JUST ME :: and a stack of blank pages

:: Living creatively ::

About me

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!

About Me

Hi, I am Maree Clarkson, also known as Hedgie and Maree de Wet (my maiden name) which I use when I write in Afrikaans.

I am a watercolour artist, but also use other mediums like Acrylics, oils and pastels from time to time. I sketch and paint mostly from nature and love doing landscapes and birds. My inspiration is easily stimulated - a certain shape, an interesting line or shadow, a beautiful colour, the curve of a leaf as it gently sways in the wind, a pebble as it lays half covered by sand on the beach ... the beauty of nature far surpasses anything man-made, yet a beautiful architectural design can be equally inspiring. I used to draw endless scenes of city streets, lined with buildings on either side, disappearing into the distance to practice perspective and the play of shadows.

I live on an 8.5ha smallholding in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa, together with my husband Dave, our Fox terrier x Jacko, and a menagerie of other animals. My passions, besides sketching and painting, are nature, animals, birds, the beach, crystals, useless information, technology, my MAC, my Land Rover, gardening and discovering anything new in life.

I have been sketching and painting and tending to animals for as long as I can remember. I am a self-taught watercolorist and haven't had any formal art training apart from a couple of semesters of art in high school in the ninth grade, but I paint what I feel and see from my inner being. Sketching and painting is part of my daily life, like brushing teeth.

My tag line is "There is a fine line between dreams and reality; it's up to you to draw it."

This blog is dedicated to the pursuit of INSPIRATION and CREATIVITY, which I believe is present deep inside each and every one of us. The world is but a canvas to our imagination and it is our purpose here on Earth to experience joy and all the love the Universe has to offer. And so, in calm and focused thought, let's grow inspiration and creativity 'till the whole world is on fire!

I am constantly exploring my creativity, overcoming my fears in the process and having a great journey along the way!

"Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

You can also catch me here :

My Art on RedBubble - prints for sale

Art & Creativity Sales Blog

Hedgie's Joy! Nature Journal


Vroue-Dagboeke op Facebook

Net nog 'n paar gedagtes



My RedBubble Blog

Gardening in Africa

The Succulent and Cactus Lady

A collection of my Recipes

Tuinmaak in Suid Afrika

Clarkson's Classic Cars 

Always thriving

Interests :
Nature, Moleskine note and sketch books, Parker pens and pencils, enthusiastic note-taker, total information junkie, technology and gadgets, my MAC, My Land Rover, writing, enthusiastic blogger, painting, sketching and drawing, my Zippo candle lighter, shells, pebbles, the coast, walking on the beach, artrepeneur.