A Grand Era – Watercolor

A Grand Era watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed

A Grand Era watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 16 x 20, Available)

I was thrilled to be juried into the Plein Air Brandywine Valley competition.  For one week, myself and 75 artists were given access to some of the most scenic properties of the Brandywine Valley, including private estates, land preserves, and renowned DuPont properties.  The week closed with an exhibit and sale of all artwork at Winterthur Museum. Every sale benefits Children’s Beach House, a nonprofit that focuses on special-needs children.  www.cbhinc.org

The beauty of these locations was overwhelming. For the first day of painting I chose Auburn Heights Preserve and Marshall Steam Museum located in Yorklyn, Delaware.  This 1897 Auburn Heights mansion was built overlooking the Marshall Brothers Paper Mill in Yorklyn, Delaware by Israel and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Marshall.

The stone turrets were especially interesting.  The sun was very fleeting and in spite of the cold and gray day, I really enjoyed painting this former home.  I can only imagine the opulent lifestyle this Victorian family lived.  Thus, the painting name “A Grand Era”.

A lot of hard work goes into coordinating these plein air events.  Thank you to everyone for all of your hard work in bringing plein air artists together to support the Children’s Beach House.

Painting inquiries to mucciyvonne@yahoo.com

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  1. Ray Pecor

     /  November 11, 2014

    As a builder, your construction details are AWESOME! As your father, “That’s pretty good”!!

    • Thanks, You and Jeanie would love this place, because they have all kinds of old cars and Stanley Steamers in the buildings that you can see just to the right of the turret.

    • Coming from a lifelong pro, that is a nice compliment!

  2. Ray Peco

     /  November 11, 2014

    … as always, your paintings are FABULOUS!!! Another one with which I’ve fallen in love!!

    • I just applied to be part of this plein air event and am really hoping to be accepted for 2015!

  3. Really enjoyed this painting, especially the architectural aspects of the turret and stoneware. You have an uncanny knack for picking the right scene that suits your unique style in the beautiful medium of Watercolor. Gil Santiago

  4. Thanks! This was a really challenging painting week. I had to complete 4 paintings from start to finish in 4 days, without being able to scout out the location ahead of time. I’ll post the next 3 in the days to come.

  5. Dianne Gregory

     /  November 11, 2014

    Beautiful painting. Dianne


  6. Linda D.

     /  November 12, 2014

    Beautiful, Yvonne! I also love seeing the sketches; it’s a window into your process.


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