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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 27, 2017

St. James on 10 Plein air Watercolors by Bertie Brown

St. James on 10
original plein air watercolor landscape, St James Lutheran Church: 9" x 12"

Plein Air Posers
Sophie and I 
Are painting plein air 
Under bright sunny skies
On a day so fair
Our subject awaits
While we set up paints
Then get right to work
As we quench our paper’s thirst
With lots of water, that’s our technic
‘Cause happy accidents are what we seek!
Bleeding colors, water marks
Lights contrasting with darkest darks...
Working quickly, we’re in a hurry
(We try not to worry
Will this be a keeper
Or one we will bury?)
Well, Sophie girl
What do you think
She nodded and smiled

And gave me a wink! 
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Monday, April 24, 2017

The Tulip Trot Watercolors by Bertie Brown

The Tulip Trot
original watercolor plein air w/tulips: 9" x 12"

what ho!
i’m gonna say this
gettin’ older is so
not tops on my list
seems there are some peeps
pollyannas and such   
who’ll tell you how sweet
it is, that’s a bunch    
of crap, oh ‘tis true
there are a few perks
please don’t misconstrue 
we work out, not work
and nap after noon
but work we still seek
a job that’s well done
‘cause we gotta get
our satisfaction
the losses that come
are harsh, that’s a fact
‘though denied by some,
i’ve got much less tact
so try if you can
to put off old age
‘cause footloose it seems

ain’t quite fancy free
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Friday, April 21, 2017

Ladies in Red Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Ladies in Red
original watercolor tulips: 9" x 12"

 that’s what
my Sophie thought
the first time she viewed
our tulips in bloom
‘cause there they all stood
as only they could
with petals held high
reaching up to the sky
now Sophie and I
know daffodils try
to brighten our days
with their friendly ways
not haughty, aloof
their faces, the proof

of good will and cheer
and springtime is here!
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Pretty in Pink Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Pretty in Pink
original  watercolor plein air landscape at Cherry Hill Orchards: 9" x 12"

April is a fickle month
A sweet or sour dill pickle month!
Some days are warm
They’re sweet... for sure
While other days do roar
With cold winds we abhor!
We really are not friends
And we’ll be glad to see it end
This month of thirty days

Please blow yourself away...
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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Stick Stack Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Stick Stack
original watercolor musical motif watercolor w/woodwinds: 10" x 14"

Woodwinds Rule
The Woodwinds agree it’s a funny thing
To sit behind a sea
Of self-important Strings
They chuckle to think
That a skinny black stick,
An Oboe, 
You know,
Is chosen to play the tuning note
And if the orchestra's listening
Not playing by rote
They’ll make beautiful music together...

At least that’s what we hope! 
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Friday, April 7, 2017

Portrait Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Annabelle lives far away
you see
and that’s surely far
from Sophie and me
but we make believe
as we’re having lunch
that Annabelle’s coming
for Saturday brunch
we might draw and paint
or build with our blocks
we might dress our dollies
in fancy pink frocks
we could take a walk
or go to the park
where we’d sit and talk
‘till long after dark
we’d try to catch up
on current events
and family stuff
time’s limited, hence
there’s never enough
oh, imagining’s good
but it sure doesn’t beat
a visit that could 

and would be a treat!
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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Rockport Rocks! Seascape Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Rockport Rocks!
original watercolor seascape/Rockport, MA: 10" x 14"

On the Rocks
oh  my Sophie and me
we’d much rather be
on the rocks
by the docks
of Cape Ann by the Sea
and when a Nor’easter
those bellowing blows
nip at our keasters
our noses and toes
we just hold on tight
as it wails day and night
then blows out to sea

on day number three....
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Monday, April 3, 2017

