My largest painting to date, Whisper, was accepted into Fort Smith’s Regional Art Museum (RAM) Annual Invitational Show. The theme is Metamorphosis.
At first glance, a painting of a cow doesn’t seem to have any parallels with the theme, does it?
It’s not the subject, but the medium. Whisper is 22 x 30″ and entirely painted with bone pigments. The bones were once part of a living, breathing animal. They underwent transformation (metamorphosis) in the fire to become black (char) and white (ash). I made a watercolor paint from those and then painted Whisper.
RAM Exhibit Information
Fort Smith Regional Art Museum
Metamorphosis on exhibit February 4 – May 22, 2022
1601 Rogers Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72901
Hours: 11 – 6 pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays
Phone: (479) 784-2787
Click here to see the process of painting Whisper.
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. In 2023 she began her journey into the world of oil painting with those same pigments. Her paintings of the Ozark-inspired scenes feature 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. Wild Ozark is also the only licensed ginseng nursery in Arkansas. Here’s the link for more information on the nursery end of life out here.
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