Saturday Shopping Watercolor

Saturday Shopping Watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (11 x 14 Framed)

Saturday Shopping Watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (11 x 14 Framed)

The sun lit up this little corner bodega in Manhattan.  I was struck by the brightly colored flowers in contrast to the shadowy buildings.  “Saturday Shopping” watercolor is painted on 140# Arches cold press.

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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

 

Cheers To You! Watercolor

Cheers To You watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Sold, Framed 16 x 20)

Cheers To You! watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 16 x 20, Sold)

“Cheers To You!” is the second watercolor painted for the Cedarburg Plein Air competition.  Such a fun event!  Lots of mist while painting.  I was so happy to see the sun so I could drop in the shadows.

I chose this subject because of the lovely blue doors and brilliant green ivy on this historic building which currently houses The Cedar Creek Winery.  I also love the coined corners that can be found throughout the town of Cedarburg, WI.  Originally the Cedar Creek Settlement (circa 1864), it was a working woolen mill until 1969 when it went out of business due to the introduction of synthetic fabrics.

The winery is not only beautiful, but produces some mighty tasty wine!

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Apple Blossoms Watercolor

Apple Blossoms Watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 24 x 16)

Apple Blossoms Watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 24 x 16)

Every year in late spring the apple trees in our backyard burst with flowers and color.  This watercolor is something that I’ve wanted to paint for several years.  What interested me were the shadows cast on the pale petals.  It is painted on 140lb Arches coldpress watercolor paper.

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The Green Barn Watercolor

The Green Barn watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

The Green Barn watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 18 x 21)

The weather is warm and the sky is blue which equals a perfect day to paint en plein air.  This barn is located in Mullica Hill, NJ and currently houses a shop called The French Nest (home decor) and Canteen (a unique eatery).  One Saturday, a friend and I set up our easels and tried to capture this green barn in watercolor.  The challenge was a study of greens and how to differentiate the scene when everything has the same local color.

The images below show the initial drawing and color block-in.

The following Saturday, this painting continued as part of a watercolor demonstration during the Arts Festival in town.  Thunder storms rolled in, so it had to be finished in-studio.

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The Shore – Watercolor

The Shore by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 27 x 20)

The Shore by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 27 x 20, Sold)

I am thrilled this painting will be part of the township’s permanent collection!

This is a view seen up and down the eastern seaboard.  It is of dune grasses waving in the breeze along the shore on a beautiful summer day.  I love the dynamic clouds that form over the ocean along with that panoramic view giving one the feeling of wide open space.  “The Shore” watercolor is painted on 140# Arches cold press. This watercolor is one of 17 paintings that I will be exhibiting at the Galleria Deptford.  The artist reception is Sunday, April 13 from 2 until 4pm.   Galleria Deptford is located in the Deptford Municipal Building, 1st and 2nd floors.  For more information on this venue, visit www.thelivingartsclub.org Click on the above painting to view details. Painting inquiries to mucciyvonne@yahoo.com All artwork is ©Yvonne Pecor Mucci. No reproduction without written permission.

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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Apples and Pears

Apples and Pears Watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed

Apples and Pears Watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 17 x 25)

Apples and Pears Watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

Apples and Pears Watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

In this watercolor painting “Apples and Pears” I wanted to paint a simple subject and play up the sunlight and cast shadows.   I haven’t painted fruit since my school days and was surprised at the difficulty.  Liquid mask was used on the stems to allow me to paint through the background.

The second painting is a version of the same subject which was a demo for my watercolor workshop.  The change in composition was a bit of an improvement.

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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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Fading Red Barn Watercolor

Fading Red Barn (Framed 14 x 18) By Yvonne Pecor Mlucci

Fading Red Barn (Framed 14 x 18) By Yvonne Pecor Mucci

I am always photographing old barns.  Taking the photo is the simple part.  Simplifying the subject is a little tougher.  I framed this painting and it has grown on me.  Always surprised at how a painting looks once it is framed!

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Wren House Watercolor

Wren House watercolor (Framed 15 x 17) by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

Wren House watercolor (Framed 15 x 17) by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (sold)

This little wren house is a larger version of a previous watercolor.  I used this as a demo for a watercolor workshop.  It is always helpful to see how another artists develops a painting from start to finish when you’re taking a class.  Each week I would demonstrate different techniques.  It was a lot of fun!

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Ann Whitall House – Plein Air

Ann Whitall House Watercolor (Framed 18 x 24)

Ann Whitall House Watercolor (Framed 18 x 24)

The Ann Whitall house is an 18th century historic house at Red Bank Battlefield Park, located on the Delaware River. The pine tree and back of the house were sketched on one of the first nice days in early spring. In spite of the wet spring and summer season I participated in a one-day plein air competition here and chose to paint the river view of the house. I brought my extra-large beach umbrella thinking it would shade me from too much sun. The umbrella saved me and my painting from the two unexpected torrential rain showers. You just have to laugh and go with it, because it was still a great day to be outside painting.

Thanks to the Gloucester County Cultural and Heritage Commission, they really did a nice job with this event.

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Back view of Ann Whitall House – Graphite Sketch

Back view of Ann Whitall House – Graphite Sketch

Graphite Pine Sketch

Graphite Pine Sketch

 

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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Spring Crocus Watercolor

Spring Crocus (Framed 20 x 16) by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

Spring Crocus (Framed 20 x 16) by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

I took a walk on a sunny day with my camera earlier this month and saw a wide variety of crocus flowers throughout the neighborhood.  In this watercolor painting I wanted a very muted background to emphasize the change from winter to spring.  It is painted on Fabriano Artistico watercolor paper.

This painting is part of an exhibition showing from May 4th through the first week in June at the Gloucester County College.

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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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Pink Oleander Watercolor

Pink Oleanders Watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

Pink Oleanders (Framed 18 x 14) By Yvonne Pecor Mucci

These pink oleander flourish down south and in the islands.  This close up view of the flowers gives the painting a little more of an abstract feeling.  It is painted on 140 lb Arches cold press watercolor paper.  The flowers were masked and a large flat brush was used to paint the background.  The leaves were painted and more glazes of color were added to soften and push the foliage into the background.  I wanted the odd centers of the flowers to stand out.

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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.

Hibiscus Study

Hibiscus Flower Study by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

Hibiscus Flower Study by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

I was intrigued by the great variety of shape and color of the Hibiscus flowers while in St Thomas.  For the final painting I’ll add a few buds to round out the composition.

Relaxing in the Caribbean

Relaxing by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

Relaxing by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

This sketch is of a friend enjoying a quiet afternoon watching the world go by.  The water views in St Thomas are all the entertainment you need.

Shark Island, Sapphire Beach

Shark Island in Sapphire Bay, St Thomas US Virgin Islands

View of Shark Island from Sapphire Beach

Depending on the time of day, Shark Island will illuminate and jump out of the sapphire and aqua water.  It is a beautiful sight to watch various sail boats cross the water.  St John is located to the right of the sketch.