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W&N watercolour and Parker Fountain pen, Black Quink ink, on Visual 200gsm – In memory of my cat “Smewsy”, whom we were honoured enough to have in our lives for 13 years – Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa

“With their qualities of cleanliness, discretion, affection, patience, dignity, and courage, how many of us, I ask you, would be capable of becoming cats?”
- Fernand Mery
We all know the superstition about a black cat crossing your path. It is said that, to reverse the bad luck curse of a black cat crossing your path, first walk in a circle, then go backward across the spot where it happened and count to 13! Here are some more superstitions about cats.
Dreaming of white cat means good luck – American superstition
To see a white cat on the road is lucky – American superstition
It is bad luck to see a white cat at night – American superstition
If a cat washes behind its ears, it will rain – English superstition
A strange black cat on your porch brings prosperity – Scottish superstition
A cat sneezing is a good omen for everyone who hears it – Italian superstition
A cat sleeping with all four paws tucked under means cold weather ahead – English superstition
When moving to a new home, always put the cat through the window instead of the door, so that it will not leave – American superstition
When you see a one-eyed cat, spit on your thumb, stamp it in the palm of your hand, and make a wish. The wish will come true – American superstition
In the Netherlands, cats were not allowed in rooms where private family discussions were going on. The Dutch believed that cats would definitely spread gossips around the town – Netherlands superstition
To reverse the bad luck curse of a black cat crossing your path, first walk in a circle, then go backward across the spot where it happened and count to 13.

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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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  • WoolleyWorld
    WoolleyWorldover 3 years ago
    a wise one…loved the superstitions list Maree …especially all that exercise walking in circles and spitting on thumb stuff ;-)
  • Hope you don’t forget to make a wish! Thanks a lot Maree, glad you like this one!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 3 years ago

    Heel interessant! Love your painting very much Maree, this cat reminds me of a cat we had when I was four years old, her name was Pieta (yes!) and he ate pumpkin pips!

  • Thank you for that favvie Liz! And Pieta must’ve been special to have such a lovely name and enjoy pumpkin pips to boot! We had a cat that could eat a whole packet of Simba crisps in one go!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinover 3 years ago

    beautiful painting, Maree. your strokes are so effective.
    as an American…I sure feel embarassed for us ’0)

  • Thank you Sally! But I don’t understand – embarrassed about what….?

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinover 3 years ago

    The superstitions we have passed on….but just joking, Maree….we Americans can come up with some doozies ;0) You didn’t mention the one about a cat walking under a ladder!! yikes. We’ve always had darling cats in our home. Good day!

  • Lol! Oh yes, the superstitions! I think every culture had added to the pot Sally! I’d forgotten about the ladder, is it 7 years back luck…?

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Juliane Porter
    Juliane Porterover 3 years ago

    gorgeous! love your work! xoxo

  • Thank you Juliane!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 3 years ago

    I ♥ this! A beautiful painting of a very pretty cat.

  • That’s great Lori! And thank you for the fav, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • midnightduchess
    midnightduchessover 3 years ago

  • wow, this is so GREAT Duchess! thank you for the feature, I’m really thrilled!!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 3 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS! Well deserved feature!! ;-)

  • thanks ever so much Lizzie!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • shanghaiwu
    shanghaiwuover 3 years ago
  • WOW! Absolutely GREAT Shanghaiwu! thank you, much appreciated!!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    Wow Maree this is amazing, such beautiful work and excellent detail.

  • Thank you Andrea, your comment means a lot to me!

    – Maree Clarkson

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