The Tonic of Wildness (Restio) by Maree  Clarkson

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Watercolour in Moleskine 200gsm Nature Journal

  1. South African Grasses – “Restio – Thamnochortus sp”
We need the tonic of wildness…We can never have enough of nature…We need to witness our own limits transgressed, and some life pasturing freely where we never wander.

- Henry David Thoreau

When you see a field of Restios (also called Cape Reed Grass), the first impression is one of sombreness. But as the breeze moves, the Restio plant’s colours flash through the blades – khaki, terracotta, chocolate. and their arching, tufted growth habit captivates gardeners world-wide.

This species is very common in the Western Cape mountains (South Africa), but it grows equally well in my garden here in Tarlton, South Africa. Mine are well over the 50cm specified as their growing height. They also make the most gorgeous bunches of dried grasses. I hang mine from the rafters in my potting shed and alternate them as dried flower displays in my house.

  1. 8th October 2010 – FEATURED in Journal Junkies
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From my portfolio of Flowers 1

Greeting cards

Framed print ideal for the study, hallway or passage

Easy-to-clean Laminated print hanging in my garden shed

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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  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariover 4 years ago

    Wow, Maree!!! THis is gorgeous!! SO creative and so simply beautiful!! :)))

  • Thank you for your inspirational comment Vicki! So pleased you like it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Corri Gryting Gutzman
    Corri Gryting ...over 4 years ago

    So beautiful! I really love this! Instant Favorite!

  • Thanks so much Corri! And thanks for the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 4 years ago

    Love it!! Love it!! just love it!

  • OMG! Triple thank you Liz! So pleased you love it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Kay Cunningham
    Kay Cunninghamover 4 years ago

    Lovely study Maree. What a lovely one to hang by your dried grasses! Would love to see it in reality – perhaps one day!

  • Thank you Kay and yes, one never knows!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Ken Powers
    Ken Powersover 4 years ago

    Very nicely rendered Maree! Great work!

  • Thank you! Glad you like it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 4 years ago

    Wonderful study Maree, back to the roots of how watercolours were most commonly used several centuries ago.

  • Thank you Jim! Yes, it is rather Botanical in nature, and maybe one day I will expand into that more!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Jason D. Laderoute
    Jason D. Lader...over 4 years ago

    I really like this Maree it has a strong appeal and the simplicity it is composed gives it a great presence thank you for adding this to the group

  • It’s totally my pleasure Jason and I’m SO pleased you like it! Thank you!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Mariaan M Krog Fine Art Portfolio
    Mariaan M Krog...over 4 years ago
  • Yes Mariaan, have been thinking about it, just procrastinating a bit! And thank you so much for your wonderful comment!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • BGlatzeder
    BGlatzederabout 4 years ago

  • I’m really thrilled about this feature Barbara, thank you very much!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelabout 4 years ago

    Nice work!

  • Thanks a lot Cindy!

    – Maree Clarkson

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