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Art and Traveling - part III

Being an artist I´m always pushing myself, exploring new techniques and materials, learning all along the way. Sometimes it is tough leaving the comfort zone and setting new goals.Well, I believe it is not the destination but the journey that counts and I´m having a blast on mine!

On the previous post I mentioned my first contact with Cobra Oils Solvent Free, the water miscible oils from Talens(you can read it here).

Arches Huile

Another material I had the opportunity to test was Arches Huile. This paper was specifically designed for oil painting and I specially liked the texture that keeps the look of Arches watercolor papers. It is archival , high quality, 100%  rag, 300 gsm manufactured with a barrier that absorbs  water or solvents evenly. It is very practical as it is available in  A3, A4 pads and in rolls that are easy to cut in different sizes

In Paris I combined the water miscible oils (Cobra) with Arches Huile. I  loved their practicality for traveling; just attach the paper  temporally to a solid support like a foam board and you are ready to paint immediately. The only attention one must have is  mounting it afterwards on an equally archival support before framing.
This paper is a bit more absorbent than the support I use to prepare for my paintings, that calls for a different approach, maybe more impasto than thin areas...Well I´ll continue exploring plein air painting on this surface  and in the studio as well to test its versatility.
Sandra Nunes painting from the porch
Canal San Martin, Paris
I started this oil sketch at the end of  a rainy afternoon from the porch. Paris rooftops  always attracted my attention and they were specially beautiful under an ever changing grey sky. I just wanted to capture the atmosphere with quick and synthetic brushstrokes only suggesting rather than rendering the rooftops architecture. At this point I called it done and stopped to  watch the gift of a wonderful sunset in Paris! 

Paris Rooftops -Sunset quick sketch
Sandra Nunes
Cobra Oils solvent free on Arches Huile
Read from the beginning Art and Traveling 1
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Art and Traveling - part II

As I have written in the previous post, besides learning from the Great Masters studying their paintings up close, in galleries and museums, traveling abroad provides the opportunity to work in different locations; it is a great exercise on training to capture the local atmosphere. In addition, there is the possibility of experimenting with new techniques and use of new art materials.

Painting in oils, when travelling, may present some difficulties from brush cleaning, using solvents in inappropriate environments such as hotel rooms, to packing and transporting  wet canvases.. As we know, drying time of oil painting is subject to many variables ( I intend to  talk more about this soon).

I am always in search of the best art supplies to work with, not only the immediate result but permanence is also important. I want my paintings to last for many years after I´m gone.

Well,  I've tested water miscible oil paints some years ago, Winsor and Newton Artisan, Talens H2Oil and Grumbacher Max. None of them satisfied me for one reason or another. The pigment concentration, for example, I didn´t find any brand with the same pigment load of the traditional oils in their professional lines
This year I've learned about  Cobra, the new generation of Royal Talens water miscible oils. They  are manufactured both in professional line (Cobra fine) and student (Cobra study). I tested only the professional line.

Cobra Solvent Free Oils
Sandra Nunes
Painting in Tulleries Garden
I was positively impressed by its quality, and the fact of not using solvent was a good point. At first it behaves differently from traditional oils, but after understanding how to handle it, a new world is opened! No smell!
When I´m travelling all paintings are done alla prima, hit or miss in one session.

Tulleries Garden
Cobra Solvent Free oil on panel
16x22 cm
Sandra Nunes

There are some mediums available to be used for  example when working in layers. I didn´t use any at this time, just a bit of water at the beginning and then just paint.

Sandra Nunes
Painting in Honfleur

Sandra Nunes
Painting in Honfleur

Read Part one here
 To be continued...

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Art and Traveling

I´ve been  posting less here and privileging Facebook. This is a natural way  for the social network's immediacy and real time response. But I still like writing and reading longer posts. So I´ll keep this blog and my website as well for this kind of interactivity, sharing  as often as possible my creative process.

I´m restarting with some highlights from my recent trip to Europe.

Revisiting Rembrandt, this time at Rijksmuseum - Amsterdam
The Night Watch
Rembrandt at Rijksmuseum
The same subject, this time depicted by Frans Hals

The Banquet of the Officers of Saint George Militia
Frans Hals
Studying the Master of brushstrokes at Frans Hals Museum - Haarlem
Traveling  and being  exposed to different cultures, painting outdoors has been a great experience. Besides learning from the great masters, studying their canvases from the original, having  the opportunity to produce my work in different environments facilitates the exercise of a closer look at subtleties when trying to capture the local atmosphere.
Plein Air painting in Amsterdam - Leidseplein

Sandra Nunes

To be continued in the next post...

