Madison Woods

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My husband and I live way off the beaten path in the rural Ozarks of Arkansas. I make Paleo Paints, write and create things inspired by nature.
northwest AR (USA)
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Love all the art (and crafts and music) posted since the last time I was here! I've been busy making more paint, and finally finished a new piece- another goshawk. I'll post a pic of it a little later when I get a chance.
1 week ago
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Here's the latest two paintings using my handmade watercolors (Ozark pigments). The Queen of Cups is a Queen Anne's Lace flower, one of the cards in a tarot deck I'm working on. Goshawk No. 1 is the first in a series of 2 planned goshawk paintings.



1 month ago
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Love the colors. My stainless isn’t losing color but I wonder if eventually it will and think I should find some other way to do the initial grinding too. I have a small porcelain one I use for finer grinding. The muller does grind it further but some of the paints are still grainy after mulling. Mainly what it does is mix the pigment more thoroughly into the media. Some stones do grind down much finer than others, too. So much more experimenting I want to do and so much more to learn. I know someone using a rock polisher with stainless steel balls to make it work like a ball mill and it gives a really fine powder result. But then again it’s using metal that may stain gray too.

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I only have my phone right now and replies are a pain to do but I just also saw the comment from you Cindy- the tumbler idea is one I want to try too. I might see if the porcelain balls work.
2 months ago
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I've not used the bidets at any of the restrooms I've been to because I too am unsure how the drying off part of the deal works, lol. However, I can tell you they're much in use in the Middle Eastern places I've visited. All of the bathrooms get pretty wet on the floors and the floors almost always have drains in them for this reason, even in the private residence apartments. They seem to be extremely handy for staying fresh in very hot environments but the whole 'what to do about the wet bum' issue confounds me, lol. Commenting here just so I can keep up with replies. Hope we have a seasoned user hop in to clear up the mystery!
2 months ago
OMG Francis, I'm so jealous of your rock crusher!! You could skip the stainless mortar and go straight to porcelain with something like that doing your initial crushing. I have to use a hammer on the pestle in my stainless mortar just to crack the rocks to coarse powder. Now I'm going to have to recruit my son to make me something like that. I think with a larger sized pipe section with a bottom to put it down into, that's pretty much a super-sized mortar and pestle combo. But maybe one a wee bit lighter would do the trick for me, lol.

If you like to paint, once you make your colors maybe you'll be hooked for life and that muller will begin to be more enticing. Just don't get the larger sizes or you'll need a huge plate to mull on. I made that mistake, thinking I'd just get the bigger one so I wouldn't have to scale up later. Well, it's just too big for working on my kitchen counter so I got the medium, which works, but I'd still prefer the mini, I think. So after the first two outlays of money, I'm going to wait until I make some money before I buy the mini.

I love the colors of your rock pigments. Thanks for sharing your experiment! Tomorrow I'll be working on more colors and making some prints, stickers and note cards from the tree I just finished painting. My little Etsy shop is just beginning to get some visitors so I am being optimistic in my 'getting ready' to make sales, lol.
2 months ago
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Cindy Skillman wrote:Have you folks tried using honey as a binder? I’m not making my own paints (though I may since you have inspired me, when I have more time), but my favorite commercial brand uses honey as its binder. BTW, very impressed with your beautiful kestrel! Just lovely.



Hi Cindy, I do use honey in the media, but honey by itself would just remain very sticky and never dry. It's the gum that actually does the binding, but gum Arabic is only one of the gum possibilities that can be used. It just has to be a water soluble gum. One of the other commenters above mentioned that they use the peach or wild cherry gums and high on my list of things to try this year are some of our native binder possibilities. I'm really hoping the sweet gum yields a good binder, since we have so many of those trees here. I'm glad you love the kestrel! Right now I'm working on a series of Twisted Trees and I'm really loving those. On my list of things to do soon is to make my own oil colors using the same pigments, and a goshawk is first on the list of things I want to paint next. Keep in touch and let us know how it goes when you start making some paints!

Here's a Twisted Tree monochrome done in the color I got from a tan colored sandstone. It made a beautiful earthy yellow. I'm not finished with one of the roots in this photo, but you can see where it's going :)

2 months ago
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Thanks :) The kestrel used russet sandstone, wood char, creek shale, and landslide clay. The clay is some that turned up in a landslide we had in 2015 on our property. A whole bench came down, and found a really nice lepidodendron fossil in it too. I will probably eventually use all those fugitive colors too, because some are really nice. But for the sake of building some income, people seem to want originals. I do scan everything though, and then also make note cards, prints, and even stickers from them. The crow stickers have been really popular.

What gives you the trouble with mulling clay? I start with it dried and powdered and sieved. and it does get sticky while mulling so I tend to make it a little wetter, even to the point of just mixing it with a spatula in a small jar so it can be of a pourable consistency if it's really giving me trouble.

I'm working on getting some cherry sap to try btw. We have a lot of wild cherries here! A friend is going to try and gather it. Do you know if the sticky balls will form at this time of year or only in spring?

To use the rocks, I pulverize them in the mortar/pestle.

My website is still having problems, and I've made things a little worse before they're going to get better. So I'm transferring those posts over to the new site as I get time. Also trying to get ready for a big festival coming up and have a lot more to do with that. I so want to get back to the painting and paintmaking. It's going to be a while yet.
4 months ago
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Here’s a rock I found the other day that will make a good color.
4 months ago
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My website is still down, but it's beginning to show some sporadic signs of life. If it's not back up by tomorrow I'll see if I can dig those posts out of the database and move them to another site I have under construction just for the Paleo Paints and art.
4 months ago
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Cindy - thank you!! I've been looking at sweet gum resin, too, but just haven't had time to experiment with it yet. That was the plan, to have a paint entirely of the Ozarks! Oh, I can't wait to start collecting the sap too now.
4 months ago
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