Paintings and jewellery from nature - Original watercolour paintings and unique hand-crafted jewellery by South African artist Maree Clarkson - Available for purchase - Currency used is South African Rand ZAR
A handful of Southerly wind - Black waterproof Pilot Calligraphy Lettering Pen sketch, candle
wax and W&N ‘Sepia’ watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm -- 8" x 12" unframed
historic mining village of Kaapsehoop is situated about 25 kilometers
from the town of Nelspruit in the South African province of Mpumalanga.
It is within this paradise-like setting that the legendary wild horses
of Kaapsehoop roam freely. Kaapschehoop has the only wild herds in South
Africa, whilst the other nearest known wild horse occurrence is in
ITEM ID : AHandfulOfSoutherlyWind PRICE : R350.00 postage included in South Africa
Acrylic on Giverny 240gsm acrylic paper - 12" x 8" unframed
Lighthouse – This lighthouse gets its name from the nearby mountain with
a “hanging” shape. It is situated at the entrance to False Bay, Western
Cape, South Africa. A 23 meter reinforced concrete tower, it was
commissioned on 25 November 1960.
This beacon was built by means of the moving form shuttering
principle and is powered by a triple diesel mutual alternator. This
shining optic shoots a revolving electric light across the Atlantic
Ocean every 10 seconds visible for 25 nautical miles at a focal plane of
34 meters. This cylindrical tower of reinforced concrete emits a candle
power of 800 000 CD across the waters yet looks like nothing more than a
white candle sunk into the sand to create a romantic glow in the
breeding ground of the Southern Right Whale.
An unmanned lighthouse
guarding a picturesque coastline reminds those at sea that they are not
Built in only 6 days this 22 meter lighthouse tower has been keeping
sailors, seafarers and fisherman safe since 1960. In 1986 a telemetry
system was installed allowing the lighthouse to be monitored from Cape
ITEM ID : LightAfterStorm PRICE : R350.00 postage included in South Africa
W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - 12" x 8" unframed
Grey-headed Gull (Larus cirrocephalus)
Port of Durban, commonly called Durban Harbour, is the largest and
busiest shipping terminal in sub-Saharan Africa. It handles up to 31.4
million tons of cargo each year and is the fourth largest container
terminal in the Southern Hemisphere.
When visiting my daughter
in Ballito on the North Coast, I always make a special trip to Durban
just to go and see the Seagulls. For some unknown reason, there are no
seagulls in the Ballito area.
The closest two breeding colonies
of the Grey-headed gull to Durban are the large nesting concentrations
at Lake St Lucia up the North Coast and in Gauteng Province (believe it
or not!). The total southern African population of this species has been
estimated at about 2000 pairs. Durban Bay, where up to 920 individuals
were counted during one study, therefore seasonally supports a highly
significant proportion of the total southern African population during
the non-breeding season.
ITEM ID : SeagullsDurbanHarbour PRICE : R350.00 postage included in South Africa
Often called the ‘Miracle Plant’, aloe vera has been used around the world for the last 4000 years.
There are many species of aloe vera plant, but only a few have
tangible health or medicinal properties. Aloe Vera or “true aloe”
contains over 200 different ingredients, such as:
~ Amino acids
~ Polysaccharides and more
Aloe vera doesn’t actually cure anything itself; but it gives your
body all the nutrients it needs to get back to its natural balance… and
The genus is native to tropical and southern Africa, Madagascar,
Jordan, the Arabian Peninsula, and various islands in the Indian Ocean
(Mauritius, Réunion, Comoros, etc.). A few species have also become
naturalized in other regions (Mediterranean, India, Australia, North and
South America, etc.) The most widely known species is Aloe vera, or
“true aloe”, so called because, though probably extinct in the wild, it
is cultivated as the standard source of so-called “aloe vera” for
assorted pharmaceutical purposes.
“You ask me what were the secret forces which sustained me during my long fasts. Well, it was my unshakable faith in God, my simple and frugal lifestyle, and the Aloe whose benefits I discovered upon my arrival in South Africa at the end of the 19th century.”
