Red & Blue Hibiscus by Maree  Clarkson

Black ink sketch and W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm – A ‘Welcome Home!’ card for Elizabeth Kendall after being MIA all day today!

Hibiscus is native to warm-temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world and widely grown in South Africa. This plant has many health benefits and the tea is popular as a natural diuretic; it contains vitamin C and minerals, and is used traditionally as a mild medicine.

The most emotionally intense colour, red stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing. It is also the colour of love. Red clothing gets noticed and makes the wearer appear heavier. Since it is an extreme colour, red clothing might not help people in negotiations or confrontations. Red cars are popular targets for thieves. In decorating, red is usually used as an accent. Decorators say that red furniture should be perfect since it will attract attention.
The colour of the sky and the ocean, blue is one of the most popular colours. It causes the opposite reaction as red. Peaceful, tranquil blue causes the body to produce calming chemicals, so it is often used in bedrooms. Blue can also be cold and depressing. Fashion consultants recommend wearing blue to job interviews because it symbolizes loyalty. People are more productive in blue rooms. Studies show weightlifters are able to handle heavier weights in blue gyms.

  1. 3rd January 2013 – FEATURED in We Sell Art

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 Kendallover 3 years ago

    My welcome home card? Thanks Maree, this is so beautiful!!

  • Especially for you Liz! Ek sal iets in die description sit! Thanks for that fav, MUCH appreciated!!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • jwmphotos
    jwmphotosover 3 years ago

    This is gorgeous Maree!!

  • Ah, thank you John, pleased you like it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • PS: Thanks for that fav John, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • maggie326
    maggie326over 3 years ago

    Beautiful work maree

  • Thank you Ms Maggie!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 3 years ago

    Well don, Maree…beautiful color red!

  • Well, thank you for the fav Dot, it’s really great you like this!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • jeanlphotos
    jeanlphotosover 3 years ago


  • Thank you so much Jean!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • vigor
    vigorover 3 years ago

    Wow, Elizabeth should be honored to be missed after only 1 day. Very beautiful work!

  • Ha ha! Thank you Vigor! It’s amazing how we miss our friends after just one day!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 2 years ago

    Dit bly darem maar mooi!

  • Aaaaa, baie dankie dat jy weer kom inloer het!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • jammingene
    jammingeneover 2 years ago

  • This is great Jammingene! Thank you for the feature, a lovely honour!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • raeuberstochter
    raeuberstochterabout 1 year ago

    This is amazing!

  • Thanks ever so much Raeuberstochter!

    – Maree Clarkson

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