Thornbury – Plein Air Brandywine Valley

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“Thornbury” watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (sold)

Thornbury CSA Farm is a pretty cool place in person and has some neat history. Lots of horses milling about and a gorgeous red barn made for a nice painting subject. Through the Plein Air Brandywine Valley competition we were allowed access to paint throughout their property. As you can see from the image below, I had a great spot in the shadows to paint this fall scene.

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Proceeds of the Plein Air Brandywine Valley event benefit Children’s Beach House. cbhinc.org Attend the 2019 Plein Air Brandywine Valley Opening Reception on Friday, October 18, 2019 at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. Artist applications are now open.

For information on any of my paintings mucciyvonne@yahoo.com This painting is available framed for unframed. ©Yvonne Pecor Mucci, all rights reserved.

Hay Bales – Plein Air Brandywine Valley

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“Hay Bales” watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed to 16 x 20, available)

Hay bales, whether round, cubed, stacked, or piled are irresistible to an artist! They catch the light and define a landscape. I love painting them. “Hay Bales” watercolor was painted for the Plein Air Brandywine Valley competition. I spent a lovely fall afternoon painting with other artists at this beautiful location.

Applications for the 2019 Plein Air Brandywine Valley competition are being accepted now. This is a well organized event with fabulous locations. Best part is that proceeds from this event benefit Children’s Beach House, so get involved. cbhinc.org Attend the 2019 Plein Air Brandywine Valley Opening Reception on Friday, October 18, 2019 at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library.

For information on any of my paintings mucciyvonne@yahoo.com ©Yvonne Pecor Mucci, all rights reserved.

Watch Over Me – Plein Air Brandywine Valley

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“Watch Over Me” watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed to 14 x 11, Sold)

“Watch Over Me” was painted during Plein Air Brandywine Valley competition held every fall. Brandywine Wilmington Cemetery was one of the locations for this day and I did not know what to expect when arriving, but it is a pretty historical place. While figuring out what I could possibly paint there, I looked up and the fall colors were exploding behind this statue making the angel look like it was rising from flames. It was so quiet here that the painting almost painted itself.

I am hoping to be juried into the 2019 Plein Air Brandywine Valley competition to experience locations I wouldn’t otherwise be able to access. Best part is that proceeds from this event benefit Children’s Beach House. cbhinc.org

Attend the 2019 Plein Air Brandywine Valley Opening Reception on Friday, October 18, 2019 at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library.

For information on any of my paintings mucciyvonne@yahoo.com ©Yvonne Pecor Mucci, all rights reserved.

Fall Reflections – Plein Air Brandywine Valley

fallreflections_mucci“Fall Reflections” watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed to 11 x 14, Available)

Quick paints are always tough, sometimes I wonder if the painting quality suffers. I like them because of the challenge. Most are limited to two hours from start to framed. The time goes by in a blink and you have to be really focused. The photo below shows just how focused we are during these events. If you are wondering, most framing is done in the trunk of your car!

“Fall Reflections” watercolor was painted for Plein Air Brandywine Valley Quickpaint. Proceeds from this event benefit Children’s Beach House. cbhinc.org

This painting can be shipped. Inquiries to mucciyvonne@yahoo.com ©Yvonne Pecor Mucci All rights reserved.

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Who Wants Gelato? – Plein Air Brandywine Valley

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“Who Wants Gelato” watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed to 11×14, Sold)

If you’ve never tried painting outside in the dark, you wouldn’t know how much fun a Nocturne can be. Every artist has a different setup, you can see mine below. A few lights on my easel and I was good to go. “Who Wants Gelato” was painted during Plein Air Brandywine Valley in late fall. Bar Avalon in West Chester hosted us with all kinds of delicious food!

Plein Air Brandywine Valley happens every fall and benefits Children’s Beach House. About 70 artists paint for 4 days ending with a Gala at Winterthur Museum and Gardens where 500 pieces of art go up for sale. A portion of each sale benefits this organization. Such a great event! For more information about Children’s Beach House visit cbhinc.org

©Yvonne Pecor Mucci All rights reserved.

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Webb House – Plein Air Brandywine Valley

 

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“Webb House” watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed to 16 x 20, Available)

The “Webb House” sits across the meadow in Longwood Gardens. This is a favorite place to paint because the meadow continuously changes color throughout the day.

I painted this 1730s farm house during one of the largest plein air competitions in the east coast. Plein Air Brandywine Valley happens every fall and benefits Children’s Beach House. About 70 artists paint for 4 days ending with a Gala at Winterthur Museum and Gardens where 500 pieces of art go up for sale. Such a great event! For more information about Children’s Beach House visit cbhinc.org

This painting can be shipped framed or unframed. Inquiries to mucciyvonne@yahoo.com A portion of the sale will be donated to the beach house. ©Yvonne Pecor Mucci All rights reserved.

