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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, April 11, 2018

Complaining Com-Posers Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Complaining Com-Posers
originalwatercolor sunflowers: 8" x 10"

Tuff Stuff
There once was a spring breeze named Sough
Not harsh nor decidedly tough
He nudged winter’s huff
Said “pick up your stuff”

And blew it away with a puff!
(do your stuff, sough!)

Sunday, April 8, 2018

The Veggi Table Watercolors by Bertie Brown

The Veggi Table
original watercolor still life w/sunflowers, veggies: 9" x 12"

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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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Portrait Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Grandie Girls
The Wildman
original watercolor portrait: 8" x 10"

 that’s what
my Grandies thought
the first time they viewed
our tulips in bloom
‘cause there they all stood
as only they could
with petals held high
reaching up to the sky
the Grandies and i
know daffodils try
to brighten our days
with their friendly ways
not haughty, aloof
their faces, the proof
of good will and cheer
‘cause springtime is here

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Two of the Three Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Two of the Three
original watercolor portraits:8" x 10"

The Grandies are growing
older, it’s true
i’ve tried stoppin’ them
but what can ya do
now Sophie is 8
does gymnastics and dance
when she’s got the chance
she loves to do crafts
Annabelle’s 7
a whippersnapp-ee
plays piano and swims
and sings beautif’ly
the Wildman’s number 3
that’s Aaron, you see
he loves his play dough
and superheros
they’re all growing up
and what does that mean?
my sons are not teens
but middle age-ees!
and PopPop and me?
we hate to admit
we’re mature, just a bit
and, well, elder-ly : SH_T!
yet we ALL agree
in our fam'ly tree
those grandies are still
the bees knees in threes!

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Waltz of the Flowers Watercolors by Bertie Brown

The Waltz of the Flowers
original watercolor still life w/sunflowers, fruit: 10" x 14"

Winter Blues
oh, how i long for June or July
and summer sunshine
filling the sky
this season of cold 
continues it's hold
with harsh winds a'keepin'
the temps around freezin'
this winter’s so long
it’s long in the tooth
let’s give it a shove
let’s give it the boot!
i’m still sportin' mitties
and ear muffs indoors
wool sweaters and wristies
but yet i need more
each year winter’s gittin’
too hard to endure
i should just be sittin'
on some southern shore
instead i’ve got blankets 
piled high on my lap
i’m ready, in fact
for a 'spring-forward' nap……

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Bloomin' Stew Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Bloomin' Stew
original watercolor still life w/veggies, sunflowers: 10" x 14"

way 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 now these girls 
with swirls and curls
you surely see
are cool indeed!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Vege-table Watercolors by Bertie Brown

original watercolor still life w/veggies, sunflowers: 10" x 14"

twas the night before “Stella”
and all through the land
the creatures were shopping
buying milk, bread and spam
the forecast rang true
that nor’easter barreled through
and those inches of snow
gave us all lots to do
now today as i search
for some good stuff to eat
finding bread, milk and ‘meat’
doesn’t sound like a treat
so the next time they cry
“Snowstorm Comin’ ”, i’ll buy
donuts, popcorn, french fries

 sparkling wine and moon pies….
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