Acrylic on Gesso primed un-stretched acid-free canvas – 9″ × 12″

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
- Marcel Proust

A new experiment for me – using acrylic paints and doing a subject that is not true to life. I mean, really, Orange Arums?! What next?! Normally for me, as here, once I apply a back-ground, that normally sets the tone for the rest of the colour palette. And it seemed a natural progression of incorporating orange as the contrast to the yellow back-ground.

All species of Arums (or Zantedeschia) are endemic to southern Africa. Z. aethiopica grows naturally in marshy areas and is only deciduous when water becomes scarce. It grows continuously when watered and fed regularly and can survive periods of minor frosts.

The Zantedeschia species are poisonous due to the presence of calcium oxalate. All parts of the plant are toxic, and produce irritation and swelling of the mouth and throat, acute vomiting and diarrhea. A beautiful flower carrying a deadly secret!

  1. 02/07/2010 – FEATURED in Painters Universe
  2. 10th October 2011 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the challenge The Orange Lily in ‘all Glorious Lilies’ – 8th Place
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  6. 15th May 2013 – EDITOR’S PICK in All Glorious Lilies

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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.
“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 4 years ago

    I’ve been looking at this painting since early morning. ;-)

  • lol Thank you! (tongue in cheek!)

    – Maree Clarkson

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanover 4 years ago

    this is gorgeous Maree….lovely colours and great texture…brilliant!

  • Thank you so much Linda! I love that you love it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottover 4 years ago

    So vibrant!

  • Thank you Marsha!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Ken Powers
    Ken Powersover 4 years ago

    Very nice! The piece is perfectly composed!

  • Well, thanks for that Ken! You’ve made my day!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Brenda Boisvert
    Brenda Boisvertover 4 years ago

    Very beautiful :-)

  • Thank you Brenda! :)

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Mariaan M Krog Fine Art Portfolio
    Mariaan M Krog...over 4 years ago
  • thank you Mariaan, my favourites too!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 4 years ago

    Gorgeous colours in this

  • Pleased you like it Shulie, thank you very much!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • JHRphotoART
    JHRphotoARTover 4 years ago

    Nicely done Maree…

  • Thank you JHR!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Susan van Zyl
    Susan van Zylover 4 years ago

    Beautiful!!

  • Thanks Susan, pleased you like it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 4 years ago


    July 2nd, 2010
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    Mary

  • Thank you so much for this Mary! I’m absolutely thrilled!

    – Maree Clarkson

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