Ink sketch on Visual 200gsm watercolour paper, done with Parker Fountain pen with Medium nib – Parker Quink ink Black

And the elephant sings deep in the forest-maze
About a star of deathless and painless peace
But no astronomer can find where it is.

- Hughes, Ted (Edward James) ’Crow’s Elephant Totem Song’.

An elephant sketch I did this morning from two different photographs I took on my last visit to the Kruger National Park (South Africa) a couple of years ago. In my quest to do more sketching and drawing, I’ve been digging into my photographic archives to find some suitable subjects. I’ll also be doing some sketching out in nature, which is always an excellent way of honing one’s observation skills.

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  1. 22nd May 2011 – FEATURED in Sketching and Drawings

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.
“There is a fine line between dreams and reality; it’s up to you to draw it.”

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  • Sue Nichol
    Sue Nicholover 3 years ago


  • Thanks Sue! Still sketching! lol!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • And thank you for the fav, much appreciated! (don’t you just hate it when you only see the favs afterwards..?!)

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Pieta Pieterse
    Pieta Pieterseover 3 years ago

    Ai Maree, dis baie mooi!
    Is 200gsm ’n dik (kartontipe) papier?
    Wat sal die beste wees vir my houtskool, tans gebruik ek sommer gewone tekenboekpapier?

  • Vreeslik baie dankie Pieta, sommer vir die fav ook! 200gsm is nie soseer ‘dikker’ as tekenboekpapier nie, maar dit het ’n tekstuur, en is nie glad nie. Ek gebruik baie maal 200gsm want die dikte pas nog in my drukker (printer). 300gsm is nogal veel dikker en ’n kartontipe met tekstuur. Gaan kyk by die PNA na die verskillende diktes wat ’n mens kan koop daar by hulle kuns seksie.

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Mikko Tyllinen
    Mikko Tyllinenover 3 years ago

    Its beautiful Maree!

  • Thank you SO much Mikko!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Linda Jackson
    Linda Jacksonover 3 years ago

    Wonderful Maree! one for your book! I can hear them trumpeting! take care, Linda

  • Thank you Linda!That book has been more and more on my mind…. you take care as well!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 3 years ago

    A beautiful sketch Maree…en hier uit die stad lyk dit sommer nog mooier! xx

  • Baie dankie Liz, hoop jy geniet daai stadsliggies en dat julle bietjie makietie gemaak het!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Gilberte
    Gilberteover 3 years ago

    Wonderfully done Maree!

  • Hi Gilberte, thanks a lot, glad you like it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Linda Jackson
    Linda Jacksonover 3 years ago

    might be a good project for the winter! :O)))) lj

  • That could well be… I’ve been arranging the pages in my mind, designed a cover (what was that suggestion you once made….?) and just have to decide whether to do the on-line version or go for a real-life publisher!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Linda Jackson
    Linda Jacksonover 3 years ago

    sure, expect me to remember that one! ;O)))) I’ll see if I can find it, lol!

  • Right, saw your BM, thanks for taking the trouble to look it up!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • supernan
    supernanover 3 years ago

    I do like your write ups to your art work Maree, another lovely job done x

  • Thanks so much Nan, appreciate your lovely words!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 3 years ago

    Oela! Congrats on your feature in Sketching and drawing, well done Maree!

  • Thank you Liz, lovely sharing the page with your two sketches!

    – Maree Clarkson

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