A Farmhouse somewhere in the Karoo

Maree Clarkson

Tarlton, South Africa

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A Farmhouse somewhere in the Karoo

W&N watercolours on Bockingford 300gsm
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I had to live in the desert before I could understand the full value of grass in a green ditch.
- Ella Maillart
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The Karoo (a Khoisan word of uncertain etymology) is a semi-desert region of South Africa. It has two main sub-regions – the Great Karoo in the north and the Little Karoo in the south.
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The Great Karoo has an area of more than 400,000 square kilometers. From a geological point of view it has been a vast inland basin for most of the past 250 million years. At one stage the area was glaciated and the evidence for this is found in the widely-distributed Dwyka tillite. Later, at various times, there were great inland deltas, seas, lakes or swamps. Enormous deposits of coal formed and these are one of the pillars of the economy of South Africa today. Volcanic activity took place on a titanic scale. Despite this baptism of fire, ancient reptiles and amphibians prospered in the wet forests and their remains have made the Karoo famous amongst palaeontologists.


30th January 2011 – FEATURED in “Down on the Farm”
8th February 2011 – FEATURED in “Painters in Modern Times”
27th February 2011 – FEATURED in “Art at Heart”
11th March 2011 – FEATURED in “A Place to Call Home”
26th October 2012 – FEATURED in “Country Bumpkin”
21st July 2017 – FEATURED in “Live, Love, Dream”
25th July 2017 – FEATURED in “Old Farts of RB”
26th July 2017 – FEATURED in “Image Writing”
30th July 2017 – FEATURED in “African Art and Photography”
7th August 2017 – FEATURED in “Women Painters”

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