Mood’s Farm Market – Watercolor

Mood's Farm Market watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 18 x 24, Available)

Mood’s Farm Market watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 18 x 24, Available)

Mood’s Farm Market is a local landmark in Southern NJ.  The rusty orange windmill against a sweeping blue sky was striking in contrast.  I purposely pushed the color saturation to hopefully portray what it felt like to be at the market.  This watercolor painting will remind me of the beautiful day I experienced picking apples while walking through the orchard.  I’ll be back there come spring!

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No Trespassing – Watercolor

No Trespassing watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 24 x 18, Available)

No Trespassing watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 24 x 18, Available)

The sign reads, No Trespassing!
This old barn was drenched in sunlight, so I had to paint this scene.
“No Trespassing” watercolor depicts one of the many vanishing landscapes being replaced by a growing community. I love seeing active farms while driving in southern New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland and hope they don’t fall by the wayside. There is nothing better than fresh produce from the farm! Buy local!

This painting was a progressive demo for my watercolor workshop.  It is painted on 140# Arches cold press watercolor paper.

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Where The Sycamore Grows – Watercolor

Where The Sycamore Grows watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 16 x 20, Available)

Where The Sycamore Grows watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 16 x 20, Sold)

It poured rain non-stop on the 3rd day of the Plein Air Brandywine Valley competition! I chose to paint at Haskells (Hill Girt Farm, a local landmark) located in Chadds Ford. Such a picturesque location!

This sycamore tree caught my attention with its bare white limbs reaching up to the sky. It was next to one of the smaller stone buildings on the property. The rain made the wet bark look like all the color was running down the trunk into the ground. I thought it would be an impossible painting day! With shelter from a pop-up tent and beach umbrella I gave it a go and it turned out to be an exhausting, but successful day.

75 artists come together through Plein Air Brandywine Valley to support the Children’s Beach House. This is a nonprofit organization that helps special-needs children reach their highest potential as functioning members of their families and the community. Every sale from this competition benefits the Children’s Beach House.  http://www.cbhinc.org

Thank you to the Haskell family who opened their farm for a second day to those artists that were rained out!

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Ebb and Flow – Watercolor

Ebb and Flow Watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

Ebb and Flow Watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 18 x 24, Sold)

A very gray, hazy day resulted in this watercolor painting of the jetty down the shore.  When the tide is at the halfway point, fishing abounds!

This watercolor is part of the “Nature & The Landscape, An Environmental Perspective” exhibition at Gallery 50 in Bridgeton, NJ.  This regional wetlands competition resulted in a lot of gorgeous paintings from artists living in southern New Jersey.

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Geraniums By The Dairy Barn – Watercolor

watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

Geraniums By The Dairy Barn watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 16 x 20, Available)

This is the 3rd watercolor painting completed for the Cedarburg Plein Air competition.  It is of geraniums at the original Dietrich fieldstone dairy barn from the turn of the century.  I can’t resist those stone barns, and the red geraniums were a plus.  Thanks to John and Cecily who were so gracious to let me paint on their property.

It is great fun to compete in plein air.  Really pushes you to become a better artist, and you get to meet lots of other artists.

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Cedarburg Cultural Center

Cedarburg Cultural Center

Cedarburg Plein Air Reception

Cedarburg Plein Air Reception

 

Wooded Path Watercolor

Wooded Path Watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 14 x 18)

Wooded Path Watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 14 x 18)

When you take a walk in the woods, its beauty is unveiled with each turn in the path and season.  Wooded Path watercolor is a combination of different Forest Preserves at the very beginning of the fall season.  It is painted on 140# Arches cold press.

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Waiting for Spring – Watercolor

Waiting for Spring Watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

Waiting for Spring Watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 18 x 14)

I think everyone is waiting for spring these days, that’s what inspired the title of this watercolor.  This beautiful farm from Salem County, NJ was painted using a limited palette of Ultramarine Blue, Yellow Ochre and Burnt Umber.

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The images below show how the painting was blocked in.  I wanted to use as few brushstrokes as possible to tell the story.

