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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 15, 2014

Evensong Musical Motif Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Evensong
original watercolor musical motif w/horn, trumpet: 18" x 22"

back in the day
I remember we played
with marbles and jacks
and baseballs and bats
but sometimes I recall
though I tried hard to stall 
I had to apply
my  lip 
to the tip
of my tarnished old horn
and try not to sound
too bad or forlorn
much later I found
practice, patience plus time
would greatly improve
my horn teacher’s mood!
BB

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sewing Instead by Bertie Brown

 there’s more to see
from Studio BB
‘cause there’s never enuff
creative cool stuff
specific-ally
two pretty kitties
pink as can be
and created by me!

BB'14

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Duet at Rest Musical Motif Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Duet at Rest
original watercolor still life w/horn, trumpet: 23" x 19"

back in school
we learned the rule
that there were cliques
a specialty list
of kids way cool
though we weren’t fools
our own gene pools
just did not rule
we weren’t as blessed
our confidence less
we weren’t sure why 
and could not guess
but since I've grown
I have been known
to play horn well
for quite a spell
now as I paint
I simply state
this art I make
is instrumentally
a quirk of fate
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Friday, November 14, 2014

Inter-Resting Musical Motif Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Inter-Resting
original watercolor still life w/horn, trumpet: 11" x 15"

we’ve got the blues,
Sophie, me too
it’s way too cold
but what can we do
I think we’ll paint
a still life today
until those blues

they just go away.....
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Music'ly Inclined Still Life Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Music'ly Inclined
original still life watercolor w/sunflowers, violin: 15" x 20"
alchemy
posers squared
a violin with flare
a nip and a tuck
with fabric and stuff
stripes more than one
when does it become
a still life that’s done
a g-clef subdued
a vase with bright hues
so hoping this view

is pleasing to you!
BB'14
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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pear-ed with Posers Still Life Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Pear-ed W/Posers
original still life watercolors w/pears, sunflowers: 15" x 17"

alchemy
pears paired 
posers squared
a nip and a tuck
now don’t muck it up
fabric with some
stripes more than one
when does it become
a still life that’s done
some symbols are new
i’m painting bright hues
so hoping the view
is pleasing to you!
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Saturday, October 25, 2014

van Gogh-ish Sunflower Watercolors by Bertie Brown

van Cleve-ish
original watercolor still life w/sunflowers: 11" x 15"
van Gogh-ish
original watercolor still life w/sunflowers: 8" x 11"

what HO!
is it SO??
well not quite
you know
I maybe could wait
but surely 'twas fate
that beckoned me thus
to BUY them and paint
and so here I am
content once again
though just for a bit
in sunny respite
yes here's to van Gogh
my master hero
of yellow/gold hues
I've got the Sunflower Blues

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Com-Pearing Still Life Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Com-Pearing
original still life watercolor w/pears, carnivalware: 11" x 14"
And the top pear said
to her buddies down below 
why can’t we simply try
to lay our views aside
let’s get along today
‘cause that’s the better way
let's live in quiet harmony
and peace will surely follow, see?
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Com-posers Sunflower Watercolors by Bertie Brown

 Com-Posers
original watercolor sunflowers: 8" x 11"
Sophie's Sunflowers
BFF
Sophie and me
Hanging out together
Greeting the day 
And the sunny weather
We sit and have a chat
Talk about this and that
I really have to say
We are the best of friends

In every sort of way!
BB
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Pear-ental Concern Still Life Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Pear-ental Concern
original watercolor still life w/pears: 11" x 15" 

High Maintenance
what ho!
i just want to know
where did the years go
and my body….also
oh
   back in the day
i simply must say
hard work had a way
of  keeping at bay
those inches that stay
in places that…hey!
i don’t like today
i’m feeling betrayed
hence this, my tirade
i cannot evade
old age, i’m afraid
this is my refrain
you’re young…i’ll explain
the fact does remain
it’s HARD to maintain…

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Re-Pears Still Life Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Re-Pears
original watercolor still life w/pears: 8" x 11"

I forget
do gnus
rhyme with canoes
or mile high heeled shoes
and what is the need
if you could, tell me please
of the extra L'd Llama
for it’s silent, do you see
is it oh so much better
to own one more letter
than the Lama, actual-ly
or the Nu with no G..
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pear Pair Still Life Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Pear Pair
original watercolor still life w/pears: 11" x 13"

I once had a thought
original and clever...
but that thought I forgot!
gone forever? I hope not..
still, I am dismayed 
fraught and distraught
‘cause it may have been great
that thought I just lost!
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Monday, October 13, 2014

... With a View...
original: 8" x 11"
...With A View...
original watercolor seascape: 8" x 11"

Motif #1
Floats, traps
Lobsterman snacks
Ropes, tacks
Fishing knick-knacks
Boots, slickers
Lobsterman knickers
WD 40
And duct tape, 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 bought!

