Madison’s Twisted Trees & Twisted Tree Swatches

When I make a new paint, I like to try it out on something in a monochrome painting. So I started making Twisted Tree Swatches. It was so much fun to create these twisted trees that I began a series. The first and second ones are done, and I’m sure there will be many more to follow.

Why?

First, by doing a twisted tree with with each paint individually, it lets me easily compare it to others in how it moves on the paper. Does it build, or is the character mostly sheer? Can I lift it easily or does it stain the paper? What about thin lines? Can I move the paint and draw it out into very fine lines?

All of the paints have their own personalities. When I do a twisted tree I use the same sort of strokes, and some of them work well and some don’t so much.

Second, I like doing a painting that starts as a complete unknown. When I begin a Twisted Tree, I have no idea what it will look like. Once I get the basic structure of it down, then I begin to have a more clear image in my mind. It’s fun. They’re totally fantasy and some turn out to be very strange.

I like strange.

Twisted Tree Series

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Twisted Tree No. 2, "4 of Wands". This is one of the cards I'm painting for a tarot deck. It'll be a very long time before I get them all done. 5 x 7" on handmade paper, all Ozark pigments. Not for sale. An original painting by Madison Woods.
Twisted Tree No. 2, “4 of Wands”. This is one of the cards I’m painting for a tarot deck. It’ll be a very long time before I get them all done.
5 x 7″ on handmade paper, all Ozark pigments. Not for sale.

 

 

Twisted Tree Swatches

Soul of the Ozarks Collection No. 4 (6 colors) These are all for sale. Each card is roughly 4 x 6″. Listed at Etsy as I get time. If you don’t see it there, please contact me to inquire about availability.

 

 

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