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Waiting To Sail – Watercolor

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“Waiting To Sail” by Yvonne Mucci (7.75 x 10.75, Framed to 11 x 14, Available)

It was a gray and breezy day on the Cohansey in Southern New Jersey. This means no flys, perfect for painting en plein air! “Waiting To Sail” watercolor was painted for Cumberland County Cultural and Heritage Commission’s Cohansey Riverfest. This is a yearly competition and exhibit at Gallery 50 in Bridgeton, NJ.

Had a pretty successful day of painting. My second watercolor is shown below. I was experimenting with Holbein Lavender. I like it enough to keep it in my palette, for now.

Both paintings can be shipped framed to 11 x 14, or unframed 7.75 x 10.75. Please email me at mucciyvonne@yahoo.com  ©Yvonne Pecor Mucci All rights reserved.

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Two Gander Farm – Watercolor

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“Two Gander Farm” watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed to 16 x 20, sold)

The Miller Farm, better known as Two Gander Farm opened their property for artists as part of the Land Art Events, Farm to Table Plein Air, happening on September 29th. Artists are painting at different locations throughout the different seasons. For more information https://www.landartevents.com I had the pleasure of painting on site in early spring with my friend George Gallatig at this beautiful farm. We got rained out, so this was completed in studio. It will be interesting to be there again this Sunday for a day of painting in a completely different season. In the photos below you can see us tucked along the tree line.

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Gardening at Redbank – Watercolor

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“Gardening At Redbank” watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Sold)

Redbank Battlefield in National Park, New Jersey is a beautiful location set along the Delaware River. I often come and paint the Ann Whitall house en plein air.

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The Last Covered Bridge – Watercolor

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“The Last Covered Bridge” watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (available)

This really is the last covered bridge in Wisconsin. I painted this for Cedarburg Plein Air. The challenge was the constant color changes in the water as the sun moved. Spent most of the day painting in this beautiful park shown in the image below.

This painting can be shipped framed 16 x 20, or unframed 11 x 15. Please email me at mucciyvonne@yahoo.com  ©Yvonne Pecor Mucci All rights reserved.

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Growing Season – Watercolor

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“Growing Season” watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (available)

Cedarburg, Wisconsin is filled with beautiful farms. “Growing Season” was painted during Cedarburg Plein Air. So lush and green! Just pull off the side of the road and set up your easel!

Painting inquiries to mucciyvonne@yahoo.com
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Brandywine River

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“Creekside” watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed to 14 x 11, Available)

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Inside Brandywine River Museum made for a cozy day of painting during Chadds Ford Paint Out. Large sunny windows were a great alternative to freezing temps outside! Exploring the landscape during winter really expands your understanding of the landscape. Love this event, especially since I got to paint with a few friends.

This event is hosted by Chadds Ford Historical Society. Artwork remains on exhibit for sale at CFHS through 3/2/18 www.chaddsfordhistory.org

For information on any of my paintings mucciyvonne@yahoo.com
©Yvonne Pecor Mucci, all rights reserved.

Kuerner’s Barn

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“Kuerner’s Farm” watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed to 14 x 11, Available)

I love painting at Kuerner Farm, also known as Ring Farm, a historic farm in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania made famous by Andrew Wyeth. Honestly, I did not love it so much on this windy, freezing day during the Chadds Ford Paint Out. My easel blew over a few times and I could not keep from shaking in the wind, so this one is only half a plein air because I completed the painting from the warmth of my home. There are some days you are not meant to paint en plein air! Still, it is a lovely painting in need of a new home.

This event is hosted by Chadds Ford Historical Society. Artwork remains on exhibit for sale at CFHS through 3/2/18 www.chaddsfordhistory.org

For information on any of my paintings mucciyvonne@yahoo.com
©Yvonne Pecor Mucci, all rights reserved.

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Chadd Ford Paint Out

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“John Chad House” watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 11 x 14, Sold)

Chadds Ford Paint Out is one of the few winter plein air events on the east coast. No awards are given, just a whole lot of great painting. This was the first day of painting on a low light and cold day. The temperature was above freezing and with the addition of hand warmers in my boots I had a full day of painting. Winter is an amazing time to paint because everything is exposed and the gentle color is beautiful.

This event is hosted by Chadds Ford Historical Society. Artwork remains on exhibit for sale at CFHS through 3/2/18 www.chaddsfordhistory.org

For information on any of my paintings mucciyvonne@yahoo.com
©Yvonne Pecor Mucci all rights reserved,

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Along Silver Creek Watercolor

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“Along Silver Creek” watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 20 x 16, Sold)

“Along Silver Creek” represents another amazing day of painting during the Cedarburg Plein Air competition. I tried to catch the constant movement in the creek. This was a favorite spot of the artists during the week! Everyday there were at least 5 easels set up along the banks.

