Hydrangeas by Maree  Clarkson

Hydrangeas – Acrylic on black hand-made paper 11″ × 7″

This hand-made paper is very unforgiving – it doesn’t take kindly to water, which just soaks right through, and too much fiddling elicits fibres coming off and holes appearing! Any black in this painting is actually the paper showing through and not black paint.

  1. ’Tis my faith that every flower
    Enjoys the air it breathes!

    ~William Wordsworth, “Lines Written in Early Spring,” Lyrical Ballads, 1798

For us in South Africa, Summer means a bright, sunshiny Christmas and it also means Hydrangeas. They start flowering during late November, through December until January, and are also called Christmas Roses. Instead of Holly and Ivy decorating tables and mantles, it is the Hydrangea that takes pride of place.

All the Hydrangeas in my garden (Tarlton, South Africa) have now finished flowering, leaving lovely, dried heads of flowers, ready to be picked and hung up for further drying. they actually make gorgeous arrangements once dried this way, and can last for absolute months.

  1. 13th May 2011 – FEATURED in Waterlily, Lotus and Hydrangea Flowers

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 Kendallabout 4 years ago

    Well done Maree and it makes a beautiful card!;-)

  • Baie dankie Liz!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinabout 4 years ago

    beautiful bouquet!

  • Thanks Sally!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 4 years ago

    Very beautiful painting, Maree! Love all the colors!

  • Thanks Dot!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Heidi Mooney-Hill
    Heidi Mooney-Hillabout 4 years ago

    Oh Maree, just beautiful

  • Thanks so much Heidi!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorabout 4 years ago


  • Pleased you like it Liz, and thank you for the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 4 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your lovely feature amazing work.

  • Thank you very much Andrea!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • supernan
    supernanabout 4 years ago

    Simply lovely and lovely colours, I like that light blue and the pink x

  • Thanks a lot, the light blue ones are especially exquisite Nan, but I like the lot!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • BrettStevenson
    BrettStevensonabout 4 years ago


  • Thank you Brett!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Darlene Lankford Honeycutt
    Darlene Lankfo...almost 4 years ago

    Please consider submitting your wonderful work to the “Waterlily Lotus and Hydrangea Group”:http://www.redbubble.com/groups/waterlily-wonde... =D Thanks! DeeZ

  • I certainly will DeeZ, thank you very much for the invitation, have joined your lovely group!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Darlene Lankford Honeycutt
    Darlene Lankfo...almost 4 years ago

    Congratulations! Beautiful work!

  • It’s so absolutely great appearing on your FrontPage DeeZ, thank you for the feature, I’m absolutely thrilled!

    – Maree Clarkson

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