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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 3, 2010

Com-posers Series, Impressionistic Watercolor Floral, Sunflowers by Pennsylvania Daily Painter Bertie Brown

Sunflower Alley

original plein air watercolor landscape/ sunflower field: 11"w x 9"h

Party Hardy

A field of sunflowers

sat simmering for hours

now it’s ready to cast

an end of summer bash

boasting nectar warm and sweet

and tasty seeds, always a treat

for our hungry dine-ees

humming happily as they feast

bashful, humble

bumble bees

daring dragonflies

such drama queens

golden finches

those sunflower grinches

and baffling butterflies

so gentle and shy

it’s a golden sunny world

thanks to all our sunflower girls



original watercolor floral/sunflowers: 12"w x 15"h

One Last Hurrah

The Sunflower Deli has now closed

The frailty of my sunflowers sadly exposed

Gone are the golden sun bonnets

Each face laid bare

No seeds left upon it

The once dripping nectar has all been drawn

And their once great beauty

Vanished, gone

Buzzing bees have packed up their suitcases Backpacking butterflies have flown to new places

Those feisty gold finches

Did anyone notice

Have fled, leaving no traces

This summer's show is over and done

But wait

Hadn't it only just begun?

From spritely young sprouts to bodacious blossoms

To shy sunflower girls

Sorority sisters

And don't forget

That chorus line of jitter-bugging hipsters!


Majestic mommas, patient posers

Finally those gossiping golden girl sewers..

My dressed up backyard is now in tatters

With leaves petals and seeds

Lying about all scattered

I know as I watch their imminent demise

They've had the times of their lives..

And of this I'm quite certain

The hour is now here

To draw the final curtain...



original watercolor sunflowers on 4 Aqua Boards: 5"w x 7"h / 6"w x 6"h


A survey of buzzing bees, on tiptoe

Sipping nectar, sneaking about

A bevy of dancing butterflies, en-point

Nibbling coyly, wings stretched out...

While a frenzy of furtive goldfinches

Swoop down in great hurry

Stripping petals, splitting seeds

With great flourish, sudden flurry

Lustily filling their bellies

In my backyard Sunflower Deli...



original watercolor floral/sunflowers: 8 1/2"w x 11"h

What, Ho!

I gazed down in dismay

Where autumn's portent now lay.

The first one I've seen

This fine summer day.

A brittle, sculpted shell


That a locust cast away.

I'll try hard not to fear

Those words “Winter's drawing near”

And find solace in hues

Of brown and gold

My sunflowers

So glorious, so bold

Here in this haven

Of sunshine and rest,

My own backyard

At its “all dandied and dressed up” best!



original watercolor floral/sunflowers: 8 1/2'W x 11"h

Grandmothers All

My vibrant sunflowers, once so spry

Have bent down a bit

Heaving a small sigh

Arms now rest at their hip

Heads no longer held high

As they gather their skirts

With a knowing shrug

And tighten their bonnets

With a sly little tug.....

Oh, they still love their quilting bees

The Butterfly Ballet

And fat goldfinches

Those hungry dine-ees.....

.Ahh, grandma sunflowers

Surely you see

They’re growing old graciously.....

Still so beautiful to me



original watercolor floral/sunflower: 12 1/2"w x 19"h

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!



original watercolor floral/sunflowers: 13 1/2"w x 16 1/2"H

The Sunflower Strut

My sunflower girls are playin’ charades

Pretending they’re modeling

On a runway parade

they don’t ever worry

though their hips are quite curvy

they’re not in a hurry

they don’t ever scurry

no, they just take their time

strut their stuff like the pros

as they walk the fine line

on their well heeled Manolos



original watercolor floral/sunflowers: 15 1/2"w x 17"h

My Backyard Sauna

It’s a sunflower sauna

and my flora and fauna

are toasting and roasting

there’s even some boasting

“Oh back in the day

in Savannah, I’d say

twas a’ hundred and three

under a shady oak tree

I, not a sunflower, just a seed

don’t ya see

had a great aching need

to flee to PA

where I hoped to someday

Join the sunflower parade

as a backyard summer guest

at BB’s Sunflower Fest”

well, that was my quest

now I’m part of the crew

it’s really hot here too

so we’re toweling as we’re growling

Shoulda moved to Kalamazoo


original watercolor floral/sunflowers: 14"w x 16 1/2"h


original watercolor floral/sunflowers: 15"w x 16 1/2"h

Swill at The Sunflower Saloon

Would you all know

(If you do, say so)

What you may think

Could be in that drink

My Sunflower Saloon

Is serving at noon?

It seems to me

That what I see

After drinking their fill

Of sunflower swill

Are tipsy bumble bees

And drunken butterflies

And finches on trips

Of lazy loops and dips

And even back flips

As they try to fly

In a straight bee-line

To their dives and hives...

