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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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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

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
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!
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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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