Dianthus in Terracotta Pot by Maree  Clarkson

W & N Watercolours on Bockingford 300gsm

Dianthus in a terracotta pot from a friend’s collection (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa)

Dianthus is a genus of about 300 species of flowering plants in the family Caryophyllaceae, native mainly to Europe and Asia, with a few species extending south to north Africa, and one species (D. repens) in arctic North America. Common names include carnation (D. caryophyllus), pink (D. plumarius and related species) and sweet william (D. barbatus). They are extremely popular with South African gardeners and make a great pot plant specimen.

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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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  • Sue Nichol
    Sue Nicholabout 4 years ago

    I love it when that happens, and it makes a fine painting.

  • Thanks a lot and, yea, I agree Sue!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Pieta Pieterse
    Pieta Pieterseabout 4 years ago

    Dis pragtig Maree, jy is so veelsydig – kan enigiets skilder!

  • Ag dankie Pieta! Maar laat ek dink…. mmmmm…. Nee! Jy’s verkeerd! Ek kan GLAD NIE donker “horror” prentjies uitdink nie! Het al probeer, dis altyd ’n mislukking! Smaail!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • WoolleyWorld
    WoolleyWorldabout 4 years ago

    I can almost smell them do they grow better in pots!

  • I would imagine they do grow better in pots Maree, not really a Dianthus lover, never even had them in my garden! Thanks for your lovely comment!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottabout 4 years ago

    This turned out beautiful….love it!

  • Hey, thanks Marsha, also for the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesabout 4 years ago

    Lovely work Marie and the quote is so true!! :)

  • Thank you Angie!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinabout 4 years ago

    your terracotta is grand! pleasing composition, Maree!

  • Thanks a lot Sally!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 4 years ago

    Gorgeous work, Maree!

  • Ah, thank you Dot!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Diane Hall
    Diane Hallabout 4 years ago

    Lovely Maree, such a soft and fluid feel.

  • Thanks ever so much Diane!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • CaDra
    CaDraabout 4 years ago

    Lovely Maree

  • Thank you Carolyn.

    – Maree Clarkson

  • dedmanshootn
    dedmanshootnabout 4 years ago


  • Ah, pleased you like it Dedman! Thanks for the fav, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

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