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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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Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Beach House Watercolors by Bertie Brown

                                                            The Beach House
Catching Rays
original watercolor still life: 8" x 11"
Barrier Islands
All bluster and bluff
Defy towering tides
Always in a huff
Waves race toward shore
Biting the beach
With a low rumbling roar
Ever further they reach
The sighing sand dunes
Protecting their turf
As dancing sea grass
Watch over the surf
Their beach bonnets swaying

And “No Trespassing” signs waving
Oh there's nothing so fine
As surf, sand, sunshine
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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Charlie Brown Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Charlie Brown
original watercolor pet portrait: 6" x 6"

i have a little buddy
who's very near you see
with puppy breath and fluffiness
he's very dear to me
in fact i keep him by my side
all day, to play
at night, sleep tight
and if i hear his tiny cry
i whisper sweet 
nothings to eat
it satisfies him in a pinch
he's such a sport, i think
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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Music of the Spheres Watercolors by Bertie Brown

The Music of the Spheres
original watercolor still life w/horn, baubles: 22" x 20 1/2"

Going Solo
The horn stands alone
Not lost or forlorn
Just a confident fellow
Shiny outside
Inside, mellow.
Its song, so melodious
With notes as they soar
But can be quite odious
When notes don’t sound sure
One thing is certain
With a rising stage curtain
The horn likes to play

In a most excellent way!
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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Symphony Night Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Symphony Night
original watercolor still life w/orchestra:8" x 8"

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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My Old Fashioned Girl Still Life Watercolors by Bertie Brown

My Old Fashioned Girl
original watercolor still life w/bust, poppy, jewelry: 15" x 17"

Sophie and I 
Are anxious time counters
Of the weeks, days and hours
Till summer and sunflowers..
So we’re planning an event
To keep us content
A girl-time picnic
In a meadow that's near
Where busy bees peer
Over petals and cheer
Their great luck at sighting
A clover patch so inviting
And birds by the throngs
 Sing melodious spring songs
We’ll have buttercup bread
To keep our tummies fed
Meadow tea for me
None for Sophie till she’s three...
So we’re waiting for our day
A winsome,
Wondrous day
Would you like to come 
Please do

We’ll be waiting just for you!
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Monday, April 11, 2016

Our Pets Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Annabelle and Mozart
original watercolor 
original watercolor

we LOVE our pets
present and past
if we’ve got some faults
they never suspect
so here’s to the joy-
ous acceptance they bring
as they always insist
they must jump up and kiss!
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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Keeping up Ap-Pear-ances Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Keeping Up with Ap-Pear-ances
watercolor still life w/pears: 8" x 11"

pears paired 
and possibly squared
a nip and a tuck
now don’t muck it up
fabric with some
rectangled fun
when does it become
a still life that’s done
some symbols are new
with lots of bright hues
i'm hoping the view

is pleasing to you!

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