#You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses!
- Ziggy

I have a couple of those very realistic-looking silk roses which I bring out of storage from time-to-time, especially if flowers are in short supply in the garden during winter months (I know, Winter is not an excuse to not have any flowers in the garden, but this year I’ve left planting a bit late, might still get in some pansies, though!) – and they served as subject matter for a quick watercolour with no sketching before-hand.

Watercolour in Moleskine 200gsm Watercolour sketch-book – 8″ × 5″

28th October 2010 – FEATURED in Inspired Art

From my series of Flowers

Greeting card

Mounted print

Framed print – Large

Easy-to-clean Laminated print



flowers, roses, autumn, watercolour, maree clarkson

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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  • almaalice
    almaalicealmost 4 years ago

    Glorious picture and the positivity of the prose makes a wonderful combination. You as such an inspiration. Hugs Alma x

  • You’re such a darling Alma! Thank you for your lovely comment! Hugs

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Sue Nichol
    Sue Nicholalmost 4 years ago

    Lovely painting, I like the looseness of the brush strokes and colours, which work so well together.

  • Thanks so much Sue!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Philosophy Lee
    Philosophy Leealmost 4 years ago

    Some people
    rejoice in complaining! ;D
    hmm… is that a complaint? hehe… I do believe it is!

    (Please do continue to ‘lead by example’ Maree.)

  • Disguised as it is, I think it is….! Thanks for your sharp wit and your lovely words Lee, appreciate that!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • PS: Thank you for adding it to your favs!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallalmost 4 years ago

    I prefer to rejoice!! Thanks for this beauty!

  • Hooray! Thanks for that Liz, it’s a pleasure!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Angela  Burman
    Angela Burmanalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful painting Maree. Love your quote

  • It’s one way of looking at things, isn’t it Angela? Thank you, pleased you like it.

    – Maree Clarkson

  • maggie326
    maggie326almost 4 years ago

    Lovely Roses Maree.. You do wonders with water colours

  • Thank you for your heart-warming compliment Maggie, you’ve made my day!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • vasenoir
    vasenoiralmost 4 years ago

    nice color!! nice mood…

  • Thank you Vasenoir! Appreciate that…

    – Maree Clarkson

  • paulramnora
    paulramnoraalmost 4 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful! What’s more…your utterly remarkable technique makes it look so simple and straight forwards as to be completely effortless…like anybody could do that…ha, only in their ‘dreams’. It usually takes a hell of a lot of constant practice for the artist to make their work look ‘easy’. Warmest congratulations, GREAT! ;-)

  • Aaah Paul, how lovely your comment is and thank you for such a beautiful compliment! Very heart-warming and very much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • BCallahan
    BCallahanalmost 4 years ago

    What an exquisite painting, Maree!!! love the colors and your attention to details where needed!! This is absolutely splendid!!! (i know you like that word). ☺hugs!

  • Spadecaller
    Spadecalleralmost 4 years ago

    This is a beautiful piece. Very liberating. Bravo. (Love your work).

  • Thank you for your lovely comment Matthew, pleased you like my work!

    – Maree Clarkson

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