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W&N watercolour on Amedeo 200gsm

“We are like chameleons, we take our hue and the colour of our moral character, from those who are around us.”
- John Lock

Chameleons are fascinating and amazing creatures, always popular with anyone who sees them. They belong to the lizard family and the word ‘Chameleon’ means ‘Earth Lion’. I was SO pleased to find this chap in my garden, I haven’t seen any for ages!

The main distribution of Chameleons is Africa and Madagascar, and half of the world’s chameleon population lives on the island of Madagascar. They are famous for their ability to change color. This serves as a form of communication, a response to temperature, light, and mood, as well as a defense against predators. Their eyes can rotate and swivel independently, enabling them to see almost a complete 360-degrees or observe two things simultaneously. Their tongues can be as long as their bodies. Chameleons can balance on a branch by gripping it with their claws and wrapping their tail around the branch to hold on. Chameleons can even sleep upside down!

There are thought to be more than 160 different species of chameleon that range from just an inch to more than a couple of feet in size. The tiny pygmy leaf chameleon, found in the jungles of Madagascar, is the smallest species of chameleon with some males measuring less than 3 cm long with the largest growing to almost 70cm long.

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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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Comments

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 2 years ago

    Such a wonderful watercolor and fantastic quote Maree!!!!

  • Thanks ever so much for that fav Angie, it’s wonderful you like it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 2 years ago

    Lovely!! This chameleon is ready for action! Great art Maree, you can be proud!

  • Wowie! Thank you for the fav Elizabeth, I’m thrilled you like it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Renee Blake
    Renee Blakeover 2 years ago

    Love this Maree !
    Renee

  • Aaaaaw! Thanks for that fav Renee, so pleased you like it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Rina Greeff
    Rina Greeffover 2 years ago

    Adorable, and so beautiful!!

  • Thank you, thank you! toon innie sand! En dankie vir die fav Rina, waardeer baie!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 2 years ago


    May 10th, 2012
    SEE YOUR WORK IN THE PERMANENT FEATURED ART GALLERY
    SEE ONGOING CHALLENGES
    Your participation with works/votes it is greatly appreciated
    Mary

  • Thank you ever so much for the feature Mary, much appreciated!!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 2 years ago


    bravo !
    my best, your host (francis).

  • Oh wow! this is great Francis! Thank you for the feature, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 1 year ago

    Beautiful work..

  • Thank you for the feature Lori, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • MaeBelle
    MaeBelleover 1 year ago

    Congrats on your feature,♥ :o)) God Bless,Mae

  • Thank you very much MaeBelle!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • WoolleyWorld
    WoolleyWorldabout 1 year ago

    handsome chappie!

  • And that he is Maree!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Navigator
    Navigator12 months ago

    What a wonderful representation of this creature! I also like the little touches of leaves and branches, not totally filled in with leaves, not totally brances, but hints of them as a whole. It gives a poetic expression, again. Very nice.

  • Thank you once again Brenda, appreciate you visiting my portfolio!

    – Maree Clarkson

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