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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!

BB


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Monday, December 31, 2012

Burden Burro Watercolors by Bertie Brown


Burden Burro
original watercolor w/sunflowers, poppies, brass trio: 11" x 14"

It ain’t heavy
it’s my stuff
said the donkey
in a huff!
but I think I know
that some things I must
get rid of without
too much of a fuss
tis 2013
which will totally be
what I make it, you see
good bad or ugly!
BB'12
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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Burden Burro Watercolors by Bertie Brown


Burden Burro
original watercolor w/donkey, poppy, horn: 11" x 14"

orphaned and yet
the feeling I get
is one of relief
along side the grief
tis mine but to bear
like that burro up there
who carries his load
while he trots down the road
I watch him go by
and hear myself sigh
that’s how this life goes
but it’s still hard to know
BB'12
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A Little Night Music Musical Motif Watercolors by Bertie Brown

A Little Night Music
original musical motif watercolor w/drums, drummer: 7" x 11"

A Little Night Music
original musical motif watercolor w/drums, guitars: 7" x 11"

a musician displays 
exhibitionist ways
but it’s all okay
‘cause music filled days
and nights do remain
quite high on our list
of things we like best
so please don’t insist
we cease and desist!
BB'12
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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Trio Trouble Musical Motif Watercolors by Daily Painter Bertie Brown


Trio Trouble
original musical motif watercolor w/trumpet, horn, trombone: 11" x 14"
the task of the horn
is to cast off all scorn
and proudly display
his technical ways
like a peacock, he struts
all his finery stuff
and if that’s not enough
he’ll wail in disgust
his penchant for flair
o’ershadows the pair
of brass partners there
but he doesn’t care
BB'12
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Friday, November 30, 2012

For Unto Us Watercolors by Daily Painter Bertie Brown


For Unto Us
original abstract watercolor w/donkey: 11" x 14"

Sophie Says
what ho
I just want to know
who’s lying in that manger bed
with a stable roof o’er His head
and why are there reindeer 
flying in the night sky
with a guy in a sleigh 
following close behind
And
there’s a tree in our house
with packages strewn about
that I’m not s’posed to touch
and there seems to be such
a decorating fuss
it’s confusing, you know
for a three year old, so
I’ll just ask BB
I’m hoping that she
can explain it to me!
BB’12
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Monday, November 26, 2012

Valley of the Sun Watercolors by Daily Painter Bertie Brown


Valley of the Sun
original abstract watercolor: 11" x 14"
that trusty old ass
tramps over the grass
as golden sun rays
dance through these cool days
I’m happy it shines
on your plants and mine
though we’re all confined
by our northeast clime
this season’s not bad
I hasten to add
but we both agree
that donkey and me
we’ll miss these cool temps
as winter comes next....
BB'12
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Sunday, November 25, 2012

SunFish Abstract Watercolors by Daily Painter Bertie Brown


SunFish
original abstract watercolor: 11" x 14"
I think that it’s done
and I had some fun
‘though there a few 
solutions that skewed
my original view
and managed to be
surprising, you see
so now I don’t know
if it’s fit to show
if not,
 you’ve just got
to tell me to Stop!
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Thursday, November 22, 2012

A Puzzlement Still Life Watercolors by Daily Painter Bertie Brown


A Puzzlement
original abtract still life w/bottle, books. poppy: 11" x 14"
A Puzzlement
Sophie wants to know
what’s this all about
does one item go
with another, I doubt
but maybe you can
explain it to me
so I’ll understand
the idea, you see
well, BB said
sometimes I must pause
when thoughts in my head
have a conflicting clause
so rather than try
to struggle about
I do not ask why
I just paint it out
it’s a puzzle indeed
but maybe that’s good
‘cause you get to see
whatever you please!
BB'12
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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Rockport Rhapsody Still Life Watercolors by Daily painter Bertie Brown


Rockport Rhapsody
original watercolor still life w/bottle, marbles, crayons: 18"w x 22" h

with holidays encroaching
my house is invoking
a welcoming style
so do come on in
and visit awhile
I’ll put on some tunes
how’s Beethoven for you?
and we can create
our own unique view
in my small art room
I’ve got Rockport blues
in a bottle that's new
a napkin or two
and Salem Witch balls
in colorful hues
So if you’ve got time
and paint, any kind
( you could borrow mine)
the still life’s set up
and looks so sublime
BB'12
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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Rhythm & Blues Still Life Watercolors by Daily Painter Bertie Brown

Com-posers
original watercolor/sunflowers: 7" x 11"

Rhythm & Blues
original watercolor still life: 11" x 14"

Sometimes I find 
myself in a bind
of ideas gone wrong
what took me so long
to finally say
that’s enough, okay...
but 
sometimes it’s fun
to do more than one
‘cause maybe I learn
to finally discern
the good and the bad
to discount a fad
and find that rare link
that was missing, I think......
BB'12
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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Beethoven or Bust Musical Watercolors by Daily Painter Bertie Brown

Beethoven or Bust
originalnwatercolor still life: 12" x 12"

the donkey is back
supporting the cast
and Beethoven’s not
the star though he’s got
that look on his face
that says ‘sour grapes’
the horn in the glass
above that old ass
prefers to bow low
to the violin and bow
and yes, I’ll just sip
the last little bit
of wine while I’m here
“salute” to some cheer!
BB'12
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Punkin Patch Watercolors by Daily Painter Bertie Brown

Punkin Patch
original Watercolor w/pumkins: 11" x 7"

what ho
Sophie and I 
just want to know
who turned off the heat
and dimmed the lights low
where are the wool socks for our feet
our union jacks and turtlenecks
who said summer could retreat?
we are cold and so distressed
why can’t winter last one week
it’s time I guess
to hibernate 
until next June
and we both hope
that comes real soon!
BB
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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Pompous Poppy Watercolors by Daily Painter Bertie Brown

