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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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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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