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Sunflowers Watercolor

Sunflowers Watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

Sunflowers Watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 18 x 24)

The past couple weeks we have had lots of snow and it’s too cold outside to be enjoyable.  That is what prompted me to paint Sunflowers.  I tried to capture the beautiful contrast of bright yellows against a blue sky.  Looking forward to warmer days!

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Cedarburg Barn Watercolor

Cedarburg Barn Watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 18 x 14)

Cedarburg Barn Watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 18 x 14)

This Red Barn was found while traveling near one of my favorite midwest towns, Cedarburg, Wisconsin.  You could get lost in the wide open space.  There are many barns in this area of the country.  Such a beautiful place.  This watercolor started as a small study for a larger painting and I found myself not stopping till it was a finished piece.

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Loves me, Loves me not – Watercolor

Loves me, Loves me not Watercolor (Framed 15 x 18) By Yvonne Pecor Mucci

Loves me, Loves me not – Watercolor (Framed 15 x 18) By Yvonne Pecor Mucci

Who hasn’t pulled off daisy petals asking that question at some time in their youth.

This daisy plant was photographed during a trip to Wisconsin.  I liked the way the light caught the flowers against a dark background.  Originally the background was of other plantings, but I thought the contrast of blue against the bright white and orange centers would make the painting a little more interesting.  The background and leaves were painted very loosely to keep the focus on the daisy flowers.

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Love Blooms – Pink Peony Watercolor

Love Blooms – Pink Peony (Framed 18 x 24) Watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

Love Blooms – Pink Peony (Framed 18 x 24) Watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (sold)

Across the street from my father’s home is a well-tended patch of peonies.  They were lit up by the sunlight which I thought would make a lovely watercolor painting.

I like the way artist Soon Warren mixes her pigments to achieve an intense dark background without using black.  The peonies were the perfect subject.  I mixed Hooker’s Green, Burnt Sienna and Prussian Blue, leaning towards the green and blue to achieve this color.  It took me a couple applications to get it right.

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Plein Air Season!

Hanging Basket Watercolor 14w x 18d

Hanging Basket Watercolor 14w x 18d

Painting en plein air is great.  Gets you out of the studio and into the sunlight.  It also forces you into painting more freely due to time constraints.  I participated in the Arts In Bloom weekend by painting en plein air at a local greenhouse.  Great day!

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The Challenge of Painting Portraits

Watercolor Workshop Portrait 12w x 14d

Watercolor Workshop Portrait 12w x 14d

As an artist you are always trying to improve and stretch your skills.  I wanted to work on my portrait painting and had the pleasure of taking a one day watercolor workshop with Ken Hamilton at the Gloucester County College.  Ken did a great demo and a warm-up exercise, then we were given the time to paint from a model.  You can’t expect to walk away with a fabulous painting at the end of a workshop, but you will gain a different outlook and skills to incorporate into your paintings.

Watercolor Workshop Warm-Up 7w x 9d

Watercolor Workshop Warm-Up 7w x 9d

I love the freshness and flow of Ken Hamilton’s watercolor paintings.  I am trying to loosen up a little in my own painting.  The workshop definitely helped me to loosen up a bit. Now all I have to do is paint a whole lot more portraits to see improvement.

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Surf Fishing Down The Shore – Watercolor

Surf Fishing Down The Shore (Framed 24 x 20) by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

Surf Fishing Down The Shore (Framed 24 x 20) by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

Entertainment by the ocean’s edge is never ending down the shore.  It was late afternoon on a cloudless day and I wanted to capture the contrast of the white surf against the dark blue water in this watercolor.  The surf fisher was lit up by the sun casting long shadows on the sand which set up a familiar scene that I had to paint.  It is painted on 140lb D’Arches watercolor paper.

You can click on the image to see a more detailed view of the painting.

This painting will be part of the Gloucester County College exhibition starting May 4th through the first week in June.  Artist reception is May 4th at 12pm till 2pm.

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Happy Wrens Watercolor

Happy Wrens Watercolor By Yvonne Pecor Mucci

Happy Wrens Watercolor By Yvonne Pecor Mucci

This wren birdhouse has hung in our backyard for years.  My father-in-law made this and my daughter painted it when she was very young.  The wren’s sing to each other all day.

