As the Sunflower turns her head... by Maree  Clarkson

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Watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm – 8″ × 12″
Sunflower from my garden (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa)

One of the more interesting myths about sunflowers is that they turn their ‘heads’ to follow the sun. That’s why they’re called sunflowers.

Thomas Moore wrote :
It is not while beauty and youth are thine own,
And thy cheeks unprofaned by a tear,
That the fervor and faith of a soul may be known,
To which time will but make thee more dear!

Oh the heart that has truly loved never forgets,
But as truly loves on to the close,
As the sunflower turns to her god when he sets
The same look which she turned when he rose!

  1. 15th February 2011 – FEATURED in Feel, Don’t Copy
  2. 26th October 2012 – FEATURED in Artists of Still Life

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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  • almaalice
    almaaliceabout 4 years ago

    Lovely image Maree, perhaps it would befit us all to look at the sun if we could only find it behind the leaden skies!!! Alma x

  • Well, Helen Keller said, “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what sunflowers do.” Glad you like it Alma, thank you. xx

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Dianne  Ilka
    Dianne Ilkaabout 4 years ago

    I always love your sunflowers. This one is no exception. Well done

  • Ah, thank you for that Dianne! Pleased you like it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Brenda Boisvert
    Brenda Boisvertabout 4 years ago

    Very beautiful painting, Maree:-)

  • Thanks ever so much Brenda!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinabout 4 years ago

    very sweet painting, Maree~

  • Thank you, glad you like it Sally xx

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 4 years ago

    Very, very pretty, Maree!

  • Thanks Dot, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Ken Powers
    Ken Powersabout 4 years ago

    Great work Maree!

  • thanks a lot Ken!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • annieannie
    annieannieabout 4 years ago

    the thomas moore quote compliments your sunflower very well xx it has [your sunflower] a lovely dignity

  • Thanks ever so much Annie, pleased you like it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelabout 4 years ago

    brilliant work

  • Wow, nice of you to say so Angel, thank you!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • autumngirl
    autumngirlabout 4 years ago

    This is truly beautiful!

  • Wow, pleased you like it Autumn, and thanks for the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • RainbowWomanTas
    RainbowWomanTasabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful talent to have. Congrats on the feature.

  • Wow, thank you for your heart-warming words Rainbow, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

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