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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, 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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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Mamie's Lamp Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Mamie's Lamp
original watercolor still life w/lamp, flowers, candy dish: 13" x 16"

an item of hers
a few of my own
some are just borrowed
I’ve got them on loan
those years, 92!
amazingly quick
filled every last nook
and cranny I think
and now as I sort
through the stuff she held dear
will I at long last
go joyfully, not fear?
it’s one out of one
that’s how it’s been done
since time has begun

it can’t be outrun
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Friday, February 17, 2017

This Little Light of Mine Watercolors by Bertie Brown

This Little Light of Mine
original watercolor still life w/violin, flowers, lamp: 10" x 14"

just wonderin'....
is it musically correct
to combine different sects
of instruments, no less
to create a new sound
or a work of renown
going outside the bounds
of traditional ground?
or must we conform
to a list of reform
that keeps us secure

in our circuitous norm...
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Classy Brass Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Classy Brass
original watercolor still life w/horn, trumpet: 18" x 22"

Bobbie Corno
an alias don’cha know
doesn’t tiptoe around
like others he’s found
but plays out right proud
and oft’ times quite loud
‘cause really, why doubt
and fumble about
with 16 feet of tubing
and a bell worthy of spewing
forth plenty of sound
more beauteous, unbound

than others, hands down!
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Monday, February 13, 2017

Dynamic Duo Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Dynamic Duo
original watercolor musical motif w/horn, trumpet: 18" x 22"

Chicken Tricks
you cannot be chicken
if you play french horn
unless you are thinkin’
you’d like a good lickin’
when that horn does balk
sounding out a loud squawk
and Beethoven rolls over

as you shrug your shoulder
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Coupled Watercolors by Bertie Brown

original watercolor: 9" x 12"

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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Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Soloist Watercolors by Bertie Brown

The Soloist
original watercolor w/trumpet player: 9" x 12"

the trumpet's such a brassy fellow
when played he sings notes high, not mellow
when muted 
 a new sound's instituted
and when there’s nothing left to play
he simply packs himself away
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Thursday, February 2, 2017

UpTown Girl Watercolors by Bertie Brown

UpTown Girl
watercolor cityscape: 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 on the inside - 
gotta push the hate out........
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Furever Friend Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Furever Friend
original watercolor pet portrait: 9" x 12"

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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