Pastures by the White Barn – Watercolor

Brandywine Valley White Barn – Watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

Brandywine Valley White Barn – Watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 20 x 16, Sold)

Such a picturesque location!  This watercolor was painted as a progressive demo for my watercolor workshop from photo references.  Originally the subject was painted on location for the Plein Air Brandywine Valley competition.

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Leaving Mary Elmer – Plein Air Watercolor

Leaving Mary Elmer watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

Leaving Mary Elmer watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 11 x 14)

I participated in the Cohansey Riverfest Plein Air Competition in Bridgeton, NJ a few weeks ago.  The criterion was to portray the Cohansey River Watershed.  I was really torn choosing which view would make for a better painting, Mary Elmer Lake or the outflow from the dam.  Rain was threatening and the sun was hard to find, so the outflow view was the best choice.  It all worked out to a great day of painting outdoors and a 1st place award.

This plein air competiton was sponsored by the Cumberland County Cultural & Heritage Commission and Gallery 50 in Bridgeton, NJ.  Thank you to Matt and Gallery 50!

This painting is part of the Nature & The Landscape, An Environmental Perspective exhibit which runs through September 27th at Gallery 50.  There are 90 beautiful paintings on display.

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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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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.

Click on the images to see more painting detail.

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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.

Click on the images to get a better view of the detail.

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

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.

Giclee prints are available on most paintings. Please contact me via email mucciyvonne@yahoo.com

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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.

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.

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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1750s Home in Southern New Jersey

Linda and Greg's 1750s Home

Linda and Greg’s 1750s Home (sold)

Shown above is a portrait of a 1750s home in southern New Jersey. It was commissioned by a friend to give as a gift to his next door neighbor. The challenge of this painting was the size of the property and the detail in the historic building. Luckily he asked me about it in early spring. There’s a very mature, desiduous, Bald Cypress tree which blocks out most of the building during the summer. If he would have called me just a few weeks later I would have had to postpone the painting until the fall when the Cypress had lost its foliage. I immediately drove over and took a series of photos which were combined into the view shown.

I opened up the Cypress to show the second fireplace and the roof line. If I would have left the tree as it was, it wouldn’t make sense in the painting. The other trees on the property were also critical because the property owners had planted most of them.

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One of my favorite places!

 

Framed 16 x 20 By Yvonne Pecor Mucci

Framed 16 x 20 By Yvonne Pecor Mucci

I travel to southern Florida quite often.  You have to go pretty far south before you hit that beautiful blue/green water.  As the title of this post states, it is one of my favorite places.  I love the way the sky changes the color of the water.  Every day is different and you can spend endless hours trying to capture the feeling you get when you’re sitting by the ocean.

  • Always have a camera with you to catch the sky.
  • A sketchbook is also extremely helpful because you can make detailed notes on the color of the sky and water.  Often a detailed sketch will give you the additional information that a camera doesn’t capture.

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A Day At The Beach – Strathmere, NJ

 

Intrigued Framed 16 x 20 By Yvonne Pecor Mucci

Intrigued (Framed 16 x 20) By Yvonne Pecor Mucci

Talk about a perfect day at the beach. Pictured is a typical day at the Jersey Shore. Strathmere beach is usually pretty quiet and it wasn’t crowded this day. The sky was solid blue and the light was perfect. I sketched this boy as he played and took a series of photos which turned into a beautiful painting. Right before we left, I gave the boys grandparents one of the black and white sketches I had completed.

I wanted to learn how to portray waves and putting the boy in the foreground gave the waves the right perspective. Plus it made the painting much more interesting. The color of the water and the sand is completely different in southern New Jersey compared to Florida. Much cooler colors.

This painting is currently on exhibit at the Gloucester County College.

 

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Florals

Whitegarden at Longwood by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

Whitegarden at Longwood by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

Painting florals in watercolor is a very popular subject which gives the artist and the viewer great pleasure.  Keeping them light and loose is a difficult thing to accomplish.  The branch was rotated and the background was kept out of focus to keep the viewer involved with the blossoms.

Longwood Gardens is a beautiful place to go for a walk.  There are endless subjects which make beautiful paintings.  I have a great many photos of flowers and trees which would take a lifetime to paint. I especially enjoy painting flowers during those gray winter months.

Once you have your photos and sketches, it is great to have a live cutting of the flower you are trying to capture.  Your eyes are much better than a camera lense at capturing complex details.

 

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Sketchbook

Quick Sketches of Model

Sketching subjects and making notes for paintings is so important.  It gives you the overall tone for the painting.  The camera captures everything, but it also flattens the scene.  You can take notes on color and value for use when you’re in the studio.  For me, making quick sketches along with taking photographs lets me figure out what I want to paint long before I pick up a brush.

Preliminary Sketch of Barn with NotesSketch of Woman Reading on Beach

Sketch of Mom and Child at Shore

Sketch of Shoreline at Riverwinds

The combination of sketches and photos gives me a higher confidence level when tackling a tough subject.