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Watercolour in Moleskine 200gsm Watercolour Nature Journal

“It gives one a sudden start in going down a barren, stony street, to see upon a narrow strip of grass, just within the iron fence, the radiant dandelion, shining in the grass, like a spark dropped from the sun.”
Henry Ward Beecher

My lawn (and the fields surrounding our house – Tarlton, South Africa) is absolutely covered in Dandelions! In one spot it looks like a yellow carpet – wonder what the soil configuration is that makes them so rife in certain spots? I have always picked dandelions for a small vase I have, but it is only upon very close inspection when I was sketching them that I realised what true little beauties these small flowers are, each a masterpiece aster in miniature. Can you believe that Dandelions are from the Aster family?!

Did you know that Dandelions can be beneficial to a garden ecosystem as well as to human health? Dandelions attract beneficial ladybugs and provide early spring pollen for their food. In a study done at the University of Wisconsin, experimental plots with dandelions had more ladybugs than dandelion free plots, and fewer pest aphids, a favourite food of the ladybugs. Dandelions long roots also aerate the soil and enable the plant to accumulate minerals, which are added to the soil when the plant dies. 

Not only are dandelions good for your soil, they are good for your health. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a serving of uncooked dandelion leaves contains 280 percent of an adult’s daily requirement of beta carotene as well as more than half the requirement of vitamin C. Dandelions are also rich in vitamin A, Dandelions are also used as herbal remedies. The white sap from the stem and root is used as a topical remedy for warts. The whole plant is used as a diuretic and liver stimulant, and the fresh juice of Dandelion can be applied externally to fight bacteria and help heal wounds. A friend of mine even makes Dandelion wine!

  1. A tincture or concoction is used to treat toxic conditions such as eczema or inflammation of the joints.

Dandelion seeds are carried away by the wind and travel like tiny parachutes.

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botanical, dandelion, flowers, herbs, maree clarkson, tarlton, south africa, magaliesburg, krugersdorp, gauteng, watercolour, watercolor, sketch, sketchbook, moleskine, dandelions perdeblom

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

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallalmost 4 years ago

    So delicate! A very beautiful painting Maree…should be published in a book sometime, don’t you think?

  • Ah, that book again… Pleased you like it Liz and thanks for adding it to your favourites! Much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Portia Greenwood
    Portia Greenwoodalmost 4 years ago

    beautiful! i just love your style.

  • Many thanks Portia, pleased you like it! And thank you for adding it to your favourites!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Ken Powers
    Ken Powersalmost 4 years ago

    Nicely done Maree! I have always thought about eating these but have never tried!

  • Thanks Ken. The leaves are cooked like spinach and, with potatoes, scrumptious!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Brenda Boisvert
    Brenda Boisvertalmost 4 years ago

    Very beautiful work:-)

  • Thank you so much Brenda! hugs

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1almost 4 years ago

    Beautiful work, Maree – did you know that dandelions were brought to North America to be used in garden borders and as you can guess, they spread all over the place. My Dad used to make dandelion wine and he also ate the leaves in sandwiches.

  • And what ever happened that it changed to weed status?! I just love it when the fields are covered in them and can just imagine how absolutely beautiful it must look in a border! Think I’ll give that a try! Your father sounds like a very inventive soul!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIonealmost 4 years ago

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    Another beauty!

  • Many thanks for accepting, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

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  • Thanks Miss Maritz!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • JulieWickham
    JulieWickhamalmost 4 years ago

    Hi Maree – lovely work – great colours and composition

  • Thank you Julie, pleased you like ti.

    – Maree Clarkson

  • LifeisDelicious
    LifeisDeliciousalmost 4 years ago

    OMG….LOL….i was wondering today whether the sap from dandelions would be good for warts etc……and here it is, the Law of Attraction in play here. A most beautiful watercolor painting Maree :))) Kathie

  • Aaaah Kathie, what you think about you bring about!! So pleased you found the information and also that you like it! Hugs

    – Maree Clarkson

  • loiteke
    loitekealmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful

  • Aaah, thank you Meeli!

    – Maree Clarkson

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