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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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Monday, July 16, 2018

Too Hot to Trot Watercolors by Bertie Brown

 To Grandmother's House
original: 10" x 14"
Too Hot to Trot
original watercolor animal pic: 10" x 14" 

what HO
too bad i now know 
what living inside
a work zone implies 
‘cause circumsizin’
a basement flood zone
has taken it’s toll
 on ALL my household
the jackhammer’s jumpin’
that reverb is somethin’
there’s dust dancin’ round
the clean spots it’s found
my once tidy home
is mocking at me
my Mrs Clean throne
has picked up and gone
i’ve gotta stop frettin’
and throw in the towel
the dust, it will settle
soon, but not now
then final-ly
my job is i see
to clean until fall

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

The Shack in the Back Watercolors by Bertie Brown

The Shack in the Back
original en plein air landscape: 10" x 14"

Cold Front
The windows I’m closin’
my sunflowers need  hosin’
it’s blisterin hot
not one cold spot
‘cept here by the door
of the freezer in the store
where I pretend to stock up
on creamsicle pops
but truth to be told
it’s just good to feel cold!

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

The RedHead Com-Poser Watercolors by Bertie Brown

The RedHead Com-Poser
original watercolor sunflowers: 10" x 14"

Summer Bliss
My windows are open
Cool breezes are flowin’
My curtains are flirtin'
With the sill and the sash 
This is the way
A fine summer day
Ought always to be 
For two months or three....
Suites me perfectly

I bet you’d agree!
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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

En Plein Air QwikPix Watercolors by Bertie Brown

 Angry Birds
Tractor Shax
En Plein Air QwikPix
original watercolor chickens/farmscape: 8" x10" / 10" x 14"

are Lightning Bugs 
that blink in the night
just summer time pluggers
getting on with their lives
or do they endeavor
to be so much better
when call-ed fire-flies
alighting June nights
it’s really semantics
but much more romantic
and downright dra-mantic
to portray all their frantic
light sparking antics
when their claim to fame
- a butt with a flame -

is enhanced by a name
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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Bert's Bees Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Bert's Bees
original watercolor w/bees, flowers: 6" x 8" 

Summer Meadows
smocked, sun dresses
in pinks and reds
petticoat pastures
stitched in yellow-green threads
the sky a canopy
of bustling bee harmonies
and chirpy bird melodies 

as streams clap rhythmic’ly....
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Friday, June 29, 2018

Blueprint in Brown Plein Air Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Summer Blueprint in Brown
original watercolor quick sketches: 9" x 12"

Blues 'n Brown Cruise
there’s plenty to do 
in summer it’s true
but sometimes I must
simply adjust
my take on all work
and shirk all that work
take time to relax
look forward, think back
embrace solitude
consider my mood
it’s summertime blues

a soul soothing cruise
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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Into the Woods Plein Air Watercolors by Bertie Brown

in the beginning
                                                                Into The Woods
                                              original watercolor plein air landscape : 10" x 14"

curiouser and curiouser
it seems to me
this summer’s the bomb
at flirting, you see
‘cause just when you feel
a cool  weightless breeze
a sun so friendly
you’re relaxin’ indeed
a thick hulking cloud 
of hu-MID-ity
descends with a shout
and spreads itself out
oh yes there’s the rub
to summer time fun
those idyllic days
come quickly undone....