Madison Woods

Commelina communis, or Asiatic dayflower, brings the promise of blue to Wild Ozark Paleo Paints.

A Stable Blue from Asiatic Dayflower (Commelina communis)

One day I smashed a flower petal from the Asiatic dayflower between my thumb and forefinger. It’s a small plant that grows sparsely in the shady, moist areas along the driveway. While it’s not native to the Ozarks, it is naturalized and I won’t mind using it to make a paint and calling it an …

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Bone Black Swatch from Wild Ozark Paleo Paints.

Bone Black

I made bone black, from a cow vertebra that I charred inside a small tin inside the wood stove. Previously I’d used charred wood from hickory and oak. It has been a difficult paint to re-wet and it never reached the depth of black I wanted. It was also grainier than I liked. The charred …

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What are Paleo Paints?

The Paleo Paints My husband once said my handmade paints reminded him of how the cave men made their paints for the cave drawings. And he was right! And so we called them Paleo Paints. I make them by crushing rocks, clay, charred wood, and extract certain leaves to create pigments which are then added …

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Birds of Prey and Other Finished Works

You can find out more about the Birds of Prey project by clicking here. The images below are arranged in random order, so use the links at the top of the page to visit the annual gallery pages to see my work in chronological order. It’s also the best way to make sure you’ve seen …

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The journal entry for my latest pigment "Pottery Shard".

Pottery Shard

A few weeks ago during my morning walk, I found an old pottery shard. So I put it in my pocket and finished my walk. It looked like it might make a nice paint, but I debated over whether or not to crush it. The shard, or sherd, as the term is known in archaeological …

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Wild Waterfall Slate

This rock lives near the waterfall and because of the various hues of colors I saw in it, became one of my first few sets of paints. I called it “Waterfall Shale”. I think it’s really slate, though.

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