Sketch in Progress

I don’t always get to finish a sketch in one sitting. When I know time is short, I’ll take the camera with me and get a photo to use when I finish the sketch later.

Here’s the photo of the subject for the current sketch-in-progress. I used this photo for the cover of my new Wild Ozark Musings zine-letter, which is available free to subscribers.

A mullein seedling growing at creek's edge.
A mullein seedling growing at creek’s edge.

And here’s the sketch so far. I’ve only drawn the outlines. Next I’ll begin shading and add color to the seedling. I went ahead and wrote the entry so I wouldn’t forget what I wanted to record about the experience. I don’t always include *every* element to a scene. In this one, I left out the little bit of grass and of course all the pebbles aren’t accounted for.

Sketch in progress
Sketch in progress

And here’s the finished sketch. This is not one of my favorites. It turned out to be very difficult to get the texture of the down-covered leaves right. The color was an issue too, but it came out closer than I thought it would. And you’ll see that I smudged it up a lot while doing the rocks.

I’d rate this one better than the mushroom, but not nearly as good as the two sweetgum leaves.

023- mullein finished


First Hunt by Ima ErthwitchPredator and Prey, or the hunter and the hunted is a common theme throughout my fiction writing. No Qualms, one of my short stories (free at most retailers) is about about a predator/prey relationship. Symbiosis, my first finished novel, not published yet, deals with predator/prey relationships and the balance of energy among life on earth, sometimes symbolic and often outright. Many of my flash fiction stories (I have twitterfiction and 100-word flash stories) are also dealing with this same dynamic. This is a strong theme that runs through most of my fiction and is strongly influenced by life in the wild Ozarks where we live. My first published novel, First Hunt, also has a predator and prey theme to it. I guess it's just part of my nature.

Nature Farming


Wild Ozark is 160 acres of beautiful wild Ozark mountains. I call what I do "nature farming" because the land produces, all by itself, the shagbark hickory trees, ferns, moss, ground-fall botanicals, and the perfect habitats for growing and stewarding American ginseng. I'm co-creating with Nature - all of the things I use to make the Fairy Gardens and Forest Folk, the bark we harvest for Burnt Kettle's shagbark hickory syrup, are produced by nature without my input. This land is my muse for inspiration when it comes to my writing, drawing, and photography. It's truly a Nature Farm.

About the voice behind this blog, Madison Woods

I'm a creative old soul living way off the beaten path with my husband in the wild Ozark Mountains. Besides homesteading, growing plants & making crafty things and newsletters, I write books and stories. My rural fantasy fiction, written under the pen name, Ima Erthwitch, usually takes place in a much altered Ozarks.


2 thoughts on “Sketch in Progress

  1. I’m loving your work Madison and thank you for all your effort! It is appreciated. I just discovered your site and I’m thrilled, so much to take in!

    1. Thank you! This is a new site, and you’ve left my very first comment here 🙂 I’m glad you’re enjoying. At this very moment, I am working on finishing this sketch, but it’s proving to be very difficult to get the hairy leaves to look right, lol.

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