W & N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm

The music that inspired this sketch

“Be humble as the blade of grass that is being trodden underneath the feet. The little ant tastes joyously the sweetness of honey and sugar. The mighty elephant trembles in pain under the agony of sharp goad.”
- John Ruskin

African elephants (Loxodonta africana), unlike their Asian relatives, are not easily domesticated. They range throughout sub-Saharan Africa and the rain forests of central and West Africa. The continent’s northern-most elephants are found in Mali’s Sahel desert. The small, nomadic herd of Mali elephants migrates in a circular route through the desert in search of water.

Having a baby elephant is a serious commitment. Elephants have a longer pregnancy than any other mammal—almost 22 months. Cows usually give birth to one calf every two to four years. At birth, elephants already weigh some 200 pounds (91 kilograms) and stand about 3 feet (1 meter) tall.

  1. Elephants typically reach puberty at thirteen or fourteen years of age
  2. They have offspring up until they are around fifty years old
  3. They may live seventy years or possibly more
  4. A cow produces a single calf and in very rare cases twins
  5. The interval between births is between two and a half to four years
  6. An elephant´s trunk, a union of the nose and upper lip, is a highly sensitive organ with over 100,000 muscle units.

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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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  • Istvan froghunter
    Istvan froghunterabout 3 years ago

    Awesome work Maree!

  • Wow, great that you like it Istvan, and thank you for that fav, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • almaalice
    almaaliceabout 3 years ago

    Very nice Maree. Alma

  • Thanks very much my friend.

    – Maree Clarkson

  • salena
    salenaabout 3 years ago

    So sweet! wonderful watercolor!

  • Thanks a lot Salena!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottabout 3 years ago

    So sweet!

  • Thanks Marsha!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • DonLeeJKD
    DonLeeJKDabout 3 years ago

    awesome work!

  • Ahhh, thank you for that Don, much appreciated!!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 3 years ago

    How absolutely beautiful!! I can’t remember how long ago I listened to this lovely music!
    Your painting is beautiful Maree! An instant favourite !

  • Oh, thank you SO much Liz, I really feel honoured! When I heard this music on YouTube this afternoon, I just HAD to do a baby!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Cathie Trimble
    Cathie Trimbleabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful Maree. Just love it.

  • Thanks EVER so much Cathie, also for the fav, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 3 years ago

    Out of the big five, these are my favorites Maree, you have done such a lovely job, simply beautiful.

  • Thank you SO much for your heart-warming comment Andrea!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 3 years ago

    Just had to pop in to listen to this music again Maree and to enjoy your baby elephant walking in paint!

  • It is SO nice to see you here again Liz! Thank you! I’ve also been listening to it this morning as it was stuck in my head the whole time!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • marella
    marellaabout 3 years ago

  • Thank you Marella, this is wonderful!

    – Maree Clarkson

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