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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, December 1, 2010

Watercolors by Bertie Brown / Art is Instrumental


original maritime watercolor/Rockport, MA: 11"w x 9"h

What ho!

the winds they are screamin’

my house it is leanin’

right into the flow

of this nor’easterly blow

my windows are bulgin’

and heat I’m indulgin’

this nor’easter’s hold

is keepin’ me cold

from my Rudolf red nose

to my ten tinseled toes



original maritime watercolor: 11w x 9"h


while cold winds are blowin’

the wild waves are trollin’

o’re Bearskin Neck docks

and poundin’ the rocks

of Cape Ann’s sturdy shores

where Lobstas by the score

go about their daily chores

‘neath the churning choppy seas

of Nor’easters that will be

claiming lobsta’ traps and buoys

and setting them all free



original watercolor animal portrait: 6"h x 9"w

Alliance Compliance

O Molly Marie

you silly cat

you really think that

a brown and black dog

could take your place

with his cute little face

oh, he doesn’t bite

nor put up a fight

but is amiable, quite

the opposite of you

when you don’t approve

of the things that I do

so don’t be jealous

as you can see

it’s merely a painting

of Robert’s Riley

...artwork compliances

not broken alliances...


Musically Inclined / Beethoven

original watercolor musical motif/Beethoven: 11"w x 14"h

Our Young Sophi-sticate

Sophie’s my young sophi-sticate

Though she is still quite the innocent

She thrills to her shows

Those Classical Baby videos

And loves to pay homage

To her renaissance knowledge

Her glances are beguiling

As she watches, ever smiling

‘Cause she knows all the artists

The composers and poets

Their music, their paintings

And even their sonnets...

Polite and approving

She applauds just to show it

Our old fashioned girl

In her renaissance world...


Musically Inclined/Mozart

original musical motif watercolor/Mozart: 11"w x 14"h

Mozart, Sophie and Me

Sophie came dandied

And dressed up today

She had an appointment

And couldn’t stay late

We listened to classics

We’d had enough pop

It makes us much smarter

We’ve read that a lot....

Suddenly we heard it

A clarinet was sailing

On tumbling rolling seas

Of high and so-low notes

With others in between

The accompanying horns in A

Were wailing right along

Fearsome parts to play

But they sounded strong...

Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto

Got us in the groove

We grabbed up our paints

Our creativity on the move

We had work to do

In our creative arts room..


Musically Inclined

original musical motif watercolor: 7"w x 9"h

Musical Mystery

A new thing to do

When you’re bored or feelin’ blue

Let a cloth freely drop

Right over the top

Of a still life gone stale

Or one that just failed

And let a painting begin

Using paint thick and thin

Till a theme comes alive

Or an idea starts to thrive

It’s surprising what you find

Hidden behind time..


Sophie and Me 2110

Just Sophie and me

a book of photos art and poetry

A is for Annabelle

original watercolor still life: 9 1/2"w x 10 1/2"h

Imagine Annabelle

Sophie and I

are happy and sad

cause it’s easy to tell

our Savannah Annabelle

is growing up fast

yes that’s good news, but well

we know we are missing

her cute dimpled smile

and we’re certainly wishing

we weren’t separated by miles


Water Music/OBX

original watercolor seascape/OBX: 16"w x 10"h

OBX Bliss

oh to be

by the sea

on a day such as this

would it be

could it be

just the ultimate bliss....


Musically Inclined/Trumpet

original musical motif watercolor/trumpet: 7"w x 10"h

brass blast

would a trumpet

be a strumpet

if he played a loose lipped gig

while his brother

played another

more pretentious tight hipped dig?

would a trumpet

eat a crumpet

while he played a high brow gig

could a strumpet

be a pundit

if she shed her platinum wig?

would a trumpet

be a strumpet

if he wore one high heeled shoe

could a crumpet

clog a trumpet

if it got stuck in his tube?


Freunde Strasse

original watercolor window view:11"w x 10"h

Strasse Freunde

oh I’d like to be

visiting Germany

where a room

with a view

would have geraniums in bloom

and a hollyhock or two

and quaint cobbled streets

where friends meet and greet



original watercolor portrait: 10"w x 13"h


An exquisite mystery

that’s what I am

exotic, from a foreign land

with a history all my own

and secrets, mine alone



original watercolor portrait: 4"w x 6"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

His story you can tell

If you do your work well...


Brew with a View

original watercolor window scene / Rockport: 11"w x 7"h

Rocky Neck Brew

Meet me at the dock

around 8 o’clock

for some Rockport morning brew

and a cruller or two


Musically Inclined / Bass

original musical motif watercolor with Bass: 6"w x 8"h

A String Thing

The strings are such

A complicated section,

We say that and invoke

Our greatest affection,

With notes that soar

To the highest of heights

The violins bow frantically

Trying to get it just right!

And notes writ so low

The basses’ brows frown

As they bend down to bow

So low to the ground.

Always self important

No humility, not a trace

They sit right up front

And take up prime stage space.

The rest of the orchestra

Accepts this with grace

Their parts they play well..

They are quite exceptional,

And oh so professional...


Musically Inclined / Horn

original musical motif watercolor with Horn: 6"w x 8"h

Chicken Tricks

You can’t be chicken

If you play french horn

Unless you’re thinkin’

You’d like a lickin’

When that horn balks

The right note squawks

And you’re left walkin’

With no back talkin’


Musically Inclined / Sax

original musical motif watercolor / Sax: 7"w x 11"h

Jazzy Sax

do ya think I’m saxy

do ya think I’m fine

am I not the best of my kind?

I’m so bold and brassy

and I’m kinda sassy

when I play the Blues or some jazz



original watercolor sunflower: 7"w x 11"h

De- C0mPoser

my lean and mean poser

can’t seem to get over

those past days of glory

her pose tells the story

so poignant and true

of lost beauty and youth

and innocence too.....

yet still she stands tall

daring us all

to salute this new age

as a ‘maturity’ phase

with dignity and wisdom

and especially grace.....


With Thanksgiving now done
The Christmas Rush has suddenly begun....

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  1. Bravo! Love the bass and the poetry. "The basses brows frown..." and "Do ya think I'm Saxy" Awesome stuff. Thank you.

  2. Thank you, Margaret..It's so nice to get feed-back.. I love writing the poetry to accompany the paintings...