Soul of the Ozarks Collection No. 2021-11 contains 4 Ozark watercolor pigments in reusable tin. These are all from washed pigments.
About the Wild Ozark area and colors
All colors in this set are lightfast watercolor pigments made from rocks foraged right here at Wild Ozark in Madison county of northwest Arkansas. The geological makeup of the mountains here change considerably from location to location. Even within the Kingston area, there are some locations that are mostly limestone type rocks and some locations that are mostly sandstone, shale, and clay. I feel very fortunate that our land is mostly of this latter assortment.
The assortment of colors I’m able to derive from our own stone is impressive. The only color range I have not found yet is blue (though I have found a light-stable one from a certain flower petal). At least there is now a sort of green. I gather stones from all around our own 160 acres here, and also from Felkins creek and King’s river. Both of these other locations are a short distance away from our gate, and the makeup is similar.
The Pigment Sources of 2021-11
These are the colors included in this set. You can read about more of the other stones I use for watercolor pigments here. All of the pigments in this particular set were derived from stones found here at Wild Ozark.
This pigment comes from a very crumble red sandstone that I find in the creek and sometimes on the driveway here at Wild Ozark. It creates a rich paint, and stains the paper. The color does still have an earthy tint to it, leaning toward orange, but it is the one of the closest to a true red the Ozark pigments have to offer. It is made from the ground, washed stone.
Thin Yellow lites
There is a certain spot on Kings river, not far from here at Wild Ozark, where I can find limonite. It’s a bright yellow stone, but still yields an earthy yellow. Washed, may stain.
There is only one source of light fast green out here (that I know of so far). It comes from a grayish green stone and yields a sort of sage to cedar green. It’s the color I use for all green needs in my art. As this one is made from ground, washed stone using the ‘heavies’. It’s a great color to use for drawing your initial outlines, because it doesn’t stain as much and can be lifted. Slightly textured.
Red Lites + Ancient Limestone
This is from the same red stone as the first one, but I used the ‘lites’ portion and added a little crushed creek-tumbled limestone. The color is a rusty brown and slightly textured.
About Ozark Pigments and Foraged Paints
A Note about Color Reproducibility & Transparency
All of my colors are made from natural foraged rocks, clay, or other resources. While I may be able to come close to reproducing the color later, it’s very unlikely I’ll get an exact match. There’s enough pigment in each of these pans to paint several paintings in the style I produce. A little bit does seem to go a long ways. But if you want to make sure you’ll have more of the exact same shade, inquire to see if there is more from this same batch. It may not be in the same form, but should at least be the same color.
The Numbering/Naming System
When I’m starting with only one rock or a few that will only make a small amount of pigment, I usually just give those a ‘name’. When I have a large quantity to work with, I assign those batch numbers. Collection No. 2021-10, the set included included in this offer, is simply named by the stone I collected, because the quantities weren’t large enough to make full batches.
Watercolor paints made from earth pigments are not as transparent as those you might be used to. All of them are more similar to gouache than not. The ones I’ve labeled ‘gouache’ are more opaque than the pigments alone.
Examples of Paintings Using This Paint
You can see the paintings I’ve made using these paints (not this identical set, but with the same sorts of rocks) at www.madisonwoods.art if you’d like to get an idea of how they look.