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W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm

To dig in one’s own earth, with one’s own spade,
does life hold anything better?

- Beverly Nichols

About 10km from us, on the way to Kromdraai (Tarlton, South Africa), lies the farming area of Oaktree, spreading across valleys and hills. Within kilometers are the world-renowned Sterkfontein Caves, from where the Magalies River originates, which surfaces at the eye on Maloney’s Eye Farm near Magaliesburg, Gauteng South Africa

I pass this gate quite often on my way to Clearwater Mall, some 40km away, always just catching a glimpse of what’s on the other side as I drive by. On this Winter’s day, I stopped and peered over the gate, taking in the lands lying ready for next season’s crop and the track leading to, the house maybe? I did this sketch from memory when I got home. The beautiful trees are what I remembered most, catching the morning winter sun and fairly glowing!

  1. 11/06/2010 – FEATURED in Landscape Painting
  2. 7th November 2010 – FEATURED in PostCard Style
  3. 4th December 2010 – FEATURED in Painting the Country Life
  4. 19th March 2012 – FEATURED in African Beauty
  5. 31st August 2012 – FEATURED in Image Writing
  6. 30th January 2013 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the challenge Kuns van Africa/Art from Africa in ‘Afrikaans’ – 3rd Place shared
  7. January 2013 – FEATURED in EXPLORE
  8. 16th September 2013 – FEATURED in Live, Love, Dream
  9. 8th February 2014 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the challenge Uitdaging wenner / Challenge winner: Your favourite Season/Jou gunsteling Seisoen in “Afrikaans”
  10. 19th December 2014 – FEATURED in Art Universe

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 4 years ago

    “To dig in one’s own earth, with one’s own spade,
    does life hold anything better?” This is so b e a u t i f u l !! I love paintings like this! I want to walk into them forever….

  • Thank you Liz – let’s walk!!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • And thank you for the fav! Grênd!!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Itaya
    Itayaover 4 years ago

    Very beautiful! Reminds me of the country roads and paths in my Grandparent’s fields. :)

  • Thanks a lot Itaya!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 4 years ago

    A true impression of what you saw (or remembered.) They make for the most beautiful work Maree. Nicely done.

  • Thank you Jim. Ever since I took a couple of on-line art classes, my perception of everything has changed. I seem to notice light and shadows a lot more and my memory is greatly attuned to “remembering” scenes and colours. Thanks for your kind comment.

    – Maree Clarkson

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  • Thank you Mariaan.

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Heidi Mooney-Hill
    Heidi Mooney-Hillover 4 years ago

    Just beautiful,
    I’m just starting a water color of an Irish landscape
    I can learn from this painting
    Gr. Heidi

  • Thank you Heidi!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 4 years ago

    Congratulations! MrsWillow has selected this work to be featured in the Landscape Painting Group – 11/6/10

  • Oh thank you MrsWillow! Great honour and I’m THRILLED to bits!!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 4 years ago

    One of my many favourites!!! Congratulations Maree, this is so smart!

  • Thank you Liz, also one of mine! xx

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Kay Cunningham
    Kay Cunninghamover 4 years ago

    Hi Maree – known you bubble fashion for a while now. Lovely to share the features board with you! love the painting too! Kay.

  • Thank you Kay and yes, that’s great, isn’t it! Hope you made less mistakes in “featuring” than I did!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Blended
    Blendedover 4 years ago

    Very nice loose style. Nice colour choices as well!

  • thanks so much for your nice comment blended! Glad you like it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Bravo
    Elizabeth Bravoabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations on being FEATURED IN POST CARD STYLE
    I will be posting a banner to you later today. Sorry, I’m a bit late with this weeks features!!

  • Aaaaah, thank you for the feature Elizabeth, I really appreciate it!

    – Maree Clarkson

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