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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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Friday, June 30, 2017

Bloomin' June Plein Air Watercolors by Bertie Brown

 Lemon Yellow
Bloomin' June
original plein air watercolors w/Conestoga House  Sunroom and Gardens: 9" x 12"

the June flower guild
is in this backyard
it’s a wallflower farm
with plenty of charm
there’s rose in the glow
of this sumptuous show
as the finches and bees
in their feasting agree
so let’s have some fun
before summer’s done
we’ve one month or two
to enjoy the view!

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Poser Patrol Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Poser Patrol
original watercolor still life w/sunflowers: 8" x 10"

Summer Bliss
My windows are open
Cool breezes are flowin’
My curtains are flirtin'
With the sill and the sash 
This is the way
A fine summer day
Ought always to be 
For two months or three....
Suites me perfectly

I bet you’d agree!
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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Pot o' Posers Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Pot o' Posers
original watercolor still life w/sun/flowers: 9" x 12"

Woo hoo Sophie
our girls have come back
it seems they’ve brought summer
in their backpacks 
with petals wide open
and brown faces glowin’
there’s no time for faintin’
we gotta get set up
to work on our paintin’
yes Sophie, it’s true

and the livin’ is fine....”
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summertime is Oh So Fine Plein Air Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Summertime is Oh So Fine
original plein air watercolor:/Steinman Manse, Lancaster: 10" x 13" 

in the beginning
we all loved the sun
we couldn’t get enough
we were never quite “done”
our faces were bronzed
our hair sun-streaked gold
our innocence reigned
we’d never grow old
but time has a way
a mean streak, I’d say,
of hastening the days
that youth does betray
so now that we’re old
or older, to wit,
we’re gonna wise up

and use sunscreen, just a bit...
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Monday, June 19, 2017

Poppa's Day Gig Plein Air Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Poppa's Day Gig
 original plein air watercolor/Lime Valley Mill: 11" x 14"

curiouser and curiouser
it seems to me
this summer’s the bomb
at flirting, you see
‘cause just when you feel
a cool  weightless breeze
a sun so friendly
you’re relaxin’ indeed
a thick hulking cloud 
of hu-MID-ity
descends with a shout
and spreads itself out
oh yes there’s the rub
to summer time fun
those idyllic days

come quickly undone....
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Friday, June 16, 2017

Lewes View Plein Air Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Lewes View
original plein air landscape, Lewes DE.: 10" x 12" 

oh to be
 by the sea
just my fam’ly and me
sunblocked nose
bug sprayed toes
sunning responsibly
grasses sway 
sand dunes say
join all nature at play
roaring surf
sandy turf

it’s a summer beach day!
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The Manse on Marietta Plein air Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Manse on Marietta
original watercolor plein air landscape: 10" x 13"

oh spring
is the thing
we hope for in November
long for in December
lose in January
right through February
cry for in March
die for in April
can’t wait one more day
for the merry month of May
and still cold temps cling
to every bloomin’ thing!
so when the month of June
bursts suddenly into view
I look around and smile

PLEASE stay with me awhile
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Friday, June 9, 2017

Gone Fishin' Plein Air Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Gone Fishin' 
original plain air watercolor at Safe Harbor Dam, PA : 11" x 15"

evening oblations
gives solace to me
with new revelations
waiting to be
so lest i forget
the beauty i see
i’ll daily inspect
the glories that be
and paint thankfully

His grand poetry
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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Barn-stable Plein Air Watercolors by Bertie Brown

original plein air watercolor w/barn, fields: 10" x 14"

Harmo-nious Perso-nious
went out for a run 
this very fine day
had lots to be done
stuff that gets in the way
of some fun in the sun
but nature’s libretto
called out ceremo-nious
in pleasing vibrato
a sound tremolo-nious
twas something I sought to
experience in perso-nious
and when I got done
on this very fine day
from my run in the sun

I was all tuned up and completely harmo-nious
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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Divas All Musical Motif Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Divas All
original still life watercolor w/violin, sunflower, fruit: 7" x 10"

the violin’s a diva girl
when bowed she lets her notes unfurl
when plucked
her notes are quite abrupt
and when she’s played her last hurrah

she bows and takes two curtain calls!
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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Barn-stable Plein Air Watercolors by Bertie Brown

original plein air watercolor w/barn: 6" x 10"

a Gettysburg farm
with old country charm
fields of clover and of corn
planted straight, in good form
a house neat and tall
with a chimney-ed east wall
the barn's 'round the bend
with horses in their pens
and wayward banty hens
gossiping with all their friends
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