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.
Art & Creativity - Maree Clarkson
Shhh… germination in progress. Can you hear the swish of the brush, dipping, dipping into water, gathering colour from the palette? That's the process of planting flowers in my watercolour garden. *•.¸🌿¸.•*
This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realise it is play. The only thing that is ultimately real about your journey is the step that you are taking at this moment. That’s all there ever is. I’m here to tell you that the path to peace is right there, when you want to get away. When you are present, you can allow the mind to be as it is without getting entangled in it. If you miss the present moment, you miss your appointment with life. That is very serious!
We rarely have snow in South Africa, but when we do, there is always
great excitement. Schools close, everybody rushes around taking
photographs and spreading the word on social media and a ball is had by
all. And, of course, it softens and beautifies any garden. But it also
causes havoc as our country is not geared up for snowy conditions.
Livestock like sheep suffer greatly as they are mostly kept out in the
field on huge tracts of land and bringing them indoors is not an option.
So here's to all my Northern Hemisphere friends, enjoy your winter and enjoy the snow!
Clouds over these mountains, viewed from Magaliesburg (Gauteng, South Africa) to the North, means that we are probably in for a big storm accompanied by hail and lots of wind. Our "normal" rain comes from Randfontein's side, to the South. Seeing it go dark and clouds building up on the mountain side of the horison always sends me scurrying to bring my Pachypodium under cover and get the chickens to safety in their coop.
a guinea fowl molting polka dot feathers— handmade earrings
W&N Watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm
After years of not seeing any guinea fowl around our property, I was
lucky enough to have a visit from them a couple of weeks ago and I was
Like turkeys, guineas are Galliformes, a group encompassing all chicken-like birds. But while chickens are members of the pheasant family, turkeys and guineas each have a family of their own. Native to Africa, they are known for travelling in large, gregarious flocks. There are seven species of guinea fowl, of which the 'helmeted' is by far the most common, and certainly the weirdest looking, with its oddly shaped helmet, white, featherless face, bright red wattles, and grey polka-dotted feathers.
Free-ranging guineas spend most of their days foraging. They work as a team, marching chest to chest and devouring anything they startle as they move through the grass. When they discover a special treat—a rodent, for example, or a small snake—they close ranks, circle their prey, and move in for the feast. All the while, they keep up a steady stream of whistles, chirps, and clicks, a sort of running commentary on the day's hunt.
W&N watercolour on a back-ground painted with coffee in a Bockingford 300gms sketch-pad
A clump of Shasta daisies, growing at the rubbish hole on our property after I had removed old plants from my garden. I discovered them during a walk on the property and these little die-hards just seem to have no end!