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Does criticism of your art impede your creativity?


Guineafowl in my garden

I’ve taken my talent for sketching and painting pretty much for granted over the years – some people can whistle and some can’t, some people can sew and some can’t – and I’ve never ever worried much about criticism. It doesn’t really touch or affect me. There’s two things that I believe – I believe that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that you can please some of the people some of the time, but not all the people all of the time. I often see art online or in galleries and fall totally in love with it and the next person looks at me as if I’m mad. I’ve also seen stuff that I think is pretty mediocre and a friend can’t stop raving about it.

The same goes with my own art – something I think is really good and I’m quite chuffed with, will get no attention at a

Being 'FOUND' by RB 3


Herbs in Pots – Parsley

What a wonderful way to start the day! Just received an e-mail from RB today, 8th August 2017, “Exciting news! Your work, Herbs in pots – Parsley, has been chosen for a feature on Redbubble’s homepage. It will also appear on the shop pages for products you have enabled, which means we’ll be serving your art up to thousands of adoring eyeballs in the next few days!”

All my other images FOUND by RedBubble over the years have led to an amazing amount of views, favs, comments and sales, so hopefully ‘Herbs in Pots – Parsley’, will follow in the same footsteps. Thank you for the HomePage feature RB!



My Journal on RedBubble

The "Baby Boomers" of RedBubble

I know the term “Baby Boomers” refers to those of us born between 1946 and 1964, but today I am referring to those of us that have been on RedBubble for a long time, either since RedBubble’s inception in 2006/2007 or for the past 8 or 9 years. We’ve been up-loading regularly, followed hundreds of people and gathered a fair amount of followers ourselves. We’ve commented, had comments in return and we’ve added beautiful images to our favourites and had our images favourited in return. We’ve joined groups and seen many groups bite the dust and some of us are even hosts of our own groups.

So, let’s face it, after so many years of doing it all here on RedBubble, how much longer do you think it/you can last? Something must change. And I’ve been seeing a lot lately of just how us ‘Baby Boomers’

What do I miss about my life before the internet…?

It seems that nostalgia is big these days. Everybody is always referring to “the old days” and the other day I was asked whether I don’t miss life before the internet and all the gadgets we are surrounded with these days.

Seriously? Do you want me to tell you that I miss standing in the queue at the bank to deposit money to pay my accounts? Do you want me to tell you that I miss writing out cheques to pay creditors, putting them in envelopes and then having to go to the post office to post them? And then having to follow up where the cheque is when a creditor says they haven’t received it?

Do you want me to tell you I miss taking photographs and then having to go to a photographic shop to have them printed out, with many botched photos in the batch for which I have to pay, and then havin

My artwork available as an App for iPhone and iPad

Do you ever wish you had MORE icons on your iPhone or iPad to use when messaging? Sick and tired of all the same old icons on your phone?…

Well, finally, a dream of mine has come true! Some of my artwork is now available as an App of stickers for iPhone and iPad, to use with iMessage, available on the Apple iStore, developed by Donovan Crewe from Ballito, South Africa. Both my Apps have already been featured in the iStore, with one being considered for PROMOTION.


App for iPhone or iPad – Maree Clarkson Fine Art – Birds


App for iPhone or iPad – Maree Clarkson Fine Art – African Animals

All these images are also available as stickers from my RedBubble store. Individual slices of personality, totally unique and 400% awesome! Turn a boring laptop / notebook / otherwise plain surface into your

Being 'FOUND' by RB 2


Keepers of the Sacred Law

On the 15th December 2015 (almost a year now), the above image was “FOUND” by RedBubble, and what an amazing experience it has been! A few of my images had appeared on RedBubble’s front page in the old days, and this has been my second FOUND and it has had a profound effect.

Since being FOUND on the 15th December last year, it has had 13770 views, 103 favs, attracted over 93 new followers and I’ve sold 57 products. Sales on many other items in my portfolio have also increased dramatically and all I can say is Whoot! Whoot! Thank you RedBubble and thank you to all the buyers!



My Journal on RedBubble

Having fun on RedBubble (and sales)


A Southern Masked Weaver building his nest in my garden…

I joined RedBubble in February 2010 and in the beginning I up-loaded my art, obviously, but also up-loaded “random” (photographic) images just for the fun of it, enjoying the comments and interaction of friends and the wonderful community here. As time went by, I started selling more and more products and also, my portfolio just grew and grew and grew, until eventually I had 20 pages in my portfolio!

Then RedBubble also started implementing a lot of changes and added many new products to the range until eventually it was almost impossible to keep up with editing and organising all the products with so many pages in my portfolio. This led to me editing all my images, removing most of the “random” images as well as art that didn’t seem

Collectible Botanical Prints


Restio – Thamnochortus insignis male plant…

Recently a renaissance has been occurring in botanical art and illustration. The reasons for this resurgence are many. In addition to the need for clear scientific illustration, botanical depictions continue to be one of the most popular forms of “wall art”.

There is an increasing interest in the changes occurring in the natural world and the central role plants play in maintaining healthy ecosystems. A sense of urgency has developed in recording today’s changing plant life for future generations. With their exquisite detail and gorgeous depictions of flowers and plants, botanical prints offer a chance to collect something lovely and also beautify your home.

Although depictions of beautiful flowers are what many people think of when they hear abo

Afrikaanse verkope - Baie dankie!

Deesdae verkoop ek al hoe meer Afrikaanse werke – T-hemde, kaartjies, Hardeblad Joernale en nog meer. Ek dink daar is ’n groot aanvraag (en tekort!) vir items met ’n Afrikaanse tema. Soek maar op die internet, die goed is so skaars soos hoendertande!

Baie dankie aan die kopers van die volgende items :


Hardeblad Joernaal “Sirkels in die Son”


Poster “Kyk! Dis September!”


T-hemp – “Pasop! Ek’s ’n rooikop!”


T-hemp – ‘n Afrika Collage’


T-hemp “Ek is ’n bedreigde spesie!”


Verjaarsdagkaartjie


T-hemp “Afrikaans is my Moedertaal”


Kleefprentjie “Afrikaans is my Moedertaal”


Geraamde afdruk – “Huisie by die See”



My Joernaal op RedBubble

Being "FOUND" by RB 1


The dark forest

On the 21st September 2015, the above image was “FOUND” by RedBubble, and what an amazing experience it has been! A few of my images had appeared on RedBubble’s front page in the old days, but this was my first FOUND and it has had a profound effect.

Since posting the image on the 19th September 2015 and then being FOUND on the 21st September, it has had 6 860 views, 80 favs, attracted over 60 new followers and I’ve sold 9 products. Sales on many other items in my portfolio have also increased dramatically and all I can say is Whoot! Whoot! Thank you RedBubble and thank you to all the buyers!

UPDATE 29th September 2016
It has now been a year since this image was FOUND and I’ve had 25 sales, 14925 views and 136 favs.



My Journal on RedBubble

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