The VanCleve Connection Watercolors by Bertie Brown

The VanCleve Connection
original family portrait: 10" x 12"

cast all your cares
you must let them go
He wants to provide
His word says it’s so
what if i don't learn
from my past mistakes
do i thwart the grace
and just run in place
there is a rock
and a mercy seat
where grace is revealed
abundant and sweet
this cornerstone
it beckons to me
i bow myself down

and freely receive
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Rockford en Plein Air Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Rockford en Plein Air
original watercolor plein air of Rockford, Lancaster County: 10" x 12"

just keep tryin’, you say
so that’s what i do
not cease and desist
that’s never the way...
to break through the fray
you gotta hang tough
and paint every day

talent’s just not enough
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

RedHead Watercolors By Bertie Brown

original watercolor sunflowers

what HO!
is it SO??
well not quite
you know
but i COULD NOT wait
in fact it was fate
that beckoned me thus
to BUY them and paint
and so here I am
content once again
though just for a bit
in sunny respite
so hasten on, JUNE
i’m beckoning you
to put on the moves

and get here real SOON!
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Motif #1 Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Motif #1
original watercolor seascape: 8" x 10"
ve got the blues,
Sophie, me too
it’s still too cold
but what can we do
I think we’ll paint
a sseascape today
until those blues

they just go away.....
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Sunshine 'n Sophie Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Sunshine 'n Sophie
original watercolor portrait: 10" x 14"

Sophie and Me
I remember the day
when Sophie was a babe
I imagined that we
would be best friends indeed 
she’d be 2, maybe 3
and I‘d be... 
well, older, you see
on an ordinary day
I saw us this way:
painting trumpets
horns and ‘bones
with bright colors
hues and tones
wearing paint stained artsy shirts
laughing while we did our work
eating crumpets
drinking tea
dressing dollies in pink jeans
we’d sing and laugh a lot
have long talks
as we walked
while my poems said all that
Sophie grew and that’s a fact
now we really have those talks
as we take our little walks
and we def’nitely agree
BFFs, we’ll always be!
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Spring is in the Air Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Spring is in the Air
original watercolor home portrait: 10" x 14"

twas the night before “Stella”
and all through the land
the creatures were shopping
buying milk, bread and spam
the forecast rang true
that nor’easter barreled through
and those inches of snow
gave us all lots to do
so today as I search
for some good stuff to eat
finding bread, milk and ‘meat’
doesn’t sound like a treat
so the next time they cry
“Snowstorm Comin’ ”, i’ll buy
donuts, popcorn, french fries
 sparkling wine and moon pies….

BB *March Nor’easter*  ’17

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Signaling Spring Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Signaling Spring
original plein air watercolor: 10" x 14"

just keep tryin’, you say
so that’s what I do
not cease and desist
that’s never the way...
to break through the fray
you gotta hang tough
and paint every day

talent’s just not enough
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Posies & Posers Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Posies & Posers
original watercolor still life w/clarinet, flute, sunflowers: 15" x 17"

i keep pressing on
‘cause that’s what i do
to see what comes next
with a painting or two
there’s music, of course
and sunflowers, sure
with pitchers and more
a donkey of yore
it’s funny, you know
when themes just won’t go
and my artwork shows
my real life also
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Friday, March 3, 2017

Classy Brass Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Classy Brass
original watercolor musical still life w/horn, trumpet, trombone: 11" x 14"

absolutely resolute
i’m absolutely certain
some truth is indisputable
and strictly put imputable
so don’t go all refutable
i don’t want your rebuttable 
that verbal hyper babbable
you’re so above reproachable
and also un-correctable
see that’s just irresponsible
and truly indefensible
we all could be sympatico

if y’all weren’t so emphatico
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Sunday, February 26, 2017

En Plein Air Watercolors by Bertie Brown

En Plein Air
original watercolor plein air works: 8" x 10"

some Studio B fun
yes, the time had now come
to get the lead out
and get these things done
we know that they’re small
 and quirky, that too
plus, they’re priced to sell

you need one, don’t you??
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Spring is in the Air Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Spring is in the Air
original watercolor still life w/lamp, flowers, apple: 10" x 14"

Sophie’s Sun Sack
remember back when
we played in the sun
yes summer was then
days so full of fun
and do you recall
you looked up to ask
could we pack it all
up tight in a sack
we’d store it away
then open that pack
on a cold winter’s day

for a sun bathing nap!
(Today was that day!)
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