Faces of Africa by Maree  Clarkson

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Coffee and watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm

“Creative people, however, need to be stimulated, inspired, nudged, cross-pollinated, and occasionally kicked in the ass. Art both entertains and inspires at the same time.”

I think I’m getting the hang of using coffee and watercolours together – for this exercise I did the whole background in coffee (using Nescafé instant, black and VERY strong!), waiting for it to dry completely before attempting to add any other colours. Then I used coffee to mix the watercolours, resulting in an easy flow, and not lifting the coffee as it does when you use water to moisten the watercolours. Whoot whoot! The coffee also imparts a rich sheen to the watercolours, and it’s actually thick and almost creamy when painting with it.

Sterling Edwards (Jerry’s Artarama) says, “It all begins with an idea and a burning passion to create and express. That is the true artist. Everything else is merely technique”, and I tend to agree with him!


15th September 2012 – SOLD 1 Photographic print – thank you!

  1. 2nd November 2010 – FEATURED in Collage with Traditional Mediums
  2. 3rd November 2010 – FEATURED in Tuesday Afternoon
  3. 11th April 2012 – FEATURED in Artists Universe
  4. 15th February 2014 – FEATURED in African Art & Photography
  5. 16th February 2014 – FEATURED in Everyday Women
  6. 22nd February 2014 – FEATURED in Image Writing
  7. 22nd February 2014 – FEATURED in Feminine Intent
  8. 2nd March 2014 – FEATURED in VAVOOM! Vibration iin Art and Verse
  9. 4th April 2014 – FEATURED in Artist on FaceBook

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.
“There is a fine line between dreams and reality; it’s up to you to draw it.”

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Comments

  • Esperanza Gallego
    Esperanza Gallegoabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful work, love the colors :)

  • Thank you so much Ega, thrilled you like it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • PS: thank you for the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • salena
    salenaabout 4 years ago

    oh my goodness – this looks awsome!!

  • Wow Salena! Really pleased you like it, thank you!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • PS: oh my word, forgot to say thank you for the fav!!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottabout 4 years ago

    Very interesting – didn’t know coffee could be used this way. Does tea work like that, too?

  • Yes, tea works very well Marsha (black, strong), and, unlike coffee, it is staining, so doesn’t lift when you work over it. If you go HERE, you can view all my coffee art, absolutely inspirational to work with!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeabout 4 years ago

  • WOW Robyn! this is TOTALLY splendid! (Thank you* for this feature, much appreciated! Whoot whoot!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Ellen Keagy
    Ellen Keagyabout 4 years ago

    I love that you inspire others and share your experiments!
    I’ve not tried this…yet…brava!

  • We’re waiting in anticipation Ellen! I recommend you give it a try, the coffee is lovely to work with! Thank you for your heart-warming comment!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottabout 4 years ago

    I love the earthy tones.

  • Thanks a lot Marsha!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • agnès trachet
    agnès trachetabout 4 years ago

    I should smell more coffee to get so inspired!!

  • lol! Thank you for the fav Agnès !

    – Maree Clarkson

  • maggie326
    maggie326about 4 years ago

    This is so cool I love it

  • Thank you Maggie, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Susan van Zyl
    Susan van Zylabout 4 years ago

    Thank you for the submission into the ♫.•°°African Art At heART°°•.♫ Group
    3 November 2010

  • MIchelle Thompson
    MIchelle Thompsonabout 4 years ago

    Stunning work – love the colours!

  • Ah, glad you like it Michelle, thank you!

    – Maree Clarkson

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