Thursday, March 28, 2013

"Mo," a recent pet portrait

©Becky Brocato
11" x 14"
Watercolor on 300 lb Arches CP

This pet portrait commission that I recently completed is of an amazing Chocolate Lab named Mo. He was such a special pet for his family for many years, so after he passed, his owners wanted a really special remembrance of him. The lady of the house was especially close to Mo because he was her constant and faithful companion when the kids were at school and her husband was at work, which included a lot of business travel. I was so happy when she received the portrait last night and she teared up. She said I had captured his image, his personality and the light in his eyes. Mission accomplished.

I used several photos as reference material for this painting. The out-of-doors background was not in the original photo, as it was taken inside their home. Also, the lighting was from a flash, which flattened out his features and changed the color of his eyes. So I really had a challenge making the shadows, highlights and his eye color look more natural. I really enjoyed painting this portrait, and I am very happy with the results!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Original Watercolor by Becky Brocato "Sticking Close"

©Becky Brocato
"Sticking Close" 18" x 18"
Watercolor on 140 lb Arches CP

We had a great time at the Opening Reception of the Texas Watercolor Society 62nd Annual Exhibit in San Antonio, Texas, this past Saturday evening. It was held at the San Antonio Art League and Museum, which is located at 130 King William Street in the beautiful King William Historic District. I am so pleased and honored that my watercolor painting, "Sticking Close," is included in this Exhibit. A big "thank you" to all who came to the Opening Reception. I truly appreciate your interest in and support of my work! This Exhibit has around 50 beautiful water media paintings by artists from all across the United States, and it will be on display throughout the month of June, so I hope you will make time to go by and see it if you are traveling to San Antonio this month.

On Sunday, before heading back to Houston, we browsed the shops in La Villita Historic Arts Village in Downtown San Antonio. I totally enjoyed meeting and visiting with Ugur Kilic (photographer, graphic designer and web site designer) and Susan Carlin (artist and owner) of Nueva Street Gallery. This is one of my favorite galleries in downtown San Antonio, and they always have a wonderful variety of high quality art pieces from 19 amazing artists. The next time you are in San Antonio, you should definitely stop in.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A watercolor portrait of three sisters

©Becky Brocato
"The 3Cs: Carli, Celbi and Cirby" 11" x 14"
Watercolor on 300lb Arches CP

I really loved painting this portrait of three sisters when they were young. They are in their late teens and early 20s now, so it's a poignant look back at their childhood, as they enjoyed a beautiful fall day in the Texas Hill Country. It was so fun watching them come to life with paint and brush!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

"Spring Azaleas" in Watercolor Art Society-Houston January Exhibit

©Becky Brocato
"Spring Azaleas" 7" x 7"
Watercolor on 140lb Arches CP

Although I completed this a while ago, I'm finally entering it in an exhibit. "Spring Azaleas" is a reminder that it will soon be warming up here in Houston, and I can't wait! I am not a fan of cold, rainy, dreary days like today! I painted this from a photo I took of the azaleas in my front yard. They put on quite a show in my flower garden each spring! This painting is custom framed in a simple black contemporary wooden frame with museum quality materials and an 8-ply white mat. Framed size is 14" x 14" and ready to hang.

I hope you'll come by the WAS-H Gallery sometime this month and enjoy the watermedia art exhibit. The show will be on display until February 10, 2011. The opening reception is Friday, January 14, 2011, from 6 to 8pm. Light refreshments and wine will be served.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

"Texas in Springtime" Is In the Watercolor Art Society-Houston Small Paintings Exhibit

©Becky Brocato
"Texas in Springtime"


7" x 5"
Watercolor on Aquabord

I love painting images of the Texas Hill Country, and this little gem is on view and for sale at the Watercolor Art Society-Houston Small Paintings Exhibit until January 6, 2011. I hope you will make plans to attend the Opening Reception and Silent Auction on Friday, December 10, 2010 from 6 to 8 pm. Admission is free, and all ages are welcome, so bring the whole family. The WAS-H Gallery is located at 1601 West Alabama (at Mandell), Houston, Texas 77006, 713-942-9966.

The WAS-H Small Paintings Exhibit is a wonderful opportunity to purchase original art at GREAT prices! And 10% of all sales will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Texas Gulf Coast and Louisana.

UPDATE Saturday, December 11, 2010:

My little painting, "Texas in Springtime," sold last night at the Small Paintings Exhibit Opening Reception. So happy that it has a new home!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Watercolor Painting "The 12th at Augusta"

©Becky Brocato
"The 12th at Augusta"
8" x 10"
Watercolor on Aquabord

This painting, aptly titled "The 12th at Augusta", depicts the 12th (Golden Bell) hole at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. This particular hole is in a segment of the course which is known as the Amen Corner. Since 1934, this famous golf club has played host to the annual Masters Tournament, one of the four major championships in professional golf. The painting is now in the collection of an appreciative winner, as it was in the lineup of prizes for the Williams United Way Golf Tournament yesterday at Blackhorse Golf Club in Houston, Texas.

This was a fun painting to create. Lots of color in the azaleas made it a pleasure to paint. The real challenge was getting a variety of greens in the trees and foliage, and I think I achieved that.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Watercolor Commission "Marcus at 9"

©Becky Brocato
"Marcus at 9"
12" x 9"
Watercolor on 300lb Arches

Here is my most recent portrait commission. Marcus is my niece's son, so he's my great nephew. My source was a photo that his mom said is one of her favorites. Marcus is now 13, so this is a sweet reminder of when her little man was not a teenager!

Here's what she had to say: "You are amazingly talented!! I LOVE my painting "Marcus at 9"."