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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 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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