Oh I have a hunch

It’s not Kool-Aide punch

That beckons this bunch

To come enjoy lunch!



original watercolor floral/sunflowers: 8 1/2"w x 11"h

A Pleasin’ Reason for the Girls in Season

You’re probably bored

After all you’ve endured

With these paintings of girls

Their golden yellow curls

They just do not stop

Their jitterbug hop

I have to admit it

They’re very persistent

And also insistent

That I stay the course

With no remorse

And post these pictures

‘Cause they’re not permanent fixtures

They do know the drill

And the need they fulfill

That their beauty will fade

As cool winds invade

And bring the fall season

So for that sole reason

Here’s another... I do hope it’s pleasin’



original watercolor floral/sunflowers: 11"w x 14"h

Wild and Crazy Girls

My wild and crazy girls

Their golden manes unfurled

Are doin’ the Lindy Hop

A dance they like a lot

Over/under, push and pull

Oh they are such dancin’ fools

The waltz is good for other girls

Who want to keep their perfect curls

But my girls do not really care

About the state of their fair hair

Nor do they ever fret

If they break out in sweat

‘Cause girls in the sun

Just wanna have fun!



original watercolor floral/sunflowers: 12 1/2"w x 15"h

Bed Heads

Rain-drops are falling on the heads

Of all my sunflowers

As they burst up from their beds!

Dancing in the aisles

They look down and smile


Do the Jitter-bug hop...

Oh please don't stop!

It's the dance of summer days

Under summers' golden haze..



original watercolor floral/sunflowers: 11"w x 14"h

Goldfinch Grinch

My sunflower girls

Never use my sunblock

Nor do they use

Sun tan lotion a lot

They’re naturally golden

Their brown faces boastin’

Their fearless devotion

To summer’s sun rays

But there are some days

They have to confess

Some kind of pest spray

Would be their best bet

For shoo-ing away

Gold finches of prey

‘Cause finches

Are Grinches

As they squander, doggone-it

The petals and bonnets

My sunflowers boast

In my poems and sonnets

Why couldn’t they just

Gather seeds without fuss....



original watercolor floral/sunflower on Aqua Board: 6"w x 6"h

Sunflower Divas

Opera divas, tall and strong

With faces upturned, united in song.

A chorus of leaves, reaching so high

Singing the praises of music and art

And summer sunshine



original watercolor floral/sunflower: 6"w x 6"h

The Calling

Fat and sassy, finches golden

Buzzing bees, their bellies bulgin'

Full to bursting yellow butterflies

Nap and snooze ‘neath sunny skies

Sated creatures one and all

Sunflowers girls standing tall

Ever at their beck and call



original watercolor floral/sunflower on Aqua Board: 5"w x 7"h

Adagio Dance

It’s a scorcher today

With intensive sun rays

My sunflowers have stopped

Their jitterbug hop

Choosing caution instead

With a rest in their bed

But before they retire

They’re feeling inspired

To try a new dance

The Adagio, old but enhanced

They swayed with the breeze

Took one step, then three

Turned and lifted their leaves

Bid the finches and bees

Come and feast on our seeds

Sip sweet nectar if you please

It’s a slow dance, you see

For the birdies and the bees

And especially me!


original watercolor floral/sunflower on Aqua Board: 5"w x 7"h


original watercolor floral/sunflower on Aqua Board: 6"w x 6"h

Finch Flies

Oh, the Finches frenzied flight

Simply a stunning yet silly sight

Their path a series of dips and scoops

Lofty lifts and lyrical loops

As they carry their find

The seeds that they’ve stolen

From your sunflowers and mine


original watercolor floral/sunflower on Aqua Board: 5"w x 7"h
original watercolor floral/sunflowers: 14"w x 18 1/2"h

The Belly Deli

The Girls are back

Dressed in Gold and black

Relaxing, sunbathing

With birds and bees waiting

For a nectar and seed tasting

In my Sunflower Deli

Fully stocked for hungry bellies


original watercolor floral/sunflower on Aqua Board:6"w x 6"h
original watercolor floral/sunflower on Aqua Board: 5"w x 7"h
original watercolor floral/sunflower on Aqua Board: 6"w x 6"h
original watercolor floral/sunflower on Aqua Board: 5"w x 7"h
original watercolor floral/sunflower: 8 1/2"w x 11"h


Sienna Brown faces

Framed in golden sun bonnets

Reading Emily's playful poetry

And Edna's soaring sonnets.

Their leaves a dark green canopy

Of swirling skirts, it seems to me.

Ever lavish, they grant their reward

Spilling sweet nectar, sharing their seeds

With finches and butterflies

And thirsty Bumble Bees


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  1. Thank you for your comments. I love your fluid watercolors. They are just lovely.

  2. These watercolors are very nice! Thanks for dropping by my recent DPIAG post with your kind comment!

  3. you realy like sunflowers, don't you. I can se why they are realy beautiful. nice work. they have such lovly colors =)