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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 28, 2010

Poppy Pizzicato Series by Bertie Brown

Oopsy Daisy
original: 7 1/2" w x 9 1/2"h
Poppy Pizzicato
original:6 1/2"w x 9 1/2"h

Fare Thee Well

My poppies have taken

Their final bows

Yet Sophie and I are not saddened somehow

For they staged a great show

And Sophie and I know

(Yes, we both have an unction)

That next year’s production

Will bring a Tony Award induction!

Poppy Pizzicato
original: 7"w x 11"h

Poppy Pizzicato

original: 11"w x 14"h

Little Red Haired Girls

All the little red haired girls

Sporting layers of orange-red curls

Are prancy and dancy

And especially fancy

In the merry month of May

As they celebrate each day

‘Cause that’s the time of year

They spread their good cheer

And wish everyone summer sun-days

With beach, pool, and park fun-days!

Poppy Pizzicato
original:6"w x 9"h
Poppy Pizzicato
original: 7"w x 13"h
Poppy Pizzicato
original: 10"w x 14"h
Poppy Pizzicato
original:7"w x13"h

Poppy Pizzicato

original: 7 1/2"w x 13"h

Poppy Pageant

More little red-haired girls

Than we’d hoped for or imagined

It looks just like

A beauty queen pageant!

Sophie and I, artistic hosses

Are painting their portraits

Till our poppy bosses

Are stems with great losses!

We’ve less than a week

To get the job done

We’re hoping for good weather

With plenty of sun!

Next Sophie and I

Will sit idly by

While sunshine and showers

Coax our sunflowers

To burst from their beds

And lift up their heads

Then we’ll paint all their faces

To show at exhibits,

And gallery places


Poppy Pizzicato
original: 7"w x 11"h
Poppy Pizzicato
original:7"w x 11"h
Poppy Pizzicato
original: 7"w x 13"h
Poppy Pizzicato
original:7"w x 8 1/2"h
Poppy Pizzicato
original: 7"w x 13"h
Poppy Pizzicato
original: 7"w x 15"h
Poppy Pizzicato
original: 6"w x 7 1/2"h
Poppy Pizzicato
original: 10 1/2"w x 13 1/2"h
Poppy Pizzicato
original: 11"w x 7 1/2"h

Poppy Pizzicato

original: 7 1/2"w x 11"h


Curvaceous long legs

Popping up from their beds

With ruffled petticoats flouncing

Such perky orange heads!

They do the Pizzicato Polka

It’s the perfect dance for them

As they twirl and spin around

On those strong and curvy stems!


Poppy Pizzicato
original:7"w x 10 1/2"h
Poppy Pizzicato
original: 7"w x 10 1/2"h
Poppy Pizzicato
original:7"w x 10 1/2"h


Morning light

Sunshine bright

My first Poppy

This spring in sight!

Orange lace

Pretty face

Gazing high

To friendly skies

On one long leg

It pops about

Calling her ‘buds’

To come on out!

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Lobsterman Lairs by Bertie brown

Buoys Will be Buoys
original:7"w x 10 1/2"h

Buoy Joy

Buoys will be buoys

In all shapes and sizes

Just like us girls

Despite our disguises

Buoys are like boxers

Ducking and weaving

Treading ocean waters

With currents fairly heaving

The stripes that they wear

Go round and around

They look quite rotund

(Gasp) but they don’t really care

They do a sun dance

Giving those tides not a glance

They’re anchored from below

And they won’t let go

They do their job joyously

As they behave so buoy-ishly!


Buoys on Bearskin Neck
original: 13 1/2'W x 10 1/2"h

Lobsterman Lairs

original: 13 1/2"w x 10 1/2"h

Symphony in Sea Major

Lobster buoys afloat

As art dotting coves and boats

Decorating New England’s coast

With quirky colors its fishermen boast

And sublime northern light

Envelopes the sights

While dancing on tides

That toss those floats

From side to side

Cormorants and gulls line up on the rocks

By the boats, or the docks

As they noisily wait

For some leftover bait

Granite boulders edge the shores

Firm foundations that endure

An applauding boisterous sea

What a glorious symphony!


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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Music Room by Bertie Brown

Her Story

original:8"w x 10"h


The model’s the art

From the pose at the start

To the last painted mark

And if you embark

On a portrait painting lark

Her story you will tell

If you do your work well...


Lairs, Chairs & Stairs
original: 9 1/2"w 12 1/2"h

A Concert on the Stairs

Reaching Barshinger’s lofty lairs

With strings down below

The woodwinds in middle rows

Brass and tympani high above

In an alcove with the crows!

