There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.
-  Lord Byron

I’ve been missing the coast for a while now, haven’t been for several months. Miss the sand between my toes, watching the sun rise over a brilliantly turquoise sea, the waves washing up little treasures to sketch… I love just sitting on the rocks, the breeze in my hair, the crabs scurrying around before the tide comes in again.

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The beaches in Ballito, on the North Coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, stretch flat and smooth for long distances, ideal for long walks, and some stretches have lots of rocks, offering a place to sit and ponder, but way up the North Coast, at St. Lucia, the beaches are wild and undulating, covered with vegetation. The Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles breed in these waters and lay their eggs on these shores.

The original is from memory – watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm – 12″ × 8″

8th August 2010 – FEATURED in Going Coastal

From my series Beach Images

Framed print

Greeting card

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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  • jainiemac
    jainiemacabout 4 years ago

    this is beautiful lovely work!!

  • Wow, thanks for that Jane, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful work Maree, I love the colours

  • Thanks for that Andrea, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • WoolleyWorld
    WoolleyWorldabout 4 years ago

    lucky you Maree…such a great place!

  • It is Maree, and I’m already making plans for my next visit! Thanks for the fav and popping in!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 4 years ago

    So lieflik, kom ons pak ’n piekniekmandjie en gaan sit daar teen die duin…sonder ’n sorg van ’n dag oud!

  • Aaa ja, dit kan werk! Ek pak solank die kombers en wyn, sien jou binnekort! Dankie vir die begunstiging!

    – Maree Clarkson

    GEORGE SANDERSONabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful watercolour, Maree, love the soft pastel shades !

  • Pleased you like it George, thank you!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottabout 4 years ago

    A very warm, inviting scene.

  • So glad you like it Marsha, and thanks for the fav!!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Ken Powers
    Ken Powersabout 4 years ago

    I love the approach you used for the grasses!

  • Thanks Ken! My favourite subject, grasses!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful feel to it Maree. Like Ken, I like the effect of the grasses.

  • Thanks so much Jim, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • RickGeorge
    RickGeorgeabout 4 years ago

    Lovely work..

  • Thank you Richard.

    – Maree Clarkson

  • shazart
    shazartabout 4 years ago

    Hope to get to the coast soon. I have been spendinga lot of time down at the beach – it’s heaven! That wonderful feeling as you say of feeling the sand between your toes & a dip in the ocean. Who would not love that?

  • Aaaaaw, you’re making me even more beach-sick Sharry!

    – Maree Clarkson

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