Under A Telephone Pole by Maree  Clarkson



Sizing Information

Small 23.2" x 14.9"
Medium 33.1" x 21.3"
Large 46.9" x 30.1"
Note: Includes a 3/16" white border


  • Printed on 185gsm semi gloss poster paper
  • Custom cut to three maximum sizes – A2, A1 & A0
  • 5mm white border to assist in framing
  • Tack them to your bedroom door, or frame

W&N watercolour and black ink sketch in a hand-made sketchbook with linen, satin-finish paper

Here in the rural area where I live in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa, telephone poles are becoming a thing of the past. The copper wire has been stolen so many times that Telkom has abandoned the land-line system and resorted to a satellite telephone system. I’ll miss the poles and lines in the landscape, they provided great perches for birds of prey and congregating swallows before they leave on their great winter migration up North.

I AM a copper wire slung in the air,
Slim against the sun I make not even a clear line of shadow.
Night and day I keep singing—humming and thrumming:

It is love and war and money; it is the fighting and the
tears, the work and want,

Death and laughter of men and women passing through
me, carrier of your speech,

In the rain and the wet dripping, in the dawn and the
shine drying,

A copper wire.
- Carl Sandburg

  1. 15th January 2013 – FEATURED in Artist on FaceBook
  2. 16th January 2013 – FEATURED in Artists Universe
  3. 18th January 2013 – FEATURED in Arican Art and Photography
  4. 18th January 2013 – FEATURED in BassenThorpe Gallery
  5. 2nd march 2013 – FEATURED in Painters Universe
  6. 27th March 2013 – FEATURED in Live, Love, Dream

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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  • Sue Nichol
    Sue Nicholover 2 years ago

    Thought provoking viewpoint, they look almost like the three crosses on the Biblical hill….hope I am not having a conversion! Lovely painting.

  • Ha ha ha! Thanks a lot Sue! Like your take on it but no, not meant to convert you! lol!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 2 years ago

    Wonderful!! Pure Afrika, so landelik!!

  • Thanks a lot Elizabeth! Had to correct 4 mistakes in these few words, can hardly type with these long nails! lol!)

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...over 2 years ago

  • Thanks for the fav Val!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Scott Mitchell
    Scott Mitchellover 2 years ago

    Congrats on your beautiful work!

  • Thanks ever so much for the feature Scott, a lovely honour!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 2 years ago

    January 16th
    Your participation with works/votes it is greatly appreciated

  • Thank you for the feature Mary, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • jozi1
    jozi1about 2 years ago

  • Thank you for the feature Jozi, greatly appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGabout 2 years ago

  • This is great G, thank you for the feature, a lovely honour!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • RickDavis
    RickDavisabout 2 years ago

    Love the look this has,,,well done Maree.


  • Thanks ever so much Rick, glad you like it.

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Karen Checca
    Karen Checcaabout 2 years ago


  • Thank you for the feature Karen, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

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