Let’s start a Gratitude Journal.

  1. Thankfulness is an art framed in appreciation.

Make a weekly list of the simple blessings that you’ve encountered. It will create an awareness for the beauty and delight in the ordinary everyday happenings in your life.

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  1. 17th August 2011 – FEATURED in The Sisterhood
  2. 18th august 2011 – FEATURED in the Art of Still Life

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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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  • lisameryl
    lisamerylabout 3 years ago

    Maree, I admire you even more so now…I can appreciate this beautiful piece with its important message! =)XO

  • Wow Lisa, thank you for that! I’m sure you do have a Gratitude Journal, I’ve been keeping mine (and various others!) for years already now! Thanks for the fav, appreciate it very much!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • paulramnora
    paulramnoraabout 3 years ago

    First, really wonderful artwork, as usual. I must sound now like a really badly scratched record; always repeating saying exactly the same thing, endlessly, again and again/or, rather, I sound like being a bit of a parrot! ;-) However, the truth is I mean it every single word.

    Second, yea, I think, that’s a really GREAT idea; as in…count up your blessings and NOT your curses. Of course, my purely negative mind was just thinking, maybe, I should start an Ingrattitude Journal, as well…LOL…noting down things which I’m NOT grateful for. Well, anyway, let’s shelve that wholly negative thought for now, at least; and, concentrate on only just positives, alone; concentrating far too much on negatives serves just to hold us back, I can’t, I don’t, I won’t…; whereas, positives tend to keep us moving forwards …I can, I shall, I will/-etc.

  • Lol! That’s the spirit Paul! I’m a great believer in “What you think about, you bring about”, so if I find myself entertaining a negative thought, I quickly look for the positive in it to turn it around. thank you for the fav and your, once again! lovely words, I REALLY do appreciate it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • almaalice
    almaaliceabout 3 years ago

    Both for the lovely image and the wise words. I have never written then down but if I can’t sleep I count my blessings in my mind, I find it calming and reassuring and sleep usually comes. Alma x

  • Excellent! I think it certainly beats counting sheep! Actually, I’ve just given up counting sheep, or anything else for that matter, I just stay awake! Many is the night that I’ve just gone straight through and I also find working in the garden (exercise) to be much better than counting sheep! Smile! Thanks for that fav again Alma!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 3 years ago

    Lovely work and an even lovelier idea! We should all appreciate our blessings more!

  • Thank you very much Aunty! Appreciation brings a smile to the heart!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinabout 3 years ago

    wonderful watercolor, Maree…and a fine idea!

  • Thanks a lot Sally!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 3 years ago

    Love the idea, love the art even more!! Smile!!

  • Many thanks! Hope you’ll give us a peek into your Journal!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • green0pencil
    green0pencilabout 3 years ago

    aww..how cute!!!

  • Indeed! Thanks Green0, glad you like it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Ellanita
    Ellanitaabout 3 years ago

    Yes I agree…I have one…
    Very lovely creation…I believe you planted a seed…

  • That is wonderful Ellanita, enjoyment! thanks for the visit and your lovely comment, appreciate that!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • lilynoelle
    lilynoelleabout 3 years ago




  • Oh WOWIE Lily! This is awesome! Thank you for the feature, greatly appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 3 years ago

    CONGRATS on this wonderful feature!! ;-)

  • Thanks ever so much Liz!!

    – Maree Clarkson

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