This is a small study (6 x 8) which I did to figure out color and composition for a larger version.  I had the pleasure of painting with a friend and she suggested trying her favorite watercolor paper – 140lb Cold Press, Fabriano Artistico.  I love the way this paper took on a lot of water letting the pigments be manipulated for a longer period of time.  Lifting color was quick and easy.  Now I am looking forward to working on the larger painting.

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Crandon Park Watercolor

Crandon Park Watercolor (Framed 16 x 20) By Yvonne Pecor Mucci

Crandon Park Watercolor (Framed 16 x 20) By Yvonne Pecor Mucci

Key Biscayne’s Crandon Park is one of the best beaches near Miami.  I love that it has huge palm trees on the beach.  This watercolor was painted as a gift to someone who also loves this beach, maybe more than me.  It is painted on 140 lb D’Arches watercolor paper.  I masked out the trunks of the palms which let me paint the sky, water & beach with more flow, but in hindsight I would only have masked the lifeguard stand.

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Birdhouses Watercolor

Birdhouses Watercolor By Yvonne Pecor Mucci

Dad’s Birdhouses (Framed 18 x 24) By Yvonne Pecor Mucci (sold)

My father built these birdhouses.  They are a source of entertainment while we sit and talk in the gazebo.  I love the whimsy of it along with the bright colors, but mostly I painted this scene because it makes me happy.

The build below shows under washes of lemon yellow and permanent rose to create interest in the sky.  Multiple glazes of cerulean, cobalt and ultramarine were used before the clouds were lifted.

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This watercolor was accepted for exhibition in the “Works on Paper” show at Perkins Center For The Arts in Moorestown, NJ.  The show runs through December 9th.

Birdhouse Watercolor Build By Yvonne Pecor Mucci

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Palm Tree Watercolor Study

Palm Tree Watercolor (Framed 20 x 24) By Yvonne Pecor Mucci

Palm Tree Watercolor (Framed 20 x 24) By Yvonne Pecor Mucci

Palm trees are really complex.  This watercolor study is painted on Arches 140 lb cold press paper.  Masking fluid was not used on this painting giving me slightly softer edges.  The whispy sky was painted in several glazes using cerulean and ultramarine blues, painted through the palms and lifted from the trunk while damp.  A yellow underpainting gave me warmer and stronger darks.

You can click on the above painting, and the build below to see the detail.Palm tree watercolor study by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

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Secret Harbour Watercolor

Secret Harbour Watercolor (Framed 20 x 24) by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

Secret Harbour Watercolor (Framed 20 x 24) by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

The painting composition has been changed from the original sketch.  I wanted to include the dynamic clouds that build over St Thomas and the coral reef in the foreground.  People have asked if the water is really that color.  It is that color, depending on the time of day and the amount of sunlight flowing through the crystal clear water.  It is a beautiful thing to observe in person.

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Below is a series of photos taken during the painting process.  I use 140 lb Arches watercolor paper.  I like to keep the colors clean and vibrant.  If you have any questions please contact me via email mucciyvonne@yahoo.com

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Secret Harbour Watercolor Stages

View of Sapphire Bay ~ Watercolor

View of Sapphire Bay, 18 x 24 Framed, Watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

View of Sapphire Bay, 18 x 24 Framed, Watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

Oh, how I wish I was still sitting on this beautiful beach!  I wanted to capture the sea grape trees and the ocean reef.  The trees were masked out and the background blocked in.  Once a general background color was in place I could remove the masking fluid and concentrate on the trees.  I don’t like to leave masking fluid in place for more than color blocking.  It was important to keep the sky palette different from the ocean while incorporating all colors in the trees and reef.

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Hibiscus Study

Hibiscus Study Watercolor (16 x 20 Framed) by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

Hibiscus Study Watercolor (16 x 20 Framed) by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

I’ve started the watercolor paintings from the St. Thomas sketches. Above is the Hibiscus, which are everywhere in a variety of shapes and colors. I liked this variety because it was not your typical hibiscus.  As a botanical study it works, but I may try another with a more tropical colored background.

