Watercolour in Moleskine 200gsm watercolour sketch-book – 8″ × 5″

“The gaudy leonine sunflower
Hangs black and barren on its stalk,
And down the windy garden walk
The dead leaves scatter – hour by hour”

- Oscar Wilde

(Helianthus annuus) Native to the Americas
Driving past Happy Acres, which was a field study centre and is now known as “Woodland School”, on my way to Magaliesburg, (South Africa), I passed these Sunflowers on the verge of the road. There are often stray Sunflowers showing up in front of the Cosmos, due to stray seeds falling from trucks passing by. If the sunflower is almost ripe, I often stop and cut one down, taking it home to my Cockatoo, Danny, who just loves to pick the seeds from the head.

It is an annual herb, with a rough, hairy stem, 3 to 12 feet high, broad, coarsely-toothed, rough leaves, 3 to 12 inches long, and circular heads of flowers, 3 to 6 inches wide in wild specimens and often a foot or more in cultivation.

The name “sunflower” derives from a supposition that they follow the sun by day, always turning towards its direct rays. This valuable herb has many uses like poultry and cattle food, green food, fuel, soil improver, textile use, a bee plant, a cooking oil, and medicinal uses – its diuretic and expectorant properties and have been employed with success in the treatment of bronchial, laryngeal and pulmonary affections, coughs and colds, also in whooping cough.

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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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Comments

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 4 years ago

    Wonderful story accompanying a wonderful painting. Nicely done Maree.

  • Thank you Jim!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 4 years ago

    I love Oscar Wilde and his words compliment your lovely painting! These paintings should get published in a book, don’t you think?

  • Thank you Liz! Now you’ve got me thinking – a book … mmmmm…

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Alan Hogan
    Alan Hoganover 4 years ago

    A very nice painting with beautiful colours.

  • Thank you very much Alan!

    – Maree Clarkson

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  • Many thanks Mariaan!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • MIchelle Thompson
    MIchelle Thompsonabout 4 years ago

    Gorgeous – I love the delicacy of the watercolours.

  • Thanks for that Michelle, appreciate your comment!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonabout 4 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS BIG TIME Maree! This is great recognition of your fantastic work.

  • OMG Lynda! I am so totally thrilled with this! Thank you very much for your lovely comment!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • JHRphotoART
    JHRphotoARTabout 4 years ago

    Congrats on your well-deserved feature !!

  • Thank you JHR!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • DeeZ (D L Honeycutt)
    DeeZ (D L Hone...over 2 years ago


    December 31, 2011

  • Wow DeeZ, a lovely present to close off the old year! Thank you for the feature, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 2 years ago

    beautiful work Maree!!

  • Aaaah, thank you for the fav Charmiene, pleased you visited!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • JolanteHesse
    JolanteHesseabout 2 years ago

    Gorgeous Maree!

  • thanks a lot Jolante, glad you added it to your favs!

    – Maree Clarkson

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