Why the environment has to be preserved by Maree  Clarkson

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Done from my imagination, no preliminary sketching – W & N watercolours on Bockingford 300gsm – 12″ × 8″

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

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!

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….?

  1. 22nd January 2011 – FEATURED in Show Us Your Bloopers
  2. 24th January 2011 – FEATURED in Realist Paintings about Water
  3. 26th January 2011 – FEATURED in New Creations of Beautiful Color
  4. 4th February 2011 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the challenge Painted by our Shores in Beach, River & Lake Treasures
  5. 18th March 2011 – FEATURED in Bubblers’ Weekly Challenge
  6. 22nd March 2011 – FEATURED in Fine Arts
  7. 4th October 2011 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the challenge My Response to… in “Art Inspired by Written Words” – 6th Place
    #25th October 2012 – FEATURED in Image Writing
  8. 15th November 2012 – FEATURED in Afrikaans
  9. 25th November 2013 – FEATURED by RedBubble in EXPLORE
  10. 27th November 2013 – FEATURED in Everyday Women
  11. 28th November 2013 – FEATURED in Serenity
  12. 7th December 2013 – FEATURED in Women Painters


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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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  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 3 years ago

    Beautiful….and yes, I agree, we must be more responsible and appreciate the beauty around us. We have more than we realise!;-)

  • Thanks for that Lizzie, and yes, we have a real treasure trove here on earth.

    – Maree Clarkson

  • annieannie
    annieannieover 3 years ago

    been thinking recently marie of freddie mercury singing that line ‘if there’s a God up above looking down what must He think of us …of what we’ve done to the world that He created?’ and you seem to be asking a similar question with a similar heartbeat… to use an old term from school days …we must all try harder to do what is right xx annie
    oh and of course i delight as always to view your art x

  • Glad you like it Annie, thank you. Do you know the name of that Freddie Mercury song….? Would love to listen to it…. And yes, if everybody just tries harder, it would make an amazing difference….

    – Maree Clarkson

  • almaalice
    almaaliceover 3 years ago

    STUNNING. Definitely one of my favourites. Reflection is not just an image we see in still water, it is the mind searching that the reflected stillness invokes. To be in a beautiful place and not to see the hand of God is to be truly blind. This creation, from wherever it began, was bequeathed to us as part of our birthright and as you say we must protect it with as much love and joy as it gives to us. Alma xxx

  • Aaah, such true words Alma, you have hit the core of it…. many blind people out there…. I’m really pleased you like this, thank you for the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • annieannie
    annieannieover 3 years ago

    it is on u tube
    put in
    world that we created
    what an entertainer
    we saw queen at knebworth

  • Thanks a lot.

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Ken Powers
    Ken Powersover 3 years ago

    I really like how the trees came together in this one! Nice reflections in the water as well!

  • Thanks for saying so Ken, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • rjheller1150
    rjheller1150over 3 years ago

    Yes it does…well done Maree

  • Thank you Rick!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Bellavista2
    Bellavista2over 3 years ago

    Maree this is an outstanding paintings the colours, the composition is simply superb. Your painting will make a perfect entry in the “Painted by our Shores Challenge”, at the “Beach, River and Lake Treasures Group”

  • Thank you SO much Bella, will certainly go and have a look!

    – Maree Clarkson

    GEORGE SANDERSONover 3 years ago

    Great painting Maree !
    The human kind have a lot to answer for, but I think we are all experiencing a natural cycle of weather. The whole world seems to be out of sync, but my history studies lead me to believe that it happens quite regularly !

  • Exactly my sentiments George, Mother Earth just does her thing naturally, but it’s not a bad idea to preserve her beauty, is it? I’m so glad you like this one, thanks a lot!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 3 years ago

    Very beautiful work Maree, and I agree with you, as here on the top side of the world we’ve having an unusually hard, cold and snowy winter.

  • Thanks a lot Jim! I’m sure Mother Earth will carry on regardless, even without us!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • annieannie
    annieannieover 3 years ago

  • Oh WOW Annie, how great is this! Thank you for the feature, MUCH APPRECIATED!

    – Maree Clarkson

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