W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm Greater-striped Swallow in my peach tree – Tarlton, South Africa.

The sound of birds stops the noise in my mind.
~ Carly Simon

At the beginning of April my Greater Striped Swallows (Cecropis cucullata) were getting increasingly more restless until, finally, on the 8th April, they were gone. Nobody to greet me on the bathroom wall, no twittering and chattering coming from the TV satellite dish, no more watching them throwing their little heads back and uttering their little gurgling song… I DO wish them a safe journey to their summer destination and I will expectantly be waiting for their return in September….

The Greater Striped Swallow (Hirundo cucullata syn. Cecropis cucullata) is a large swallow. It breeds in Southern Africa, arriving from its central African non-breeding grounds around July-August in the Limpopo Province, Western and Eastern Cape. It reaches Swaziland, Botswana, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal during September-October, eventually leaving the region around April-May.

  1. 17th May 2012 – FEATURED in Afrikaans
  2. 26th September 2013 – FEATURED in Inspiring Thursday. Painters 2. Things that Matter in “Women Painters”
  3. 28th September 2013 – FEATURED in African Art and Photography


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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 Kendallabout 2 years ago

    So lovely!! Love the saying too…

  • Thanks a lot Elizabeth!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • freevette
    freevetteabout 2 years ago

    Wow! beautifully done!

  • Thanks ever so much Freevette! Appreciate that fav and pleased you like it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 2 years ago

    17 May 2012.


  • Dis wonderlik Elizabeth! Baie dankie vir die erkenning, waardeer dit!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Macky
    Mackyabout 2 years ago

    Carly Simon’s quote is sooooo true, a wonderful work of art Maree, love the pose!!

  • Thanks ever so much Macky, pleased you like the quote as well!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Moore10 months ago


    Women Painters has featured your work as part of,
    “Inspiring Thursday. Painters 2. Things that Matter”
    Come see and join the discussion!

  • Thank you for the feature Fran, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendall10 months ago

    Congrats on your latest feature Maree!!

  • Thank you Liz, it’s great to be sharing that beautiful page with you!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • jozi1
    jozi110 months ago

  • Wonderful news Jozi! Thank you for the feature, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendall10 months ago

    Congratulations on yet some more features Maree, well done!

  • Many thanks Liz!

    – Maree Clarkson

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