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W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm

I think we all pray to the first cup of the day. It’s a silent prayer, sung while the mind is still foggy and blue. “O Magic Cup,” it might go, “carry me above the traffic jam. Keep me civil in the subway. And forgive my employer, as you forgive me. Amen”
~Stewert Lee Allen

Africa is known by connoisseurs as some of the finest coffee-producing regions in the world. Coffee beans were first recorded growing wild in Ethiopia around 800AD. It was ritually drank in coffee ceremonies and eaten in a form of coffee power bar, mixing beans with animal fats and other natural ingredients. Years later, once discovered by traders, Ethiopian coffee beans travelled to Arabia where they were first roasted and sold in coffee houses.

Coffee is a brewed beverage with a bitter, acidic flavour prepared from the roasted seeds of the coffee plant. The beans are found in coffee cherries, which grow on trees cultivated in over 70 countries, primarily in equatorial Latin America, South-East Asia, South Asia and Africa. Green (un-roasted) coffee is one of the most traded agricultural commodities in the world. Coffee can have a stimulating effect on humans due to its caffeine content. It is one of the most-consumed beverages in the world. The average coffee drinker consumes 4.6kg (10.1lb) of roasted coffee per year (world’s highest per capita is Finland at 11.4kg per year). The average consumption in South Africa is 0.6kg (2006); but growing at about ten percent per year. Amen to that!

  1. 20th June 2013 – FEATURED in Feminine Intent
  2. 21st June 2013 – FEATURED in Artists of Still Life
  3. 11th July 2013 – FEATURED in the Art of Still Life
  4. 2nd August 2013 – 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 2 years ago

    Ek ruik dit al, so pragtig!!

  • SO bly jy hou daarvan Elizabeth! Dankie vir die fav, waardeer dit!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Antionette
    Antionetteover 2 years ago

    So mooi! Ek lees nou die dag op n spyskaart : “Coffee smells like freshly ground heaven”

  • And indeed it does! Baie dankie Antionette, bly jy hou daarvan!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Jaana Day
    Jaana Dayover 2 years ago


  • Thanks a lot Jaana!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelover 2 years ago

    oohhh … can taste it form here

  • Thank you very much Angel! May I pour you another cup…?

    – Maree Clarkson

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 2 years ago

    This is SO appealing, Maree! I’m not a coffee drinker (it doesn’t agree with me… never has), but I do appreciate a cup once in a while, & I ALWAYS appreciate the aroma. The latest research shows (or so they say ~ I never believe much of what I read or hear about such things) that it is the ADDICTION to caffeine, not the caffeine itself, that causes that first-thing-in-the-morning rush. More truth than poetry in the notion of a ‘coffee fix’, I guess!

  • Thank you SO much Sheila! Oh, I’m SURE there’s a degree of addiction there, there’s no other explanation!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • JolanteHesse
    JolanteHesseover 2 years ago

    Cool work Maree! I am busy with one of these at the moment…

  • Thanks ever so much Jolante! Appreciate that fav! Can’t wait to see your coffee, hurry up!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • tori yule
    tori yuleover 1 year ago

    Congratulations! Your work is beautiful!
    View your feature here and join me in celebrating Feminine Intent
    June 2013

  • Wow, thank you for the feature Tori, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Jay Gross
    Jay Grossover 1 year ago

    Congratulations. This work is Featured in the Artists of Still Life group.

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  • Thank you for the feature Jay, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Evita
    Evitaover 1 year ago

    Beautiful work!

    Click on the link below to view your feature and congratulate your fellow artists
    The Art Of Still Life ~ FEATURE GALLERY ~ July 10th, 2013

  • This is great Evita! Thank you for the feature, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Vitta
    Vittaover 1 year ago

    Please, check our FORUMS
    and Congratulate Featured Artists

  • Thankyou for the feature Vitta, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

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