The puzzle about the Zebra's stripes

Maree Clarkson

Tarlton, South Africa

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Derwent Graphite HB Pencil sketch on Visual 200gsm watercolour paper – 12″ × 8″
Done from one of my photographs taken in the Kruger National Park, South Africa
I asked the zebra,
Are you black with white strips?
Or white with black strips?
And the zebra asked me,
Are you good with bad habits?
Or are you bad with good habits?
Are you noisy with quiet times?
Or are you quiet with noisy times?
Are you happy with sad days?
Or are you sad with happy days?
Are you neat with some sloppy ways?
Or are you sloppy with some neat ways?
And on and on and on and on
And on and on he went.
I’ll never ask a zebra
About stripes
- Shel Silverstein ‘A Light in the Attic’

Zebra – native to Africa.
Order: Perissodactyla
Family: Equidae
Genus: Equus
Subgenus: Hippotigris and Dolichohippus
Sketching has always been one of my great passions, but of late I’ve been neglecting it in favour of doing mostly watercolours and acrylics. I’ve decided to go back to basics and sketch a lot more. Sketching forces you to look in more detail, and ask yourself what you actually see. You’ll end up seeing a lot more than you would otherwise. There’s something about holding a pen or pencil in your hand that gets your creative juices flowing in a much different way than holding a brush. When you get used to sketching, the movements of your hand become much more fluid and it becomes really easy and natural. The more you practice, the better you will become at sketching.

8th June 2011 – FEATURED in “Quality Art & Photography”
15th June 2011 – FEATURED in “Sketching and Drawings”
20th November 2015 – FEATURED in “African Art and Photography”
28th November 2015 – FEATURED in “Animals of Africa and Madagascar”

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