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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, January 29, 2017

Playmates Watercolors by Bertie Brown

original watercolor trumpet player: 8" x 10"

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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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Portrait Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Portraits in Watercolor
originals: 8" x 10"

there’s def’nitely
a space for me
in this new year
as this i see 
more work to do
with more thought to
creative ways
that hit the mark
of ending well

 a well thought start
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Friday, January 20, 2017

That Girl Watercolors by Bertie Brown

That Girl
original watercolor portrait: 5" x 7"

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, January 14, 2017

Muse-ical Watercolors by Bertie Nrown

original watercolor figure: 10" x 12"

a musician displays 
exhibitionist ways
but it’s all okay
‘cause music filled days
and nights do remain
quite high on our list
of things we like best
so please don’t insist

we cease and desist!
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Gone Girl Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Gone Girl
watercolor still life w/girl, violin: 10" x 14"

Things Strings Sing
do strings
 have wings
‘cause they’re glorious things
do they sing
as they cling
to the bow as it flows
o’re the bridge
if you please
with the greatest of ease
do they screech
as they seek 
those notes on the staff
do they laugh
at the thought

of the job they just lost
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Apple Cor Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Apple Cor
original watercolor still life w/horn, glass vases: 13" x 16"

Practice makes better
But perfect?
Not ever...
Especially if horn playing
Is what you can do
You’ll prob’ly improve
But that’s questionable, too
My advice to you

Buy a French Horn Kazoo!
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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Quints' Jam Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Quints' Jam
original watercolor still life w/horn, woodwinds

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!
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