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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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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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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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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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

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.

Trade Winds Palm Tree

Trade Winds Palm Tree by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

Trade Winds Palm Tree by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

I never realized how complicated a Palm tree is until I proceeded to put it down on paper.  The fronds are in constant movement changing the light continuously.  It was a challenge to sketch and I am sure it will be more of one once I begin the painting.

Secret Harbour, St Thomas USVI

Secret Harbour - St Thomas, USVI by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

Secret Harbour, St Thomas by Yvonne Pecor Mucci

Another beautiful day in St Thomas.  The sketch is of Secret Harbour, a little cove across from Sapphire Beach which is sheltered from the trade winds.  It is like swimming in an aquarium with perfectly calm clear water!  I want to change the format from horizontal to vertical based on the photos taken when the final watercolor is painted.

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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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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