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Arum lilies done one the back of a sheet of Photo printing paper, using coffee (Nescafé Instant) for the back-ground, and watercolour for the flowers. This paper is actually very thin, and ever so slightly glossy, so it was a completely different feel painting on this in stead of my normal heavy-weight watercolour paper I’m used to. It’s also not conducive to allowing the paint, or coffee, to freely flow and mix. I also gave the back-ground a slight salt treatment, which then promptly refused to budge once the painting was dry! I had to scrub it off with a nail brush! I used fine table salt, maybe that could be the reason… But it has somehow imparted a raw quality to the painting.

Zantedeschia is native to southern Africa from South Africa north to Malawi. The Zantedeschia species are poisonous due to the presence of calcium oxalate. All parts of the plant are toxic, and produce irritation and swelling of the mouth and throat, acute vomiting and diarrhoea.

Did you know that the striking arum lily “flower” is actually many tiny flowers arranged in a complex spiral pattern on the central column (spadix)? The tiny flowers are arranged in male and female zones on the spadix. The top 7 cm are male flowers and the lower 1.8 cm are female. If you look through a hand-lens you may see the stringy pollen emerging from the male flowers which consist largely of anthers. The female flowers have an ovary with a short stalk above it, which is the style (where the pollen is received). The spadix is surrounded by the white or coloured spathe. According to Marloth, the whiteness of the spathe is not caused by pigmentation, but is an optical effect produced by numerous airspaces beneath the epidermis.

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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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  • Dianne  Ilka
    Dianne Ilkaabout 4 years ago

    I really like this Maree! Something different to have a watercolour with texture.

  • Thanks for your lovely input Dianne, much appreciated! I also like the texture that was achieved.

    – Maree Clarkson

  • almaalice
    almaaliceabout 4 years ago

    It is beautiful Maree. Isn’t it a good feeling when experiments reveal a new set of shots in your armoury. It is great hearing how you did it and the result is just lovely. Alma xx

  • Thank you for your lovely comment Alma, I really appreciate it! xx

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 4 years ago

    An ancient look…STUNNING!!

  • Thanks a lot Liz!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizma Knowles
    Elizma Knowlesabout 4 years ago

    Oh I LOVE it! Have always had a thing for these ;-)

  • Ah, another Arum lover! Thank you Elizma!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • BCallahan
    BCallahanabout 4 years ago

    oh Maree… another winner…. this is fantastic!! what a joy to view!! love your color choices, and the depth and shadows are marvelous!!!

  • Oh Barb, thank you for your heart-warming comment! So pleased you like it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinabout 4 years ago

    Fabulous…and always enjoy your writings.

  • Nice of you to say so Sally, pleased you like it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 4 years ago

    Fabulous effect with the coffee background. A stunning image and a fave for sure!

  • So glad you like it Dot, and thank you for the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

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    Mariaan M Krog...about 4 years ago
  • thanks a lot Mariaan!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelabout 4 years ago

    enchanting work

  • Oh what a beautiful feature banner LoneAngel! And thank you for this feature, I’m really thrilled!!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 4 years ago

    A lovely banner for a lovely piece of art!! Congrats Maree!! Ons dans en sing!;-)

  • Thanks so much Liz, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

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