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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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Saturday, March 19, 2016

For Nora Lane Watercolors by Bertie Brown

For Nora Lane
original watercolor still life w/bouquet: 5" x 7"

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
we’re 60, we’ve survived
and we’re not the faintest
nor least bit surprised...

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Overlook Watercolors by Bertie Brown

original watercolor w/sunflower, pears, enamelware: 15" x 17"

Bloom Anew
BB says
I hope and pray that soon
BB says
my kindred month of June
Bb says
will hum it’s friendly tune
as it brings summer anew
so my sunflowers can bloom
I will laugh at last 
‘cause she’s come back

fair weather in her sack!
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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Better Days Bouquet Floral Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Better Days Bouquet
original watercolor w/flowers: 9" x 12"  / 11" x 14"
how much can i hold
in my arms when i’m told
they're filled up with me
bits and pieces, you see
it’s getting so bad
i’m leaving a trail
of this and of that
forget it, i wail
well…maybe it’s just
sweatin' the small stuff
i've gotta get tough
and try not to fuss
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