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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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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Autumn-ness Still Life Watercolors by Bertie Brown

original watercolor still life w/sunflowers, vintage pitchers: 9" x 12"

Ode to an Old Friend
what ho
where did the years go
we just can’t be fixed
here at decade #6
not young nor carefree
we must learn to see
through love-filtered lens
ourselves as OLD friends!
we’ve been through a lot
those flashes were hot!
but give in, we’re not
we’ve got some regrets
but that stuff’s no sweat
where once we had pimples
we’re now sporting wrinkles
our firm derrieres 
have gone off elsewheres
our chests and our chins?
they’ve sunk to our shins
and do you remember
can you recall
anything you need to
anything at all?
but still we can laugh
at some high school gaffe
and reminisce by the hours
the good, bad, ugly
while we sit and smugly
think we’ve now arrived
over 60, we’ve survived
and we’re not the faintest

nor least bit surprised...
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Friday, October 16, 2015

A Radish a Day Still Life Watercolors by Bertie Brown

A Radish a Day
original watercolor still life w/radishes: 8" x 10"

Sophie and I 
Were shopping for clues
What could we possibly 
Paint that is new
We passed by the eggplants 
With nary a glance
We’ve done them before
Those red beets next door
Looked just a bit poor
But then Sophie spied
From the corner of her eye
Some radishes in a bunch
And she had a hunch
Their leaves were so busy
Dancing this way and that
She said we should paint them
And work really fast!
We finished the painting
Our energy waning
We needed our nap
And knew it was time

To end this short rhyme!
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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

String-spiration Watercolors by Bertie Brown

original watercolor still life w/violin, sunflowers" 15" x 17"

if only we woulda
(we certainly shoulda)
this time of life coulda

 been so much more gooda
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Friday, October 9, 2015

The BB Bunch Watercolors by Bertie Brown

The BB Bunch
original watercolor floral work w/sunflowers: 9" x 12"

at the end of the day
i had but one thought
what happens to all
this work that i’ve wrought
‘twas always the best
of efforts i gave
my utmost, no less
and had some success
in music, of course
i’m wondering now
did it happen at all
if so, then how??
i gratefully bow
to Mozart and Bach
i painted to them,
and Beethoven, a lot
but what happens next?
i’ve time to fill
and miles to go
energy still

until, until....
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The Brassy Bunch Watercolors by Bertie Brown

The Brassy Bunch
original watercolor and ink w/horn, tuba, trumpet, trombone: 8" x 10"
Conch en Fa
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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Thursday, October 8, 2015

It Figures & Field of Dreams Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Field of Dreams
original plain air watercolor : 9" x 12" 
It Figures
original figure drawing: 11" x 14"
if only we woulda
(we certainly shoulda)
this time of life coulda

 been so much more gooda
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Monday, October 5, 2015

The Greeter Girl gets Winterized/ Watercolors and other stuff by Bertie Brown

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 have days become so bleak
it’s time I guess
to hibernate until next June
and we both hope

that comes real soon!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Musical Props Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Musical Props
original ink and marker w/horn, trumpet, tuba, trombone: 6" x 8"
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 dig
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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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Back to the Drawing Board Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Back to the Drawing Board
original figure drawing: 11" x 14"
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 draw
i do recall
that art and song
to ALL belong
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