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Enthroned in his earthenware pot ... by Maree  Clarkson

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Watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm – 8″ × 12″
Dried Hydrangeas from my garden (Tarlton, South Africa) standing in my potting shed.

Hear Rosanna Warren read this poem

From the bottom of the garden, enthroned in his earthenware pot,
the hydrangea god surveys his minions—
lavender agapanthuses bowing starburst heads,
red begonia calyxes trumpeting his fame,
oleander leaves whispering of his misdeeds.
The central path leads straight to him. Behind,
a stained mirror and mossy wall back up his power.
Thousands of crinkled, tiny, white ideas occur to him
with frilled and overlapping edges. No one else
deploys such Byzantine metaphysics. No one
can read his mind. Only he remembers
the children’s secret fort by the cypress tree
among fraught weeds, rusted buckets, and dumped ash,
and how lost the grown-ups sounded, calling, as night came.

“Hydrangea” By Rosanna Warren

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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.
“There is a fine line between dreams and reality; it’s up to you to draw it.”

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  • snapdecisions
    snapdecisionsalmost 4 years ago

    Lovely piece indeed Maree , Trev

  • Thanks for that Trev, appreciate it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • And thank you for the fav Trev!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Corinne Pouzet
    Corinne Pouzetalmost 4 years ago

    Splendid !

  • Thanks Corinne, really pleased you like it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Pat Yager
    Pat Yageralmost 4 years ago

    I really like the way you’ve woven so many (of my favorite!) colors together, Maree! A lovely piece, my friend!

  • Oh, I’m so pleased you like it Pat! Thank you so much. Since you commented here, I’ve added a link where you can hear the poem being read by Rosanna Warren, in case you’re interested.

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotalmost 4 years ago

    Lovely, Maree. The kind of urn you’ve placed the hydrangea in gives it high stature!

  • So pleased you like it Dot, thank you!

    – Maree Clarkson

    JUSTARTalmost 4 years ago


  • Thank you JustArt!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottalmost 4 years ago

    Very, very nice – love it!

  • Thanks a lot Marsha!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallalmost 4 years ago

    Oh how wonderful….I was in awe while listening to Rosanna Warren. I appreciate the loveliness you created on this page: food for the soul indeed! Thanks Maree.

  • Oh THANK YOU for your lovely comment Liz! I’m SO pleased you like it, it’s actually wonderful hearing the poem in stead of just reading it.

    – Maree Clarkson

  • supernan
    supernanalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful piece of combined work, thank you for submitting to Bloopers..x

  • Thanks a lot, pleased you like it SuperNan!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • BCallahan
    BCallahanalmost 4 years ago

    what a lovely painting, Maree!! The colors in this just sing the words of the poem! Love the colors, and the way you placed on the table a few flowers that had fallen off. SPLENDID!!

  • So pleased you noticed that Barb! Glad you like it and thank you for your SPLENDID comment! xx

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsalmost 4 years ago

    I’ve run out of flowers to gather other than a stray rose trying to bloom late. Very beautiful Maree.

  • Thanks so much Jim, but the imagination is also a fine thing when real ones are in short supply (lol)!

    – Maree Clarkson

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