Parker fountain pen, black ink and W & N watercolours in my Nature Journal – Bockingford 300gsm watercolour paper

Each flower is a soul opening out to nature.
- Gerard De Nerval

All the Aloes are in full flower and the winter got all 3 of my Aloe ferox, burnt the flowers brown. This is a depiction of my Aloe marlothii, which has never flowered before, maybe it’s still too young.

This hardy plant, indigenous to South Africa, with its succulent leaves, can survive the harshest conditions. When damaged by man or animal, the plant seals off any wound with a sticky, dark liquid that prevents infestation by virus, fungus or insect.

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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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  • vampvamp
    vampvampabout 3 years ago


  • Thank you Vamp

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 3 years ago

    Such a positive painting! Looks as if this aloe will never die, very beautifully done Maree!
    Wonderful info too.

  • thank you SO much for the fav Lizzie, and your lovely comment, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • shanghaiwu
    shanghaiwuabout 3 years ago
  • WOW Shanghaiwu! This is so UTTERLY great!! Thank you for this feature, I’m totally THRILLED!!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 3 years ago

    WOW! Congratulations! Straight from the oven! ;-) Well done Maree!

  • Yeah, hot off the press! Thank you Liz, much appreciated!! xx

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Robin Monroe
    Robin Monroeabout 3 years ago


  • Thanks Robin! :-)

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Sarah Couzens
    Sarah Couzensabout 3 years ago


  • Thank you Sarah!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelabout 3 years ago

    for the week 1.7.11

    wonderful work

  • Oh WOW Angel, this is GREAT! Thank you for the feature, much appreciated!!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Sergio Spagnolo
    Sergio Spagnoloabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful Maree.

  • Thanks so much Sergio!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • TSykes
    TSykesabout 3 years ago

  • Thank you for the feature TSykes, greatly appreciated!!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...about 3 years ago

    lovely:) congratulations!

  • Thank you very much for the feature Tereza, greatly appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

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