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Methods and Madness

Sometimes I paint fast and loose

Other times quite controlled

The subject decides the method

But each work has the same goal:

A painting that is successful

And beautiful to behold!


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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

City of Light Watercolors by Bertie Brown

City of Light
original watercolor instruments w/clarinet. oboe, bassoon, horn, flute, strings: 11" x 15"

A View From the High C’s
Is where I’ll be
With sketchbook in hand
Though it’s not what I planned
As I once took my place
In the second horn space
Or I  played in the band
Or a show
With the pit crew way below...
But this view’s not so bad
There’s no stress to be had
Here in the Fulton’s lofty lairs
Above the balcony
And second stairs
Now the music that surrounds
These halls and abounds
Gives my paintings their sound
And I’m glad just to see

This view from the high C’s...
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Monday, December 11, 2017

NY State of Mind Watercolors by Bertie Brown

NY State of Mind
original watercolor cityscape/ NY: 12" x 16"

Play Away
it’s really okay
to chill out and play
we all know we should
(that is understood)
but still we forget
and totally get
ourselves in fun debt
we think if we could 
buy us some fun
then surely we would 

feel wonderf’ly good  
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Sunday, December 10, 2017

City of Lights Watercolors by Bertie Brown

City of Lights
original watercolor w/horn, clarinet, oboe, flute: 11" x 14"

Quints Jam
The woodwind Quintet
Is surprised and upset
That a brass French Horn-et
Is allowed on their set
But the French Horn explained
While the Woodwinds complained
That his rich rounded sound
Keeps the Woodwinds anchored down
So they changed all their plans
And that’s how it began

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Re-Tree-t Watercolors by Bertie Brown

original watercolor trees: 6" x 10"

Lumber Jack Ernie 
‘Twas 3 weeks before Christmas
And all through Ernie’s house
Not a creature was stirring
Not even a grouse
(Ernie loves birds
In case you haven’t heard)
The trunks were all split
And the bundles of sticks
Were hauled off and gone
(It took all week long)
The lawn was layed bare
Not a branch was left there
Now Ernie was pooped out
And down for the count
Yes a long winter’s nap

Sans his jacket and hat!
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Model Session Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Model Session
original watercolor portrait:
9" x 12"
Winter Blues
oh, how I long for June or July
with summer sunshine
and butterflies passing by
this season of cold 
has taken it’s hold
with snow now fallin’
seems the sun shine is stallin’
so I’m gettin' set,
though it’s hard not to fret,
as blankets cover my lap
 and I settle in

 for a long mid-winter’s nap......
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Cor En Fa Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Cor en Fa
original water media horn: 9" x 12"

The French Conundrum
The French Horn is happy
Wherever it plays
From Woodwinds and Brass
To  the Strings with such class.
Yes, the instruments agree
It’s sound does so please.
And most of the time
The horn is quite amiable
But it can get unruly
And downright unplayable!
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Friday, December 1, 2017

In-Cor-perated Watercolors by Bertie Brown

original watercolor horn: 8" x 10"

back in school
we learned the rule
that there were cliques
a specialty list
of kids way cool
though we weren’t fools
our own gene pools
just did not rule
we weren’t as blessed
our confidence less
we weren’t sure why 
and could not guess
but since i've grown
i have been known
to play horn well
for quite a spell
now as i paint
i simply state
this art i make
is instrument’ly

a quirk of fate
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