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The original sketch (not available)
Custom-made box or flat frame styles
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W&N watercolour and ink on Bockingford 300gsm - 8" x 12" unframed
the most widely planted hardwood genus in the world, covering more than
19 million hectares. South Africa relies heavily on plantations of
exotic forestry species, particularly Eucalyptus, to meet its timber
Eucalyptus is a diverse genus of flowering trees and
shrubs belonging to the myrtle family, Myrtaceae. There are no
indigenous eucalypts in South Africa, but they play an important role in
our ecology, especially to the Bee-keeping industry. Bee-keepers need a
supply of forage (food) for their colonies throughout the year. Because
Eucalyptus flower at various times of the year, they provide a constant
and reliable flow of nectar and a source of pollen, making them
essential to the bee-keeping industry.
South Africa’s honey bees
are under threat. They face diminishing habitat and forage resources,
attack by the Varroa mite pest and American Foul-brood disease,
pollution from pesticides, and stress from being worked hard to provide
a pollination service. For honey bee populations to withstand these
stresses, a healthy diet is critical for a fully-functioning immune
So next time you drive past a Eucalyptus tree, give a thought to the important role this tree plays in our landscape.
ITEM ID : GumsAndBees PRICE : R350.00 postage included in South Africa
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Ink sketch and watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm – Kei Apple tree and a
Flap-necked Chameleon (Chamaeleonidae – Chameleo dilepis) - 12" x 8" unframed
Kei-apple, Dovyalis caffra, is well known all over the
eastern parts South Africa, common in open bush and wooded grassland,
and often near termite mounds. It belongs to a cosmopolitan family, the
Flacourtiaceae, which are all good, fruit-bearing shrubs or trees, very
often armed with vicious spines, and its name derives from the Kei River
where it grows in abundance as a thick, shiny, spiny shrub up to three
metres in height. The branches are armed with straight, robust spines up
to 7 cm long.
Fresh, ripe fruits are rich in Vitamin C and pectin and, following the
example of the Pedi people who squeeze the juice onto their pap
(porridge), they make an excellent addition to a fruit salad and to
muesli and yoghurt. Nature seems to know best when to give us the right
foods to boost our immune systems in preparation for the onslaught of
winter colds and ‘flu.
Last year my trees also bore an abundance
of fruit for the first time ever and I ascribe this to the fact that we
get heavy frost here in Tarlton (South Africa). It has taken almost
seven years for my trees to reach just over three meters tall and I was
absolutely thrilled to have the fruit. Of course I had to try them but
they really are too acidic, with a slight hint of sweetness, to enjoy on
a full-time basis. And I’m therefore also not surprised at all that
Torti, my Leopard Tortoise, did not touch any that had fallen on the
floor. But they look really beautiful displayed in a dish!
The Chameleon is wishful thinking - I haven't seen one in my garden for over ten years!
ITEM ID : KeiAppleBotanical PRICE : R350.00 postage included in South Africa
Ink sketch and W&N watercolours on a coffee back-ground – Nescafé
instant, black and very strong! – Bockingford 300gsm - 12" x 8" unframed
As I sat on the lawn one morning, enjoying our gorgeous Autumn
weather, I decided to do a quick sketch
of Artemis keeping a watchful eye on the girls as they scratched for
titbits on the lawn. As long as they are happy, he won’t move, so he
makes a perfect subject!
ITEM ID : ArtemisAndTheGirls PRICE : R350.00 postage included in South Africa
"Believe in yourself" - W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - 8" x 12" unframed
I learned that it’s completely fine to try and fail, to put yourself
out there and not be perfect, to create something and have people judge
If I could give one tip for people - it's not an exercise or
nutrition regimen. It's to walk your talk and believe in yourself,
because at the end of the day, the dumbbell and diet don't get you in
shape. It's your accountability to your word. - Brett Hoebel
ITEM ID : BelieveInYourself PRICE : R350.00 postage included in South Africa
Black ink sketch and W&N watercolour on Visual200gsm – border processed in Corel PHOTO-PAINT
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magnificent African lion is the largest of Africa’s big cats and is
primarily active at night, sleeping away most of the day to escape the
intense heat. If you’re on safari then the best chance of spotting lions
on the prowl and perhaps on the hunt is an early morning or evening
game drive when they are active. Lions are highly social creatures that
hunt cooperatively and form cohesive groups called prides, which is
unusual for cats.
