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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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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
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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
if i do not learn
from my past mistakes
i thwart all the grace
and just run in place
there is a rock
and a mercy seat
where grace is revealed
in humility
this cornerstone
it beckons to me
i bow myself down
and freely receive

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
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