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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, January 28, 2013

Treasure Hunting Still Life Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Treasure Hunting
original still life w/glass, pitcher, eggs: 11" x 14"

more treasure I find
as still I press on
will I get to an end
will it ever be done
jobs 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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Monday, January 21, 2013

Dahll-iance Floral Watercolors by Bertie Brown

original floral watercolor w/Dahlias: 11" x 15"

original floral watercolor w/Dahlias: 11" x 12"

Dahlias for her
I shouldn’t dismay
but I really hope
these works are okay
It’s hard by the way
when all that I’ve got
 are pictures and silk
to render this lot
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Some of Hers Still Life Watercolors By Bertie Brown

Some of Hers
original watercolor still life w/jug, glass, pan: 11" x 14"

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
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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Com-posers Watercolors by BertieBrown

original watercolor w/sunflowers

Remembering Summer...
my sunflower girls
are simple and yet
the beauty they share
is simply the best
their petals, like bonnets,
are sun drenched and golden
it’s like someone spread 
sweet butter upon ‘em
they don’t like to squint
so they wear dark shades
they’re using a bit
of sunscreen, they admit
they follow the sun
 from morning till night
then rest in their beds
till night-time is done
it’s simply their way
that’s just how it’s been
for all of their kin
and all of their days
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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Mom's Stuff Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Mom's Stuff
original watercolor still life w/bowl, cup, pears: 11" x 14"
It’s 2013
and I gotta say
I’m in a tight spot
what goes and what stays??
the new 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 a brief respite
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