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W & N watercolours on Bockingford 300gsm, no sketching

“Man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself.”
~ Rachel Carson

Winter is looming and soon it’ll be time to be cutting our fire-breaks again. Every Winter we have this veld-fire (bush fire) phenomena, spectacular, yet devastating at the same time. Such a great loss in animal life, yet so necessary for the health of our ecology… Many of our plants will not flower until they have been ravaged by fire and many of the fires ARE naturally caused by lightning, but it is man’s carelessness that causes fires in areas that are not ready for it yet that is the most heart-breaking.

This is a depiction of the fires raging over the hills of Magaliesburg and Tarlton (Gauteng, South Africa), where I live.

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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.
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  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful beautiful colours Maree! Well done!

  • I’m SO pleased you like this Liz! thank you for the fav, I feel honoured!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Pam Amos
    Pam Amosalmost 4 years ago

    I love the colours and texture and light in this…beautiful… :)

  • Aaah, thank you Pam, glad you like it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Dianne  Ilka
    Dianne Ilkaalmost 4 years ago

    Fantastic work Maree!

  • Thanks ever so much Dianne!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Picatso
    Picatsoalmost 4 years ago

    This certainly is a reality, even here in Aus. A shame for the loss of animal life, I always think of the tortoises.. :-( but so necessary for new growth and the survival of certain flora, as well as contolling natural veld fires.
    Great job, Maree.

  • I know our countries are so similar as far as these fires go Helette, and I also feel for the tortoise, the hedgehogs and all the other little animals that don’t manage to escape. Pleased you like it, thanks a lot.

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Olitto
    Olittoalmost 4 years ago

    Baie waar woorde, Maree en die kleure is pragtig. Baie mooi.

  • Dankie dat jy daarvan hou Olitto, waardeer dit baie!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elsa Dyason
    Elsa Dyasonalmost 4 years ago

    this is so beautiful. You are so talented

  • Oh Elsa! Thank you for your heart-warming words, I really appreciate that!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottalmost 4 years ago

    Great painting. Bittersweet description. I’m saddened by the loss of any animal (especially in a fire), yet in some cases, it’s all in God’s plan.

  • I know nature takes care of itself Marsha, but like much of man’s folly (note I didn’t say WOMAN!), many unnecessary veld fires can be avoided if people would just take care. Great that you like thanks, thanks a lot.

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Julie-Ann Vellios
    Julie-Ann Velliosalmost 4 years ago

    this is wonderful – the colours are very dramatic and the glimpse of the fire approaching does bring chills…we get plenty of those here too…as well as floods,cyclones etc etc…it’s the price we both pay for living with such beauty

  • I’m really pleased you like it Julie-Ann, and thank you for the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • supernan
    supernanalmost 4 years ago

    Such wonderful colours…beautiful x

  • Thank you for that Nan, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

    GEORGE SANDERSONalmost 4 years ago

    Lovely sky and reflections, Maree !

  • Thanks a lot George!

    – Maree Clarkson

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