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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!

BB


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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Fall Folly Plein Air Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Fall Folly
original plein air landscape: 9" x 12"

yes, things are askew
but that’s acceptable, too
‘cause when it’s called art
reality departs
and my point of view
might convince even you
that some things can be

true for both you and me
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Big Red Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Big Red
original watercolor with rooster: 9" x 12"

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 now I don’t know
if it’s fit to show
if not,
 you’ve just got

to tell me to Stop!
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A Fifth of Beethoven Watercolors by Bertie Brown


A Fifth of Beethoven
original watercolor musical motif w/horn, Beethoven: 17" x 23"

Molly’s Folly
Molly works out
it’s plain to see
just look at that sleek
leg and furry knee
she stays in top shape
‘cause she knows it makes
her creative self soar
doing work she adores
obvioulsy
we like making art
so we're gonna start
our own gallery
we’ll feature just us
that’s how it must be
‘cause artistic’ly 
two’s company

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

All That Jazz Watercolors by Bertie Brown

All That Jazz
originalmusical motif watercolor w/drums, trombone, trumpet, piano, sax: 8" x 10"

 Drummer’s Dilemma
There’s drums a-plenty
For the drumming fanatic
From the triplet set’s least
To the bass drum, that beast
The choices never cease
With notes so sporadic
And sometimes exotic
It can be hypnotic

But always drum-atic! 
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Calf-erine Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Calf-erine 
original watercolor w/cow: 8" x 10"

i once had a thought
original and clever...
but that thought i forgot!
gone forever? i hope not..
still, i’m dismayed 
yes fraught and distraught
‘cause it may have been great

that thought i just lost!
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OBX Overture Watercolors by Bertie Brown

OBX Overture
original seascape watercolor - OBX: 9" x 12"

barrier islands
all bluster and bluff,
with tumbling tides
to the shoreline they rush
wrestling waves
always in a huff
surf over the wake

of the splashes they make
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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Rhythm 'n Blues Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Rhythm 'n Blues
original musical motif watercolor w/drumset, guitars: 8" x 10"

there’s rhythm in blues
guitars and drums, too
and their hope is that
there’s payment in cash
they pass around notes
like we did in school
but these notes, they sing
'tis a harmonious thing!
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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Music'ly Fine Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Music'ly Fine
original watercolor w/instruments: 9" x 12"

Now classical pop
is def’nitely not
Beethoven or Bach
but it does have a lot
of int’resting views
on musical tunes

and instruments used.....
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Right to the Source Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Right to the Source
original watercolor w/horse: 9" x 12"

me thinks it is done
and i had some fun
‘though there a few 
solutions that skewed
my original view
and managed to be
surprising, you see
so now i don’t know
if it’s fit to show
if not,  you’ve just got

to tell me Please Stop!
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

When Harry Met... Watercolors by Bertie Brown

When Harry Met...
original watercolor w/horse: 6" x 11"

I forget
do gnus
rhyme with canoes
or mile high heeled shoes
and what is the need
if you could, tell me please
of the extra L'd Llama
for it’s silent, do you see
is it oh so much better
to own one more letter
than the Lama, actual-ly

or the Nu with no G
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Into the Woods Plein Air Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Into the Woods
original plein air landscape/Lime Valley: 12" x  15"

Reveille Reverie
morning runs unfold
the music in my soul
with meandering meadow melodies
and streams humming harmonies
my footsteps add rhythm

while my heart sings along with’em
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Monday, October 9, 2017

Bouquet Daze Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Bouquet Daze
original watercolor bouquet: 9" x 12"

as summer reclines
in translucent honey haze
autumn comes alive
with transparent amber days
inky blue nights
fill infinite skies
cool winds collide
pushing summer aside
from translucent to transparent
these transitions are inherent 
seasons come and they go
with their foibles quite apparent
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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Music'l Mash Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Music'l Mash
original watercolor with trumpet, cone, flugelhorn: 11" x 12 1/2"

brass blast
would a trumpet 
be a strumpet
if she played a loose lipped jig
while her brother
played another
more pretentious tight hipped gig

would a trumpet
eat a crumpet 
while she played a high brow dig
could a strumpet 
be a pundit
if she shed her platinum wig?

would a trumpet
be a strumpet 
if she wore one high heeled shoe
could a crumpet
 clog a trumpet 

if it got stuck in her tube?
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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Middlecreek Music Plein Air Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Middlecreek  Music
original plein air watercolor: Middlecreek Wildlife Preserve: 8" x 10"

the birdie bird clash
at the Middlecreek bash
is a frantic 
yet rhythmic 
fifty yard dash
With splashing everywhere
it's quite a loud affair
and really a cacophony
a raucaus natur'l symphony

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Lime Valley Vista Plein Air Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Lime Valley Vista
original plein air watercolor: 15" x 13"

Summer meadows
smocked, calico dresses
in pinks, blues, and reds
pastures of ruffled petticoats
stitched delicately with yellow-green threads
enveloped in bustling bee harmonies
enhanced by birdsong melodies 

inspired by streams talking rhythmic’ly....
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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Music'ly Inclined Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Music'ly Inclined
original watercolor instruments: violin/piano: 11" x 16

strings are things
that go plunk
when they’re plucked
but when they are bowed
well, properly so,
they sing full and  free
with the greatest of ease
like an acrobat high

on the flying trapeze 
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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Wet 'n Wetlands Plein Air Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Wet 'n Wetlands
original plain air watercolor: 8" x 10"

evening oblations
gives solace to me
with new revelations
waiting to be
so lest I forget
the beauty I see
I’ll daily inspect
this view by the creek
and paint thankfully

His grand poetry 
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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Neighbor Watercolors by Bertie Brown

The Neighbor
original plein air watercolor: 10" x 14"
and this is the question
can I toss intention
and renounce all strife
at this stage of life?
could I, if you please,
watch daytime TV
munch crackers and brie
sip Long Isle Iced Teas
would I, do you see,

be happy with ease??
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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Com-Posers Soon Over Watercolors by Bertie Brown


Com-Posers
original watercolor sunflowers: 9" x 12"

this world’s a porcupine
all sharp quills, sticking out
prickly, defensive
voices raised in deafening shouts

no generosity
nor compromise
just hyper right-eousity
we're crumbling from the inside -
PLEASE lets all push the hatred out……..
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Friday, September 22, 2017

The Music Room Watercolors by Bertie Brown

The Music Room
original drawing w/horn, mutes, music stand: 8" x 10"

Can you hear me now?
from dimples to pimples to wrinkles 
and then
those once hard won triumphs
are insults instead
there’s coming of age
finding the way
and fam'ly and playing
and later creating
it’s boasting
then coasting
and loss once again
can You hear me, i said
i’m no longer fit 
to see, hear or be
oh, just let me sit
can You hear me, i plead
when it feels said and done
those battles hard won
were most of the fun
now it’s coming undone
can You hear me, i fear
that You can’t, that’s okay
’twas only a day

among so many years
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Thursday, September 21, 2017

De Com-Poser Watercolors by Bertie Brown

De Com-Poser
original watercolor sunflower: 6" x 8"

 The Alley Rally
my golden girls 
have gathered to rally
around my backyard 
sunflower alley
bending down to admire
all the work they inspired
“ooh yes, i see
that one looks like me!”
they nod and agree
in total unity
“remember back in the day
we had our young
and frivolous ways
we listened to bee-bop
while catching sun-drops
 "those were the days, my friend

we thought they'd never end”
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