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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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Friday, January 20, 2017

That Girl Watercolors by Bertie Brown

That Girl
original watercolor portrait: 5" x 7"

and this is the question
can i toss intention
and renounce all strife
at this stage of life?
could i, if you please,
watch daytime tv
munch crackers and brie
sip long isle iced teas
would i, do you see,
be happy with ease??
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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Muse-ical Watercolors by Bertie Nrown

original watercolor figure: 10" x 12"

a musician displays 
exhibitionist ways
but it’s all okay
‘cause music filled days
and nights do remain
quite high on our list
of things we like best
so please don’t insist

we cease and desist!
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Gone Girl Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Gone Girl
watercolor still life w/girl, violin: 10" x 14"

Things Strings Sing
do strings
 have wings
‘cause they’re glorious things
do they sing
as they cling
to the bow as it flows
o’re the bridge
if you please
with the greatest of ease
do they screech
as they seek 
those notes on the staff
do they laugh
at the thought

of the job they just lost
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Apple Cor Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Apple Cor
original watercolor still life w/horn, glass vases: 13" x 16"

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

Buy a French Horn Kazoo!
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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Quints' Jam Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Quints' Jam
original watercolor still life w/horn, woodwinds

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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Friday, December 30, 2016

Quint's Jam Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Quint's Jam
original watercolor still life w/horn, woodwinds: 17"  x 22"

Winter Blues
oh, how i long for June or July
with summer sunshine
and butterflies passing by
this season of cold 
has taken it’s hold
with harsh winds now wailin’
seems the sun has gone sailin’
so i’m getting all set,
though it’s hard not to fret,
as blankets cover my lap
 and i settle in
 for a long mid-winter’s nap......

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Bouquet Haze Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Bouquet Haze
original watercolor still life w/flowers: 6" x 9"

how much can i hold
in my arms when i’m told
they're filled up, you see 
with pieces of me

it’s getting so bad
i’m leaving a trail
of this and of that
forget it, i wail
well…maybe it’s just
fine'ly time to get tough
stop makin' a fuss
and toss out the stuff!
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