Bluegums and Black Wattles

Maree Clarkson

Ballito, South Africa

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Bluegums and Black Wattles

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This is mixed media of Watercolours and Acrylics on Bockingford 300gsm watercolour paper.
Trees on our smallholding (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa)
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“When planning for a year, plant corn. When planning for a decade, plant trees. When planning for life, train and educate people.”
- Chinese Proverb
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In this painting I experimented with the mixed media of acrylics and watercolours on a good, thick Bockingford watercolour paper and decided I just LOVE how the acrylics feel on the paper. It’s amazing! I think I’m falling more and more in love with this versatile medium. The back-ground and fore-ground is done in watercolour, and with the trees I used Acrylics. The way the acrylics and watercolours work together give an unusual feel and texture while working.
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These trees are on our smallholding and, although we are trying to get rid of all the Black Wattles, they spring up faster than you try to eradicate them. The problem is that they produce a huge amount of seeds, which can grow in the most arid and infertile of soils. Even worse, these seeds can live up to a 90 years! And after a first clean-up, even though we have removed hundreds of trees, millions of young seedling appear. It’s basically fighting a losing battle. These evergreen Black Wattle trees were originally imported from Australia for our tanning industry.
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Now the touchy subject: chemicals. One simply cannot get rid of Black Wattles unless you use a good herbicide. Cutting a black wattle and hoping it will die, is wishful thinking. We do not use any chemicals at all, with the result that we have an on-going battle, but which provides employment opportunities as we hire several casual workers every year to do another clean-up.


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