Now it seems we need more

Than one conductor

That’s for sure

But Brian’s up to the task

As he makes his way fast

To the second tier cast..

He conducts with such flair

The musicians on these chairs

Are honored to be there

Playing under his baton

For a symphony short or long...


A View From The High C's

original drawing: 9 1/2"w x 12 1/2"h

A View From the High C’s

Is where I’ll be

With sketchbook in hand

Though it’s not what I planned

As I once took my place

In the second horn space

Or I played in the band

Or a show

With the pit crew way below...

But this view’s not so bad

There’s no stress to be had

Here in the Fulton’s lofty lairs

Above the balcony

And second stairs

Now the music that surrounds

These halls and abounds

Gives my drawings their sound

And I’m glad just to see

The view from the high C’s...


Background Music
original: 9 1/2"w x 12 1/2"h


An exquisite mystery

That’s what I am

You may know my land

You may know my history

But you will never understand

The woman I am...


Background Music
original: 9 1/2"w x 12 1/2"h

Background Music

is what you see

If you look closely

At this drawing of me

But the music I hear

In my mind’s ear

Has its own unique

And distinctive beat

With far away melodies

Following distant harmonies

That conjure up longings

And desires so haunting...

These are the songs

My people pass along

Mystical songs

From a time now long gone...

Horns Of Note
original: 9"w x 11"h

Brass Class

Its a well known fact

That a quintet of brass

Is hard to beat

In terms of class.

And favorite things

Are not much better

Not chocolate or cheese cake

Nor lobster or steak

Not mountains or beaches

Nor clear spring-fed lakes

Not cool drinks in summer

Nor hot drinks in winter

Not even sun-showers

That grow my sunflowers

The one thing that’s better

Than a classy quintet

would certainly be

A French Horn octet!


The Music Room

original drawing on gessoed music manuscript

9"w x 11"h

Perfect Practice

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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Friday, April 9, 2010

Daffodil Daze By Bertie Brown

Daffodil Daze
original: 6 1/2"w x 8"h
Daffodil Daze
original: 6"w x 8"h

Daffodil Daze

original: 6"w 8"h

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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Anticipation Series by Bertie Bbrown

Poppy Pizzicato
original 6"w x 11"h
original: 8"w x 6"h
original: 6"w x 8"h
Orange Blaze Poppy Craze!

Sophie and I are ecstatic and delighted

We’ve made a discovery

And we’re so excited

Our poppies are budding

Poking up from their beds

With fuzzy green heads

And we just can’t wait

For a plein air painting date

When they pop out of their skins

And we settle in

For a quick painting session

As we compose our impressions...

Petticoats dancing

Leggy stems prancing

Blue centers waving

Orange petals blazing.....

We gotta be speedy

Cause Poppies don’t last

But a day and a half!


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Saturday, April 3, 2010

My Motif # 1 by Bertie Brown

Buoys Will Be Buoys

original: 10 1/2"w x 13 1/2"h

It’s All Good

Lobster buoys afloat

As art dotting coves and boats

Decorating New England’s coast

With more beauty than one state can boast

And subdued northern light

Embracing my favorite sights

The rumbling, tumbling tides

Enveloping my sighs

Hushing my faithless whys.....


Gazebo Gazing
original: 10 1/2"w x 13"h
Lobsterman Lairs
original: 14"w x 10 1/2"h

Lobsterman Lairs

Line historic Pigeon Cove

Quaint little shacks

Where lobstermen store their wares

Buoys, nets, ropes

And traps are stacked there

It’s a place you should know

And if you do go

Let me show you around

‘Cause I love Cape Ann’s coastal towns...


My Motif #1 (with boats)
original: 10 1/2"w x 13"h

My Motif # 1

orignal: 13"w x 10 1/2"h

Rockport Fever

Sophie and I

Are planning a trip

To Gloucester and Rockport

And, yes, Bearskin Neck

We’ll gaze at the ocean

Climb over the rocks

Paint Motif Number One

At the edge of the docks

We’ll dip our big toe

In the cold ocean water

Go swimming???

Are you kidding

We’d need to be hotter

We’ll head to Pigeon Cove

Walk the breakwater high above

Then buy some fresh lobster

At the Co-op down below

With more things to do

More scenes to be viewed

We’ll need much more time

Than the plan we designed

So we’re savin’ our pennies

Our nickels and dimes

(We know it’s not much

But we’re tryin’ to rhyme)

For our piece of the Rock

Or a spot on the dock

O f Rockport’s scenic town

The best place we have found......


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