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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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Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Red-Tethered Sheep Watercolors by Bertie Brown

The Red-Tethered Sheep
original watercolor plein air w/sheep: 10" x 14"

A Spring Thing
Meadows bordering a grove of trees
Spreading a canopy 
Of blues and greens
Sifting a symphony
Intense, yet serene
Of filtered though slight
Shimmering sunlight
The pathway to spring

Is a glorious thing...
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Saturday, May 20, 2017

I'm Leavin' on a Jet Plane Watercolors by Bertie Brown

I'm Leavin' on a Jet Plane
original watercolor portrait: 10" x 14"

a quick study draw 
with some washes of paint
complete what i call
"she's leavin'
'cause she's dreamin'
that the grass there's
greener seemin'!
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Monday, May 15, 2017

Down on the Farm Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Down on the Farm
original plein air watercolor w/farm, barns" 10" x 14"

Spring Musical
oh spring
is the thing
we hope for in November
long for in December
lose in January
right through February
cry for in March
die for in April
can’t wait one more day
for the merry month of May
and still cold temps cling
to every bloomin’ thing!
so when the month of June
bursts suddenly into view
i'll look around and smile

and bid stay with me awhile
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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Poppy Pageant Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Poppy Pageant
original plein air watercolor w/poppies: 8" x 10"

more red-haired girls
than we’d hoped for or imagined
it looks just like
a beauty pageant!
Sophie and I, artistic hosses
are painting their portraits
till our poppy bosses
are simply long stems
with great petal losses!
we’ve less than a week
to get the job done 
we’re hoping for good weather

with plenty of sun!
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Friday, May 12, 2017

Poppy Crop Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Poppy Crop 

original watercolor poppies: 9" x 12" 

Sophie’s Pouty Poppies
our poppies are wailin’
has the sun gone sailin’?
their petals are drippin’
their stems cannot lift ‘em
they’re sad and be-draggled
their foliage is fraggled
‘tis def’nitely not
a show stopping lot
but we won’t despair
though there’s puddles everywhere
we hope the rains stop
so our poppies can Pop!
and maybe next year
when a new crop appears
the rains will be done
and they'll dance in the sun!

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Over the River Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Over the River
original plein air watercolor/Columbia Bridge: 10" x 14"

curiouser and curiouser
it seems to me
this spring is the bomb
at flirting you see
‘cause just when you feel
a warm gentle breeze
a sun so friendly
you’re relaxin’ indeed
a cold front blows in
equipped with more rain
it spreads itself out
and i want to shout
oh yes there’s the rub
when springtime has come
those idyllic days

are quickly undone….
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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Shaun's Brother Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Shaun's Brother
original plein air watercolor w/barn and sheep: 9" x 12"

i think that it’s done
and i had some fun
‘though there a few 
solutions that skewed
my original view
and managed to be
surprising, you see
so if it’s not fit 
or off just a bit
ignore if you please
this red  tethered sheep!

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