Memory sketch – W & N watercolours on Bockingford 300gsm – 8″ × 12″

Such geraniums! It does not become us poor mortals to be vain—but, really, my geraniums!
- Mary Mitford, ‘Our Village’

Geraniums in a tall Everite pot that I used to have in my previous garden (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa), from the days before Asbestos was banned in South Africa in 2008. These pots were extremely popular in South Africa and had a perfect surface for painting, either with PVA or enamel paints. Painted with PVA, they would weather into a lovely vintage look, getting more beautiful as time passed. I’m just wondering what the company Everite produces now….?

Asbestos once accounted for three percent of the value of South Africa’s minerals. South Africa was previously the fifth largest supplier of chrysotile, produced 97% of the world’s crocidolite and 100% of all amosite.

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  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 3 years ago

    Beautiful work Marie and interesting information also! Love the light and shadow in this as well as your colors!

  • Lovely of you to say so Angie, and thank you for the fav! I still actually have some asbestos Everite pots in my garden, just can’t get it over my heart to destroy them!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 3 years ago

    Very pretty, Maree!

  • Thank you Dottie!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottover 3 years ago

    Very beautiful. What a memory you have! How do you do it….the older I get, the more mine checks out!!! :(

    Asbestos has caused so much cancer……it took my father’s life.

  • Thanks you Marsha! I do put the sugar in the refrigerator sometimes! but I seem to have a clarity of mind when it comes to remembering objects to sketch them. I think asbestos started being banned the world over in the 80’s, it took South Africa a bit longer to catch on. Thanks for the fav, appreciate that!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • kest standley
    kest standleyover 3 years ago

    Ahh, you really get it with the geraniums:~) LOVELY washes here , even in the scary vase! Scary because of it’s material, that is!Love the quote. ;~)

  • Great that you like it Kest, thank you! I smiled when I came across the quote, ditto!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • supernan
    supernanover 3 years ago

    Beautiful work x

  • Thanks a lot Nannie!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 3 years ago

    Oe, my aarde maar dis LIEFLIK!! Ek vat dit sommer vir my, asbespot en al!

  • Dis joune! Dankie vir die fav ook Liz, waardeer!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 3 years ago

    Very lovely Maree, ours are just starting to bloom. I’ll be painting them down the road.

  • Thanks a lot Jim, looking forward to seeing your geraniums, I’m absolutely mad about them!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 3 years ago

    Thank you for adding your work to The Best of RedBubble!

  • marella
    marellaover 3 years ago

    One of my very favourite plants (for many reasons) – and THIS fantastic piece is now a fav too.

  • Aaah, thank you for the fav Marella, Geraniums DO hold special memories for me too!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • davvi
    davviabout 3 years ago

    very pretty.

  • Thank you Davvi, appreciate your comment!

    – Maree Clarkson

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