Rapier horns - Gemsbuck by Maree  Clarkson

Watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm

I find an antelope in her swiftness,
Fragility, narrow head and coyness,
The most beautiful sight I’ve set my eyes on
and thus my heart was won

- Maree

See my SATURDAY CHAT on Antelopes

The Gemsbuck (Oryx gazella) is one of the most handsome antelope in Africa, with its long rapier-like horns and striking markings. They can form herds of up to 20 – 30 animals. Gemsbuck are grazers but will survive on browse in times of drought. When wounded they can be very dangerous animals to approach on foot. The horns of the calves grow extremely fast and when they emerge from concealment after birth their horns are very evident.  This has lead to the myth that a Gemsbok is born with horns.

Females have longer, thinner horns and that’s pretty much the only outward difference between males and females and as such, many hunters mistake females for males.

Please don’t kill my antelope,
She hasn’t bothered you.
She hasn’t kicked you in the shin
Or spit inside your shoe.
She hasn’t bitten off your nose
Or stomped on your rear end.
Please don’t kill my antelope,
My antelope’s my friend!

- Author unknown

28th October 2013 – SOLD 1 Poster – thank you to the buyer!

  1. 1st July 2011 – FEATURED in Wildlife of Southern Africa
  2. 28th October 2013 – FEATURED by RedBubble in EXPLORE
  3. 31st October 2013 – FEATURED in Love these creatures

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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  • Istvan froghunter
    Istvan froghunteralmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful work Maree!

  • Hey Istvan, thanks a lot for that fav, I’d scarcely finished up-loading it! Hugs

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallalmost 4 years ago

    Lovely, the poem as well!

  • Thank you Lizzie, nice to have you back!! Hugs

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotalmost 4 years ago

    Fantastic painting, Maree.

  • Thanks Dottie, much appreciated.

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Linda Jackson
    Linda Jacksonalmost 4 years ago

    Here’s another one for your book Maree! still waiting! ;o)))) have a great day! Linda

  • Oh my… it’ll be a while Linda! Glad you like this, thanks ever so much!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Heps
    Hepsalmost 4 years ago

    Dis so ene wat my man wil skiet! Kan jy dit glo..??? Toe verf ek maar liewer vir hom twee se gesigte op ’n lap en raam dit vir hom! LOL Pragtig gedoen!

  • Dankie Taschja! Ek verstaan die jag van wilde diere (al die redes en argumente hoekom dit gedoen ‘moet’ word), maar ek persoonlik sal dit nooit oor my hart kan kry om ’n wilde dier te skiet nie. Hoop jou man geniet maar liewers jou skildery!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • MIchelle Thompson
    MIchelle Thompsonalmost 4 years ago

    Stunning work – love it. Michelle

  • Thanks a lot Michelle!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • almaalice
    almaalicealmost 4 years ago

    Another delightful image plucked from nature’s gallery. This is lovely Maree. Almax

  • Thanks a lot Alma, I hadn’t done any animals since your elephant and that’s quite a while back now!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelalmost 4 years ago

    simply beautiful

  • Thanks ever so much Angel….

    – Maree Clarkson

  • kest standley
    kest standleyalmost 4 years ago

    Perfect balance between grace and strength. Beautiful painting and poem Maree

  • Thanks a lot Kest, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • Thanks a lot Cindy!

    – Maree Clarkson

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