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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, August 15, 2017

Up The Spiral Staircase Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Up The Spiral Staircase
original plein air watercolor w/ barn, silo: 9" x 12"

Good Vibrations
i love the way
on a late august day
 the sun reaches down
to gather around
my sunflower girls
with their gold-yellow curls
and their skirts made of leaves
swaying in the breeze...
the birds of the air
and the insects working there
create a vibration
a vibrato celebration
as they all harmonize
their praise to the skies...
i’m thankful to be
by this shimmering sea
and grateful to hear

this music of the spheres
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Monday, August 14, 2017

Sophie's Sweet Talkin' Friends Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Sophie's Sweet Talkin' Friends
original watercolor landscape w/figure, pony, burrow : 10" x 14"

Sophie and I 
are asking you-all
are buttercups high in cholesterol?
they glisten like butter
in their gold-yellow clusters
we think they’d taste great
and we’d be well fed
if we used them as spread
on our 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

her new friends instead!
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Monday, August 7, 2017

The Boettcher House Plein Air Watercolors by Bertie Brown

The Boettcher House
original en plein air watercolor: the Boettcher House: 10"x 14"

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??

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Conspiring Com-Posers Sunflower Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Conspiring Com-Posers
original watercolor sunflowers: 9" x 14"

 The Alley Rally
The Golden Girls have gathered to rally
Around my backyard 
The Sunflower Alley
Bending down to admire
All the portraits they inspired
“Ooh yes, I see
That one looks like me!”
They all nod to agree
And reminisce nostalgically
Remember back in the day
We had our young
And frivolous ways
We listened to be-bop
While catching sun-drops
 “Those were the days, my friend
We thought they'd never end”…
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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Com-Posers Sunflower Watercolors by Bertie Brown

original watercolor sunflowers: 9" x12"

Summer Blues Cruise
there’s plenty to do 
in summer it’s true
but sometimes I must
simply adjust
my take on all work
and shirk all that work
take time to relax
look forward, think back
embrace solitude
lighten my mood
it’s summertime blues

a rumination cruise
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Friday, July 28, 2017

Com-Posers Sunflower Watercolors by Bertie Brown

original watercolor sunflowers: 10" x 14" / 9" x 12"

Gossip Girls
The sunflower girls are gettin’ together for lunch
And gossip and news at the “Cafe Munch Bunch”.
The menu for today's Sunflower Brunch:
Bumble Bee Burgers and Golden Finch Fries
For dessert: Butterfly Splits and Dragonfly Pies....
So do not tarry, don't be late

For this fine midday tete-a-tete!
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Com-Posers Watercolors by Bertie Brown

original: 9" x 12"
Green Acres
original watercolor landscape en plein air w/barn, fields: 9" x 12"

What HO!
Say it’s not so
that sound that i hear
humming tunes that i fear
and what’s that i see
in the scene before me
a dry sculpted shell
of a locust…what the ‘L?
it’s just but July
my mind fairly cries
i need lots more time
and summer sunshine
what solace i find
in sunflowers is mine
so locusts, you stop
your late summer talk
my backyard’s all dressed
and dandied it’s best
so let me enjoy

my well deserved rest
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