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I did this painting with coffee (Nescafé instant, strong and black! on a tea-stained back-ground – Bockingford 300gsm – 12″ × 8″ (After seeing Barbara Glatzeder’s coffee art, I also started using this medium, which I find totally exciting!)

  1. Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals.”
    - George Orwell~

The Painted dog or African Wild Dog (Lycaon pictus), is a medium-sized canid found only in Africa, especially in savannahs and other lightly wooded areas. It is also called the Painted Hunting Dog, African Hunting Dog, the Cape Hunting Dog, the Spotted Dog, the Ornate Wolf or the Painted Wolf in English, Wildehond in Afrikaans, and Mbwa mwitu in Swahili. It is the only extant species in the genus Lycaon, with one species, L. sekowei, being extinct.

There were once approximately 500,000 African Wild Dogs in 39 countries, and packs of 100 or more were not uncommon. Now there are only about 3,000-5,500 in fewer than 25 countries ore less. They are primarily found in Eastern and Southern Africa, mostly in the two remaining large populations associated with the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania and the population centered in northern Botswana and Eastern Namibia.
Whilst the largest population resides in the Kruger National Park (South Africa), some wild dogs have been released into Madikwe, Pilanesberg and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, South Africa.

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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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  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinover 4 years ago

    Seems a perfect subject for your new medium. And I like learning something new each day, Maree!

  • Ha, you noticed! Pleased you like it Sally, I’m also a ‘useless information’ collector, and thanks for the lovely comment!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Namueh
    Namuehover 4 years ago

    Great work!

  • Thanks a lot Namueh, pleased you popped in!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 4 years ago

    Totally beautiful!!

  • A BIG thank you Liz!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoover 4 years ago

  • Thanks for accepting Janice!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • craftloft
    craftloftover 4 years ago
  • Thanks Mariaan!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Dianne  Ilka
    Dianne Ilkaover 4 years ago

    This looks fantastic! You really are becoming a master of the coffee LOL

  • Thanks so much Dianne! It is much like painting with watercolours with a few exceptions, one of which is, you can’t really paint over it again once it’s dry – it disappears as soon as you wet it again! lol

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Julie-Ann Vellios
    Julie-Ann Velliosover 4 years ago

    the colour being limited is so effective – wonderful

  • Thank you Julie-Ann!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • davvi
    davviover 4 years ago


  • Thanks Davvi!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • scallyart
    scallyartover 4 years ago

    Very good. Went to the Perth Zoo yesterday and loved these dogs. Got some nice photos of them, so interesting to see your painting of the dog. Regards Kerry

  • Nice that you could see them in real life Heidi! You can GO HERE to see the other one of them I did. Thanks for your interesting comment!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Heidi? I’m calling you Heidi?! Someone must be talking about me! Sorry Kerry, but you know what I mean!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Sue Nichol
    Sue Nicholover 4 years ago

    I love the simplicity and colour of this image.

  • Thank you Sue, pleased you like it!

    – Maree Clarkson

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