This is the page for my 2020 gallery of Paleo Paintings. Unless otherwise specified in the captions, all pigments are hand-foraged, handmade watercolors, as well as permanent, light-fast, and Ozark sourced. Availability indicated in the captions. To inquire, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for browsing!
A little about me as an artist.
I’ve never painted with any other paints, and began making these in the summer of 2018. My history as an artist was in drawing, and most of that occurred during childhood and adolescence. As an adult, I put aside my creativity and pursued a career in the sciences of organic, inorganic, and environmental chemistry. I came to painting late in life, after the age of 50.
Since the first experiment with my handmade watercolors, I have dedicated my life to cataloging the amazing pigments of the Ozarks. I forage the creeks, dirt roads, and hillsides for pigment sources. And sometimes people who have become interested in my work have gifted me with boxes of rocks they’ve collected.
I collect rocks, clay, soils, and other natural resources from our wild Ozark wilderness. Then I process them by hand to make my watercolor pigments. The Ozarks has not yielded any light-fast bright green and no blue of any sort yet, so unless I use a fugitive color, the colors are always going to be in the limited palette of earth tones. Not to fear. As you will see, there are many shades and hues of gorgeous pigments to use in a variety of ways.
Keep an eye on this 2020 gallery page. I’ll be adding more to it throughout the year. Comments are welcome!
Madison Woods is an author, artist, and Paleo Paint maker living
with her husband in northwest Arkansas far off the beaten path. She uses paint made from rocks, and mostly Ozark pigments to create her paintings.