On the banks of the Crocodile River by Maree  Clarkson

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W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm

Way past our rainy season, I sketched this storm brewing over the Crocodile River in the North-West Province in South Africa. This river flows through Broederstroom on the way to Hartebeespoort Dam (also known as ‘Harties’.

Inspired by my painting, Elizabeth Kendall wrote the beautiful poem below on the spur of the moment. What a talent to be able to gather beautiful words at a moment’s notice!

Hierdie skets het Elizabeth Kendall só geïnspireer dat sy sommer gou hierdie gedig vir my geskryf het! Wat ’n talent om die woorde so vinnig uit jou hart te kan pluk!

Aan die oewers van die Krokodil
waar my rooidakhuisie
sawens wag vir my
raak ek meer as dikwels stil
en stuur my oë na Bo
waar donkerblou die onweerswolke lê
en wag vir my om weer eens
in my kleinheid net
‘n “dankie!” sag te sê.

- Elizabeth Kendall ©

In April, eintlik verby ons reënseisoen, het ek, op een van ons besoeke aan Hartebeespoort Dam (ook bekend as Harties), hierdie storm geskets wat aan die broei was oor die oewers van die Krokodilrivier. Hierdie riviertjie vloei deur Broederstroom op pad na Hartebeespoort Dam in Noord-Wes, Suid Afrika.

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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.
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  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendall3 months ago

    Oh my! Always beautiful….and how lovely to read the “story” too. Thanks Maree! x

  • Thank you very much Liz, also for the fav (and your lovely poem!)

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Corri Gryting Gutzman
    Corri Gryting ...3 months ago

    June 23, 2014

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  • Thank you for the feature Corri, fabulous news!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinson3 months ago

    Congratulations on the feature in Everyday Women today Maree! This is gorgeous!

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watson3 months ago

    Beautiful work

  • scallyart
    scallyart3 months ago

    Nice one Maree, The touch of yellow in the foreground leads the eye right in to then discover the buildings under the lovely tree. Regards Kerry

  • Madalena Lobao-Tello
    Madalena Lobao...3 months ago

    Great work, love how you have done this!!!

  • Thank you Madalena, appreciate the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • myraj
    myraj3 months ago

    Wonderful artwork maree.
    X myra

  • Thanks a lot Myra.

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicks3 months ago

    A charming watercolour Maree – could grace any wall !

  • Thanks for that Roy, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendall3 months ago

    26 June 2014.

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  • Thank you for the feature Liz, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • aldona
    aldonaabout 1 month ago

    Congratulations On your weekly feature 16th August, 2014 Click here to view the featured images

  • This is great Aldona, thank you for the feature, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

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