Pompous Poppy
original watercolor still life w/poppy, bottle: 11" x 14"

the donkey is back
though he’s really not
the star of this act
‘cause that poppy pops
right out of his glass
and makes my eye stop
as for all the rest
it’s simply decor
supporting the best
but do not forget
that bright yellow hue
that enhances the view!
BB
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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Climb Up Sunshine Mountain Watercolors by Daily Painter Bertie Brown

Climb Up Sunshine Mountain
original watercolor: 8" x 11"

that trusty old ass
tramps over the grass
as golden sun rays
dance through autumn days
I’m happy it shines
on your plants and mine
this season’s not bad
I hasten to add
that donkey’s like me
‘cause we both agree
we’ll miss these warm temps
as winter comes next...
BB'12
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Trio in Brassy Glass Musical Watercolors by Daily Painter Bertie Brown

Trio in Brassy Glass
original musical instrument watercolor w/horn, trumpet, trombone: 11" x 14"

menage a trois
if the trombone’s in charge
the trumpet won’t play
the horn won’t say
if he’ll go or stay
such is the way
our world behaves today
compromise is out
dissonance has clout
there could be peace and harmony
‘cause trios can play charming-ly
BB
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Alice Through the Looking Glass Watercolors by Daily Painter Bertie Brown

Poppy Patch
original watercolor/Poppies: 9" x 6"

Com-posers
original: 8" x 11"
Com-posers
original watercolor/Sunflowerst: 9" x 6"


 
Morning Glory
original watercolor/Trumpet: 9" x 6"

Alice Through the Looking Glass
original watercolor abstract: 11" x 8"

while summer bathed
in translucent honey haze
autumn arrives
with transparent amber days
indigo nights
blanket lofty star-filled skies
as cooler winds collide
pushing summer’s heat aside
from translucent to transparent
these transitions are apparent
seasons come and seasons go
each with it’s own unique show
BB'12
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Friday, September 21, 2012

Rockport Blues Watercolors by Daily Painter Bertie Brown

Rockport Blues
original watercolor still lifew/bottle, books: 8" x 11"

with summer concludin'
my house is exudin'
a welcoming style
so do come on in
and visit awhile
I’ll put on some tunes
how’s Beethoven for you?
and we can create
our own unique view
in my small art room
I’ve got Rockport blues
in a bottle or two
a napkin that’s new
and Salem Witch balls
in colorful hues
So if you’ve got time
and paint, any kind
( you could borrow mine)
the still life’s set up
and looks so sublime
BB'12 
Watercolors by Bertie Brown - Art is Instrumental
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Monday, September 17, 2012

Glassy Brass Watercolors by Daily Painter Bertie Brown

Glassy Eye
original watercolor/horn: 6" x 9"

Glassy Brass/Trumpet
original watercolor/horn: 6" x 9"

Glassy Brass/Horn
original watercolor/horn: 4" x 7" 
Going Solo
The horn stands alone
Neither lost nor forlorn
Just a confident fellow
Shiny outside
Inside, mellow
Its song is quite melodious
With notes that soar
But can be somewhat odious
When notes don’t sound so sure
One thing is certain
With a rising stage curtain
The horn likes to play
The solos he’s given
In a most excellent way!
BB
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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Rockport Rhapsody Rockport, MA Watercolors by Daily Painter Bertie Brown

Rockport Rhapsody
original watercolor seascape/Rockport, MA: 11" x 8"

Rockport Rhapsody
original watercolor seascape/Rockport, MA: 11" x 8"

Rockport Rhapsody
original watercolor seascape/Rockport, MA: 11" x 8"

Symphony in Sea Major
Lobster buoys afloat
Lighthouses as beacons
 Decorating the coast
Sublime northern light
Enveloping the sights
While dancing on tides
Tossing boats and 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 endure
Protecting the shore
Applauding the sea

BRAVO!
What a glorious symphony!
BB'12
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Friday, September 14, 2012

Morning Glory Motif #1 Seascape Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Morning Glory/Motif #1
original watercolor/Motif  #1, Rockport, MA: 11" x 8"

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 strong currents heaving
The stripes that they wear
Go round and around
They look quite rotund
 But they don’t much care
They do a sun dance
Giving tides not a glance
They’re anchored from below
And they won’t let go
They do their job joyously
Behaving so buoy-ishly!
BB
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Rockport Rhapsody Rockport, MA Watercolors by Daily Painter Bertie Brown

Rockport Rhapsody
original watercolor seascape/Rockport, MA: 11" x 7"

Lobsterman Shacks
Floats, traps
Lobsterman snacks
Ropes, tacks
Fishing knick-knacks
Boots, slickers
Lobsterman knickers
I bet there’s a place 
For trusty duct tape
And WD 40
They’ve got it, surely
All this and more
Behind windows and doors
Filling crannies and nooks
And hanging on hooks
So remember this stuff 
When you’re all in a huff
As you pay lots of bucks
For that Lobster you thought
cost way too darn much
At the boat dock co-op!
BB
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Sunday, September 2, 2012

My Motif #1 Rockport's Motif #1 Watercolor by Daily Painter Bertie Brown

Front Beach, Rockport
original watercolor, Rockport, MA: 11" x 7"

My Motif #1
original watercolor/Motif #1, Rockport, MA: 11" x 7"

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
It’s gotta get hotter
We’ll head to Pigeon Cove
Walk the breakwater high above
Then buy 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
Of Rockport’s scenic town
The best place we’ve found......
BB
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