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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!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Lonely Shores

There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.
- Lord Byron

A daily practice of sketching and painting gives you a chance to exercise the big three P's - practice, practice, practice!

Lonely Shore - watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - 12" x 8.5" - Maree©

I've been missing the coast for a while now, haven't been for several months. Miss the sand between my toes, watching the sun rise over a brilliantly turquoise sea, the waves washing up little treasures to sketch... I love just sitting on the rocks, the breeze in my hair, the crabs scurrying around before the tide comes in again.

The beaches in Ballito, on the North Coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, stretch flat and smooth for long distances, ideal for long walks, and some stretches have lots of rocks, offering a place to sit and ponder, but way up the North Coast, at St. Lucia, the beaches are wild and undulating, covered with vegetation. The Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles breed in these waters and lay their eggs on these shores.

If you're interested in seeing a bit more of St. Lucia, go HERE


  1. Oh my I can see how much I've missed by not logging on for a couple of days! Love the gum tree series - hope they do well Maree. As for the sand between your toes, you could also come here and risk being blown off the rocks!!

  2. Thank you Liz! I don't normally mind the wind on the beach, but I know that Cape wind, so I'll just stick to the North Coast for now!

  3. Hello Maree,
    Greetings from a cold grey UK!
    I've just become a follower of your blog, which I found through Sketching on Nature. Your work is lovely! I am looking forward to picking up lots of tips and seeing the beauty of South Africa through your paintings.
    Warm wishes

  4. Hi Maree,

    Found your blog on Cathy's (Gatland) blog... and so glad I did... beautiful, beautiful watercolors!


  5. Hi Jules and welcome to a warm and sunny South Africa! Your name looked familiar so I checked out your profile and remembered that I had come upon your blog "Looking & Learning" some time ago and loved looking at all your sketches. Thank you for following my blog!

  6. Hi and thank you Teresa, and nice to meet you! I'm a great admirer of Cathy's work, she's a great artist!


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