Charred Landscape by Maree  Clarkson

Coffee and W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm watercolour paper

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.

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’

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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.”

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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  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 4 years ago

    A lovely painting and wise words. Life is unpredictable.

  • I agree, it is unpredictable, and that’s what makes it so wonderful! Thanks for your lovely comment Lori!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • almaalice
    almaaliceover 4 years ago

    Instant fave. Love this one. As in illustration of the prose to me it says – 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. Alma

  • Oh WOW Alma! You’ve outdone yourself with this review! I just love it! Where do you get the words and inspiration…?! Of course I have to put it into my description, it gives the viewer a much deeper insight into, and appreciation of, the painting. Thank you for that, it has really touched my heart. And also thanks for the fav, much appreciated.

    – Maree Clarkson

  • gingermegs
    gingermegsover 4 years ago

    Lovely artwork Maree. Love Alma’s comments also. She is so inspiring. Your work is amazing.

  • Aaah, thank you for that Ginger! Lovely to meet the lady from Mullaloo!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Olitto
    Olittoover 4 years ago

    Baie mooi geskilder, Maree. Ek hou van die kleurskakerings en ook die woorde.

  • Een kleur, net meer en meer lae Olitto! Baie dankie vir jou ondersteuning!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Debbie Schiff
    Debbie Schiffover 4 years ago

    Outstanding depth in this Maree….. lovely to see another use for coffee, you are certainly having fun with it. Alma’s review is wonderful too! 10/10

  • Thanks Debbie, Alma is really a great inspiration! And I am enjoying this painting with coffee, it’s got so many nuances to it. Thanks for the 10!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 4 years ago

    So very beautiful Maree!!! And yes I love Alma’s review too!

  • So pleased you like it Liz (hier het ek erg binnepret gehad oor dit so donker is…) Thank you for your lovely comment!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • joycee
    joyceeover 4 years ago

    Beautiful work and lovely words too.

  • Thank you so much Joyce!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Paulina Kazarinov
    Paulina Kazarinovover 4 years ago

    Outstanding painting!!!

  • Thanks for saying so Paulina, and thanks for the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Sue Nichol
    Sue Nicholover 4 years ago

    You evoke the African landscape so well.

  • Thanks for that Sue, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • craftloft
    craftloftover 4 years ago
  • Pleased you like it Mariaan, thanks a lot!

    – Maree Clarkson

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