Inspiration from RB!

Maree Clarkson

Tarlton, South Africa

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Done on Bockingford 300gsm watercolour paper with coffee – ██Ɔ
Daisies from my garden, Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa.

“Good Art comes from good Inspiration.”

I am fascinated by Barbara Glatzeder’s art and her use of coffee as a background for many of her absolutely beautiful works, so I’ve taken a cue from her and painted these daisies almost totally with coffee, including the background, which I did yesterday and then let it dry. Then I did the flowers straight on the page with coffee this morning (Nescafé instant, made VERY strong!), no sketching. A bit of grey/green was used for the flower stalks.

When looking at the original, the coffee, when it dries, leaves the richest, shiniest, wet-looking sheen, better than any permanent staining watercolour, absolutely great! Wish they made coffee in other colours!! And as Barbara says, the artwork smells great!

I’m disappointed in the scanning of this image, as the rich patina of the coffee doesn’t show at all.

I have used both coffee and tea in staining certain materials before, especially cotton, but never thought of using it in art. Isn’t it wonderful how inspirational the artists on RB are, lots to learn here!

8th October 2010 – FEATURED in “Mature Woman”
13th October 2010 – FEATURED in “Inspired Art”
13th February 2011 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the Challenge “Two of Us” in “Daisy & Company”
22nd February 2011 – FEATURED in “Daisy & Company”
10th March 2011 – FEATURED in “Image Writing”
11th March 2011 – FEATURED in “Fabulous Flowers”
14th March 2011 – FEATURED in “Old Farts of RedBubble”
3rd April 2011 – FEATURED in “Dutch Showcase” – also SPECIAL FEATURED MEMBER!
14th July 2011 – FEATURED in EXPLORE on RedBubble!
20th March 2014 – FEATURED in “Everyday Women”
20th March 2014 – FEATURED in “A Place to Start”
30th March 2014 – FEATURED in “A Class of its Own Art Gallery”
2nd October 2014 – FEATURED in “The Handcrafted Group”
26th February 2016 – FEATURED in “Peace, Love & Tranquility”
18th March 2016 – FEATURED in “Art at its Best”

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