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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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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

At Rest Watercolors by Bertie Brown

At Rest
original figure drawing: w/dancer: 9" x 12"

 wisdom is trusting 
trusting in God
when the pathway has gone
hidden by fog
it seems like you’re trudging 
through miles of red clay
and you can’t find the reason
nor a light for the way...
so you just keep on trusting, 

trusting in God
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

In-Cor-perated Watercolors by Bertie Brown

original watercolor still life w/horn, glass: 10" x 13"
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 horn underneath!
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Monday, November 20, 2017

Rhythm & Blues Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Rhythm & Blues
original watercolor still life w/lemon, apples, crock: 12" x 15"

Sophie and i know
that sometimes it’s best
to simply allow
a painting to rest
it may not be done
though there are intense
and beautiful hues
that seem to make sense...
so we must ensure
the painting’s success
this work must secure
it’s soulful-ishness
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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Ornamental Brass Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Ornamental Brass
original watercolor still life w/horn ornament, glass, plant: 10" x 13" 

back in the day
i remember we played
with marbles and jacks
and baseballs and bats
but sometimes i recall
though i tried hard to stall 
i had to apply
my  lip 
to the tip
of my tarnished old horn
and try not to sound
too bad or forlorn
much later i found
practice, patience plus time
would greatly improve

my horn teacher’s mood!
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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Autumness Watercolors by Bertie Brown

The John Jacob House
original: 9" x 12
original plein air watercolor landscape: 9" x 12"

sometimes i find 
myself much confined
by ideas gone wrong
what took me so long
to finally say
that’s enough now, okay...
sometimes it’s fun
to do more than one
‘cause maybe i’ll learn
to finally discern
the good and the bad
to discount a fad
and find that rare link

that was missing, i think......
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Monday, October 30, 2017

Autumn Blaze Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Autumn Blaze
original watercolor sunflowers in vase: 9" x 12"

sienna brown faces
sporting golden sun bonnets
reading Emily's quirky poems
and Edna's soaring sonnets
their leaves a canopy

of swirling skirts, it seems to me 
with no better place to be
than in a vase here next to me!
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Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Merry Meadow Waltz Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Cow Abunga!
original: 10" x 14"
The Merry Meadow Waltz
original plein air watercolor w/meadow. cows: 7" x 12"

just keep tryin’, you say
so that’s what I do
not cease and desist
that’s never the way...
to break through the fray
you gotta hang tough
and paint every day

talent’s just not enough