My Girl – Watercolor

My Girl watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

My Girl watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 16 x 20, NFS)

I’ve always liked portraits where the subject is not looking directly at the camera. It gives the viewer the feeling they’ve caught a candid glimpse of the person.

Usually I’ll do portraits in graphite or charcoal, but for me, watercolor is much more challenging. I introduced perylene maroon to my palette and think it will stay. My Girl watercolor is painted on 140# Arches cold press.

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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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Inquiries, please email mucciyvonne@yahoo.com

All artwork is ©Yvonne Pecor Mucci. No reproduction without written permission.

A Very Fine House …

A Very Fine House, Line Art By Yvonne Pecor Mucci

A Very Fine House, Line Art by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (sold)

Something different for a change!

I did this black and white line art illustration of a home to be used on the owners personal letterhead. When the final application of the artwork will be a reduced reproduction you have to be careful not to be heavy handed with your darks.  They tend to fill in when reduced. This was sketched very lightly in graphite onto acid free smooth bristol paper and inked with a 005 Micron archival and fade proof waterproof pen.  I found it helpful to print my reference photos in black & white.  Personal details like the small shed in the background, windmill, lightning rods, bench and flag all add interest to the sketch.  Funny how I kept humming the lyrics to “Our House” by Crosby Stills Nash & Young while working.  The home owners were really happy with the result.

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All artwork is ©Yvonne Pecor Mucci. No reproduction without written permission.

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.

For more information, or to commission a portrait please email me mucciyvonne@yahoo.com

All artwork is ©Yvonne Pecor Mucci. No reproduction without written permission.

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.

For a portrait of your home, please contact me via email mucciyvonne@yahoo.com

All artwork is ©Yvonne Pecor Mucci. No reproduction without written permission.

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.

All artwork is ©Yvonne Pecor Mucci. No reproduction without written permission.

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.