The fence post by Maree  Clarkson


Small (23.2" x 15.6")

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W & N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm

A familiar scene in Tarlton (South Africa) – Many of the smallholdings are lucky enough to have little canals running through them, therefore no need to rely on just borehole water.

There’s a mutilated fence post staring at me
coated in all of nature’s debris.
Rotted wood covered in vines,
each year the post’s wellness declines.

The leaves growing off are of green and red.
The vines themselves I believe are all dead.
All around are weeds and overgrown grass.
It’s a poor little fence post the plants all harass.

It changes each season with more or less
leaves and vines, though still in distress.
An overgrown jungle of rural neglect.
We live in the country what do you expect?
by Jennifer

  1. 30th June 2011 – FEATURED in Shameless Self-Promotion
  2. 5th July 2011 – FEATURED in Nature and Man
  3. 7th December 2012 – FEATURED in African Art and Photography

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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  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinover 3 years ago

    interesting perspective, Maree…you did a very work here (poor old guy).

  • thanks Sally. I saw this poem some time ago and thought I’d give it a try!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 3 years ago

    A lovely watercolour! Atmospheric! Nice background greens Maree!

  • Oh thank you Liz! Painting it has definitely pulled me out of the ‘unconscious’ feeling I’ve been having today! Lol!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • PS: Thank you for the fav!!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Sergio Spagnolo
    Sergio Spagnoloover 3 years ago

    Love the colours, beautiful work Maree.

  • Ahhh, pleased you like it Sergio, and thank you for the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • shanghaiwu
    shanghaiwuover 3 years ago
  • This is fantastic, thank you for the feature Shanghaiwu, much appreciated!!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Linda Miller Gesualdo
    Linda Miller G...over 3 years ago

    Wonderful water color :-)

  • Wow, thanks for the fav Linda, glad you like this!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Evita
    Evitaover 3 years ago

    Beautiful work !!! Congratulations on your feature July 5th, 2011!

  • Wow, how great is this Evita! Thank you for the feature, greatly appreciated!!

    – Maree Clarkson

    GEORGE SANDERSONover 3 years ago

    Lovely painting , as always, Maree !

  • Thanks a lot George, nice to hear from you!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • jozi1
    jozi1about 2 years ago

  • This is wonderful Jozi! Thank you for the feature, a lovely honour!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 2 years ago

    Congrats on the feature here Maree! Well done!

  • Thank you Elizabeth, lovely to share the page with you!

    – Maree Clarkson

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