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Ink sketch and W&N watercolour on Amedeo 200gsm – from my imagination

There was this large grey Karoo tortoise trudging across a public lawn in Cape Town followed by a young woman with a sad drag in her feet.

“Yours?” I asked. She looked at me mournfully, and said, “A traveller picked her up on a dirt road near Beaufort West in the Karoo and left her at my backpackers. She’s dying here.”

“I could take her back,” I offered. “O please,” she said.

Two days later, when I pulled up outside her backpackers, the tortoise was in
a big box, her head and feet inside her shell.

The woman wept and said, “My husband says, how can I know you will take her back? But I know you will.”

Just inside the Karoo National Park, I put the tortoise down on arid earth. She pushed her feet and head out, sucked in the dry air, and powered over rock and bush to beyond a small bult … and I thought of my own small home surrounded by stony hills…
- Clive Lawrance

  1. 27th April2013 – FEATURED in The Best of Anything & Everything
  2. 14th May 2013 – FEATURED in Image Writing

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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Comments

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 1 year ago

    A heartwarming tale! And a beautiful sketch!! Thanks Maree.

  • Aaah, thank you Liz, appreciate that fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • John Williams
    John Williamsover 1 year ago

    Wonderful anecdote and painting!

  • Thank you John, pleased you enjoyed it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • © Jennifer Korteland
    © Jennifer Kor...over 1 year ago

    Fantastic. Love this one.

  • Thanks ever so much Jennifer!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • EdsMum
    EdsMumover 1 year ago

    Congratulations – 27th April 2013 – Shirley, Jean & Rene

  • This is so great Shirley! Thank you for the feature, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Anita Pollak
    Anita Pollakover 1 year ago

    A wonderful story and a beautiful painting, Maree! Congratulations on your feature in The Best of Anything and Everything!

  • Thanks a lot Anita, glad you enjoyed that! And thank you for the fav, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 1 year ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your lovely feature in The Best Of Anything & Everything, lovely work.

  • Thank you Andrea, appreciate your stopping by!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Kanages Ramesh
    Kanages Rameshover 1 year ago

    View GALLERY Here

  • Thank you for the feature Ramesh, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 1 year ago

    Congrats on the feature in Image Writing Maree!

  • Thank you Liz, wonderful to share the page with you!

    – Maree Clarkson

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