W&N watercolour in hand-made sketchbook with satin-finish linen paper. NOT FOR SALE
Gemsbuck (Oryx gazella) under a lone tree in the Kalahari (South Africa). Done from my imagination.
I’ve got this little hand-made sketchbook with a satin-finish linen
paper and I can sit for hours churning out these little 7″ × 4″ (17cm x
10cm) watercolour sketches. I find it totally calming and it also
satisfies my need to fiddle! This paper is very unforgiving, can’t take
pencil marks, so you can’t do any preliminary drawing and also no
erasing. The paper (or linen) virtually disintegrates under an eraser.
Once you put colour to paper, that’s it! But it does allow for a lovely
flow of the paint, which I enjoy immensely as I never know exactly what
I’m going to end up with.
W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - 8" x 12" unframed
The Black-headed Oriole (Oriolus larvatus) is a frequent visitor to my
garden (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa) and I’m always thrilled to hear
his liquid call, upon which I rush out to refill the oranges and apples,
which seem to be his favourite fruit.
Candle wax and W&N watercolour on Aqua 300gsm - 12" x 8" unframed
Autumn, oh autumn! How you enchant me with your wonderful colours and
cool days! How you inspire with your falling leaves, your magical
diversity of combining the best of all four seasons in just a few weeks!
Your changing fall foliage never fails to surprise and delight me,
getting us ready for winter in the most beautiful way!
W&N watercolours on Visual 200gsm - unframed 8" x 12"
Southern Red Bishop Euplectes orix
Indigenous to Africa (south of equator)
Red Bishops have just come into their breeding colours and some of the
juveniles are a decidedly mottled lot! There’s a lot of fighting and
chattering going on, trying to establish dominance and vying for the
best spots in the garden.
This little chap obligingly sat for a session while I did a quick
outline sketch and then hurriedly added some colour before he flitted
off again on some serious business or another.
What a cunning mixture of sentiment, pity, tenderness, irony
surrounds adolescence, what knowing watchfulness! Young birds on their
first flight are hardly so hovered around!
- Georges Bernanos
W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - 12" x 8" unframed
Some Blue gum trees on our property (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa). The hill is a bit of artistic licence as our smallholding is as flat as a pancake, with deep, rich top soil and nary a stone in sight.
The bottom third of the property consists of a lovely blue gum bush which provides me with hours of sketching material. The rest of the property surrounding the house area is planted with Eragrostis grass (Love grass) which provides lots of nesting areas for the Fan-tailed Cisticolas in summer. I spend hours watching them doing their dipping flights over the grass while constantly chirping.
W&N watercolours on Bockingford 300gsm - 8" x 12" unframed
30th October 2015, 8.04am, and I’ve just heard the Piet-My-Vrou
(Red-chested Cuckoo – Cuculus solitarius) for the first time this
season! It’s rather late, I normally hear them at the beginning of
October, but it’s as if they’ve waited for the first rains before being
heard! (We had 20mm of rain last night and 15mm the night before, so the
world around here in Tarlton (Gauteng, South Africa) is looking and
smelling sparkling clean!) They’re extremely shy and very hard to spot,
but I managed to get a quick (not-so-good!) shot with my camera before
he disappeared back into the thick foliage. Had to use my bird book to
complete all the colours.
I have held most bird species in my hands at least once, but with the Red-chested Cuckoo I have not had that pleasure…
W&N watercolour on Amedeo 200gsm mixed media paper – no preliminary sketching - unframed 8" x 12"
Some Parsley in a small terracotta pot on a shelf in my bathroom garden (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa).
is the world’s most popular herb. Derived from the Greek word meaning
“rock celery” (it’s a relative to celery), parsley has been cultivated
for 2,000 years, and was used medicinally long before that.
is also rich in vitamin A, well-known for its effects on vision, plus
can mitigate risks of atherosclerosis and diabetes.
one of the most important herbs for providing vitamins to the body. It’s
like an immune-enhancing multi-vitamin and mineral complex in green
plant form. It grows in most climates and is readily available
throughout the year.
So next time you get some parsley on your plate, eat up!