Life is Still by Maree  Clarkson

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Fruit in a bowl on my kitchen table (Tarlton, South Africa)

I am thinking of the onion again.  … Not self-righteous like the proletarian potato, nor a siren like the apple. No show-off like the banana. But a modest, self-effacing vegetable, questioning, introspective, peeling itself away, or merely radiating halos like ripples.
-  Erica Jong, Fruits and Vegetables, 1971

Inspired by all the still life paintings here on RB, here’s another still life, and I think I’m starting to enjoy this! I scoured the cupboards and the refrigerator for inspiration and all I could come up with was an onion, a rather bedraggled yellow pepper and two apples. Mother Hubbard’s cupboard was rather bare! The bowl belongs to a friend who brought a salad over for a braai (barbecue) we had a while back.

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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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  • Robin Monroe
    Robin Monroeover 4 years ago


  • Thanks Robin.

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Diane Hall
    Diane Hallover 4 years ago

    Lovely Maree, and I must admit I have a special affinity for lowly onions. Nicely done!

  • Thanks Diane, still life is a new venture for me, but I’m enjoying it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinover 4 years ago

    oohhh Maree, just wonderful. bright, cheery and love the colors of all (want the bowl)…very nice background.

  • SO pleased you like it Sally, thank you! If my friend doesn’t fetch the bowl, you can have it! lol

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Ken Powers
    Ken Powersover 4 years ago

    Beautiful work Maree!

  • Thank you Kenneth!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • PS: And thank you for the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 4 years ago

    I’m enjoying this too!! Very nice Maree, perfect light and shadows, lovely colours all over!

  • Aaah, so pleased you’re enjoying my foray into still life Liz! And thank you for the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Spadecaller
    Spadecallerover 4 years ago

    Instant favorite. Beautiful work!

  • Thanks so much for that Spade, glad you like it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 4 years ago

    A wonderful addition to your Still Life series! Great colors!

  • Glad you like it Dot, thank you!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • bevmorgan
    bevmorganover 4 years ago

    Lovely still life, Maree. Love your palette and the wet in wet effects. Beautiful watercolour.

  • Oh wow Bev! SO pleased you like it, thank you!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 4 years ago

    Brilliant and stunning Maree, beautifully done.

  • Thanks SO much Andrea, glad you like it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Angela  Burman
    Angela Burmanover 4 years ago

    Wonderful painting Maree. So fresh and vibrant

  • Nice of you to say so Angela, thank you very much!

    – Maree Clarkson

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