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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 30, 2013

Trio Trouble Original Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Trio Trouble
original musical watercolor w trumpet, trombone, horn: 6" x 8"

MORE petite suites
from Studio B
I’m not gonna stop
pay attention to me!
there’s lots left to paint
musicians and more
plus still life abounds
with subjects galore
so onward I’ll go
painting plenty and so 
 when I’m finished, you know,
 I’ll say" Let's have a show"!
BB'13
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Monday, December 23, 2013

Silver Bells Original Drawing by Bertie Brown

                                                             MERRY CHRISTMAS!
a tiff or two
is natural I’m told
espe’shly during 
renovation mode
but let’s not forget
the work that’s been done
those months we’ve endured
the long way we’ve come
so may I suggest
we consent to confess
the room is just great
and worth every cent
so thanks, DQ Dave
 and all of your crew
may your new year include
a referral or two
BB'13

                                               
Silver Bells
original drawing w/horn, trumpet, trombone: 6" x 8"

May your Christmas Bells
be shiny and bright
with melodies light
and harmonies tight
May each Christmas gift
remind you of this
The Babe in the stall
Is The Lord of us all
BB'13
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Monday, December 2, 2013

Baubles and Bell Musical Motif Drawing by Bertie Brown


Baubles and Bell
original musical motif drawing w/horn, glass baubles: 12" x 12"

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'13
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Monday, November 18, 2013

Srting Fling Musical Motif Drawings by Bertie Brown


String Fling
original musical motif drawing w/cello. violin: 9" x 12"

more small works
a drawing with quirks
of strings that sing
and that’s no small thing!
these petite suites 
are fun and unique
if you like what you see
you can buy two or three!
BB'13
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Coloring Inside the Lines Musical Motif Drawing by Bertie Brown


Coloring Inside the Lines
original drawing w/violin, horn: 8" x 13" 

strings 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 
BB
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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Silver Bells Musical Motif Drawings by Bertie Brown

 Posers
original drawing w/violin, sunflower: 10" x10"

Silver Bells
original drawing w/trumpet, trombone, horn: 14" x 17"

a Prickly Pair
we’re in despair
it’s not funny, I’m not sunny
and he’s def’nitely not Cher
seems bickering fills the air
and tempers tend to flare
‘cause these ‘renos’ are just
filling our home with dust
I’m sure when it’s done
our new stuff has come
we’ll ask ourselvs why
we let our tempers fly
we  won’t even mention
our former contention
‘cause we’ll be content
with our new firmament!
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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Silver Bells Still Life Drawings by Bertie Brown

Silver Bells
original still life drawing w/ trumpet, horn, trombone: 7"x 11"                                                                   


Posers
origninal still life drawing w/horn, sunflowers: 7" x 11"

are estimates
mere guesst-imates
or simply suggest-imates
perhaps they’re new testaments
of builder’s projection-ates
whatever the case
my sinuses say
they’re getting congest-imates
o’re all these invest-aments!
BB’13
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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Silver Bells Musical Motif Drawings by Bertie Brown


Silver Bells
original still life drawing w/horn, trumpet, trombone

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 sweater sets 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!
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Monday, October 21, 2013

Mom's & Mamie's Drawings/Watercolors by Bertie Brown


Mom's & Mamie's
original still life drawing w/sherbet dish, glass plate: 10" x 12"

an item of hers
a few of my own
some are just borrowed
I’ve got them on loan
those years, 92!
amazingly quick
filled every last nook
and cranny I think
and now as I sort
through the stuff she held dear
will I at long last
go joyfully, not fear?
it’s one out of one
that’s how it’s been done
since time has begun
not one can outrun
BB'13
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Friday, October 18, 2013

Mamie's Plate Still Life Watercolors by Bertie Brown

                                                                   Mamie's Plate
original still life watercolor w/pitchers, plate:15" x18" 

