The Starling and Christmas in Africa by Maree  Clarkson

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The Starling and Christmas in Africa by 

The original sketch is W&N watercolour in my Moleskine Nature Journal

The CAPE GLOSSY STARLING (Lamprotornis nitens) having a wonderful festive season with his friend Tweetie in my garden! (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa).

  1. A Merry African Christmas and a stunning 2012 to all my friends from me here in Africa!

I’ve already bought all the presents for my garden birds : suet, peanuts, minced meat, mealworms, wild birdseed, mixed birdseed, apples, bananas, paw paw and peanut butter!

  1. 18th December 2011 – FEATURED in Country Bumpkin
  2. 21st December 2011 FEATURED in A Place to Call Home
  3. 27th December 2011 – WINNER in the challenge African Holiday Spirit in ‘African Beauty’
  4. 1st January 2012 – FEATURED in Sketching and Drawings

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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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  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 2 years ago

    Dit lyk altevol vrolik en prettig!! Oulik Maree!

  • Dankie Liz! Al die geskenkies vir die voëltjies is klaar gekoop : saadjies, ‘suet’, grondboontjies, maalvleis, ‘mealworms’, wilde voëlsaad, gemengde voëlsaad, appels, piesangs, papaja, grondboontjies en grondboontjiebotter!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • uncleblack
    uncleblackover 2 years ago

    this is really sweet maree!

  • He he! Thank you Les!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelover 2 years ago

    magical work .. MERRY CHRISTMAS

  • Thank you so much Angel, for the fav also, and a MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and yours!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 2 years ago

    Absolutely delightful, Maree! May your Christmas be merry and your New Year filled with Blessings (and more beautiful little birds in your garden).

  • Thank you for those most delightful wishes Dot! Glad you like it and appreciate the fav! May your years allso be filled with YOU, LOVE and INSPIRATION!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago

    Dankie Marre, dit is die mooise mooi!

  • Bly jy hou daarvan magriet!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 2 years ago

    Happy Holidays..

  • Wow Lori! this is great! Thank you for the feature, I’m really thrilled!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 2 years ago

    Happy Holidays..

  • This is so great Lor, thank you for the feature, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • aussiedi
    aussiediover 2 years ago

    Congratulations on the well deserved features, amazing artwork

  • Thanks ever so much Aussie, appreciate that fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Karue
    Karueover 2 years ago

    for the African Holiday spirit Challenge

  • This is really wonderful Karue! Thank you to all the voters, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

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