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Watercolour on Visual 200gsm – 10″ × 8″

Springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis) silhouetted against the setting sun in the African Bushveld, settling a territorial dispute – South Africa

These animals can fight fiercely with their horns – more so than most other antelope species. They often clash and lock their horns and wrestle ferociously to pull their opponents off balance. These fights occur when the males establish their territories. They mark their territories by thrashing and picking up vegetation with their horns. This give them sometimes a “head dress” of tangled vegetation that looks quite funny.

The Springbok (Afrikaans and Dutch: spring = jump; bok = antelope or goat) (Antidorcas marsupialis) is a medium sized brown and white gazelle that stands about 70 to 87 cm (28 to 34 in) high.

The Latin name marsupialis derives from a pocket-like skin flap which extends along the middle of the back from the tail onwards. When the male springbok is showing off his strength to attract a mate, or to ward off predators, he starts off in a stiff-legged trot, jumping up into the air with an arched back every few paces and lifting the flap along his back. Lifting the flap causes the long white hairs under the tail to stand up in a conspicuous fan shape, which in turn emits a strong floral scent of sweat. This ritual is known as pronking from the Afrikaans, meaning to boast or show off.

DIE DANS VAN ONS SUSTER
“Die grootwild jaag uit die vlakte,
hulle dam op die bulttop,
wyd rek hulle die neusgate
en hulle sluk die wind;
en hulle buk, om haar fyn spore in die sand te sien.
Die kleinvolk diep onder die grond hoor die sleep van haar voete,
en hulle kruip nader en sing saggies;
“Ons Suster! Ons Suster! Jy het gekom! Jy het gekom!”
Eugene Marais

  1. 20th July 2010 – FEATURED in Mozambique and Neighbouring Countries
  2. 2nd October 2010 – FEATURED in Antlers, Racks & Other Horned Animals
  3. 2nd June 2012 – FEATURED in Fauna, Flora, Landscapes and Architecture of South Africa
  4. 4th June 2012 – FEATURED in African Beauty
  5. 14th June 2012 – FEATURED in Afrikaans
  6. 25th January 2015 – FEATURED in Women Painters
  7. 29th January 2015 – FEATURED in Animals of Africa & Madagascar

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 Kendallalmost 5 years ago

    Vir ’n paar oomblikke was ek weer terug in die Afrikaanse klas in vervoering as my geliefde onnie die gedig met soveel gevoel voorlees!
    Jou skildery laat reg aan elke woord geskied! Lieflike werk Maree!

  • Dankie Liz! Jou woorde is ’n riem onder die hart! xx

    – Maree Clarkson

  • craftloft
    craftloftalmost 5 years ago
    • Hoe neem jy my ook nou terug na my skooldae! Marais, Leipoldt, Totius – ek onthou dit soos gister!
    • Fabulous artwork!

  • Thanks Mariaan! Ek’s so bly ONS skooldae het die voorliefde vir die digkuns in ons ingeprent – wonder of dit nog vandag dieselfde is?

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Toby Davis
    Toby Davisover 4 years ago

    Great sense of movement!

  • Thanks so much for that Toby! And sorry about the late reply – I’m just now catching up on stuff that’s fallen through the cracks!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelover 4 years ago

    very nice

  • Thank you Angel.

    – Maree Clarkson

  • craftloft
  • Morning Mariaan! Like your silence and love your presence!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • MIchelle Thompson
    MIchelle Thompsonover 4 years ago

    All I can say is WOW.

    I’m a new member to the group and am really impressed by what I’m seeing.

  • Aaaah, thank you Michelle, very kind of you! Welcome to the group and I’m sure you’re going to enjoy the inspiration immensely!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...over 4 years ago


    stunning!

  • Oh Wow Tereza! I am so thrilled and pleased! Many, many thanks for this feature!!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 4 years ago

    Congratulations and celebrations!! xx Smart !

  • Morning! And thank you Miss Lizzie! xx

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 4 years ago


    So eg- Suid-Afrikaans! Pragtig!

  • Dankie baie Liz!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 4 years ago

    October 1, 2010

  • Oh Wow Teresa! This feature is awesome and I’m really thrilled!!

    – Maree Clarkson

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