The Magaliesberg mountains

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Maree Clarkson

Ballito, South Africa

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Small 12.0" x 7.9"
Medium 18.0" x 11.9"
Large 24.0" x 15.9"
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Wed, 5 Aug 2015
Watercolour done on Bockingford 300gsm
“You can never conquer the mountain. You can only conquer yourself.”*
- James Whittaker
This 30 000-hectare mountain preserve is almost entirely the property of agricultural, mining or industrial landowners. But legislation ensures that no more quarries, factories or unacceptable developments can take place that would threaten the integrity of the natural area. There is a fragile and secret world in the kloofs of the Magaliesberg (South Africa), with places where you can see vultures soaring on updraughts, swim in clear mountain pools – and perhaps even catch sight of a pangolin, a brown hyena or a leopard.
For this wet-on-wet scene of the mountain, after wetting the paper, I sketched the main outlines of my scene using my Rigger and Cerulean Blue, a “trick” I picked up at a watercolour workshop I attended a couple of years ago.. I’m sure many of you use this technique, but I used to be somewhat of a sketchy person, using my pencil, going into great detail with a lot of erasing happening. It’s only been the past few years that I started painting with no sketching beforehand, something which I always do now.

21 May 2010 – Placed in the Top Ten in the "A Landscape that has never been featured” Challenge in “Landscape Painting”
8th January 2011 – FEATURED in “This & That”
15th May 2011 – FEATURED in “Bubbling Bubblers”
16th May 2011 – FEATURED in “Cee’s Fun Artsy Friends”
15th July 2011 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the challenge “Mountains of Africa” in “Afrikaans”
15th November 2011 – FEATURED in “African Beauty”
27th October 2012 – FEATURED in “Women Painters”
15th February 2013 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the challenge “Klim elke berg / Climb Every Mountain” in ‘Afrikaans’
4th August 2013 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the challenge “Ons lieflike land! /Our beautiful country!” in ‘Afrikaans’
4th August 2013 – FEATURED by RedBubble in “EXPLORE”
14th September 2013 – FEATURED in “African Art & Photography”
15th September 2013 – FEATURED in “Everyday Women”
14th December 2014 – FEATURED in “A Place to Start”
14th December 2014 – FEATURED in “Write! Express yourself”
18th June 2015 – FEATURED in “Afrikaans”
26th June 2015 – FEATURED in “Our Planet’s Scenery”

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