Wild Ozark PaleoPaints

A photo of Madison Woods, artist, author, and Paleo Paint maker.Hi! I’m Madison Woods and you’ve landed on my gallery page.

All of my work begins with making the paint. Most of the colors you see here were created with pigments I collected from around home here in the Ozarks.  

As a new work is finished, I’ll add it to this page. Caption indicates availability or location if not in my possession. 

Most Recent Work

"Rhapsody", watercolors from Ozark pigments (except for the bright white). 16" x 12" on Arches 300#, NFS unless it juries into Watercolors USA 2019.
“Rhapsody”. Watercolors from Ozark pigments (except for the bright white). 16″ x 12″ on Arches 300#, NFS unless it juries into Watercolors USA 2019.

Original Paintings by Madison Woods
Raptors, Other Birds, Landscape, & Fantasy

Kestrel No. 3 features all handmade watercolor paints made from local (right here at Wild Ozark) stone and clay sources.  8″ x 10″, $250 (not including frame and mat). Sold. The painting was based on a photo by Terry Stanfill, one of our local naturalist photographers. He manages and photographs the Gentry Eagle Watch. Here’s that one framed for the buyer with a custom, handmade pecan frame:

Signature Style and Colors

Working with my handmade paints are a joy, but I am restricted by the available colors especially if I’m trying to use only the local colors. For example, we don’t have blue or green rocks, clay, or soils.

So for the most part, you’ll find the palettes to be strictly earth tones. Every once in a while I’ll resort to a stone or pigment that doesn’t live here, as I did with the pelican. His eye is blue, and I used lapis lazuli to make that paint in the same way the old masters used to get the blue you see in most renaissance paintings.

While this restriction is sometimes frustrating, it also encourages me to produce a signature body of painting through my style and color choices, no matter what the subject may be.

Wild Ozark PaleoPaints

A photo of Madison Woods, artist, author, and Paleo Paint maker.Hi! I’m Madison Woods and you’ve landed on my gallery page.

All of my work begins with making the paint. Most of the colors you see here were created with pigments I collected from around home here in the Ozarks.  

As a new work is finished, I’ll add it to this page. Caption indicates availability or location if not in my possession. 

Most Recent Work

"Rhapsody", watercolors from Ozark pigments (except for the bright white). 16" x 12" on Arches 300#, NFS unless it juries into Watercolors USA 2019.
“Rhapsody”. Watercolors from Ozark pigments (except for the bright white). 16″ x 12″ on Arches 300#, NFS unless it juries into Watercolors USA 2019.

Original Paintings by Madison Woods
Raptors, Other Birds, Landscape, & Fantasy

Kestrel No. 3 features all handmade watercolor paints made from local (right here at Wild Ozark) stone and clay sources.  8″ x 10″, $250 (not including frame and mat). Sold. The painting was based on a photo by Terry Stanfill, one of our local naturalist photographers. He manages and photographs the Gentry Eagle Watch. Here’s that one framed for the buyer with a custom, handmade pecan frame:

Signature Style and Colors

Working with my handmade paints are a joy, but I am restricted by the available colors especially if I’m trying to use only the local colors. For example, we don’t have blue or green rocks, clay, or soils.

So for the most part, you’ll find the palettes to be strictly earth tones. Every once in a while I’ll resort to a stone or pigment that doesn’t live here, as I did with the pelican. His eye is blue, and I used lapis lazuli to make that paint in the same way the old masters used to get the blue you see in most renaissance paintings.

While this restriction is sometimes frustrating, it also encourages me to produce a signature body of painting through my style and color choices, no matter what the subject may be.

About Madison Woods

Introduction

Hi, I’m Madison Woods. My husband and I live in northwest Arkansas far off the paved highways, a perfect environment for a nature artist.

There are many fabulous painters in this region.  However, as far as I know, none of them are using the local pigments in their work. Before I start a painting, I collect the pigments I’ll need to produce the painting. If I’m working on series, then I’ll collect and create enough paint for the entire series before I get started.

My work features Ozark colors.


Click here to learn more about the paints. Keep reading below to learn more about Madison Woods & her art.


Becoming a Painter

My life as a watercolorist began in the summer of 2018. Before that I used colored pencils for drawings. I’m self-taught in all aspects of art. As for the paintings, I’ve only ever used my own watercolors, so I have no idea how they ‘work’ as compared to store-bought varieties. For all I know, I wouldn’t be able to make a worthwhile effort with those at all.

While I enjoy painting anything of nature, I am most passionate about painting the birds of prey. It is with this subject that I intend to focus the rest of my career, though I may diverge from time to time to make special requests for commissions, or my grand-girls who are not so fond of the birds and prefer things like foxes and crows.

Timeline: Paintings, Career Benchmarks, Awards and Accomplishments

  • 2018 July – began making paint, began painting
    • July – completed Kestrel No. 1, Kestrel No. 2
    • August- completed Kestrel No. 3
    • Sept- Pelican No. 1, Crow No. 1
    • Oct- Fox No. 1
    • Dec- Twisted Tree No. 1
  • 2019 Jan- Goshawk No. 1, Goshawk No. 2 “Rhapsody”

 

 

The artist statement tells a lot about Madison Woods. Who she is, and what drives her work.

Contact Me

If you’d like to get in touch to ask questions, share tips or information, or just want to know when the next collection will be ready, here’s where you can find me:

email: [email protected]

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wildozark

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wildozark

And if you want to see what’s already posted and available for sale, check out my Etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/wildozark

All in all, I’m pretty easy to find anywhere on the internet if you search for ‘Wild Ozark’.

How To Make Handmade Watercolor Paints

Here’s an index to all of the pages and posts with information on how I make paint or pigments. These are at the main website (Wild Ozark) and there are other posts there you might be interested in on paint-using and making.

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