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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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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Snowday Still Life Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Snowday Still Life
original still life watercolor: 10" x 11"

Practice makes better
But perfect?
Not ever...
Especially if painting
Is what you can do
You’ll prob’ly improve
But that’s questionable, too
My advice to you
Eat a BonBon or two!

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Surrounded Still Life Watercolor by Bertie Brown

original watercolor still life w/glass: 15" x 15"
Still Life Sketch
original drawing w/brushes, paint tubes: 10" x 12"
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
we want to be sure
we have to confess
that each work secures

a soulful-ishness
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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Glass & Brass Still Life Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Glass & Brass
original watercolor still life w/glass, horn: 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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Friday, January 16, 2015

Horn en Fa Musical Motif Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Horn en Fa
original musical motif watercolor w/horn: 11" x 14"

The French Conundrum
The French Horn is happy
Wherever it plays
From Woodwinds and Brass
To  the Strings with such class
Yes, the instruments agree
It’s sound does so please
And most of the time
The horn is quite amiable
But it can get unruly

And downright unplayable!
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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Marking Time Musical Motif Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Marking Time
original watercolor still life w/violin, pears: 17" x 22"
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!
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Thursday, January 1, 2015

A Moment in Time Watercolors by Bertie Brown

A Moment in Time
original watercolor still life w/violin, sunflower, pears: 11" x 15"
posers and pears
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
when all is imbued
with bright cheery hues
so hoping this view
is pleasing to you!

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