Acrylics on canvas panel
The Drakensberg mountains in KwaZulu-Natal covered in snow in winter.

Brew me a cup for a winter’s night.
For the wind howls loud and the furies fight;
Spice it with love and stir it with care,
And I’ll toast our bright eyes,
my sweetheart fair.

Minna Thomas Antrim

South Africa is famous for its sunshine. It’s a relatively dry country, with an average annual rainfall of about 464mm (compared to a world average of about 860mm). While the Western Cape gets most of its rainfall in winter, the rest of the country is generally a summer-rainfall region.

The Western Cape gets most of its rain in winter, with quite a few days of cloudy, rainy weather. However, these are always interspersed with wonderful days to rival the best of a British summer.

Winter in South Africa (May to July) is characterised in the higher-lying areas of the interior plateau by dry, sunny, crisp days and cold nights. So it’s a good idea to bring warm clothes.
The hot, humid KwaZulu-Natal coast, as well as the Lowveld (lower-lying areas) of Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces, offer fantastic winter weather with sunny, warmish days and virtually no wind or rain.

A subtropical location, moderated by ocean on three sides of the country and the altitude of the interior plateau, account for the warm temperate conditions so typical of South Africa – and so popular with its foreign visitors.

At the same time, temperatures in South Africa tend to be lower than in other countries at similar latitudes – such as Australia – due mainly to greater elevation above sea level.

On the interior plateau the altitude – Johannesburg lies at 1 694 meters – keeps the average summer temperatures below 30 degrees Celsius. In winter, for the same reason, night-time temperatures can drop to freezing point, in some places lower.

South Africa’s coastal regions are therefore warmest in winter. There is, however, a striking contrast between temperatures on the country’s east and west coasts, due respectively to the warm Agulhas and cold Benguela Currents that sweep the coastlines.

Being in the southern hemisphere, our seasons stand in opposition to those of Europe and North America, so, yes – we spend Christmas on the beach!
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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 Kendallover 3 years ago

    Anders! Hou baie van die weerspieëling van die wolke in die water! Mooi kleure Maree!

  • Dankie Liz!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Ken Powers
    Ken Powersover 3 years ago

    Your watercolor style translate very well to the acrylic medium! Very nicely done!

  • Isn’t it amazing how difficult it is to get out of a habit Ken? I’m really trying to acquire an acrylic “style”, but it is yet to come! Glad you like this, thank you very much!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 3 years ago

    Very beautiful painting, Maree!

  • Thanks so much Dot!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Dianne  Ilka
    Dianne Ilkaover 3 years ago

    Wow Maree! I love this. It looks really cold! The reflections int he water are great.

  • Thanks Dianne, I really enjoyed the wild strokes of the mountains and the clouds at the beginning of the painting, and then more control took over at the bottom of the painting! Lol!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Kay Cunningham
    Kay Cunninghamover 3 years ago

    Great interpretation Maree! We too enjoy Christmas on the beach! (With some shelter from the hot sun!)! XX Kay

  • Aaah, Christmas at the beach! Mmmm… I’ll let you into a secret… much too hot for me at the beach in December! I go down to the coast in July, more my kind of temperatures! Splendid that you like this Kay, thanks a lot!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • TokikoAnderson
    TokikoAndersonover 3 years ago

    Alas, the winter in your hemisphere while we are enjoying long waited blossoms. Mastery paint

  • Thanks ever so much Tokiko!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • surekha
    surekhaover 3 years ago

    Very lovely painting Maree……………again, love the style:)

  • Ah, I’m so pleased you like it Surekha, because I’m still very much on a learning curve with acrylics, so thank you!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • surekha
    surekhaover 3 years ago

    If this is what you do on a learning curve………….please take me there with you:)………..besides I don’t think one can ever master any of these mediums………… we can all have fun playing with them………….thanks for being so kind.

  • Lol! Sweet of you! You are so right about not ‘mastering’ any of the mediums – I find myself evolving and growing all the time, find my style changing from time to time, which is quite apparent to me when I look back at older works. And there is so much inspiration here on RB, how else can we but keep on learning…? Smile!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelover 3 years ago

    magical card

  • Glad you like Angel!

    – Maree Clarkson

    GEORGE SANDERSONover 3 years ago

    Great impressionistic Style Maree !

  • Ah, thank you George, at last I’m getting the hang of it!

    – Maree Clarkson

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