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Paintings with a strong nature aesthetic, featuring foraged earth pigments and handmade paint. Original art by Madison Woods.

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A Painting of a Skink | Hello, Little Friend


A painting of a skink that came out to visit with me. He posed for his photo, so I painted his portrait. Features my handmade oil paints from Ozark pigments.

1 in stock

SKU: 757942L


While I was in my garden this spring, skinks, lizards, and even a salamander were out and about courting mates. One of the adult male skinks came right up to me and seemed to be posing for pictures. And that’s where this small painting of a skink began. I literally said to the handsome reptile: “hello, little friend!”

Details about the Original Work

Title: Hello, Little Friend
Size: 5x 7″
Media: handmade oils
Substrate: wood cradle board
Pigment source: bone, shale, sandstone, magnetite, thyme lake, and titanium

Reference photo is mine.

A favorite spot, a favorite light

This location is along our dirt road, a couple of miles from our house. Between the clouds on early mornings, the light shines more brightly on the distant curving hills, and lands to light up the top of the rocks in the foreground. These rocky shores supply some of the rocks I use to make the paints. It was a challenging project to paint rocks using paint made from rocks! This is a study for a larger painting I’ll do later this year.

Click here to see the progression from start to finish.

Feel free to email me with questions at madison@wildozark.com