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Winter Bullrushes – W&N Watercolours on Arches 300gsm – 7″ × 10″
Bullrushes at my pond (Tarlton Gauteng, South Africa)

For this painting I was inspired by Alma Alice’s beautiful image Frosted Bulrushes

“Never cut a tree down in the winter time. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.”
- Robert H. Schuller

I absolutely LOVE Bullrushes and used to have them growing at my pond (in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa) until I discovered how quickly they take over an area, killing everything in its path. I also used to cut the velvety flowering spikes to arrange in a vase, absolutely gorgeous!, also only until I discovered that, when they’re ripe and ready to disperse their seeds, the velvety spike would burst open, covering the house with bundles of dense, cottony fluff! Only the female flower does this, the male withers and dies once it has dispersed its pollen.

Typha Typhaceae is found in a variety of wetland habitats. These plants are known in British English as bulrush, bullrush, or reed mace, in American English as cattail, punks, or corndog grass, in Australia as cumbungi & also bulrush, and in New Zealand as raupo.

Some interesting information : the dense cottony fluff was used for stuffing Futons in Japan before the advent of cotton.

4th July 2011 – 1 Greeting card to AlmaThank you!

  1. 20th January 2011 – FEATURED in Image Writing
  2. 23rd January 2011 – FEATURED in African Art at Heart
  3. 23rd September 2011 – FEATURED in Artists Universe
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  5. 9th December 2013 – FEATURED by RedBubble in EXPLORE

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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  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallalmost 4 years ago

    Wise words! Very interesting info, thanks!…and a wonderful painting!

  • thanks a lot Liz! I’m dying to plant some more, maybe I can make a special wetland for them and do something special to try and prevent them from spreading too much!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Ken Powers
    Ken Powersalmost 4 years ago

    Very nicely laid out! Fantastic work!

  • Wow, great that you like it Ken, thank you!

    – Maree Clarkson

    GEORGE SANDERSONalmost 4 years ago

    Lovely, as always, Maree !

  • Thank you George, pleased you like it, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • loiteke
    loitekealmost 4 years ago

    Congratulations Maree

  • Aaaaw Meeli! This is absolutely awesome! Thank you for the feature, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 4 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your wonderful feature, amazing work and well earned.

  • Aaah, thank you for that Andrea, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Susan van Zyl
    Susan van Zylalmost 4 years ago


    ♫.•°°Art At heART°°•.♫
    23 January 2011

  • Aaah, wowie! this is great Susan! Thank you for the feature, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallalmost 4 years ago

    Geluk liewe maatjie! So pragtig!;-)

  • Baie dankie Lizzie! xxx

    – Maree Clarkson

  • almaalice
    almaaliceover 3 years ago

    I missed this huge honour which Maree paid to me when she painted this absolutely delightful image inspired by one of my photographs. I follow Maree’s wonderful work avidly, heaven knows how I missed it but I did. Congratulations Maree on this beautiful painting I am thrilled and delighted. Alma x

  • And thank you for buying one of these cards Alma, huge honour for me! Hugs

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 3 years ago

    SEPTEMBER 23rd, 2011
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  • Thank you for this feature Mary, really appreciate it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • citywind
    citywindabout 3 years ago

    Love this one Maree

  • Hey, that’s so great Sandro! Thank you for the fav, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

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