Watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.
-  Ralph Waldo Emerson

As Spring in the Northern Hemisphere is peeping through, we’re slowly but surely starting into Winter here in South Africa – Autumn is showing strongly in the colours of the leaves and early mornings and evenings are decidedly nippy!

Trees are the most accommodating subjects – they stand totally still, never go anywhere and offer many different perspectives to choose from!

These Black Wattle trees on our smallholding in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa, which we are trying our utmost to eradicate, have put up the most spectacular show of browns with their millions of seed-pods in between the greens this year. Must be all the rain. How can we even begin to think to destroy such beauty? Yet, for the survival of our own indigenous flora, it is a task we undertake every year in a bid to save some of our own natural growth.

You can read more about the Black Wattle struggle HERE

  1. 11th May 2011 – FEATURED in Painting the Country Life
  2. 11th November 2012 – FEATURED in Green Artistry
  3. 16th November 2012 – FEATURED in Fauna, Flora, Landscapes and Architecture of South Africa
  4. 8th February 2013 – FEATURED in Art at it’s Best
  5. 22nd February 2014 – FEATURED in Everyday Women


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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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  • Dianne  Ilka
    Dianne Ilkaover 3 years ago

    Beautiful work Maree! South Africa seems to have a lot of trees that we also have here in Australia.

  • Thanks Dianne! Both the Blue gums and the Black Wattles were imported from Australia many moons ago for our mining and tanning industry. There’s no problem with the Blue Gums, but the Black Wattles are very invasive and kill off anything in their path, even our indigenous grasses.

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 3 years ago

    Lovely winter colours! ;-)

  • Thank you Liz!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 3 years ago

    This is very pretty but we hope that winter is gone for a while. I love the warm colors in this painting.

  • Thanks Lori! Not a chance of that, our Winter is only just starting!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Gilberte
    Gilberteover 3 years ago

    Very nicely done Maree

  • Thank you Gilberte!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • supernan
    supernanover 3 years ago

    You are so informative with your art work it is just so lovely x

  • Thanks Nan, most of my work does have a story attached, but sometimes I just paint for the heck of it and then don’t know what to say! lol!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Linda Jackson
    Linda Jacksonover 3 years ago

    Well, Maree, the cycle continues. We are celebrating spring, while it is slow in coming, and you are once again getting ready for the cold. will try to send you some warmth! take care, Linda

  • Aaah, looking forward to that warmth Linda! The knee rugs and heaters are out and although the sun is shining today, it’s only 14°C outside, not going to get much warmer either. Thanks for your lovely comment, really appreciate it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • IrisGelbart
    IrisGelbartover 3 years ago


  • Thanks so much Iris, really appreciate your visit!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • WoolleyWorld
    WoolleyWorldover 3 years ago

    beaut colours Maree!

  • Thank you Maree! Smile!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Rina Greeff
    Rina Greeffover 3 years ago

    Winter is hier, en vang jou werk dit pragtig vas: hou van die kleure wat so inmekaar vloei!

  • Hierdie Black Wattles is totaal inspirerend hierdie tyd van die jaar Rina, en dan weer in die lente, maar weë die hooikoorslyers!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Esperanza Gallego
    Esperanza Gallegoover 3 years ago

  • Absolutely beautiful ‘country life’ features on your FrontPage Ega, I’m honoured to be amongst them! Thank you for the feature, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

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