Inquiries to mucciyvonne@yahoo.com
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Red Roof Barn Watercolor

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“Red Roof Barn” watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 16 x 20, Available)

I love any type of barn, but one with a red roof that is striking in a landscape, well, for that reason alone I chose to paint “Red Roof Barn”. It certainly didn’t hurt that it was a fabulously sunny day for painting, couldn’t ask for anything more. Had this spot all to myself during Cedarburg Plein Air, except for the few visitors shown below.

This painting can be shipped framed or unframed.
Inquiries to mucciyvonne@yahoo.com
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Silver Creek Watercolor

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“Silver Creek” watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 14 x 11, Sold)

My “quick paint” at Cedarburg Plein Air. What, how much time from time stamp to framing, two hours, yikes! Yes, I painted like a crazy person with spectators looking over my shoulder. Once you forget they’re there and remember to breathe, everything falls into place. Great fun! Getting a watercolor to dry and in a frame is another story.

Check out the amber plexiglass on top of the easel below. Got it from fellow artist Annie Strack, and it really is helpful to see values in the field!

Inquiries to mucciyvonne@yahoo.com
©Yvonne Pecor Mucci all rights reserved.

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Looking Up Watercolor

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“Looking Up” watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 11 x 14, Available)

Painted during Cedarburg Plein Air competition. I had a hard time choosing a subject this day, probably because I felt overwhelmed with choices. If someone says, here, paint this, you have no problem and get painting straight away.  During a plein air competition it is a completely different thought process. You ask yourself: Can I complete this in the allotted time? Is the light good? Is the subject interesting? Would someone else like it. What it really comes down to is do I like it? And the answer was YES! I was interested in the tops of buildings and thought the Cedarburg Art Museum would be a great choice. This is when you hope your sketching skills are strong because they really are the base of all paintings.

This painting is available and can be shipped framed or unframed.
Painting inquiries to mucciyvonne@yahoo.com
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Lake Mary Elmer – Watercolor

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“Lake Mary Elmer” watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

Plein Air watercolor “Lake Mary Elmer” depicts a peaceful day of painting in mid August. Lake Mary Elmer is part of the ecologically important Cohansey river. The Annual Riverfest competition is sponsored by Cumberland County Cultural and Heritage Commission and Gallery 50 in Bridgeton, NJ. The exhibit runs through the end of September.

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This painting is available and can be shipped framed or unframed.
Matted to fit an 11 x 14 inch frame.
Inquiries to mucciyvonne@yahoo.com

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Green Shutters – Watercolor

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“Green Shutters” watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed to 11 x 14)

Artist’s Day in Mauricetown, NJ resulted in “Green Shutters” watercolor.  This historic seafaring town sits along the Maurice River. Every year Mauricetown Historical Society and Cumberland County Cultural and Heritage Commission host this get-together for artists and the community. I had the pleasure of painting with other artists while listening to live bluegrass music on a brilliantly sunny day. My watercolor sketch of “The Snake Brothers Band” is below. Great fun talking with everyone who stopped by to check out the art in progress!

This painting is available and can be shipped framed or unframed.
Matted to fit an 11 x 14 inch frame.
Inquiries to mucciyvonne@yahoo.com

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Do not copy or reproduce site contents without my written permission.

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Meadow at Longwood – Watercolor

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“Meadow at Longwood” watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (12 x 9, Available)

I had a wonderful fall day painting the meadow at Longwood Gardens with my friend and fellow artist George Gallatig. This location is exceptional because the color continually changes. It truly is a magical place. In the spring I want to return and paint a larger version. The photos below show just how beautiful this location is in the fall. On my easel is a small red plexiglass from Annie Strack which helps one see values when painting. This watercolor is available unframed 12 x 9, or framed to 14 x 11 and can be shipped. Inquiries to mucciyvonne@yahoo.com  ©Yvonne Pecor Mucci, all rights reserved.

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Stone Arch Bridge – Watercolor

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“Stone Arch Bridge” by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed to 11 x 14, Sold)

The stone arch bridge shown above was painted at Winterthur during the Brandywine Plein Air exhibition. I loved the fall colors reflecting in the water. Great day painting and talking about all of the beautiful locations included in this competition. These wonderful colors will be replaced with snow, and I may have to trek out there and capture another season!

A portion of every sale benefits Children’s Beach House. www.cbhinc.org

©Yvonne Pecor Mucci All rights reserved.

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Hate to wait a whole year for the next Plein Air Brandywine Valley Competition!

Last Light – Quick Draw

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“Last Light” watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 11 x 14, Sold)

“Last Light” watercolor was a quick draw for the Plein Air Brandywine Valley competition. It started at 4pm, so the light was fading. It is a big challenge for me to capture a moment in two hours, including framing. During these quick draw competitions the time goes by in a flash and you rely on skills you hope will be there when you need them! You take a deep breath, start throwing on paint and remind yourself that this is the very best you can do on that day. Crazy, but I would not miss participating!

