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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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Saturday, July 4, 2020

ShadyCharacter & Gotta Have Faith Portraait Watercolors by Bertie Brown

 Shady Character
original watercolor portrait: 8" x 10"
Gotta Have Faith
original watercolor portrait: 8" x 10"

I once had a thought
original and clever...
but that thought I forgot!
gone forever? 
I hope not..
still, I’m dismayed 
fraught and distraught
‘cause it may have been great

that thought I just lost!

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Gilligan's Skipper Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Gilligan's Skipper
original watercolor butterfly: 8" x 10"

Plein Air Posers
Sophie and I 
Are painting plein air 
Under bright sunny skies
On a day so fair
Our sunflowers primp and preen
While we apply the sunscreen
Then get right to work
As we quench our paper’s thirst
With lots of water, that’s our technic
‘Cause happy accidents are what we seek!
Bleeding colors, water marks
Lights contrasting with darkest darks...
Working quickly, we’re in a hurry
(We try not to worry
Will this be a keeper
Or one we will bury?)
Well, Sophie girl
What do you think
She nodded and smiled
And gave me a wink!  


Sunday, June 28, 2020

Happy Hydrangea Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Happy Hydrangeas
original watercolor: 9" x 12"

Lavender grace
A gentle place
For quiet thoughts 
And simple talks
A spot of tea
For you and me
Refreshed, renewed
We’ve work to do
So on we press
Inspired no less

By happi-ness

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

not so ItsyBitsy Watercolors by Bertie Brown

not so ItsyBitsy 
watercolor spider: 5" x 7"

Practice makes better
But perfect?
Not ever...
Especially if painting
Is what you can do
You’ll prob’ly improve
But that’s questionable, too
My advice to you

Buy a BertieBrown work
'Tis the right thing to do!

Sunday, June 21, 2020

The View Watercolors by Bertie Brown

The View
original watercolor landscape: 8" x 10"

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!


Thursday, June 18, 2020

The Bogger Bloggers Watercolors by Bertie Brown

The Bogger Bloggers
original watercolor w/turtles: 8" x 10"

The Blog....
Hey there mommy
Guess what Daddy
Grandma BB
Got accepted
To a website
Or a blogsite
Which is just
What Grandma BB thinks is great luck!
She’ll post paintings
That are waiting
To be purchased
By a merchant
Or collector
Art inspector
Or someone
 Who loves her work and wants to buy some......
She will prob’ly
Post our Ozzie
And that work she
Titled “Sophie”
She’ll work hours
Posting flowers
Music themes
And in between
Some landscape scenes....
Then we’ll wait here
Hope and pray here
That somebody
Sees her work there
And sends e-mails
With some details 
Of an order for
A work to fit their decor!

Friday, June 12, 2020

Bouquet Daze Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Bouquet Daze 
original watercolor roses bouquet: 8" x 10"

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!