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Pencil sketch and watercolour on Visual 140gsm
In my garden, Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa

My favourite subject to paint – birds. Their expressions say more than a thousand words, and body posture warns of the next move – relaxing, taking flight, being vigilant or not feeling so well. Whenever I see a bird sitting puffed up (a sure sign of illness), I’m immediately relieved if it’s feathers return to normal upon my approach.

This little Laughing Dove (Spilopelia senegalensis), which had obviously just fledged and was sitting on a low branch of one of my trees waiting for the parents to bring it a snack, wasn’t at all perturbed by my presence and I managed to get a good sketch before I noticed the parents patiently waiting for me to leave!

  1. 23rd Feabruary 2013 – FEATURED in Vavoom!
  2. 28th February 2013 – ART OF THE WEEK in ’Afrikaans
  3. 3rd March 2013 – FEATURED in Image Writing
  4. 12th March 2013 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the challenge Babavoëltjies / Baby birds in Africa in “Afrikaans” – 2nd place
  5. 30th March 2013 – FEATURED in Pigeons and Doves
  6. 31st March 2014 – FEATURED in Live, Love, Dream
  7. 1st April 2014 – FEATURED by RedBubble in EXPLORE


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I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
“There is a fine line between dreams and reality; it’s up to you to draw it.”

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  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 1 year ago

    A cutie!! Lovely art Maree.

  • Thank you Elizabeth!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottover 1 year ago

    Awwwwwwww….how cute!!! Love it’s expression.

  • Aaah, thanks ever so much Marsha, appreciate the fav as well!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Madalena Lobao-Tello
    Madalena Lobao...over 1 year ago

    Very well done! Great artwork!!

  • Many thanks Madalena, appreciate the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 1 year ago

    I really like this Maree. Simple and carefully placed colour rule the day.

  • A thousand thank you’s Jim!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • mordechai
    mordechaiover 1 year ago

    The bluebird of unhappiness?

    (I KNOW I accepted this one into ImageWriting, but the computer didn’t take it. Would you please resubmit so I can feature it?)

  • He he! Certainly Mordechai!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Maisie Sinclair
    Maisie Sinclairover 1 year ago

    Aw, how sweet!

  • Thank you Maisie! Smile!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • tori yule
    tori yuleover 1 year ago

    Congratulations! Love this guy, Maree. Beautifully done!
    View your feature here and share the love
    Feb 2012

  • Thank you for the feature Tori, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 1 year ago

    29 Febr. 2013.

  • Baie dankie vir hierdie eer Elizabeth, waardeer dit opreg!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • mordechai
    mordechaiover 1 year ago

    Told you I would feature it..

  • This is so great Mordechai! Thank you for the feature, much appreciated! Whoot whoot!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 1 year ago

    12 March 2013.

  • This is great Elizabeth! Thank you to all who voted, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

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