The playful Crow by Maree  Clarkson

Canvas Prints


Sizing Information

Small 12.0" x 7.2"
Medium 18.0" x 10.8"
Large 24.0" x 14.4"
X large 30.0" x 18.0"


  • Each print is individually stretched and constructed for your order
  • Epson pigment inks using Giclée inkjets to ensure a long life
  • UV protection provided by a clear lacquer
  • Cotton/poly blend Canson canvas for brighter whites and even stretching

Pilot Fineliner Black Ink sketch and watercolour in Moleskine 200gsm Watercolour Sketchbook

Coco, my pet crow
Black Crow – Corvus capensis. Found: Africa

Ample press is given to charismatic animals such as dolphins, chimps and the like, but few, when talking of intelligent beings, think to mention the crow or raven. It is, however, easy to understand the natural aversions some people have towards these birds: They’re lacking in any type of floral-like beauty; they have a cacophonous and sometimes incessant caw, and are cunning thieves to boot.

But if you look closer, and get to know these beautiful birds on a more intimate level, you will see not just see ‘plain black’ feathers, but beautiful iridescent colours of purple, blue, green and brown. And discover a great intelligence, and even a sense of humour, not normally associated with birds.

They are smart, ingenious, protective, adventurous, and full of engaging play; I recall my 27yr-old crow, Coco, watching intently as I planted my pansy seedlings, only to up-root them the minute I turned my back, cawing in laughter as she fled my mock chase!

“Even the blackest of them all, the crow,
Renders good service as your man-at-arms,
Crushing the beetle in his coat of mail,
And crying havoc on the slug and snail.

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

18th August 2013 – sold 1 Greeting Card – thank you to the buyer!

  1. 15th June 2011 – FEATURED in Shameless Self-Promotion
  2. 15th June 2011 – FEATURED in Just Watercolours
  3. 16th June 2011 – FEATURED in Retired and Happy
  4. 26th June 2011 – FEATURED in The Group
  5. 27th June 2011 – FEATURED in Indigenous to East and Southern Africa
  6. 29th June 2011 – FEATURED in A Place to Start
  7. 1st July 2011 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the challenge Corvids au Natural in “Raven Heart” – 2nd Place
  8. 26th January 2012 – FEATURED in Raven Heart
  9. 29th January 2012 – FEATURED in Inspired Art
  10. August 2012 – FEATURED by RB in EXPLORE
  11. 3rd March 2013 – FEATURED in Amazing Wildlife
  12. 12th May 2013 – FEATURED in A Class of its Own Art Gallery
  13. 8th March 2014 – FEATURED in Art Universe
  14. 10th December 2014 – FEATURED in The Wonder fo Wings

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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  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallalmost 4 years ago

    Oh, lovely…looks as if the sun is shining on his feathers! Beautiful iridescent colours of purple, blue, green and brown! ;-) Well done Maree!

  • Aaah, thank you for that fav Liz, and your lovely words, very heart-warming!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • shanghaiwu
    shanghaiwualmost 4 years ago
  • WOWIE Shanghaiwu!! This is ABSOLUTELY fantastic! Thank you for the feature, I’m totally ecstatic! Whoot whoot!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallalmost 4 years ago

    WOW! Voor jy kan sê : Jack Robinson! Congrats Maree, excellent!

  • Thank you Liz, I’m absolutely THRILLED!!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Roger Mann
    Roger Mannalmost 4 years ago

    Lovely drawing and colour work.

  • Wow, thanks for the fav roger, much appreciated and glad you like it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful work…love it!

  • Aaah, missed you Marsha! Thanks for the fav, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47almost 4 years ago

    More great work, Maree. You’ve caught him, doubtless wreaking havoc on snail & slug. And those laminated prints make great placemats! Love your story as well. Love crows!

  • Thank you Sheila! And what a great idea, placemats! Think I should order 8 of those then! Never thought of that…

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinalmost 4 years ago

    congrats on the feature,maree. this is very nice, indeed~

  • And thank you for your lovely comment Sally, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

    ANNETTE HAGGERalmost 4 years ago

  • Thank you for the feature Anna, this is absolutely great!!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful work, Maree. Whenever I see a crow now, I will think of him differently.

  • And THAT I am so pleased about Dot!! That’s the whole exercise of my crow sketches, to clear up that derogatory image of them! Glad you like this, thanks a lot!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelalmost 4 years ago

    Nice work, great color!

  • Thanks a lot Cindy!

    – Maree Clarkson

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