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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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Monday, November 1, 2010

Watercolors by Bertie Brown / Art is Instrumental

Symphony in the Key of Sea

original watercolor seascape/OBX: 11"w x 7"h

O B-y the X-ea

oh to be by the sea

just my fam’ly and me

sunblocked nose

bug sprayed toes

sunning responsibly

grasses sway

sand dunes say

watch all nature at play

roaring surf

sandy turf

it’s an OBX day!


Musically Inclined / Tuba, Violin

original watercolor musical motif/Tuba, Violin: 6"w x 8"h

Tu-be Tuba

Tu-be a violin

is sweet music to me

Tuba on the other hand

might be even more grand!


Just Sophie and Me

original watercolor still life with doll: 14 1/2"w x 16"h

Beginning Niggling

in the beginning

I had an idea

a slight yet sure niggling

regarding Sophia

her dolly, a tea cup

a box, bag and bow

with plenty of pink

and green down below

this still life is taking

a life of its own

I think it would fit

in a “Sophie and Me” book

it could be a hit

if I ever finish it!


in the beginning....

Musically Inclined - Violin/Piano

original watercolor musical motif with piano/violin: 7"w x 11"h

No Viol-ence

do strings

ever throw

their well-tempered bows

at the soloist who thinks

his technic doesn’t stink(!)

as he plays arrogantly

the piano so disparately

lifting hands dramatically

o’re ebony

and ivory


Low Country Libretto

original watercolor seascape/salt marsh: 14"w x 11"h

Salt Marsh Meanderings

Low Country liaisons

herons skulking about

don’t get on my turf

they often cry out!

amongst the sweet grass

they sneak and stalk

it’s all about the belly

feed me, feed me, it squawks

they really are a sight

a pterodactyl? a hawk?


just Big Bird in white

looking for that perfect bite!


Plum Island Passacaglia

original watercolor seascape/salt marsh: 14"w x 11"h

Salt Marsh Meanderings

a salt marsh looks different

in New England somehow

it’s attitude intense

with low guarded brow

it’s secrets I sense

are only revealed

in fits

spurts and bits

of mysteries concealed

oh yes there are grasses

with fly-away tufts

and short scrubby pines

o’re looking the bluffs

but if you look closer

I think you’ll perceive

the treasures it wields

in it’s pungent sea breeze


Musically Inclined / Violin

original watercolor musical motif with violin: 7"w x 11"h

String Fling


are things

that go plunk

when they’re plucked

but when they are bowed

well, properly so,

they sing full and free

with the greatest of ease

like an acrobat high

on the flying trapeze


Musically Inclined - Violin/ Flute

original watercolor with violin and flute: 10"x10"

Sassy Violin

The violin’s a classy fellow

When bowed he sings a tune so mellow

When plucked

His notes are quite abrupt

And when there’s nothing left to play

He tells the Flute to play away...


Symphony in the Key of Sea / OBX

original watercolor seascape: 11"w x 7"h

Oblation Revelation

evening oblations

give solace to me

with new revelations

waiting to be

so lest I forget

the beauty I see

I’ll daily inspect

this view by the sea

and paint thankfully

His grand poetry


Dunes Dance
original watercolor seascape

Dunes Dance

original watercolor seascape: 14"w x 11"h

Barrier Islands

All bluster and bluff

With towering tides

Always in a huff

Racing to shore

Biting the beach

Ever advancing more and more....

The sighing sands

Surrender their turf

While tall dancing dunes

Watch over the surf

Their beach bonnets swaying

And “No Trespassing” signs waving.......


.....set up practice....

I’m Dreamin’ of a...

I’ve been workin’ on the art show

all these live-long days

matting, framing

pricing, naming

all the work I will display

it will be exhilarating

writing up the slips that say “I’m Sold”!

as the buyers line up waiting...

such a sight I want to know


PA Guild of Crafters Holiday Show at Manheim Township High School
Nov. 13 - 10 til 6p
Nov. 14 - 11 til 5p
see you there!

Beach Hash

original watercolor with shells: 11"w x 14"h

Conch en Fa

There once was seashell named Conch

Who was lonely and displeased with his lot

So he puffed out his cheek

Buzzed a low mellow screech

Now he’s part of the rock group “Conch-crete”


NY State of Mind

original watercolor cityscape: 6"w x 8 1/2"h

“It’s Raining, It’s Pouring....

Sophie and I were bored

As we peered out the back door

And had to acknowledge

The steady downpour

We put on our thinking caps

Our imagination soared!

Hmm, I know,

The Strasburg Railroad goes

To Paradise and back

A short scenic trip

Where Amish farms sit

Sophie said, “No!”

We’ve already seen that

Let’s go to New York

Via Lancaster’s Amtrak

We’ll walk up Fifth Ave

Take in all the sights

We do wish “Les Mis”

Was playing The Shubert tonight

We’ll visit Times Square

With bright neon lights

On tall buildings everywhere..

We quickened our step

We really must get

Ourselves to the Met

For a fabulous new show

Everything's just great there, you know

The day was soon gone

We made our way back

To Grand Central Station

Our memories intact

This mini- vacation

Was great stimulation

The ride home so relaxing

We spent the time happily

Dozing and napping...

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Savvy Annabelle

the prettiest southern belle

as you all can tell

I see it right now

in my mind’s eye somehow

these moments I’ll recall

as she makes her debut

at a debutante’s ball

In some grand Savannah hall



A is for Annabelle

and for addition

B is for BB

who’s newest submission

is C for cousin

Sophie, that’s you!

D is for delight

and double, too

who would have guessed

my boys having girls

so yes, I’m twice blessed

“What a Wonderful World”

E is for Everything

Excellent, F-Fine

G-Grace, thanks-Giving

what a Grand design

H, Heaven's singing

a glorious new song

for now you are here

right where you belong

A is for Annabelle

B for Beginning

we're C-Celebrating

since you came along


I have a little Tigger

she really is quite sweet

dressed in her halloween togs

so she can trick or treat

she thinks that she can do it

all by her grows-up self

her mom and dad pooh-poohed it

so I told her I’d help

we made a plan

to knock on doors

yell “Trick or Treat”

our bags in hand

they’d fill our sacks

and we’d head back

to BB’s house

to have a snack....



  1. This was delightful. Loved the poetry - especially NY and what a wonderful painting. Adorable baby pictures and lullaby poems to match. Outstanding work. Thank you. Can't wait to come back and read over this blog some more!

  2. Thanks, Margaret! I love having granddaughters after having 3 boys of my own!