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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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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Painting Workout done in a Paul Jackson Workshop Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Painting Workout
watercolor still life with glass: 20 1/2" x 22 1/2"

Spring Musical
oh spring
is the thing
we hope for in November
long for in December
lose in January
right through February
cry for in March
die for in April
can’t wait one more day
for the merry month of May
when cold showers cling
to every bloomin’ thing!
so when the month of June
bursts suddenly into view
I look around and smile

and bid stay with me awhile
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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Music'ly Inclined Watercolors by Bertie Brown

 Music'ly Inclined
original watercolor musical still life w/violin: 15" x 15"
Music'ly Inclined
original watercolor musical still life w/violin: 11" x 15"

the violin’s a diva girl
when bowed she lets her notes unfurl
when plucked
her notes are quite abrupt
and when she’s played her last hurrah

she bows and takes two curtain calls!
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Friday, May 13, 2016

Poppy Crop Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Poppy Crop
original watercolor poppy crop: 10" x 10"

Morning light
Sunshine bright
My first Poppy
This spring in sight!
Orange lace
Pretty face
Gazing high
To friendly skies
On one long leg
It pops about
Calling her ‘buds’

To come on out!
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Showers Bring Flowers Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Showers Bring Flowers
original watercolor w/daisies: 7" x 11"

Sophie’s Spring
Grassy green grass
Prickles and tickles
Sophie’s pink piggies
All wiggly and squiggly
Babbling birdie birds
Chirp quirky birdie words
Buzzing bees fly
By Sophie’s blue eyes
Daffodils gaze
Daisies parade
My poppies sing praise
Springtime, nature’s fling-time
“Neath a shy smiling sun
Nature’s prelude
To the deluge 

Of summer days soon to come...
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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Poppy Pizzicato Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Poppy Pizzicato
original watercolor still life w/poppies: 8" x 11" 

And the poppy said
to her buddies in the bed
why can’t we simply try
to lay our views aside
let’s get along today
‘cause that’s the better way
to live in peace and harmony

will benefit us all, you see
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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Pennsylvania Watercolor Society Acceptance Notification !!!

2016 Juried Show 
The list of paintings accepted into the 2016 Juried Show has been posted!
The paintings entered into the Juried Show have been reviewed by the Juror Of Selection, Paul Jackson, and the list of accepted paintings has been posted!

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Thank you to all entered!

BB's Bouquet Watercolors by Bertie Brown

BB's Bouquet
original watercolor still life: 8" x 11"

Buttercup Days Ahead
Sophie and i 
are anxious time counters
of the weeks, days and hours
till summer’s sunflowers..
so we’re planning an event
to keep us content
a friendly picnic
in a meadow at six
where busy bees peer
over petals and cheer
their great luck at finding
a clover patch inviting
and birds by the throngs
 singing melodious songs
eye our buttercup bread
that keeps us well fed
this winsome, wondrous day
is coming our way
so join us, please do

we’ll be waiting there for you!
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Friday, May 6, 2016

Merry-Go-Round Still Life Watercolors by Bertie Brown

original still life w/horn, glass baubles: 11" x 15"

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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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Shelly's Home Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Shelly's Home
original: 8" x 11" 

a vista,
a hint
a brief friendly glimpse
of Shelly's sunny home
where palm trees in groves
and sea birds in droves
and gators in coves
all make their abode
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