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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, September 29, 2015

Rockport Rendezvous, MA Seascape Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Rockport Rendezvous
original watercolor seascapes/ Bearskin Neck; The Headlands; Rockport, MA

Symphony in Sea Major
Lobster buoys afloat
 As art dotting coves and boats
Decorating New England’s coast
With quirky colors its fishermen boast
And sublime northern light
Envelopes the sights
While dancing on tides
That toss those floats
 From side to side
Cormorants and gulls line up on the rocks
By the boats, or the docks
As they noisily wait
For some leftover bait
Granite boulders edge the shores
Firm foundations that endure
An applauding boisterous sea

What a glorious symphony!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Beyond Bearskin Neck Seascape Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Beyond Bearskin Neck
original watercolor seascape/ Bearskin Neck, Rockport MA: 9" x 12"

Lobsterman Shacks
Floats, traps
Lobsterman snacks
Ropes, tacks
Fishing knick-knacks
Boots, slickers
Lobsterman knickers
I bet there’s a place 
For trusty duct tape
And WD 40
They’ve got it, 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 thought
cost way too darn much

At the boat dock co-op!
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Rockport MA Harbor Seascape Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Rockport MA Harbor
original watercolor seascape/Rockport, MA : 9" x 12"

Buoy Joy
Buoys will be buoys
In all shapes and sizes
Just like us girls
Despite our disguises
Buoys are like boxers
Ducking and weaving
Treading ocean waters
With strong currents heaving
The stripes that they wear
Go round and around
They look quite rotund
 But they don’t much care
They do a sun dance
Giving tides not a glance
They’re anchored from below
And they won’t let go
They do their job joyously

Behaving so buoy-ishly!
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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Com-Posers Sunflower Watercolors by Bertie Brown

original: 5" x 7"

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 just 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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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Com-Poser Sunflower Watercolors by Bertie Brown

original watercolor sunflower: 9" x 12"

The Golden Girls
my sunflower deli
has finally closed
the frailty of my girls
is sadly exposed 
gone are the bonnets
framing each face
like Emily’s sonnets
they’ve fallen from grace
their once dripping nectar
has all but been drawn
their glorious beauty
vanished, gone
the busy bumble bees
have packed their suitcases
backpacking butterflies
have flown to new places
and have you-all 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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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Music'ly Reclined Musical Still life Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Music'ly Reclined
original watercolor still life w/violin: 10" x 12"

there could be misconceptions
some slight depth perceptions
a misappropriation
and no negotiation
it was not enhanced
renounced at a glance
embellished or squellished
not even a chance
it’s just but a day
in the neighborhood i’d say
so onward i press

in search of success…
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Still Summer Still Life Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Still Summer
original watercolor still life w/tomatoes, bottles, coffee pot: 15" x 15"

with summer concludin'
my house is exudin'
a welcoming style
so do come on in
and visit awhile
i’ll put on some tunes
how’s Beethoven for you?
and we can create
our own unique view

in my small art room
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