This painting is currently on exhibit at Gloucester County College.

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View from Sapphire Beach

View from Sapphire Beach by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

View from Sapphire Beach by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

This sketch was done on the first day of vacation.  Wish there was more time to sketch, but now I need to start painting.

Wheel Loader Watercolor

Wheel Loader Watercolor 16 x 20 Framed

Wheel Loader Watercolor 16 x 20 Framed (sold)

Just finished this painting.  I admire watercolorist Paul McCormack and tried to use some of his techniques for building skin tones.  My skin tone palette was mostly Yellow Ochre, Cerulean Blue and permanent Rose.  The granulation of the Cerulean Blue was a challenge and I may substitute Cobalt Blue (which was suggested in a demo) for the next painting that includes skin tones.

I also found that you really need to adjust the cast shadows to allow for the detail to be shown in the face.  I never want to copy a photograph.  The finished painting has to make sense and stand on its own.

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Barn in Southern New Jersey

Southern New Jersey Barn – 19 x 23 Framed

Southern New Jersey Barn – 19 x 23 Framed

Driving in southern NJ you’ll see some beautiful open spaces with active farms.  This was painted trying a different technique on the grass.

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View From The Dock – Watercolor

View From The Dock, Fairlee MD – 11 x 17 Framed

View From The Dock, Fairlee MD – 11 x 17 Framed (sold)

The goal was to capture a quiet landscape for the property owner which the family enjoyed all summer.
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Training 26.2

Runner – 17 x 26 Framed

Runner – 17 x 26 Framed

This painting was done specifically for a show with the show requirements being a woman artist and the subject being of a woman, but not a portrait.

I wanted it to be a wider format to portray distance and use the runner’s shadow to lead you into the background while the fallen leaves bring your eye back to the runner.  I thought it was completed and now I am rethinking the skintones in the face.  I’m not sure where I need to go with it, but something is off.  This may be one of those paintings that I rework from the beginning.

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Hydrangea

Hydrangea – 16 x 20 Framed

Hydrangea – 16 x 20 Framed

This hydrangea watercolor was completed this past summer.  It is a tough subject because of the complexity of the flowers.  The composition was arranged so that you come into the painting from the bottom left and move up through the blooms with the honeysuckle bringing your eye across and back down into the blooms.

I have a small plant in the back corner of our yard.  For a few months in the summer the blooms change colors starting with a bright lime green and moving from pinks to blues and finishing with a dark green to burgundy.  Honeysuckle is winding through the fence in the background.

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This is a second try on the Hydrangea watercolor.  I wanted to simplify it and make an attempt at painting in a loose style.  There are elements I like about each version.  Some like the first and some prefer the second which tells me there is not enough of a change.

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Second Try

Second Try

 

It was snowing this morning!

Seashells by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

Seashells by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

The holidays are over and it is time to get back to painting. I had set up a little still life of seashells during the holidays to hold me over till I figured out what the next watercolor subject would be. I sketched out the shells on 140 lb Arches paper but didn’t start it for some unknown reason. I woke to a dusting of snow on the lawn which was the perfect excuse to start painting something that reminded me of warmer days.

The shells were masked out and the background was painted using salt and splatter techniques to simulate the sand. Once the masking fluid was removed I began working on the shells trying to incorporate the colors used in the shells into the background with more glazing and splatter. Today it was almost 60 degrees, so maybe the painting helped!

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Purple Iris for Alicia

Finished Painting - 16 x 20 Framed

Finished Painting – 16 x 20 Framed

Initially I had wanted to paint Battenburg lace in the background, but thought it would take away from the Iris stems. One nice part of creating something for someone you know is that they are on your mind the whole time you’re painting. I enjoyed painting this as much as gifting it.

 

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Purple Iris

workspace watercolor purple iris

Workspace

I wanted to paint iris flowers for two reasons.  The purple iris is the flower of my daughter’s sorority and secondly I had just seen the Van Gogh Irises at the Met.  Luckily a local florist had the stems in stock.  I took a lot of photos to work up the sketch, but the most useful was having the blooms right on my work table.

One of the many iris photos