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The puzzle about the Zebra's stripes by Maree  Clarkson


Small (23.2" x 16.1")

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The puzzle about the Zebra's stripes by 

Derwent Graphite HB Pencil sketch on Visual 200gsm watercolour paper – 12″ × 8″

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’

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.

Done from one of my photographs taken in the Kruger National Park, South Africa

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  1. 8th June 2011 – FEATURED in Quality Art & Photography
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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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  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 3 years ago

    Lol!!! What a cute poem! Lovely sketch too Maree!

  • Thank you Liz! (Smile!)

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Noel78
    Noel78about 3 years ago

    Nice skech and great words to go with! I love skeching and drawing also, I think without doing them art do not improve much, I love your lines and composition!

  • It certainly is a great exercise for improving one’s perspective Noel! Thanks for commenting, pleased you like it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Heather Vallance
    Heather Vallanceabout 3 years ago

    Cute as pie, Maree.

  • Aaah, thanks a lot Heather, nice to hear from you!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinabout 3 years ago

    A great way to start my morning, Maree!!

  • Thanks for that Sally, and I’m getting ready for an early evening watching TV in bed with the electric blanket on!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 3 years ago

    Glad to see this b & w ~ wonderful rendering of these thirsty beasts, & I love Shel Silverstein’s take!

  • That’s always one way of answering a silly question, with another silly question, isn’t it? glad you like this Sheila, thank you!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsabout 3 years ago

    Love it Maree, I’m a Silverstein fan as well. Excellent sketch work.

  • Thanks a lot Jim!Now that I’m into the groove of sketching again, think I’ll be churning out a lot of these!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Istvan froghunter
    Istvan froghunterabout 3 years ago

    Awesome drawing Maree!

  • Thank you once again Istvan, you make my day! Smile!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Norah Jones
    Norah Jonesabout 3 years ago

    Lovely sketch and I agree, It’s good now and then to take a rest from painting and just draw!

  • Thanks Norah! Glad you agree, I’ve been enjoying it tremendously!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Karen Stackpole
    Karen Stackpoleabout 3 years ago

    Great work

  • Wow Karen, thank you for the feature, that’s awesome! Much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 3 years ago

    Veels geluk! Wonderlike erkenning!

  • Baie, baie dankie Liz!

    – Maree Clarkson

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