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~ Rock Foraging Nature Artist & Real Estate Agent in Kingston, AR ~

Madison Woods is my creative chosen name. My real name is Roxann Riedel, and aside from being a nature-loving artist, I’m a REALTOR® with Montgomery Whiteley Realty.

(479)409-3429, or email madison@wildozark.com

Last week in my garden, all of the reptilian (and one amphibious) creatures were out and about. This handsome skink came out to pose for me, so I figured I’d paint his portrait.

A Little About My Paint-making Process

Since my paints are handmade and (mostly) locally foraged, I have to make sure I have the colors I need before I begin a project. If it’s a plant pigment, then I’ll need to harvest the plant and process it to make the pigment. The only plant sources I use at this time are thyme, and the root bark of Osage trees. The rest comes from foraged rocks, soot, bone, or purchased lapis and titanium dioxide powder.

Here’s a blog post I made earlier about making oil paints:

So, if it’s a rock, then I’ll break it to smaller pieces, then crush it as finely as I can. The crushed rock is the raw pigment. After that I put the powder into a jar and fill the jar with water. Depending on the source rock, I’ll either pour off the colored water into another jar to let it settle, or pour the rinse water out and keep the sediment for the paint. After the water clarifies and the pigment has settled, then I pour off the clear water and let the sediment dry. That is what I’ll make the paint from.

When it comes to plants, there’s more chemistry involved. I’ll make what is called a ‘lake’ pigment. Here’s a post that gives more information on that process.

I hope you love this earthy palette of color as much as I do! Thanks for reading ~ Madison

The Skink Reference Photo

The (American) five-lined skink (Plestiodon fasciatus) are very common here at Wild Ozark. I thought these were different than the ones I see with blue tails, but as it turns out – the blue tailed skinks are just juveniles.

Photo by Madison Woods

Painting a Skink

I’m not sure how often skinks have made it into the art world as a subject, but here’s my rendition progress.

Hello, Little Friend

5 x 7, oils from Ozark pigments on panel

The first pic shows all that I got done during the market hours on Saturday. I just pushed paint around on the canvas to look busy, and that’s where I ended up. I haven’t been able to work on it again all week long, so today I took five whole minutes and just at least added some shading to parts of the wood.

Tomorrow I hope I’ll have time to get a lot more done. So check back!

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