I wear two hats with different names: Madison Woods when I’m wearing the artist hat, Roxann Riedel in real life and real estate. I'm a rock-smashing paint-making artist & a sales agent for Montgomery Whiteley Realty. Hailing from the wild Ozarks in Kingston, Arkansas where my husband and I work toward a sustainable lifestyle.

You can text or call to reach me by either name (see above):
(479)409-3429, or email madison@wildozark.com

Wild Ozark Color Watch

Wild Ozark Color Watch | Autumn 2023

It’s my favorite time of year! The ragweed is on the decline and I can actually get outside and enjoy the weather without too much fear of repercussion, lol. I’ll start taking pics when I see colorful leaves or pretty scenes and add them to this page. So bookmark it if you’d like to see the updates. Here’s the start of my Wild Ozark Color Watch. These pics are from today. It’s just getting started, and will hopefully become more spectacular as the days progress towards winter.

The Beginning | Wild Ozark Color Watch

Wild Ozark Color Watch
The driveway on the way to the house. Not a whole lot of color yet, still a lot of greens, but the gum trees and a few others are starting to turn.

That’s it for today. When I see more colors, I’ll add to the post here. This post will probably be harder to find as the season progresses because new posts will replace it on the front page of my blog. So if you’d like to keep an eye on the colors out here, bookmark this page.

The Science Behind the Color

Interested in why the leaves change colors? As the chlorophyll breaks down, what’s left behind are the other pigment colors in the leaves. Here’s an article from The Smithsonian to explain in more detail. Learning how or why things happen can add to the experience of the Wild Ozark Color Watch, at least for me. It’s still magical because my experiences with the land here impacts me in some way I don’t think can be explained.

Ozark Pigments are Naturally Fall Colors

In my paintings, it’s a lot easier to portray autumnal colors than other seasons. The rock pigments I use are all so earthy, it always looks like fall in my landscapes unless I use titanium to lighten or brighten the greens and yellows. Here’s my latest painting in autumnal hues:

Kings River in Autumn, part of the Wild Ozark color watch.
This painting is sold, but you can see the other available landscapes in my shop. Prints are available of this one. I’ll have more autumn-themed things eventually!

Fall Themed Paintings for the Wild Ozark Color Watch Season

I do have some tiny fall paintings, but they’re whimsical and fun, rather than landscape studies:

Wild Ozark Color Watch



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