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Spring is here- Sunflowers

It is quite understandable  Van Gogh's passion  for sunflowers, this is a beautiful flower when it blooms , lives beautifully  and it can become even more beautiful when dying. Its warm hues turns gray, its leaves twists and turns like a ballet in a circular dance.
I was privileged to live a few days with them and yesterday decided to capture their last minutes of life.

Spring is Here
"sunflowers, fading beauty"
soft pastels on wallis
Sandra Nune

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Urca - Nomand Castle

Those who visit my website and blog for some time now, realize that Urca has been quite often one of my inspirations.Strolling through its 17 streets, cycling or walking is part of my daily life. Sometimes with my bike-easel, pochade or large canvas I stop to register these peaceful moments.
Urca- Normand Castle
Sandra Nunes
oil on canvas 54 x 73 cm

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Santa Teresa - Almirante Alexandino Street

It´s been four years since the district of Santa Teresa lost its charming Tram. Now, the neighborhood is getting ready to receive the new vehicles.
In fact, they have started now to run experimentally, along a short distance.
Little by little I´ve been returning to this collection that gives me so much pleasure to paint. I´ve been working on new compositions, revisiting some other ones and on a rhythm in harmony with Santa Teresa's  I´ll be posting some works here and on my website. Thanks for following this!

Almirante Alexandrino Street
Oil on canvas 120x 90 cm
Sandra Nunes

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Arte de Portas Abertas - Santa Teresa Open Studios

Thanks everyone who attended my show  at Centro Cultural Laurinda Santos Lobo this weekend. It was great meeting old friends and making new ones!
The show runs til August 30th from Tuesday to Sunday - from 10 am to 05:00 pm
If you happen to be in Rio at this time, stop by!

Arte de Portas Abertas
Opening Night
Sandra Nunes

                                      Arte de Portas Abertas
Centro Cultural Laurinda Santos Lobo
Sandra Nunes

 Arte de Portas Abertas
                                                                     Centro Cultural Laurinda Santos Lobo
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Vitória Regia, Star of the Waters

There´s a Tupi Guarani legend which tells that whenever the moon hid itself behind the horizon, it took its favorite maiden to live in the sky. If the moon fell in love with a girl, the girl would turn into a star. Naia, daughter of an Indian chief and princess of the tribe, was impressed with the story. Then at night when everyone was asleep , she climbed the hills chasing for the moon in the hope that it would see her.But the moon did not seem to notice her and couldn´t hear her sobs of sadness in the distance. One night, Naia saw in the clear waters of a lake the shape of the moon. The poor girl, imagining that the moon had come to pick her up, threw herself into the deep waters of the lake and was never seen again.

The moon, wanted to reward the sacrifice of a young beauty, and decided to turn it into a different star from those that shine in the sky. She transformed her into a "Star of the Waters," which is the Victoria Regia plant. Thus a plant was born whose white fragrant flowers only open at night, and at sunrise look rosy and dies.
Whenever I go to Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden I stop at Frei Leandro´s pond to watch the water lillies. This time the "Star of the Waters" called my attention to paint this horizontal  composition.

Star of the Waters Sandra Nunes
- oil on canvas 40 x 120 cm

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High Summer - Flamboyant in Bloom

Along with the unbearable heat, summer comes exploding in color with the lush blooming of Flamboyants all over the city!
These trees have been calling me to paint for some time now,  and soft pastels seemed to be the right choice to make justice to these flowers vibrant colors bathed by the sun.

High Summer - Flamboyant in Bloom
Sandra Nunes
soft pastels 35 x 61 cm

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Kandinsky: Everything starts from a dot.

On view at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil  Kandinsky: "Everything starts from a dot."
This show brings to Rio de Janeiro works from the artist who is considered the pioneer of abstract art. Most of the works were selected from the collection of the State Museum in St Petersburg. On display alongside works by his contemporaries and by artists who influenced him, the exhibition is a great opportunity for understanding how his art evolved from figurative to abstract.

Kandinsky and Plein Air Painting

Wassily Kandinsky
The Red Church
oil on wood

Kandinsky was strongly influenced by Claude Monet, after seeing an exhibit of the Haystacks Series. He was impressed by the way Monet used  patches of color that seemed completely independent of the object represented.
Like the French master, Kandinsky worked  in Plein Air(outdoors), sometimes panting the same scene over the changing seasons.

Wassily Kandinsky
The River in Autumn
oil on wood

Wassily Kandinsky
Murnau- Summer Landscape 1909
oil on cardboard

His research on plein air painting went through the period of his life with the German painter Gabriele Münter in France. Both used to work outdoors direct from nature.

Wassily Kandinsky
Gabriele Münter Painting 1903
oil on canvas
(not on display in this show)

Wassily Kandinsky
Murnau- Summer Landscape 1909
oil on cardboard

His interest in form and color led him to construct his colorful way from figurative art to abstraction where the influence of Xamanism, popular art and music is  evident. 