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Day in the Sun Still Life Watercolors by Bertie Brown

A Day in the Sun
original still life watercolor w/shells, basket, bottle: 12" x 12"

oh to be
by the sea
on a day such as this
would it be 
could it be
just the ultimate bliss
treasures free
there’s no fee
in the ocean abyss
and these finds
so sublime
become still lifes of mine
come and find
every kind
of seashells I insist
so you see
that you need
a reminder indeed
and here's one
that's been done
called "A Day in the Sun"
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A Very Fine Day Landscape Watercolors by Bertie Brown

 12" x 14"
5 1/2" x 7 1/2"
A Very Fine Day
original watercolor landscape/Sam Lewis State Park: 11" x 15"

There once was a breeze named Sough
Not harsh but just a bit tough
He nudged winter’s huff
Said “pick up your stuff”
And blew it away with a puff!
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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Homeward Bound Watercolors by Bertie Brown




Homeward Bound
original watercolor home portraits

what ho
Sophie and I 
just want to know
who switched off the heat
and dimmed the lights low
where are the wool socks for our feet
our cashmere sweaters 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 say

please come back soon..
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Friday, October 3, 2014

Conch en Fa Musical Motif Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Conch en Fa
original watercolor w/horn, shells: 12" x 12"

There once was seashell named Conch
Who was lonely and displeased with his lot
So he puffed out his cheek
Buzzed a low mellow screech

Now he’s part of the rock group “Conch-crete”
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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Home Sweet Home Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Home Sweet Home
original landscape watercolor: 6" x 9"
another small work
with minimal quirks
and colors that sing
hey... that’s no small thing!
these petite suites today
have plenty to say
if you like what you see

you can buy two or three!
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Cafe au Lait Still Life Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Cafe au Lait
original still life watercolor in sepia w/violin: 9" x 12"
it’s relative-ly
a new work, you see 
with something that’s old
carnival glass, I'm told
and some that are new
a violin askew
borrowed from yet
a past series set
hmmm...
it’s deja vu
for the pears in there, too
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Com-Posers Collection Sunflower Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Com-Posers Collection
original watercolor still life w/sunflowers: 11" x 14"

A Pleasin’ Reason for the Girls in Season
You’re probably bored
After all you’ve endured
These paintings of girls
And their golden curls
They do love to preen
In their gold and green
They freely admit
They’re a bit narcissist
So I stay the course
With no due remorse
Posting these pix
‘Cause they still insist
They must know the drill
The need they fulfill  
Their beauty will fade
As cool winds invade
So as the fall season
Begins that’s the reason
I post and I hope
 The paintings are pleasin’
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Cool Dudes Com-Posers Sunflwer Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Cool Dudes Com-Posers
original watercolor sunflowers: 9" x 12"

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!
BB'14

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Friday, September 19, 2014

The Little Red Table Watercolors by Bertie Brown

The Little Red Table
original watercolor still life w/table, sunflowers: 8" x 11"
Home Sweet Home
original lanscape watercolor

Sophie and I know
that sometimes it’s best
to simply allow
a painting to rest
it may not be done
though there are intense
and beautiful hues
that seem to make sense...
so we must ensure
the painting’s success
each work must secure
it’s soulful-ishness
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Blue Mood Musical Motif Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Blue Mood
original watercolor still life w/violin: 11" x 14"

now Sophie and I
 are listening to
jazz and the blues
on Sophie’s i-tunes
it’s time that we stray
from classical ways
Mozart and Bach
are great but we’ve got
to broaden our view
with music that’s new
and violins can

 play blues with the band!
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Salient Sunflowers Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Salient Sunflowers
original watercolor still life w/sunflowers: 11" x 15

my sunflower deli
has at long last closed
the frailty of my girls
is sadly exposed 
gone are the bonnets
framing their faces
like Emily’s sonnets
they’ve fallen from grace
their once dripping nectar
has all been drawn
their glorious beauty
vanished, gone
the busy bumble bees
have packed their suitcases
backpacking butterflies
have flown to new places
has anyone noticed
those feisty goldfinches
have suddenly fled
good riddance, you grinches!
so farewell, Golden Girls
of this i am certain
it’s that time of year
to draw summer’s curtain....

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Rhythm 'n Blues Still Life Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Rhythm 'n Blues
original watercolor still life w/bottles, bowl, shells: 11" x 14"

it’s relative-ly
a new work, you see 
with something that’s old
a shape big and bold
and some that are new
with int’resting hues
borrowed from yet
a past series set
hmmm...
it’s deja vu
for those rhythm 'n blues!
BB'14
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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Rhythm 'n Blues Musical Motif Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Rhythm 'n Blues
original musical motif watercolor w/horn, trumpet: 11" x 14"

brass blast
would a trumpet 
be a strumpet
if he played a loose lipped jig
while his brother
played another
more pretentious tight hipped gig
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
and a strumpet 
wear a 5 inch high heeled shoe
could a crumpet
 clog a trumpet 
if it got stuck in his tube?

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Trio Trouble Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Trio Trouble
original watercolor w/trumpet, horn, trombone: 8" x 10" 
 Com-Posers
original watercolor sunflowers: 10" x 10"
Sophie's Circus Dog
original crayon drawing by Sophie

Sophie says
BB what’cha doin’?
BB says
lookin’ all around
and this is what I’ve found
the fact is this
I’ve made a list
of those I love
you’re tops on it!
you’re cute and smart
with lots of heart
you’re surely set
for much success
and though I know
braggadocio
is not allowed
I’ll not be cowed
I post your pix
on FaceBook now
I’d make netflix
if I knew how
the po’ms I write
are not contrite
inspired by you
they’re posted, too
I’ve lots to say
about the ways
PopPop and I
are mesmerized
you’ve surely grown
and filled our home
with happy-ness

you are the best
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

In the Key Of Sea Still Life Watercolors by Bertie Brown

In the Key of Sea
original watercolor still life in indigo: 12" x 12"

oh to be
by the sea
on a day such as this
would it be 
could it be
just the ultimate bliss....
treasures free
there’s no fee
in the ocean abyss
and these finds
so sublime

become still lifes of mine
BB'14
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