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


About Wild Ozark
Wild Ozark is a nature farm. Mostly we grow rocks. I use those rocks and some of the herbs to make earth pigments and watercolor paints. We also grow native clay that I use for paint and various other things. And then there are the trees. We grow lots of trees. My husband uses some for his woodworking and some for our Burnt Kettle Shagbark Hickory Syrup, but for the most part they stand around creating good air, shade, & habitat for the ginseng nursery.


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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. You can find my art on display and for sale at the Kingston Square Arts shop in Kingston, Arkansas. It's a tiny little town and a bit off the path to anywhere at all, but a wonderful ride out to a most beautiful part of our state. Besides homesteading, growing plants & making arts & crafty things, I write books and stories. My rural fantasy fiction, written under the pen name, Ima Erthwitch, usually takes place in a much altered Ozarks.

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Madison Woods is a Nature Artist & Fantasy Author living in the wild Ozark hills of northwest Arkansas. She uses native rocks, clay, and botanicals to create works of art to capture the magic of nature. Her writing reflects her love of adventure in the rural outback.

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  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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