, all honor based. Beautiful spot and well worth the small fee!

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