A cup or a mug? by Maree  Clarkson


Small (23.2" x 15.8")


Sizing Information

Small 23.2" x 15.8"
Medium 33.1" x 22.5"
Large 46.9" x 31.8"
Note: Includes a 3/16" white border


  • Printed on 185gsm semi gloss poster paper
  • Custom cut to three maximum sizes – A2, A1 & A0
  • 5mm white border to assist in framing
  • Tack them to your bedroom door, or frame

Watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm – 12″ × 8″
Tea or coffee being served – what is your preference? On my patio, Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa

Over second and third cups flow matters of high finance, high state, common gossip and low comedy.  Coffee is a social binder, a warmer of tongues, a soberer of minds, a stimulant of wit, a foiler of sleep if you want it so.  From road-side mugs to the classic demi-tasse, it is the perfect democrat.
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When it comes to tea and coffee drinking, I definitely have certain preferences. My main criteria is that tea is drunk out of cups and mugs are for coffee. There’s nothing more heavenly than a properly brewed cup of tea served in fine china. And the pleasure of wrapping your hands around a mug of coffee, especially on a cold, winter’s day, cannot be equalled!

  1. 9th November 2010 – FEATURED in Painters in Modern Times
  2. 25th March 2011 – FEATURED in All Things Coffee – See also the Permanent Feature Page
  3. 14th January 2013 – FEATURED in All things Coffee
  4. 17th January 2013 – FEATURED in The Art of Still Life
  5. 18th January 2013 – FEATURED in Artists of Still Life
  6. 19th January 2013 – FEATURED in Exceptional Everyday Women
  7. 10th May 2013 – FEATURED in Live, Love, Dream
  8. 12th May 2013 – FEATURED by RedBubble in EXPLORE

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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  • EdsMum
    EdsMumover 4 years ago

    Looks good Maree, I went to an art exhibition Thursday and saw two art pieces in the gallery by Michelle Thompson..Looked good and some lovely art but a little out of pocket at the moment with gifts for Christmas. Took a picture of the gallery but no pictures as requested. Will put the picture up soon. Shirley

  • Thank you Shirley, looking forward to seeing that! Have a great day!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 4 years ago

    Oh my word!! Perfect, delicious…wonderful shadows Maree, great art! And I agree: tea in fine china and coffee in a mug!

  • Thank youuuuuuuuuu Liz! So pleased you like it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 4 years ago

    Nicely done Maree, and just for the record I definitely a mug user. Like my coffee strong with just a pinch of sugar and alittle bit of cream. Every once and a while on a cold evening I’ll fix a pot and even add a touch of Brandy.

  • that’s the best way to drink it Jim! Here in South Africa it’s called a “hot toddy”! Thanks for the visit!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 4 years ago

    I prefer a mug thanks, another wonderful work of art Maree.

  • And a mug it shall be when we meet! thank you Andrea, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottover 4 years ago

    I’m a "mugger"’ too….medium strength…black! Great painting!

  • Hopefully only for coffee Marsha! Smile! Pleased you like it, thanks a lot!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottover 4 years ago

    Yep, nothing stronger than coffee or a Coke for me!

  • That makes two of us Marsha! The most hyped up I like getting is with caffeine! Grin!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • BCallahan
    BCallahanover 4 years ago

    I’ll take the mug of coffee… this is such a wonderful painting! I see a hand reaching for the mug…or do i? what a marvelous work of art!! SPLENDID

  • I don’t actually know what happened there (lol!), but now that you mention it, yes, that could be a hand! Maybe I should work on that part a bit more….? Thanks for your AS ALWAYS lovely comment Barb!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • phillipcmiller
    phillipcmillerover 4 years ago

    I’ll sip from the mug. Cups and saucers are for Jane Austen (smile)!!

  • You’re so welcome Phillip! Grin! Mugs are rather manly, aren’t they…?

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinover 4 years ago

    love the colors in the mug and cup! just a really pleasant piece…cheers.

  • Pleased you like it Sally, thank you very much.

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 4 years ago

    Oh, that’s funny! Two days now I’ve been drinking coffee as your coffee cup paintings show up! LOL Mine’s a mug, thanks. Lovely work as always!

  • I’ve often wondered, is there such a (good) thing as coffee poisoning…? Are you showing any symptoms…? lol Pleased you like it Dot!

    – Maree Clarkson

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