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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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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

City of Light Watercolors by Bertie Brown

City of Light
original watercolor instruments w/clarinet. oboe, bassoon, horn, flute, strings: 11" x 15"

A View From the High C’s
Is where I’ll be
With sketchbook in hand
Though it’s not what I planned
As I once took my place
In the second horn space
Or I  played in the band
Or a show
With the pit crew way below...
But this view’s not so bad
There’s no stress to be had
Here in the Fulton’s lofty lairs
Above the balcony
And second stairs
Now the music that surrounds
These halls and abounds
Gives my paintings their sound
And I’m glad just to see

This view from the high C’s...
BB
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Monday, December 11, 2017

NY State of Mind Watercolors by Bertie Brown

NY State of Mind
original watercolor cityscape/ NY: 12" x 16"

Play Away
it’s really okay
to chill out and play
we all know we should
(that is understood)
but still we forget
and totally get
ourselves in fun debt
we think if we could 
buy us some fun
then surely we would 

feel wonderf’ly good  
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Sunday, December 10, 2017

City of Lights Watercolors by Bertie Brown

City of Lights
original watercolor w/horn, clarinet, oboe, flute: 11" x 14"

Quints Jam
The woodwind Quintet
Is surprised and upset
That a brass French Horn-et
Is allowed on their set
But the French Horn explained
While the Woodwinds complained
That his rich rounded sound
Keeps the Woodwinds anchored down
So they changed all their plans
And that’s how it began

For the “Woodwind Quints Jam”!
BB
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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Re-Tree-t Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Re-Tree-t
original watercolor trees: 6" x 10"

Lumber Jack Ernie 
‘Twas 3 weeks before Christmas
And all through Ernie’s house
Not a creature was stirring
Not even a grouse
(Ernie loves birds
In case you haven’t heard)
The trunks were all split
And the bundles of sticks
Were hauled off and gone
(It took all week long)
The lawn was layed bare
Not a branch was left there
Now Ernie was pooped out
And down for the count
Yes a long winter’s nap

Sans his jacket and hat!
BB
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Model Session Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Model Session
original watercolor portrait:
9" x 12"
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 snow now fallin’
seems the sun shine is stallin’
so I’m gettin' 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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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Cor En Fa Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Cor en Fa
original water media horn: 9" x 12"

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!
BB
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Friday, December 1, 2017

In-Cor-perated Watercolors by Bertie Brown

In-Cor-perated
original watercolor horn: 8" x 10"

back in school
we learned the rule
that there were cliques
a specialty list
of kids way cool
though we weren’t fools
our own gene pools
just did not rule
we weren’t as blessed
our confidence less
we weren’t sure why 
and could not guess
but since i've grown
i have been known
to play horn well
for quite a spell
now as i paint
i simply state
this art i make
is instrument’ly

a quirk of fate
BB
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Gift Tags Watercolors by Bertie Brown


Gift Tags

Sophie Says
what ho
I really 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
And
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 two year old, so
I’ll just ask BB
I’m hoping that she

can explain it to me!
BB
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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Cor-onation Watercolors by Bertie Brown

 Cor-onation
original watercolor still life w/horn, glass, vase, marble: 18" x 22"

the piano-forte
is high on my list
of things i should try
before i am missed
but how in the world
could my fingers and toes
work all of those keys
and pedals of gold???
i can’t even think
of reading bass clef
‘cause treble takes all
 the brains i’ve got left
so maybe i’ll just
be happy that i 
was suitably good 
playing horn while i could

BB
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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

At Rest Watercolors by Bertie Brown

At Rest
original figure drawing: w/dancer: 9" x 12"

 wisdom is trusting 
trusting in God
when the pathway has gone
hidden by fog
it seems like you’re trudging 
through miles of red clay
and you can’t find the reason
nor a light for the way...
so you just keep on trusting, 

trusting in God
BB
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

In-Cor-perated Watercolors by Bertie Brown

In-Cor-perated
original watercolor still life w/horn, glass: 10" x 13"
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

this horn underneath!
BB'17
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Monday, November 20, 2017

Rhythm & Blues Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Rhythm & Blues
original watercolor still life w/lemon, apples, crock: 12" x 15"

Sophie and i know
that sometimes it’s best
to simply allow
a painting to rest
it may not be done
though there are intense
and beautiful hues
that seem to make sense...
so we must ensure
the painting’s success
this work must secure
it’s soulful-ishness
BB
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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Ornamental Brass Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Ornamental Brass
original watercolor still life w/horn ornament, glass, plant: 10" x 13" 

back in the day
i remember we played
with marbles and jacks
and baseballs and bats
but sometimes i recall
though i tried hard to stall 
i had to apply
my  lip 
to the tip
of my tarnished old horn
and try not to sound
too bad or forlorn
much later i found
practice, patience plus time
would greatly improve

my horn teacher’s mood!
BB
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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Autumness Watercolors by Bertie Brown

The John Jacob House
original: 9" x 12
Autumness
original plein air watercolor landscape: 9" x 12"

sometimes i find 
myself much confined
by ideas gone wrong
what took me so long
to finally say
that’s enough now, okay...
but 
sometimes it’s fun
to do more than one
‘cause maybe i’ll learn
to finally discern
the good and the bad
to discount a fad
and find that rare link

that was missing, i think......
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Monday, October 30, 2017

Autumn Blaze Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Autumn Blaze
original watercolor sunflowers in vase: 9" x 12"

Sunflowers
sienna brown faces
sporting golden sun bonnets
reading Emily's quirky poems
and Edna's soaring sonnets
their leaves a canopy

of swirling skirts, it seems to me 
with no better place to be
than in a vase here next to me!
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Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Merry Meadow Waltz Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Cow Abunga!
original: 10" x 14"
The Merry Meadow Waltz
original plein air watercolor w/meadow. cows: 7" 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
BB

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Blues Burro Watercolors by bertie Brown

The Blues Burro
original watercolor burro: 5" x 9"

there’s more to see
from Studio B
‘cause there’s never enuff
paintings of stuff
specific-ally
a bluesy burro
i hope he's in vogue
for upscale art shows!
BB'17
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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Burro in Blue Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Burro in Blue 
original watercolor with burro: 9" x 12"

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 just insist

we're tops on their list!
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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