Watercolour on Visual 200gsm
From my Africa / Ethnic series.

The Ndebele peoples of Lesotho and South Africa are well-known for the wonderful art that adorns the walls of their homes – the wall paintings of the Ndebele were originally meant to be guideposts to the indigenous persons passing on the road. They announce that “We are Ndebele. Ndebele live here.”

The Ndebele tribe, who belong to the large group of Nguni peoples, in the early 18th Century, originally lived in grass huts, and it wasn’t until they began using mud-walled houses in the mid-18th Century did these symbols begin to be created on their houses and walls. However, in more modern times, bricks are being used to construct the homes, but still with the same beautiful adornments.

The back and side walls of the house were often painted in earth colours and decorated with simple geometric shapes that were shaped with the fingers and outlined in black. The most innovative and complex designs were painted, in the brightest colours, on the front walls of the house. The front wall that enclosed the courtyard in front of the house formed the gateway (izimpunjwana) and was given special care.

Just as colourful as the wall paintings are the clothes and beaded jewellery of the women. They are a reflection of the family’s social status.

17th May 2011 – SOLD 1 Matted print to a Mystery Buyer – thank you!

  1. 23rd July 2010 – FEATURED in Fauna & Flora South Africa
  2. 4th October 2010 – FEATURED in Hand Drawn Buildings or Architecture
  3. 12th October 2010 – FEATURED in African Beauty
  4. 24th February 2011 – FEATURED in Painting the Country Life
  5. 2nd March 2010 – FEATURED in Ethnic Art
  6. 3rd March 2011 – FEATURED in Image Writing
  7. 19th February 2014 – FEATURED by RedBubble in EXPLORE
  8. 20th February 2014 – FEATURED in Afrikaans
  9. 21st February 2014 – FEATURED in Live, Love, Dream
  10. 28th February 2014 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the challenge Discover the World: Southern Africa in ‘PostCard Style’


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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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  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottabout 4 years ago

    Your work is so fresh & spontaneous – love the lively brushstrokes in all your paintings. No fuss, no muss – just beautiful work.

  • Oh thank you for your heart-warming comment dear Marsha! hugs

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 4 years ago

    Lovely, rich colours Maree. You are very creative!!

  • Thank you for that Liz! (Drukkie!)

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1about 4 years ago

    Lovely work

  • Thanks so much Shulie!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Lilykoli
    Lilykoliabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful painting n’ I like the colors, thanks for sharing to us.

  • Thank you Lily, and thanks for stopping by!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Mariaan M Krog Fine Art Portfolio
    Mariaan M Krog...about 4 years ago
    • Another fabulous artwork. You must come visit Botshabelo near my home town – it has a Ndebele kraal showing vsome ery old to some very new houses. Great to see how their traditional colours have changed through the years. Love the colourful geometric patterns in their designs!
      ♫.•°°African Art At heART°°•.♫
      3 July 2010
  • Thanks Mariaan. Botshabelo sounds fabulous – I still want to paint the more modern Ndebele houses, showing the intricate designs, visiting is on my short list!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Oh my word! 45 km east of Bloemfontein! Will have to pack my picnic basket!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • And just 8km outside Middelburg – hmmmmm…

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Pagly4u
    Pagly4uabout 4 years ago

    OHH you are both making me sooo envious………Wonderful capture….Maree
    your art is just so wonderful….Thank you….

  • Aaaaw! A great big hugs to you Pagly! Thank you so much for your lovely comment! Hamel is just 16 or so hours flight from us, we can both go visit Mariaan and do a paint-out!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Pagly4u
    Pagly4uabout 4 years ago

    OHHH dont tempt me…lolol

  • :) smile!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Ken Powers
    Ken Powersabout 4 years ago

    Nice Maree! This is a scene we never see where I live! Great work!

  • Ah, something Mr. Powers hasn’t seen before! Thanks for the “great work” Ken, much appreciated! And unless some of the Ndebele tribe decide to re-settle in Tacoma, you’ll be hard come by to see it again! But I plan on doing a series of these, so maybe you’re lucky!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • heznel
    heznelalmost 4 years ago

  • OMG Heather! How fantastic! I’m TOTALLY thrilled! Thank you very much!!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallalmost 4 years ago

    Smart!!! Congrats Maree!

  • Thank you Liz.

    – Maree Clarkson

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