Wassily Kandinsky  Saint George 1911
oil on canvas
His friendship with the composer Arnold Schönberg is displayed through the letters they exchanged:
Kandinsky and Arnold Schönberg letters
Arnold Schönberg set aside in his music the existing rules of harmony in favor of  a new atonal compositional method. Kandinsky wrote in his first letter to the composer:
"You have realized in your work that which I have so long sought from music: The self-sufficient following of its own path, the independent life of individual voices in your compositions, is exactly what I seek to find in painterly form."

" I applied streaks and blobs of colors onto the canvas with a palette knife and made them sing with all the intensity I could"...

"Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul" Wassily Kandinsky, in "Concerning the Spiritual in Art"

Wassily Kandinsky - Composition 1916
oil on canvas

Wassily Kandinsky - On White 1920
oil on canvas

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2014 Last Brushstrokes?


Summer has just arrived and the temperature in Rio has been around 40c these days. This is not the best season for plein air painting here. 
The best time to stay out  is very early morning or late afternoon. This morning I cycled to Urca for a quick sketch. Its tree lined streets are a real invite to paint.

My bike-easel set up
Capturing the warmth of this sunny summer morning in Urca
Felix Laranjeiras Square  Urca
Sandra Nunes
oil on gallery wrap canvas
22x27 cm

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Happy New Year!

The Holiday Season is usually dedicated to take a look back at the events of the year. I like to look forward, I get excited thinking about the possibility of starting everything anew! 
Happy  New Year!
If you read in Portuguese check this beautiful poem by Carlos Drumond de Andrade:

Receita de Ano Novo
Para você ganhar belíssimo Ano Novo
cor do arco-íris, ou da cor da sua paz,
Ano Novo sem comparação com todo o tempo já vivido
(mal vivido talvez ou sem sentido)
para você ganhar um ano
não apenas pintado de novo, remendado às carreiras,
mas novo nas sementinhas do vir-a-ser;
até no coração das coisas menos percebidas
(a começar pelo seu interior)
novo, espontâneo, que de tão perfeito nem se nota,
mas com ele se come, se passeia,
se ama, se compreende, se trabalha,
você não precisa beber champanha ou qualquer outra birita,
não precisa expedir nem receber mensagens
(planta recebe mensagens?
passa telegramas?)
Não precisa
fazer lista de boas intenções
para arquivá-las na gaveta.
Não precisa chorar arrependido
pelas besteiras consumadas
nem parvamente acreditar
que por decreto de esperança
a partir de janeiro as coisas mudem
e seja tudo claridade, recompensa,
justiça entre os homens e as nações,
liberdade com cheiro e gosto de pão matinal,
direitos respeitados, começando
pelo direito augusto de viver.
Para ganhar um Ano Novo
que mereça este nome,
você, meu caro, tem de merecê-lo,
tem de fazê-lo novo, eu sei que não é fácil,
mas tente, experimente, consciente.
É dentro de você que o Ano Novo
cochila e espera desde sempre.
Carlos Drummond de Andrade )

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Uruguaiana Street - Merry Christmas

At this time of the year the thermometers start displaying unbelievable high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro,
Downtown, where a large number of popular stores is concentrated, becomes the stage of an explosion of colors with the hustle-bustle of the passersby looking for Christmas gifts added by the sound appeal of the shops trying to attract last minute costumers.
One of these spots is Rua Uruguaiana near the Popular Market.

May the true meaning of the holiday season fill your heart and home with blessings!

Uruguaiana Street
Sandra Nunes
oil on canvas 70x100 cm

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Caminho do Bem-te-vi - Sugar Loaf Mountain

It is a 1250 meters walk along the base of Morro da Urca and Sugar Loaf Mountain, but it is worth the effort. Walking  the so called Caminho do Bem-te-vi is getting  into an oasis of fresh air sided by the lush rain forest, listening to the music of the sea crashing on the rocks mixed with the sounds of the local wildlife.
At the end of the path we are treated to a stunning view!

Painting on Caminho do Bem-te-vi
Sandra Nunes
Praia Vermelha - Soft Pastels
Praia Vermelha
Sandra Nunes
Soft Pastels on Wallis
30x40 cm

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Sunset on Guaíra

Porto Alegre
I intended to capture the exquisite afternoon light of southern Brazil. The activity in the sky and in the water was intense.

Sandra Nunes sketching in ´Porto Alegre
Sketching Guaíra waters
Sandra Nunes

I barely had time to finish the sketch and the annonuced rain came quick and heavy A few minutes later, sheltered by  Centro Cultural Mário Quintana dome, I could witness an astonishingly
 beautiful sunset .

