Friday, August 15, 2014

Katy Market Days, August 16, 2014

"Texas Gothic"
Original Watercolor by Becky Brocato
I painted this from a photo that I took
of the little church on the grounds of
the Antique Rose Emporium, just north
of Brenham, Texas.
I will have a booth at the Katy Market Days, in Katy, Texas, on Saturday, August 16, from 10 am to 5 pm. I hope you will stop by if you are in the area. I have note cards of my original watercolor paintings, which make great teacher gifts for Back to School Night! Also, my open edition prints are matted in standard frame sizes, making it a snap to pick out a frame at Hobby Lobby (they will frame it for you while you wait, if it is not a real busy framing day). But wait, there's more! I also have a few framed prints and originals that are ready to hang on your wall or brighten a corner of a bookshelf. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

"Sweet Cherries", my demo for the Intro to Watercolor Workshop on Thursday, July 31

"Sweet Cherries"
Original Watercolor by Becky Brocato
Arches 140 lb Cold Press

Just a quick update on the Summer Boredom Buster: Introduction to Watercolor One Day Workshop last Thursday, July 31. I had a great class of five eager and enthusiastic learners. We started out with the basics:

•how to tear the full sheets of watercolor paper down to quarter sheets for a lovely deckled edge
•how to tape the sheets of paper to the base board (Gatorboard)
•how to mix water and paint on the palette to fully load the brush
•several basic techniques to get the paint onto the paper
•basic wash techniques
•how to use a "thirsty brush" to control the excess water in a painted shape

Then I took them step by step through the painting of "Sweet Cherries," while the class painted along. This 5x7 painting utilized the basics that were covered, with emphasis on the "thirsty brush," and how to keep an eye on the bead of paint at the bottom of a painted shape, etc.

Mark your calendar now for Thursday, September 18, 2014. I will be teaching another Introduction to Watercolor One Day Workshop at Katy Contemporary Arts Museum in Katy, Texas. It will build on the same techniques, helping to reinforce those basics to complete another small painting to take home and hang proudly in your home. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Summer Boredom Buster!

I am excited to announce that I will be teaching a one-day "Introduction to Watercolor" workshop at the Katy Contemporary Arts Museum School of Art on July 31, 2014. You know the summer starts dragging and getting way too hot to be outside, so come enjoy a fun day of playing with the paint and keeping cool in this awesome art space!

Here is a link with all the details:

If you are in the Katy, Texas area, you should really visit/join this beautiful new art museum and take advantage of all it has to offer the community!

See you at Kcam on July 31?? I hope so!

Becky Brocato

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

"Santa Fe Sky, Early Evening"

I have recently started painting again after a bit of a hiatus. Life got in the way, as they say. So here is my most recent effort. I took a workshop from Iain Stewart at the Watercolor Art Society-Houston a couple of weeks ago, and I really enjoyed learning from him! I love his teaching style (very laid back and FUN!) and his work is just phenomenal. I am feeling revitalized in my art.

"Santa Fe Sky, Early Evening"
Original Watercolor by Becky Brocato
10 x 8
©Becky Brocato