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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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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Shack Attack Plein Air Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Shack Attack
original en plein air watercolor w/shack: 10" x 15"

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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Com-Posers Sunflower Watercolors by Bertie Brown

original watercolor w/Sunflowers: 15" x 15"

In the Blooming
my bed of sunflowers
prepping for hours
is all set to host
an end of summer toast
boasting nectar so sweet
tasty seeds, what a treat
for our faithful dine-ees
all feasting happily
dragonflies, bumble bees
butterflies, those drama queens
golden finches, reformed grinches
heady heat waves
shimmer and sway 
hovering o’er
 this late summer day
i wave goodbye 
as they pack up, they try
to smile through their sighs
then southward they fly
the long winter’s night
is approaching too soon
will they come back next June?

I hope so, I do....
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Friday, August 18, 2017

Complaining Com-Posers Sunflower Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Complaining Com-Posers
original watercolor sunflowers: 9" x 12"

Goldfinch Grinch
My sunflower girls
Never use my sunblock 
Nor do they apply
 Suntan lotion a lot
They’re naturally golden
Their brown faces boastin’
Their fearless devotion
To sunshine in motion
But there are some days
They have to confess
A shot of pest spray
Would be their best bet
For shoo-ing away 
Gold finches of prey
‘Cause finches 
Are Grinches
As they yank pull and splay
The petals and bonnets
My sunflowers boast
In my poems and sonnets
Why couldn’t they just

Gather seeds without fuss.... 
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Up The Spiral Staircase Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Up The Spiral Staircase
original plein air watercolor w/ barn, silo: 9" x 12"

Good Vibrations
i love the way
on a late august day
 the sun reaches down
to gather around
my sunflower girls
with their gold-yellow curls
and their skirts made of leaves
swaying in the breeze...
the birds of the air
and the insects working there
create a vibration
a vibrato celebration
as they all harmonize
their praise to the skies...
i’m thankful to be
by this shimmering sea
and grateful to hear

this music of the spheres
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Monday, August 14, 2017

Sophie's Sweet Talkin' Friends Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Sophie's Sweet Talkin' Friends
original watercolor landscape w/figure, pony, burrow : 10" x 14"

Sophie and I 
are asking you-all
are buttercups high in cholesterol?
they glisten like butter
in their gold-yellow clusters
we think they’d taste great
and we’d be well fed
if we used them as spread
on our jelly bread
wouldn’t popcorn just popped
be better with hot
melted buttercups drizzled
all over the top?
is lobster that’s baked
in buttercup paste  
richer in flavor
more pleasing to taste?
Sophie and I
just giggled and said
we think that we’ll paint

her new friends instead!
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Monday, August 7, 2017

The Boettcher House Plein Air Watercolors by Bertie Brown

The Boettcher House
original en plein air watercolor: the Boettcher House: 10"x 14"

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??

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Conspiring Com-Posers Sunflower Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Conspiring Com-Posers
original watercolor sunflowers: 9" x 14"

 The Alley Rally
The Golden Girls have gathered to rally
Around my backyard 
The Sunflower Alley
Bending down to admire
All the portraits they inspired
“Ooh yes, I see
That one looks like me!”
They all nod to agree
And reminisce nostalgically
Remember back in the day
We had our young
And frivolous ways
We listened to be-bop
While catching sun-drops
 “Those were the days, my friend
We thought they'd never end”…
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