Fancy Stance
original drawing w/sherbet glass, marbles:10" x 12"

cast all your cares
you must let them go
He wants to provide
His word says it’s so
but
if i do not learn
from my past mistakes
i thwart all the grace
and just run in place
yet
there is a rock
and a mercy seat
where grace is revealed
in humility
now
this cornerstone
it beckons to me
i bow myself down
and freely receive
BB'13

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Apple Corps Still Life Watercolors by Bertie Brown


Apple Corps
original drawing w/apples, vintage strainer: 10" x 12"

the season has changed
and I gotta say
I’m in a tight spot
what goes and what stays??
this whole year has brought
assignments for sure
decisions to make
more stuff to endure
so maybe I’ll just
hide out for a bit
beside my still life
for one brief respite
BB'13
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Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Blue Plate Special Stll Life Watercolors by Bertie Brown


The Blue Plate Special
original still life watercolor w/pitchers, plate, bottles: 11" x 12"

more treasures I find
as still I press on
will I get to an end
will it ever be done
dreams lurk in my mind 
every night as I rest
while days are task-filled
on this treasure filled quest
I know that in time
there’ll be a reward
a peace not soon spoken
but one that endures
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Friday, September 27, 2013

Trio-sphere Musical Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Trio-sphere
original watercolor w/trumpet, horn, trombone: 11" x 14"


Eggs-cellent
original drawing w/eggs, shells, pitcher: 10" x 12"

technic
I hear
is over-rated...
don’t fear
‘cause when there is truth
with a Capital T
there’s no flattery
it’s not what i need
those doubts 
they must flee
and statements of worth
cease posing, you see
experience brings hope
please wait patiently
this ‘busy-ness’... rest...
there’s peace here for me
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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Autumnesque-cape Drawing by Bertie Brown


Autumnesque-cape
original drawing w/zinnias, shells:10" x 12"

and this is the question
can I toss intention
and renounce all strife
at this stage of life?
could I, if you please,
watch daytime TV
munch Bon-bons in threes
sip Long Isle Iced Teas
would I, do you see,
be happy with ease??
seems I have this need
to work constantly
and drawing, indeed,
is essential to me...
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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Wrapskins Mailbox Cover Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Wrapskins Mailbox Cover

my artwork + Wrapskin Technology =
Perky Postal Port!

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Poppy Top Still Life Watercolors by Bertie Brown


Poppy Top
original still life watercolor w/donkey, poppy, bottle: 8 1/2" x 11"

there’s more to see
from Studio B
‘cause there’s never enuff
paintings of stuff
specific-ally
a trotting donkey
and perky poppy
I hope they’re in vogue
for upscale art shows!
BB'13
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Monday, September 2, 2013

Com-posers Sunflower Watercolors by Bertie Brown


Com-posers
original watercolor sunflowers: 11" x 14"
In the Blooming
my bed of sunflowers
prepping for hours
is all set to host
an end of summer toast
boasting nectar so sweet
tasty seeds, what a treat
for our faithful dine-ees
all feasting happily
dragonflies, bumble bees
butterflies, such drama queens
golden finches, 
those much reformed grinches
heady heat waves
shimmer and sway 
hovering o’er
 this late summer day
I wave goodbye 
as they pack up, they try
to smile through their sighs
then southward they fly
the long winter’s night
is approaching too soon
will they come back next June?
I hope so, I do....
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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Mozart and Me Watercolors by Bertie Brown


Mozart and Me
original watercolor composer/Mozart: 9" x 12"
more petite suites
of musical peeks
at composers, you see
‘cause they happen to be
a favorite theme
so theoretical-ly
what’s next just might be...
Beethoven and me! 
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Friday, August 30, 2013