It was fun to see locals at the Marshalton Inn viewing artwork that had been started a few hours earlier! Part of every sale benefited the Children’s Beach House. www.cbhinc.org

Below is the thumbnail sketch I did before the Quick Draw start. These handy little sketch books were compliments of Jerry’s Artarama in Wilmington, DE. I used mine all week! Thank you to Annie Strack who procured the samples and put together swag bags for the painters.

©Yvonne Pecor Mucci, all rights reserved.

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It’s here! – Plein Air Brandywine Valley

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My gear is packed and I am ready to paint! I look forward to participating in Plein Air Brandywine Valley all year! Amazing locations! Great weather! Great cause!

Plein Air Brandywine valley is more than a painting and photography competition. It is a fundraiser for Children’s Beach House, a nonprofit that focuses on special-needs children.  More than 70 artists will create stunning artwork during the next 4 days at different locations throughout the Brandywine Valley. It all ends with a gala at Winterthur for an exhibit and sale of all artwork. Every sale benefits Children’s Beach House. http://www.cbhinc.org

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Welcome To The Inn watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 16 x 20, Available)

Welcome To The Inn watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 16 x 20, Available)

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The Cove At Riverwinds – Watercolor

“The Cove At Riverwinds” watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 11 x 14, Available)

Riverwinds sits on the Jersey side of the Delaware River south of Philadelphia. I could hardly see the city skyline across the river. The golf course was muted by the atmosphere. Usually there’s a lot of boating activity to watch both in the river and the adjacent cove, but not on this overcast morning. The low hanging clouds kept most home and brought a quiet peaceful feeling to this location. I started en plein air, but a few hours later the rain sent me packing to finish up in studio.

This painting is available matted and framed. It can also be shipped. Inquiries to mucciyvonne@yahoo.com

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Peaceful Garden – Watercolor

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“Peaceful Garden” watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 11 x 14, Sold)

Sarah’s garden is beautiful! The simple subject of “Peaceful Garden” was complicated to paint. More detail? Less detail? …and so it went. The drawing had to be right and the background simplified because there was so much detail on the birdbath. I love capturing the light and pushing the color in a painting, it brings you right back to that place and time! Which was very peaceful.

This was Cedarburg Plein Air’s 16th year. Happy to have been part of it.

Painting inquiries to mucciyvonne@yahoo.com

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Stilt House “Locally Raised” – Watercolor

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“Locally Raised” watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 14 x 11)

“Locally Raised” watercolor was painted for Cedarburg Plein Air gems which was the last day of the event. Lots of people were out and about, enjoying the town of Cedarburg, WI.

In the early 1900’s, the owner of the tavern asked the city for permission to add a second floor onto the existing building. After the city denied his request, he raised the building up on “stilts” and built a first floor underneath. Hence the name Stilt House. They have great food!

This painting is available and can be shipped framed, inquiries to mucciyvonne@yahoo.com

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Red Pops – Quickpaint

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“Red Pops” watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 11 x 14)

“Red Pops” was yet another tough quick paint for me. Besides it only being a 2 hour window for painting and framing, it had to be 90 degrees in town. I found a bit of shade and a few red poppies and gave it a go. Luckily before I had my paper stamped I found my palette missing, quick trip home and I was good to go, or so I thought.

2 hours goes quick, I was just about running up the street with my framed painting to make the time cutoff. So I lived to paint another day at the Cedarburg Plein Air competition! Eventually I will master these quick paints! Till then, they are memories which make me laugh, roll my eyes, and cringe at the same time!

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Hayrake – Watercolor

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“Hayrake” watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 14 x 11, Sold)

A retired hayrake sits rusting in front of a well preserved blue-gray barn in the Hamilton Historic District. This glade leading up to the barn glowed in the late afternoon sun. It was magical! Best part was being able to enjoy the company of friends while I finished painting.

“Hayrake” was painted during the Cedarburg Plein Air competition. Fabulous event, even better people. Thank you to Cecily and John who give me free reign to paint on their property.

Inquiries to mucciyvonne@yahoo.com

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Twisted – Watercolor

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“Twisted” watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 16 x 20, Sold)

“Twisted at Turn Halle” was painted for the Plein Air Cedarburg event in Wisconsin. This 1867 fieldstone building sits in the Hamilton Historic District. The twisted tree made for an interesting subject, constantly turning in every direction.

The weather was perfect which resulted in some really strong painting from 150 artists. Thank you to my hosts, whom I treasured time spent. Love everything about this event except that it was a week earlier. Have to say that I missed being able to stroll the town during Strawberry Fest. Hopefully next year!

Check out the winning paintings
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