W&N watercolour on X-pressit 300gsm
New-born antelope calf hiding in the grass in the African Bushveld.

The antelope (Alcelaphinae) is one of the many medium-sized mammals holding the African food chain together. Unlike deer that renew their horns annually, the antelope has strong permanent horns, that antelope mainly use to defend their herd or to fight other antelopes. Usually all species of the Alcelaphinae, Antilopinae, Hippotraginae, Reduncinae, Cephalophinae, many Bovinae, the grey rhebok, and the impala are called antelopes.

After mating, female antelopes give birth to a single calf or, more rarely, twins, after a gestation period that can last up to eight months. A mother and her newborn calf are vulnerable to predators, and antelopes have had to evolve different strategies for surviving this period. For most antelope species, the female gives birth in dense cover and leaves the calf while she feeds. The calf comes to its mother when she calls it, and once fed, the calf will hide away again. Once in its hiding place, the calf remains completely still, blending into the surrounding landscape becoming almost invisible. It will run away only if it is on the verge of being discovered.

Did you know that small antelope, such as dik-diks, tend to be monogamous? They live in a forest environment with patchy resources, and a male is unable to monopolize more than one female due to this sparse distribution. Larger forest species often form very small herds of 2–4 females and 1 male.

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”
- Charles Darwin

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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

    Te pragtig!! Sy maatjies is oppad!

  • Baie dankie, sien uit daarna! Ek het nou-nou net gaan kyk en nog niks gesien nie! hie hie!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Sue Nichol
    Sue Nicholalmost 3 years ago

    Oh, so lovely. I really love the delicate colouring and touch.

  • Thanks ever so much Sue!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottalmost 3 years ago


  • Thank you SweetiePie! and thanks for the fav also!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotalmost 3 years ago

    Such a beautiful and delicate painting, Maree. Wonderful information, too.

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 3 years ago

    1 image per 24hrs 2012/03/01
    A stunning artpiece Maree, love the softness in this work, well done!

  • Thanks EVER so much Magriet! Pleased you like it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Anna Goodchild
    Anna Goodchildalmost 3 years ago

    so sensitive – great treatment of your subject

  • Thank you very much Anna, pleased you took the time to visit!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Beatrice Cloake
    Beatrice Cloakealmost 3 years ago

    Wonderfully soft, gentle and fresh watercolour!

  • Thank you so much Beatrice!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 2 years ago

    I really love this charming watercolor! Such a beautiful palette, subject, and loose transparent watercolor!

  • Aaaah, thank you Angie, love that you like it! And thanks for the fav, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 1 year ago

    May 3, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • Great news Teresa! thank you for the feature, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Navigator
    Navigatorabout 1 year ago

    This is the sweetest thing! And you have definitely captured it! I’m amazed at what you can do with watercolors! Every time I look at your page, it makes me want to learn how to do this!

  • Aaah, thank youBrenda! When the urge hits you grab those brushes and go for it, you might surprise yourself!

    – Maree Clarkson

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