Com-plaining Com-Posers Sunflower Watercolors by Bertie Brown



Com-plaining Com-posers
original watercolor sunflowers

 Grandmothers All 
  my vibrant sunflowers
 last week so spry
have bent down a bit
heaving a sigh
they hang down their leaves
it seems that they’re just
dry crumpled sheaves
turning to dust
there’s no use complaining
as they have no say
the season is changing
it’s all nature’s way
they lift up their chins
and give me a shrug
tighten their bonnets
with a sly little tug
my grandma sunflowers
will soon cease to be
I cherish those hours
they've shone down me
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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Portrait Watercolors by Bertie Brown


Pondering the Past
original watercolor portrait: 9" x 12"

just keep tryin’, you say
so that’s what I do
not cease and desist
that’s never the way...
to break through the fray
you gotta hang tough
and paint every day
talent’s just not enough
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Friday, August 23, 2013

Com-posers Sunflower Watercolors by Bertie Brown



Com-posers
original watercolor sunflowers: 9" x 12"

And So It Goes
Seems the sun’s in retreat 
Giving me the cold shoulder
Our summer’s romance
Is apparently over
Gone are the sundrops
Warming my face
Menacing shadows
Have taken their place
 Cobalt blue breezes 
Rustle about
Autumn is coming
Of that there’s no doubt
My sunflowers are ruined
Their beauty in tatters
Seeds, petals, leaves
Lie tossed about, scattered
I notice the dance
Of those spurious squirrels
As they snatch the remains
Of my golden sun girls
More quickly than ants
At a picnic, they advance
And I thought that finches
Were sunflower grinches!
Now I’m left all alone
With a dry, crumbling wall
Where my sunflowers had grown
Majestic and tall
But didn’t I hear
A whisper so clear
We’ll be back next year
With more summertime cheer!
BB'13
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Friday, August 16, 2013

PRESS for Mt Gretna Art Show Com-posers Watercolors by Bertie Brown


Today's Lancaster Newspaper
FRONT PAGE!!
Bertie Brown
Booth #107
Mt Gretna Art Show
Sat/ Sun, Aug. 17/18
9-5
rain or shine
See Y'all there!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Mt Grtena Art Show, Sat/Sun, August 17/18, Watercolors by Bertie Brown

                                                                Com-posers
original watercolor sunflowers: 8"x14"

Com-posers
original watercolor sunflowers: 11" x 14"

Posers in the Park
Here we come
Chargin’ to the park
We’re gonna get there real early
While it’s still pretty dark
Hey, hey we’re the ‘Posers’
We’ve got a lot of work yet to do
We have to sell ourselves all to you
So we better get hangin’
Ourselves in the Bertie Brown Booth!
BB'13
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

L'Orangerie / Caroling Com-posers Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Mt. Gretna Art Show bound!
Aug 17, 18 
9-5  rain or HOPEfully shine!
                                                                    L'Orangerie
watercolor still life w/violin, oranges, bottle: 12" x 16" 

 Caroling Com-posers
original watercolor sunflowers: 15" x 22"

just keep tryin’, you say
so that’s what I do
not cease and desist
that’s never the way...
to break through the fray
you gotta hang tough
and paint every day
talent’s just not enough
BB'13
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Trio Trouble Musical Motif Watercolors by Bertie Brown


Trio Trouble
original musical motif watercolor w/brass trio: 11" x 14"

if the trombone’s in charge
the trumpet won’t play
the horn can'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'13 
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Quints' Jam Musical Motif Watercolors by Bertie Brown


Quint's Jam
original musical motif watercolor w/woodwind quintet: 15" x 18"

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'13
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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Curiosity Portraits in Watercolors by Bertie Brown






Curiosity
original portraits in various sizes

curiouser and curiouser
it seems to me
this summer’s the bomb
at flirting, you see
‘cause just when you feel
a cool  weightless breeze
a sun so friendly
you’re relaxin’ indeed
a thick hulking cloud 
of hu-MID-ity
descends with a shout
and spreads itself out
oh yes there’s the rub
to summer time fun
those idyllic days
are here and then gone.......
BB'13
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