Thursday, 23 February 2017

When can you call yourself an artist?

The true artist paints for himself.
- A.C. Leighton

Wet-on-wet mountain landscape - watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - 12" x 8" - Maree©

The other day I was reading the article "When can you call yourself an Artist?" -
- and doing this painting, for the first  time I felt like an artist! Standing in front of the easel, arm outstretched with the Rigger, creating a beautiful masterpiece!

For this wet-on-wet scene, after wetting the paper, I sketched the main outlines of my scene using my Rigger and Cerulean Blue, a "trick" I picked up at my watercolour workshop with Angela Eidelman a few years ago. I'm sure many of you use this technique (I know West Coast artist Marie Theron does), but I always used to be somewhat of a sketchy person, using my pencil, going into great detail with a lot of erasing happening. It's only been the past couple of years since I started practicing painting with no sketching beforehand that I feel confident enough to consider doing this.

I didn't use any reference material either, just my imagination.

By the way, to answer the question above, I think the best reply was as follows :

“You are an artist when you make art. Many artists spend their lives not selling their work … One of the first requirements for an artist is to ignore those who would define whether they are artists. The only real measure is the person making the art or, if need be, posterity.” -- Jon

Framed print in Small, Medium and Large available from my portfolio on RedBubble



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Friday, 25 November 2016

Gifts for the garden-lover


We all have a loved one, a friend or a family member who loves gardening. And now, gifting for these special people has never been easier! You will find many ideal gifts for the garden-lover in my portfolio. Surprise family and friends with a unique gift this festive season. Forget the bath salts, socks and ties - clothing, wall art, home décor, stationery, cases and skins for your gadgets and bags, all to be found at my RedBubble shop. Please also note that I have lowered my prices on ALL ITEMS until the 24th December 2016 as a Festive Season Special! And together with regular discounts offered by RedBubble, now is the opportune moment to do your Christmas Shopping!


Tote bags make ideal gifts for all those gardening tools, a bar of soap, your phone, gardening journal, garden gloves (but not the wheel barrow!) and a snack for the field mouse! That's how sturdy they are!




 
But these gorgeous tote bags are not just for gardening - use them while shopping for groceries, when going to the library, for camping, going to the beach and for collecting wild grasses and flowers while out hiking. Your imagination and the sky's the limit!



The ideal gift for those that love the outdoors - Beautify and brighten up your garden or patio set with these gorgeous throw pillows!
Choose matching colours or go for mix and match, either way you will create a lovely setting for breakfast or lunch or that special garden party!





 
Comfortable and easy to wear leggings are the greatest invention since sticky pudding! Ideal for gardening as they allow easy bending and kneeling and even climbing a tree!
Enjoying a cup of coffee is always part of my gardening ritual. Taking a well-deserved break from digging and planting, a cup of coffee always gives me that extra energy!

Calendula coffee mug

Beat the summer heat with a comfortable tank top. Teemed with your leggings, it's the ideal gardening garb.


A relaxed fit t-shirt goes a long way towards comfortable gardening.

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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

OPEN for Christmas shopping!

My RedBubble Store now open for Xmas shopping!

Whether or not you believe in Christmas, you don’t need to be a Christian to appreciate Christmas as a time of compassion and kindness. The joy of family get-togethers and giving and receiving gifts is as old as the hills, and this time of the year there's always extra excitement in the air!

I know it's the thought in the giving of a gift that counts, but how about breaking away from socks, ties, bath salts and candles this year and get a gift with meaning this year, something that shows you really thought about that friend or loved one during this festive season.

In my RedBubble store you will find many items to delight any member of your family, a friend or someone you have not seen for ages. Sending a special gift to someone far spreads joy and a feeling of being special.

So here are some suggestions to get your creativity flowing!



Mugs with words
Brighten up their Christmas morning with a colourful, festive coffee mug!


Journals and Diaries


iPad Cases and Skins




Spiral Notebooks


Tote bags
Also ideal to be used as a stocking filler


iPhone Wallets


Stickers - always appreciated by the young crowd!


Or use them to stick on gifts for that personal touch.











And then, of course, there are the obligatory Christmas Cards, nothing says it like a from-the-heart hand-written note!

Unisex T-shirts

There are many more products like clothing, home décor, greeting cards and postcards, framed prints and kids' clothing. For a more comprehensive look at what's available, please feel free to stop by my PORTFOLIO, you're sure to find something that pleases you! You can also visit my SHOP, just click on "Department" and/or "Product" for a wide variety on offer.


Tuesday, 25 October 2016

COMING SOON! Wall Clocks (Now available!)


Some days it feels like there just isn’t enough time! Well now, you can have all the time you want with these new clocks which will be available in my RedBubble portfolio shortly. This latest product is perfect for those that like to watch time go by in the most artistic way possible.

The clock has a bamboo wood frame with a natural finish or painted black or white. The clock has diameter of 10.25” and a frame frame depth of 2”. It has a high quality, printed polypropylene face and a quartz clock mechanism. A hook is built into back of the face of the clock so that you can easily hang it on the wall.

I have chosen certain display settings for the clocks in my portfolio, but you will be able to customise the hand and frame colour yourself. Play around and see which setting you like best when purchasing a clock.




 Perfect for the kitchen!

Perfect for the kitchen or your green grocer shop!

 For the man in your life!

Make sure to keep an eye on this space and feel free to pop into my portfolio from time-to-time to keep up to date with any new additions.

Thank you for stopping by!

Friday, 21 October 2016

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 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

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 own personal game farm with a selection of animal stickers. Finally you can have lions, giraffe, buffalo and wild dogs all hanging out together being bros!


If you take time to notice throughout your day, you will find that stickers are used for a tremendous number of reasons. Almost everywhere you look you’ll see stickers employed to decorate, advertise or communicate important information. Anyone trying to promote a business or organization should understand the usefulness of stickers in achieving their goals. Those who enjoy crafting and decorating will also love using stickers to brighten up and enhance any project, be it a photo album, a diary or journal or storage boxes, even Christmas gifts!


Stickers and labels will never go out of fashion -  When you want longevity but you haven’t got a blockbuster budget, stickers are the perfect vehicle to make sure your message really sticks around!  So if you're looking for that special sticker for a gift or to convey a special message, please feel free to visit my portfolio, where you will find a wide range to suit all tastes.






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