Why the environment has to be preserved

Maree  Clarkson

Tarlton, South Africa

Artist's Description

Done from my imagination, no preliminary sketching – W & N watercolours on Bockingford 300gsm – 12″ × 8″
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Every time I have some moment on a seashore, or in the mountains, or sometimes in a quiet forest, I think this is why the environment has to be preserved.
- Bill Bradley
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We’re still having a lot of rain here in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa, and my palette is definitely being affected by this – I’m drawn to all the wet and cool colours as we haven’t been seeing much of the sun at all. Our dams are filled to capacity, rivers are swollen and causing flooding and, of course, the gardens are smiling!
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I’m not sure whether us humans are all to blame for ‘global warming’ and the strange weather patterns, because Mother Earth has her own natural cycles of warming and freezing, but the mess that we humans make on this planet is of major concern to me. Isn’t a beautiful landscape enough incentive for each and every one of us to take responsibility for our mess in order to preserve it….?


22nd January 2011 – FEATURED in Show Us Your Bloopers
24th January 2011 – FEATURED in Realist Paintings about Water
26th January 2011 – FEATURED in New Creations of Beautiful Color
4th February 2011 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the challenge Painted by our Shores in Beach, River & Lake Treasures
18th March 2011 – FEATURED in Bubblers’ Weekly Challenge
*22nd March 2011 – FEATURED in Fine Arts
4th October 2011 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the challenge My Response to… in “Art Inspired by Written Words”
25th October 2012 – FEATURED in Image Writing
15th November 2012 – FEATURED in Afrikaans
25th November 2013 – FEATURED by RedBubble in EXPLORE
27th November 2013 – FEATURED in Everyday Women
28th November 2013 – FEATURED in Serenity
7th December 2013 – FEATURED in Women Painters

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