W & N Watercolours on Bockingford 300gsm – 12″ × 8″

Tools lined up in satisfying rows, scissors and twine within arm’s reach, a sink just for arranging flowers—the potting area ranks up there with the mudroom and flower room as the ultimate country fantasy. Don’t think you have space for one? You may want to think again.

My potting shed here in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa, consists of an old carport, walled on two sides, with shelves on the walls and a couple of old tables and benches to make life comfortable. Wheelbarrows, hats, watering cans, terracotta pots and all sorts of paraphernalia to use in the garden is stored here. All you need is a little corner, partially protected from the elements, and Bob’s your uncle!

“If we love our children
we must love the earth with tender care
and pass it on, diverse and beautiful,
so that on a warm spring day
10 000 years hence
they can feel peace in a sea of grass,
can watch a bee visit a flower,
can hear a sandpiper call in the sky,
and can find joy in being alive.”

- Hugh Ilitis

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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

    Priceless! Altevol lieflik Maree…and also the words of Hugh.
    As well as yours:
    Wheelbarrows, hats, watering cans, terracotta pots and all
    sorts of paraphernalia to use in the garden is stored here. All you need is a little corner, partially protected from the elements, and Bob’s your uncle!
    (I can hear you!)

  • Smile! I’m SO pleased you like this Liz! And yea, I’m a believer that nothing is impossible! And thank you for the fav, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1over 3 years ago

    Love this!

  • Thanks ever so much Gina!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Ken Powers
    Ken Powersover 3 years ago

    Fantastic work Maree!

  • Thanks a lot Kenneth, really glad you like it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Gilberte
    Gilberteover 3 years ago

    Old carport, garden shed and now a beautiful painting!

  • And in that order Gilberte! Thanks ever so much, I really appreciate you taking a look!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 3 years ago

    This could be in our backyard Maree. Love the words of Hugh, very appropriate. Very lovely work.

  • Aaaah, thank you for your lovely comment Jim, really appreciate that!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinover 3 years ago

    wonderfully thrills my senses, Maree!!

  • Ooooeee! You’ve made my evening Sally! And thank you for the fav!!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 3 years ago


  • Thank you Liz!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 3 years ago

    Lovely work, wonderful quote! So true!

  • Aaah, pleased you like it Angie, and thank you for the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Kay Cunningham
    Kay Cunninghamover 3 years ago

    Fre and expressive – I love it Maree!

  • Aaah, thank you Kay!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • kest standley
    kest standleyover 3 years ago

    Dear Maree,
    This is a lovely painting. I love the way terra cotta comes alive under your brush. I have been corresponding with Alamaalice( such a lovely lady and wonderful photographer) and she suggested I look out for you. I have recently posted a couple watercolours here on bubble and would love any input or suggestions you might have.
    Really lovely work you have

  • Hi Kest, thank you for your lovely compliment, and for having a look at my art, I really appreciate that! Ah, lovely Alma, a wonderful friend here on RB! Are you also from the UK? Had a look at your portfolio, and you are building up a wonderful collection, especially like your Alpine Lake, beautiful soft colours! Keep on posting and learning from RB, wonderful inspiration to be found here!

    – Maree Clarkson

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