Modern woman | bereft ... by Maree  Clarkson

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Coffee and W&N watercolours in sketch-book with hand-made satin-finish linen paper

the modern woman | bereft | without internet

Yesterday my internet was off the whole day! I felt like an addict that hasn’t had his “daily fix”! But I actually got quite a bit done; some filing, working in the garden and most wonderful of all, painted to my heart’s content! Six all together, counting the small sketches like this one, which is done with watercolour pencils in a beautiful little Hand-made sketchbook (7″ × 5″), which I bought in Durban (South Africa), filled with linen satin-finish pages. Using the pencils on this new medium was quite a challenge, as one cannot fiddle or wet the page too much as it tends to soak right through. I also couldn’t do any pencil sketching, as trying to rub out the pencil marks afterwards, lifts the fibres and leaves big, rough patches.

  1. 14th December 2010 – FEATURED in Yellow Two
  2. 14th December 2010 – FEATURED in Vibration in Art & Verse
  3. 6th October 2011 – FEATURED in Cups, Mugs & Jugs
  4. 6th October 2011 – FEATURED in The Art of Still Life
  5. 7th September 2012 – FEATURED in We Sell it Fast!
  6. 15th March 2015 – FEATURED in All things Coffee

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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  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 4 years ago

    Luckily we always have something else to comfort us! I love the bright yellow and light blue colour of this “daily fix” of yours, very attractive indeed.

  • Yea, sketching and coffee is always a great consolation Liz! Thanks for your lovely comment!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeover 4 years ago

  • This is absolutely GREAT Roby, thank you for this feature!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • paulramnora
    paulramnoraover 4 years ago

    Fascinating description. I salute your efforts in trying out ‘new’ mediums. Wonderful drawing/painting, as usual. Makes me wanna go and try doing still lifes, now! ;-)

  • Thanks a lot Paul! Looking forward to seeing your still lifes! lol!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 4 years ago

    CONGRATS Maree! The coffee is still hot!

  • Thank you Liz! Hot coffee, hot RB!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • linaji
    linajiover 4 years ago

    Genre: Paint, Pen, and Pencil ~ Dec. 2010

  • WOW Linaji! Great stuff! Thanks for this feature, totally awesome!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Deborah Glasgow
    Deborah Glasgowover 4 years ago

    I know what you mean about not having the internet for a while. Makes me crazy, but then….I, too, accomplished a lot when mine when out, which tells me I am on the net too much! You obviously DID accomplish quite a bit and this is really very nice. Using this medium/paper takes courage and what an excellent job you did!

  • It’s a catch 22 situation Deb, when I’m on the internet, I get behind at home, when I’m off the internet, I get behind on RB! Pleased you like this one and thank you for your heart-warming comment!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 4 years ago

    Amazing work Maree, beautifully created.

  • Thanks so much Andrea!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 4 years ago

    Wonderful! Another feature, great stuff! Geluk Maree!

  • Ooooeeeweeee! Thanks Liz, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • shazart
    shazartover 4 years ago

    Another fantastic creation Maree. Wow, yeah isn’t it crazy how we feel when we are cut off from technology! Look at what you did though, just shows us what we can achieve in other ways. Love the cheerful yello coming through. Enjoy your little book! Gosh so many memories of Durbs!!!

  • It’s traumatic not being connected Sharry! But maybe we spend way too much time in the virtual world… Thanks a lot and glad you had memories of Durban!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • phillipcmiller
    phillipcmillerover 4 years ago

    No internet!!!!!!!! OMG!!!!! Pour some more!

  • We live out in the country Phillip and services tend to be somewhat slapdash… I often have to resort to more coffee!!

    – Maree Clarkson

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