Mission: Connecting people to Nature
Kingston, Arkansas. Where I paint with Ozark pigments … and talk to rocks, creeks, and trees.
Madison Woods for art, Roxann Riedel for real estate (soon!) Two names, same person. Just call me “Mad Rox”.

Contact info: madison@wildozark.com or text/call (479) 409-3429

Soul of the Ozarks | The 6th Painting | Red Fox Kit

Soul of the Ozarks | The 6th Painting | Red Fox Kit


My 6th painting was a special request by my granddaughter. She loves wildlife and wanted me to paint a fox. Her actual favorite was a kit fox, but instead I painted a red fox kit. I had a good photo to use for that one, taken by photographer friend Terry Stanfill, whereas I did not for the other.

This is the story of my journey into the world of being a watercolor painter. My angle on this is a bit different than most other artists, in that all of my paints are made from pigments I’ve gathered myself. I call these paints ‘Paleo Paints’. By working with the rocks, bones, and pigments of my surroundings, I feel as if I am working with the soul of the Ozarks.

Previous Entries for this Series of Posts:

The 6th Painting, a red fox kit

After the pelican (the 5th painting), I thought I wanted to try something easier. So when Keigan asked me to paint a fox next, I thought that was a great idea. Oh, what a lesson I had to learn about what makes a subject easy to paint. I looked at the little fox photo and thought because it was mostly just a ball of fluff and only a few colors, it might be easy.

But I was wrong. It wasn’t easy, but this little red fox was an excellent opportunity to learn how to give the impression of fur, how to give the impression of curves and a 3-d look to a face looking straight forward through the use of shading and color. These were the same lessons I had struggled with on the pelican’s bill (beak?) and pouch. And so it seemed, these were things I’d always encounter, even with what looked at first to be a relatively simple subject.

Little Rascal

I framed this one in old barn wood and attached samples of all the rocks, and a piece of the charred I used for the black paint. At first my plan was to paint four ‘quick’ red fox kits for all of the grandkids. But after seeing how long it took to make just this one, I kept the original and framed it to sell, and made prints instead for the kid. It did sell last year, to an old friend who wanted to give it as a gift to someone, and now it resides on a wall in London somewhere.

My fox painting, framed in old barnwood with rock pigment specimens.
What do you think about the pigment samples attached to the frame? Like it or leave it?

First and foremost, apart from being an artist and author, Madison is a nature enthusiast. She enjoys using local resources in every aspect of her life and considers the land she and her husband live on as partners in life. They care for the land and the land cares for them. She’s an herbalist, gardener, and wildcrafter of medicinal plants.




4 responses to “Soul of the Ozarks | The 6th Painting | Red Fox Kit”

  1. Nancy Hartney Avatar
    Nancy Hartney

    Definitely leave the pigments. They add a special “you” touch.

    1. Madison Woods Avatar

      Thanks, Nancy 😀 I like the pigments on the frames. I wish I’d remember to save a little piece of them more often so I can do it more consistently.

  2. janet Avatar

    I like this a lot, Madison. You’re always improving your already considerable skills. As for the frame, I’d like it either with or without the pigments.

    1. Madison Woods Avatar

      Thanks, Janet. It’s going to be a lifelong journey of learning. Once I have more space, I’m going to begin experimenting with oil paints so that’ll open up a whole new rabbit hole of pigment fun 😀

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