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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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Friday, December 30, 2016

Quint's Jam Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Quint's Jam
original watercolor still life w/horn, woodwinds: 17"  x 22"

Winter Blues
oh, how i long for June or July
with summer sunshine
and butterflies passing by
this season of cold 
has taken it’s hold
with harsh winds now wailin’
seems the sun has gone sailin’
so i’m getting all set,
though it’s hard not to fret,
as blankets cover my lap
 and i settle in
 for a long mid-winter’s nap......

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Bouquet Haze Watercolors by Bertie Brown


Bouquet Haze
original watercolor still life w/flowers: 6" x 9"

how much can i hold
in my arms when i’m told
they're filled up, you see 
with pieces of me

it’s getting so bad
i’m leaving a trail
of this and of that
forget it, i wail
well…maybe it’s just
fine'ly time to get tough
stop makin' a fuss
and toss out the stuff!
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Saturday, December 24, 2016

String-piration Watercolors by Bertie Brown

String-spiration
original watercolor still life w/violin, glass vessels: 12" x 14" 

Sophie says
what ho
i just want to know
who’s lying in that manger bed
with a stable roof o’er His Head
and why are there reindeer 
flying in the night sky
with a guy in a sleigh 
following close behind
And
there’s a tree in our house
with packages strewn about
that i’m not s’posed to touch
and there seems to be such
a decorating fuss
it’s confusing, you know
for a little kid, so
i’ll just ask bb
i’m hoping that she

can explain it to me!
BB
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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Soloist Watercolors by Bertie Brown

The Soloiest
original watercolor still life w/violin, glass : 11" x 15"

'twas time to relax
and take in the sight
of violin and glass
huddling en mass
seems they were just cold
‘though this season's bite 
will be less, i’m told
but winter it is
and these things, like me,
miss summer you see

i think you'd agree
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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Dancer at Ease figure drawing by Bertie Brown

Dancer at Ease
pencil drawing of ballet dancer: 10" 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 if it’s not fit 
or off just a bit
ignore if you please

thus dancer at ease!
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Holiday Arts Market Sat Dec 3, 9 - 3 Lancaster Southern market


Holiday Arts Market 
Lancaster Southern Market
Sat. Dec 3,  9 - 3pm
Bertie Brown Booth #20
see you there!

Home Sweet Home Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Home Sweet Home
original home portrait: 9" x12"

it’s relative-ly
a new work, you see 
with a subject 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 the home with a view!
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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Glassified Information Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Glassified Information
original watercolor still life w/horn, violin, glass vases: 15" x 17"

Things Strings Sing
do strings
 have wings
‘cause they’re glorious things
do they sing
as they cling
to the bow as it flows
o’re the bridge
if you please
with the greatest of ease
or 
do they screech
as they seek 
that impossibly high C
and then cringe
‘neath the fringe
of the conductor’s stare singed
do they slough
at the thought

of the job they just lost
BB

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Brass and Glass are a Pain in the ___ Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Brass and Glass are a Pain in the ___
original watercolor still life w/glass objects and horn: 19" x 26"

Practice makes better
But perfect?
Not ever...
Especially if horn playing
Is what you can do
You’ll prob’ly improve
But that’s questionable, too
My advice to you

Buy a French Horn Kazoo!
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Friday, November 18, 2016

Popp-erazzi Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Popp-erazzi
original watercolor poppy: 8" x 10"
ambiguity
if only we woulda
(we certainly shoulda)
this time of life coulda

 been so much more gooda
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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Bloomin' Plumeria Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Bloomin' Plumaria
original watercolor with plumeria{ 8" x 10"

if the trombone’s in charge
the trumpet won’t play
the horn won’t say
it he’ll go or stay
this is the way 
our world behaves today
compromise is out
dissonance has clout
there could be peace and harmony 
just quit the verbal armory!
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Thursday, November 3, 2016

M & M's House Watercolors by Bertie Brown

M & M's House
original watercolor home portratit:12" x 8"

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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Monday, October 24, 2016

Glassified in-Formation Still Life Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Glassified in-Formation
original still life watercolor w/horn, glass vases, marble: 12" 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 paint
i simply state
this art i make
is instrument’ly

a quirk of fate
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Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Best of BB Paintings & Poetry Watercolors by Bertie Brown

The Best of BB Paintings & Poetry
8" x 8" full color 72 page BB book

there’s more to see
from Studio B
‘cause there’s never enuff
creative cool stuff

specific-ally
a new BB book
w/paintings galore
and poetry, for sure!
BB'16


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A Couple o' Colors Watercolors by Bertie Brown

A Couple o' Colors
original watercolor portrait: 5" x 7"

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 instrument’ly

a quirk of fate
BB'16
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Thursday, October 13, 2016

The House That Josh (re)Built Watercolors by Bertie Borwn

The House That Josh (re)Built
original watercolor home painting: 8" x 10"

sometimes when I doubt
and nothing is clear
my horn just comes out
and a painting appears!
of course there are times
when plein air’s the way
and sunny warm climes

mean a landscape paint day!
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Saturday, October 8, 2016

It's The Little Things That Count Watercolors by Bertie Brown

It's The Little Things That Count
original watercolor still life w/horn, glass, marble: 12" 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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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Passages Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Passages
original watercolor still life w/bust, glass, daisy: 14" x 18"

the piano-forte
is high on my list
of things i should try
before i am missed
but how in the world
could my fingers and toes
work all of those keys
and pedals of gold???
i can’t even think
of reading bass clef
‘cause treble takes all
 the brains i’ve got left
so maybe i’ll just
be happy that i 
was suitably good 
playing horn while i could

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

I've Got Sunshine Watercolors by Bertie Brown

I've Got Sunshine
original watercolor still life w/ girl, glass, flower: 14" x 16"
i’m betting that she
is related to me
in her favorite nook
she continues to look
at her favorite flower
hour upon hour
with hope and a prayer

for an autumn that's fair
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Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Music of the Spheres Watercolors by Bertie Brown

The Music of the Spheres
original watercolor still life w/cornt, mellophone: 13" x 20"

there’s more to see
from Studio B
‘cause there’s never enuff
paintings of stuff
specific-ally
a a mellophone-et
and tarnished cornet 
I hope they’re in vogue

for upscale art shows!
BB'16
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Instrumental Junque Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Instrumental Junque
original watercolor still life w/horn/cornet:  12" x 18"
Reveille Reverie
morning runs unfold
the music in my soul
as meandering stream melodies
join humming meadow harmonies
my footsteps add the rhythm

and my heart sings along with’m..
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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Bee's Knees Watercolors by Bertie Brown

The Bee's Knees
original watercolor still life w/pitcher, colander, tomatoes: 12" x 14"

told ya said I
 with a smile kinda sly
i’m workin’ it still
don’t quite have my fill
of summer time swill
until until 
in the autumness
i’ll surely attest
i might need a rest
to recharge my head

and soulfullish-ness
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