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)

Inquiries to mucciyvonne@yahoo.com

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Morning Walk – Watercolor

Morning Walk watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 11 x 14, Sold)

Morning Walk watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 11 x 14, Sold)

Morning Walk watercolor was painted during the Plein Air Brandywine Valley exhibit at Winterthur Museum and Garden.  It depicts a little hiking trail behind Winterthur called Chandler Woods. I walked this trail and the adjacent meadow just on the outskirts of Winterthur after turning in my remaining paintings for the Plein Air Brandywine Valley competition. Great fun painting and conversing with patrons!

I have to say thank you to every person who had a hand in making this event a success.  The tireless hours spent procuring locations, coordinating artists, feeding artists, exhibiting and selling the artwork is greatly appreciated!  Every sale benefits Children’s Beach House, a nonprofit that focuses on children with special needs. http://www.cbhinc.org

Painting inquiries to mucciyvonne@yahoo.com

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Winterthur Fireworks – Watercolor

Winterthur Fireworks watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 16 x 20)

Winterthur Fireworks watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 16 x 20)

As far as painting locations go, one can never go wrong with Winterthur Museum and Gardens.  Day four of Plein Air Brandywine valley was spent near the gazebo. I wanted a different subject that played against all the bursting fall color.

This painting was donated to Children’s Beach House to be sold during their Winter White event on December 4th. Children’s Beach House is a nonprofit that focuses on special-needs children. http://www.cbhinc.org   What a fabulous event for a great cause!

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Welcome To The Inn – Watercolor

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)

Welcome To The Inn watercolor depicts the Marshalton Inn located in Marshallton, PA.  This was my choice for day two of the Plein Air Brandywine Valley competition.  There are many beautiful historic buildings along Strasburg Road located about four miles west of West Chester.  The town was filled with artists and photographers capturing the many subjects along the main street. Amazing day!

I love the stone work on the Inn and the way the shadows cast across the different textures.  It was quite the challenge, but well worth it because I received the honor of 2nd place for this watercolor. Such a thrill when your name is called, especially when you were not expecting it!  Thank you to everyone who enjoyed my painting enough to choose it as a winner.

The Marshalton Inn hosted this event which helps out Children’s Beach House, a nonprofit that focuses on special-needs children.  www.cbhinc.org  Every sale benefits Children’s Beach House.  Thank you to the owners and staff of the Inn were so very accommodating to all of the artists.

This painting is available, please send inquiries to mucciyvonne@yahoo.com

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Plein Air Brandywine Valley

Plein Air Brandywine Valley 2015 Juried Competition

Plein Air Brandywine Valley 2015,  Juried Competition to benefit Children’s Beach House

Tomorrow, at sunrise, I’ll be setting up my easel in the beautiful Brandywine Valley to paint alongside some of the best plein air painters and photographers. 75 to be exact!  During the next four days, we’ll capture a wide variety of scenic properties located in the Brandywine Valley.  Last year the weather was a bit wet, but it did not hinder this fabulous event.  Looks like sunshine will be in abundance, so I can’t wait to start painting!

Each artist submits at least four paintings which are judged and then displayed for viewing and purchase at an opening gala scheduled for Friday, October 23 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at The Visitor Center of Winterthur Museum and Garden located in Wilmington, DE.  Gala tickets can be purchased online www.pleinairbrandywinevalley.org  A portion of the proceeds from the art sales will benefit Children’s Beach House. A great organization doing a world of good!  www.cbhinc.org

The works will remain on display for purchase and viewing throughout the remainder of the weekend and are free to the public. (Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, October 25, 2015 from noon – 3 p.m.) I’ll be at Winterthur Saturday and Sunday afternoon if anyone wants to stop by and check out all the artwork.  It really is a beautiful exhibit!

Below are some of my watercolor paintings from last years competition. pleinair_mucci ©Yvonne Pecor Mucci. All rights reserved. Do not copy or reproduce site contents without my written permission.

Our Spot – Watercolor

Our Spot watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 20 x 16, Sold)

Our Spot watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 20 x 16, Sold)

“Our Spot” watercolor was my final painting for the Plein Air Brandywine Valley competition.  I had visited Winterthur two years ago in the spring and loved this particular tree that was stretching out over a bench.  Thought it was in the azalea garden and it took me quite awhile to find it in the peony garden.  The spot was even more beautiful with the fall color bursting around the garden bench.  While painting, I wondered how many had rested or had a conversation in that exact spot.

This competition ended with a gala held at Winterthur Museum & Gardens in the visitor center.  There had to be over 400 paintings from 75 artists.  Every sale benefits The Children’s Beach House, a nonprofit which helps special needs children.  www.cbhinc.org

Thank you to everyone that lent a hand to this competition.  Can’t wait to participate again next fall!

Painting inquiries to mucciyvonne@yahoo.com

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Where The Sycamore Grows – Watercolor

Where The Sycamore Grows watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 16 x 20, Available)

Where The Sycamore Grows watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 16 x 20, Sold)

It poured rain non-stop on the 3rd day of the Plein Air Brandywine Valley competition! I chose to paint at Haskells (Hill Girt Farm, a local landmark) located in Chadds Ford. Such a picturesque location!

This sycamore tree caught my attention with its bare white limbs reaching up to the sky. It was next to one of the smaller stone buildings on the property. The rain made the wet bark look like all the color was running down the trunk into the ground. I thought it would be an impossible painting day! With shelter from a pop-up tent and beach umbrella I gave it a go and it turned out to be an exhausting, but successful day.

75 artists come together through Plein Air Brandywine Valley to support the Children’s Beach House. This is a nonprofit organization that helps special-needs children reach their highest potential as functioning members of their families and the community. Every sale from this competition benefits the Children’s Beach House.  http://www.cbhinc.org

Thank you to the Haskell family who opened their farm for a second day to those artists that were rained out!

Painting inquiries to mucciyvonne@yahoo.com

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A Grand Era – Watercolor

A Grand Era watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed

A Grand Era watercolor by Yvonne Pecor Mucci (Framed 16 x 20, Available)

I was thrilled to be juried into the Plein Air Brandywine Valley competition.  For one week, myself and 75 artists were given access to some of the most scenic properties of the Brandywine Valley, including private estates, land preserves, and renowned DuPont properties.  The week closed with an exhibit and sale of all artwork at Winterthur Museum. Every sale benefits Children’s Beach House, a nonprofit that focuses on special-needs children.  www.cbhinc.org

The beauty of these locations was overwhelming. For the first day of painting I chose Auburn Heights Preserve and Marshall Steam Museum located in Yorklyn, Delaware.  This 1897 Auburn Heights mansion was built overlooking the Marshall Brothers Paper Mill in Yorklyn, Delaware by Israel and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Marshall.

The stone turrets were especially interesting.  The sun was very fleeting and in spite of the cold and gray day, I really enjoyed painting this former home.  I can only imagine the opulent lifestyle this Victorian family lived.  Thus, the painting name “A Grand Era”.

A lot of hard work goes into coordinating these plein air events.  Thank you to everyone for all of your hard work in bringing plein air artists together to support the Children’s Beach House.

Painting inquiries to mucciyvonne@yahoo.com

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