W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm – Seagulls (in the family Laridae) and an Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea) waiting their turn for a morsel of bread. One of my favourite past-times, watching seagulls… These gulls were hanging out at a restaurant in St. Lucia (KwaZulu Natal, South Africa) and I was almost thrown out because I was feeding them!

Because I fly
I laugh more than other men
I look up an see more than they,
I know how the clouds feel,
What it’s like to have the blue in my lap,
to look down on birds,
to feel freedom in a thing called the stick…
who but I can slice between God’s billowed legs,
and feel then laugh and crash with His step
Who else has seen the unclimbed peaks?
The rainbow’s secret?
The real reason birds sing?
Because I Fly,
I envy no man on earth.

— Grover C. Norwood

  1. 22nd August 2011 – FEATURED in Cee’s Fun Artsy Friends
  2. 16th March 2012 – Placed in the challenge Birds in flight/Voëls wat vlieg in "Afrikaans is my Mother tongue/Afrikaans is my Moedertaal’ – 4th place
  3. 19th March 2012 – FEATURED in Creative Cards & Calendars
  4. 20th January 2013 – FEATURED in Amazing Wildlife
  5. 22nd January 2013 – FEATURED in Serenity


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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.
“There is a fine line between dreams and reality; it’s up to you to draw it.”

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  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyalmost 3 years ago

    really nice! we almost feel the wind ;)

  • Thanks a lot Manon!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • lillybeckart
    lillybeckartalmost 3 years ago

    Love it! A beautiful painting with a fun title as well. The colours in the sky look wonderful.

  • Thanks for those heart-warming words and the fav Rebecca!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Linda Jackson
    Linda Jacksonalmost 3 years ago

    Love it ! and love the poem too!!! take care, Linda

  • Thanks for the fav Linda, pleased you like the poem as well! Take care.

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful!! Life! ;-)

  • Thank you Liz!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • linskudd
    linskuddalmost 3 years ago

    Nice. Reminds me of JLS book.

  • Thank you Lin! Definitely also a favourite of mine!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtalmost 3 years ago

    Congratulations!!! You have been featured in Cee’s Fun Artsy Friends group (clickable banner)

    Please check out our Challenges

  • Thanks ever so much for the feature Cee, I’m totally thrilled!!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Juliane Porter
    Juliane Porterover 2 years ago

    oh so lovely and playful!

  • Thank you Juliane!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 2 years ago

    16 Maart 2012.

  • Wow, absolutely great Elizabeth! Thank you to all the voters, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelover 2 years ago

    simply beautiful

  • thank you SO much Angel!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Donna19
    Donna19over 1 year ago

    Really lovely

  • Thanks for that fav Donna, glad you like it!

    – Maree Clarkson

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