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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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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Com-Posers Soon Over Watercolors by Bertie Brown

original watercolor sunflowers: 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 from the inside -
PLEASE lets all push the hatred out……..
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Friday, September 22, 2017

The Music Room Watercolors by Bertie Brown

The Music Room
original drawing w/horn, mutes, music stand: 8" x 10"

Can you hear me now?
from dimples to pimples to wrinkles 
and then
those once hard won triumphs
are insults instead
there’s coming of age
finding the way
and fam'ly and playing
and later creating
it’s boasting
then coasting
and loss once again
can You hear me, i said
i’m no longer fit 
to see, hear or be
oh, just let me sit
can You hear me, i plead
when it feels said and done
those battles hard won
were most of the fun
now it’s coming undone
can You hear me, i fear
that You can’t, that’s okay
’twas only a day

among so many years
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Thursday, September 21, 2017

De Com-Poser Watercolors by Bertie Brown

De Com-Poser
original watercolor sunflower: 6" x 8"

 The Alley Rally
my golden girls 
have gathered to rally
around my backyard 
sunflower alley
bending down to admire
all the work they inspired
“ooh yes, i see
that one looks like me!”
they nod and agree
in total unity
“remember back in the day
we had our young
and frivolous ways
we listened to bee-bop
while catching sun-drops
 "those were the days, my friend

we thought they'd never end”
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Landis Woods Art Show, Sat September 30, 9-5 Rain or Shine

Landis Woods Outdoor Fine Art Show added 5 new photos to the album: Bertie Brown Space 42.
Watercolors by Bertie Brown
Landis Woods Art Show
Sat, Sept. 30,  9-5 Rain or Shine
Landis Woods Park
Neffsville, PA 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Com-Posers Remnants Watercolors by Bertie Brown

Com-Poser Remnants
original watercolor sunflowers: 10" x 14"

summer is waning
i do hate to say
it wasn’t the best-est
in many a way
oh, some days were great
clear skies to the moon
the sun dripping rays
sunflowers in bloom
but some days were WET
with water drenched air
rain forest-y, yes
oppressive, you bet
still…summer’s the time
when memories shine
and life seems a bit 

more civilized, kind
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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Sophie Watercolors by Bertie Brown

original watercolor portrait: 8" x 10"
Sophie and Me
I remember the day
when Sophie was a babe
I imagined that we'd
be best friends indeed 
she’d be seven, maybe eight
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 really paint and draw
thats what we like most of all
and we def’nitely agree

BFFs, we’ll always be!
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