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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, 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....

Thursday, June 7, 2018

The John Jacob House Watercolors by Bertie Brown

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

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 now I don’t know
if it’s fit to show
if not,
 you’ve just got

to tell me to Stop!
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Monday, June 4, 2018

Wild 'N Crazy Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Wild 'N Crazy
original watercolor wildflowers: 9" x 12"

Sophie and I 
are asking you-all
are buttercups high in cholesterol?
they glisten like butter
in their golden yellow clusters
we think they’d taste great
and we’d be well fed
if we used them as spread
on jam or jelly bread
wouldn’t popcorn just popped
be better with hot
melted buttercups drizzled
all over the top?
is lobster that’s baked
in buttercup paste  
richer in flavor
more pleasing to taste?
Sophie and I
just giggled and said
we think that we’ll paint

those buttercups instead!
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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Pouty Peonies Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Pouty Peonies
original watercolor peonies: 9" x 12"

March cold and snow
bring April harsh winds that blow
bring dismal May showers
that pour on my flowers
for hours and hours....
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Friday, May 18, 2018

Persistent Poppies Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Persistent Poppies
original watercolor poppies: 12" x 12"

Sophie’s Spring
Grassy green grass
Prickles and tickles
Sophie’s pink piggies
All wiggly and squiggly
Babbling birdie birds
Chirp quirky birdie words
Buzzing bees fly
By Sophie’s blue eyes
Daffodils gaze
Tulips parade
My poppies sing praise
Springtime, nature’s fling-time
“Neath a shy smiling sun
Nature’s prelude
To the deluge 
Of summer days soon to come...

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Posers' Parade Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Posers' Parade
original watercolor sunflowers: 10" x 14"

My sunflower girls are playin’ charades
I’m guessing they’re modeling
in a runway parade
they don’t ever worry
if their hips are too curvy
they’re not in a hurry
they don’t ever scurry
no, they just take their time
strut their stuff down the line
in their couture high-heeled shoe

by their fave,  Jimmy Choo

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Re-Posers Watercolors by Bertie Brown

original still life with sunflowers, violin, apples, lemon: 8" x 10"
is a small work
with bright colors
in the fabric 
and the flowers
still a true way
just to quickly say
though i am petite
i can truly keep

a pretty lively
 up-town beat!