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Pen and ink sketch with watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm watercolour paper 12″ × 8″

The White-Eyes (Zosterops pallidus) are regular visitors to my garden here in Tarlton (Gauteng, South Africa). They normally flit around furiously catching the tiniest insects hardly visible to the eye and never sit still for long. Did a quick out-line sketch of this chappie as he gave me the cocky eye and finished it off once they had moved on.

“If we love our children
we must love the earth with tender care
and pass it on, diverse and beautiful,
so that on a warm spring day
10 000 years hence
they can feel peace in a sea of grass,
can watch a bee visit a flower,
can hear a sandpiper call in the sky,
and can find joy in being alive.”

- Hugh Ilitis

  1. 24th August 2010 – FEATURED in The Birds
  2. 14th February 2011 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the challenge Bird Drawings in Birds! Birds! Birds
  3. 8th May 2011 – FEATURED in Playful Photogenic or Color-Painted Animals
  4. 8th June 2012 – FEATURED in Creative Cards & Calendars
  5. 13th June 2012 – FEATURED in Country Bumpkin
  6. November 2012 – FEATURED in EXPLORE


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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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  • Heidi Mooney-Hill
    Heidi Mooney-Hillabout 4 years ago

    Maree, a wonderful painting, I am always impressed how you paint, so light
    The poen speaks right out of my heart. I always feel sad, that so many people don’t take the time to just listen and look, and try to keep these impressions for our children to see.

  • It is rather sad that the fast living pace of today affects everything negatively Heidi, and that many people don’t see everything around them. thank you for your lovely comment.

    – Maree Clarkson

  • MbArt
    MbArtabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful Maree! So light and delicate!

  • Thank you very much Marion!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 4 years ago

    Do you see the smile on my face? This is so wonderful Maree!

  • ♫♫♫ When you’re smiling, when you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you! …..♪♪♪♫ Many thanks Liz!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottabout 4 years ago

    how cute!!! I’m smiling right along with Elizabeth!

  • Thank you Marsha, and they are absolutely tiny !!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Ken Powers
    Ken Powersabout 4 years ago

    I love the work on that branch!

  • Ah, glad you like it Ken!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • margaretfraser
    margaretfraserabout 4 years ago

    lovely art

  • Morning Margaret from Inverness, thank you for your comment! Pleased you like it.

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful piece of art, Maree. You are soooo talented!

  • Aaaaw Dot, you really warm my heart so early in the morning! Thank you very much!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • EvaMarIza
    EvaMarIzaabout 4 years ago

    Love this :)))

  • Many thanks Eva, beautiful photographs in your portfolio!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • msgraphics2009
    msgraphics2009about 4 years ago

    WOW this is beautiful.

  • Morning Matthew from West Bend! Thank you so much and I think your Wild Turkey is beautiful!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBalmost 4 years ago

    August 23, 2010

  • Many, many thanks for the feature Teresa, I love it, totally thrilled!

    – Maree Clarkson

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