Watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm
Leaving the shores of Africa, never to return again…

  1. Heave the anchor short!
    Raise main-sail and jib, steer forth,
    O little white-hull’d sloop, now speed on really deep waters,
    (I will not call it our concluding voyage,
    But outset and sure entrance to the truest, best, maturest;)
    Depart, depart from solid earth, no more returning to these shores,
    Now on for aye our infinite free venture wending,
    Spurning all yet tried ports, seas, hawsers, densities, gravitation,
    Sail out for good, eidolon yacht of me!

    - Walt Whitman

Inspired by a poem I once read by Walt Whitman, I envisaged this “little white-hull’d sloop, now speed on really deep waters”, so I started my sketch off with the little ‘sloop’ departing from ‘solid earth’, imagining “really deep waters” as I got to do the waves, adding the distant shores it was leaving behind, never to return again…

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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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  • Colin Cartwright
    Colin Cartwrightabout 4 years ago

    Heavily impressionistic and loose. The motion and sheer energy involved, are superbly conveyed here, Maree.

  • Thank you for your wonderful input Colin, love the “sheer energy” part! Thank you very much!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanabout 4 years ago

    wonderfully atmospheric and the effect of the waves adds loads of movement Maree….great work!

  • Thanks for your wonderful comment Linda, very pleased you like it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Ken Powers
    Ken Powersabout 4 years ago

    Great motion and action in this piece Maree!

  • Thank you very much Kenneth!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1about 4 years ago

    Great movement in this Maree

  • Thanks a lot Shulie!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Linda Jackson
    Linda Jacksonabout 4 years ago

    Ok Maree!!! move over I am coming on board!!!! ;o)))
    Always wanted to go on a sailboat!!! take care, Linda
    (you know this is great!)

  • And off we go! Glad you like it Linda! Hugs

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful and impressive work!!! Well done Maree!

  • Thank you very much Liz!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsabout 4 years ago

    Just absolutely great use of your paper, love the whites your left. Skillfully done and beautiful as well. It is impressive work.

  • Thank you very much for your compliment and supporting my work Jim. This is much appreciated.

    – Maree Clarkson

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

    Looks great, seems you had a bit of fun with this one Maree, The Exciting write up accents this well Well Done
    Thank you for adding this to the group

  • Thank you – one never knows where inspiration comes from Jason! And thanks for adding it to your favs!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Marie Theron
    Marie Theronabout 4 years ago

    Very nice, Maree! I am turning into an expert in recognizing your art ANYWHERE!

  • Thank you Marie! I also have a few artists whose work I recognise immediately, including yours!

    – Maree Clarkson

    GEORGE SANDERSONabout 4 years ago

    Excellent watercolour Maree !!!

  • Thank you for that George! Great compliment from a great artist!

    – Maree Clarkson

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