New treatment of an older image, just for fun! Watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm on a textured back-ground by Ghostbones – done from a photograph of Guinea standing on the wall that surrounds my garden (Tarlton, South Africa), forlornly calling for his missing wife.

“This life as you live it now and have lived it, you will have to live again and again, times without number, and there will be nothing new in it, but every pain and every joy and every thought and sigh and all the unspeakably small and great in your life must return to you and everything in the same series and sequence — and in the same way this spider and this moonlight among the trees, and this same way this moment and I myself. The eternal hour glass of existence will be turned again and again — and you with it, you dust of dust!”
- Friedrich Nietzsche

A couple of years ago, one of my guinea fowl sitting on eggs was killed by a dog, leaving 10 eggs, on the point of hatching, without a mother. I gathered all the eggs and put them in a basket with a hot water bottle, trying to keep them warm to see if any of them would hatch. Two days later still nothing, but on the third day I heard a weak peep-peep from one of the eggs. None of the others showed any sign of life, so I decided to take matters into my own hands and open the one that was peeping. I gently peeled away the shell and lifted out a perfectly formed little guinea fowl, and placed him on the warm towel, drying his little body with a soft cloth until he lifted his little head and stared me straight in the eye.

That was the beginning of a beautiful, long relationship with “Guinea”, who spent five years following me everywhere and providing us with endless hours of pleasure with his surprising antics. He even lured a wild guinea fowl female from the wild (they used to pass through our property in large flocks, travelling from one field to another) and together they reared 5 clutches of beautiful little guinea fowl, all of whom stayed on our property for many years.

When Guinea’s wife disappeared one day, he was inconsolable, standing on the wall and calling for hours in that haunting ‘phe-twee, phe-twee, phe-twee’ that is so typical of the South African bush. After that, he would often disappear for a day or two until, one day, he didn’t come home at all. I hoped and presumed that he had found another family and was happily roaming the fields surrounding our property.

  1. “The triumph of life is the joy experienced thereafter.”
    - Maree Clarkson

  1. 12th June 2011 – SPECIAL FEATURE in The Sisterhood
  2. 12th June 2011 – FEATURED in Painters Universe
  3. the videos demonstrate 2 of the 3 types of call they do.



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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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  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 3 years ago

    Outstanding work, Maree. How wonderful that “Guinea” had a long and fruitful life with you.

  • Aaah, and I still miss him Dot! Thank you for your comment and adding it to your favs!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful art Maree!

  • Thank you Liz (dankie vir die fav!)

    – Maree Clarkson

  • vampvamp
    vampvampabout 3 years ago

    wonderful story & art….

  • Thanks a lot Vamp…

    – Maree Clarkson

  • lisameryl
    lisamerylabout 3 years ago

    Maree, that is a deeply heartfelt story. BEAUTIFUL work here.

  • Wow, pleased you added this to your favs Lisa, thank you!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omarabout 3 years ago


  • This is absolutely SO GREAT Sally! I’m thrilled and honoured to appear in your special features!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 3 years ago

    Congrats Maree, it looks beautiful on the HOMEPAGE!

  • Thanks a lot Liz, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 3 years ago

    JUNE 12th, 2011

    Your participation with works/votes it is greatly appreciated

  • OMG Mary, this is absolutely great! Thank you for the feature, I’m really thrilled!! Whoot whoot!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • marella
    marellaabout 3 years ago

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