Charred Landscape

Maree  Clarkson

Tarlton, South Africa

Artist's Description

Coffee and W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm watercolour paper
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Another exploration into the world of painting with coffee – I really love the natural, earthy colour it imparts and here I used it for the tree and all of the fore-ground. The very dark parts on the tree and the trunks is achieved by dipping my brush into the very strong residue at the bottom of the glass and it actually dried to a rich, thick sheen, not visible on the scan. For the white areas I used art masking fluid, removing it afterwards (I just love peeling that stuff from the paper and my fingers!) and softening the stark white with a bit of coffee.
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This is a depiction of our South African landscapes after the ravages of all the veld fires we have during winter.

“Because of the routines we follow, we often forget that life is an ongoing adventure. We leave our homes for work, acting and even believing that we will reach our destinations with no unusual event startling us out of our set expectations. The truth is we know nothing, not where our cars will fail or when our buses will stall, whether our places of employment will be there when we arrive, or whether, in fact, we ourselves will arrive whole and alive at the end of our journeys. Life is pure adventure and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art: to bring all our energies to each encounter, to remain flexible enough to notice and admit when we expected to happen did not happen. We need to remember that we are created creative and can invent new scenarios as frequently as they are needed.
- Maya Angelou – ’Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now’


  1. 6th May 2011 – FEATURED in Image Writing
  2. 13th May 2011 – FEATURED in Works on Paper
  3. 29th June 2014 – FEATURED in Everyday Women
  4. 30th June 2014 – FEATURED in Art Universe
  5. 1st July 2014 – FEATURED by RedBubble in EXPLORE
  6. 2nd July 2014 – FEATURED in A Place to Start

Alma’s review : “The scrubland may contain hidden dangers, it may disappoint the senses after the fire, but look upwards and the mystical horizon will charm and soothe. To continue the journey will be worth the effort.”

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