W&N watercolours on Bockingford 300gsm
South African bushveld
Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros)
Grey Lourie (Corythaixoides concolor),

There is nothing quite like the African bush, and no better place in the world for big game. But two of the animals that, for me, epitomise the South African Bushveld, are a Kudu ram and the ‘GoAway’ bird, the Grey Lourie.

The word ‘Bushveld’ originates from the Afrikaans word ‘bosveld’, which is composed of the words ‘bos’ meaning ‘bush’, and ‘veld’ meaning ‘field’. Bushveld is pronounced “bushfelt”. It has become a generic term to refer to the wild, open and unpopulated spaces of Sub-Saharan Africa, though nowadays it is more specifically used when referring to game reserves. The word ‘bush’ is a shortened version with the same meaning, and is a common term in other countries such as Australia.

It is worth noting that almost all of the so-called ‘wild’ areas in Southern Africa are actually managed areas. In this day and age, our reserves are restricted areas within boundaries, and they need to be managed as such in order to preserve the correct balance of the ecosystems within them. It is no longer possible to let wild animals run free across the continent and management plans are put in place to ensure these animals can live at peace in their natural environment without coming into conflict with the humans living in and around the reserves.

Our natural  world is alive with beauty and wonder. It’s important for
our peace of mind and our enthusiasm for life to love the world we live in 
and care for the earth and all living things.

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  1. 18th October 2011 – FEATURED in Inspired Art
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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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  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallalmost 3 years ago

    Bosveldmooi!! ;-)

  • Hie hie! Vir ons Engelse lede! Dankie Liz!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • lisameryl
    lisamerylalmost 3 years ago

    I adore this watercolour with all its beauty, grace, energy and love….your narrative is always full of fascinating facts and passion!!! =)XO

  • Ah, I’m so pleased you enjoyed it Lisa, thank you!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 3 years ago

    Well done!

  • Wow Magriet! This is really great! Thank you for the feature, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallalmost 3 years ago

    Congrats on the latest feature Maree! well done!

  • Good morning and thank you so much Liz! xx

    – Maree Clarkson

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimagealmost 3 years ago

    bravo !
    my best, your host (francis).

  • Thank you ever so much for the feature Francis, this is great, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Carol Bleasdale
    Carol Bleasdalealmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful work – congrats on the Feature!

  • Thanks a lot Carol, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sedicialmost 3 years ago

    OCTOBER 21st, 2011
    Your participation with works/votes it is greatly appreciated

  • This is wonderful news Mary, thank you for the feature, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallalmost 3 years ago

    27 Oct. 2011.

  • Wow, this is really great Liz! Thank you for the feature, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • jozi1
    jozi19 months ago


  • Thank you Jozi!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • jozi1
    jozi19 months ago

  • Thank you for the feature Jozi, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

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