Sunset on Guaíra

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At the Ferry Boat Station

There´s something about this place that I keep coming back to paint it...

Estação das Barcas
Ferry Boat Station
Oil on linen
Sandra Nunes

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Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden Fountain

The Fountain of the Muses
Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden is a real oasis in the middle of the hustle-bustle of city life. As we enter the main pathway sided by the Royal Palm Trees we can see the beautiful Fountain of the Muses.
Made in England by Herbert W. Hogg, the fountain was brought to Botanical Garden from its original location at Largo da Lapa in 1895.
The Fountain of the Muses
Chafariz do Jardim Botânico
oil on canvas 60x30cm
Sandra Nunes

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Arte de Portas Abertas 2014 - Open Studios 2014

Thanks to all who visited Open Studios 2014 in Santa Teresa. It was great to meet old friends, collectors and make new contacts. If by chance you could not make it,  you can still see some of my paintings,  the show Ateliers in Transit runs till October 11th at Centro Cultural Laurinda Santos Lobo.

Sandra Nunes - Arte de Portas Abertas 2014
Centro Cultural Laurinda Santos Lobo

Arte de Portas Abertas 2014  Opening night and vist
Centro Cultural Laurinda Santos Lobo

From O Globo newspaper

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Santa Teresa Open Studios - Arte de Portas Abertas

This is the 24th edition of this event. I´participating in the show Studios in Transit - at Centro Cultural Laurinda Santos Lobo - 306,  Monte Alegre Street, Santa Teresa.
If you are in Rio, this is a great opportunity to see my art up close and personal. I´ll be showing my most recent works!
Arte de Portas Abertas 2014
 The show begins on September 13th with the opening of Arte de Portas Abertas and  runs till October 12th.
If you intend to visit it afterwards, please email me and we can meet there!
Sandra Nunes - Centro Cultural Laurinda Santos Lobo
Centro Cultural Laurinda Santos Lobo
Soft Pastel on Art Spectrum
Sandra Nunes

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Popular Market at Uruguaiana Street

I´ve tried to capture the hustle-bustle of this downtown popular market. The red awning against the green leafy trees was a plus!

Rua Uruguaiana Popular Market
oil on linen 30 x 30 cm
Sandra Nunes

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Winter Light

Here in the southern hemisphere winter has started a few days ago... 
In Rio de Janeiro the changes are subtle. Misty morning with a warm and lazy sun  slowly breaking through the barrier imposed by the blue  gray curtain. 
Back in 2010, the author of an interesting blog about art and culture used the image of a work of mine to illustrate her post (she kindly let ​​me know it by contacting by email). 
In her text she analyzes the significance of the winter looking for references in Chinese philosophy making the correlation between eastern symbolism and our lives. "... We can see that during the winter we try to 'save' more, ie, try to rest (" save the harvest in the barn "),we invest a lot of energy in order to accomplish our daily journey. ("The effort that all beings are subject to.") 
If you think about it a bit, in winter we usually return home early, for warmth,  "it is  time to focus." And it is at these 'moments of  concentration ', that we achieve self communion, ... "
I agree with this thought. Each brush stroke  happens after a long period of contemplation as an attempt of self recognition and integration to the "New Season".
Oil on wood panel, Winter Light in Urca
Winter Light -Sandra Nunes oil on panel 22x16cm
You can read in the blog post I mentioned above here

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Plein Air Painting in Paraty

Paraty, the Historic City 
Walking around the streets of Paraty is a real challenge, its cobble stoned streets demand attention to each step. Get lost on their colorful corners, sit in a cafe, watch the slow pace of time is worth any sacrifice...
Sandra Nunes painting in Paraty
Whenever I go out to a plein air painting session, I take some time feeling the local atmosphere, allowing the suroundings to make contact with me, start moving my brushes and paints. The amazing city of Paraty reveals itself beyond its colonial colorful houses.
The post card compositions so many times painted by artists from the past and contemporary as well are a great attraction, but this time what first called my attention was the afternoon light bathing the boats on the river.
Masses of light and color...
Sandra Nunes painting in Paraty
This is one of the paintings that I intend to develop into a larger one

Sandra Nunes painting in Paraty
As usual, passersby stop for a few minutes to talk... This couple kindly compliments me for the painting and mentions that the painter Djanira da Motta e Silva also go inspiration from this bridge for the work"Flight to Egipt".
I hadn´t heard about this painting and I got curious to know how Djanira, who lived here for a time, interpreted the theme.
here it is:
Flight to Egypt
Djanira da Motta e Silva oil on canvas

                                                                    Paraty Paint Out
Plein Air Painting in Paraty
Friends in the Paraty Paint Out 
                                                         Capturing the last lights of the day
Plein Air Painting in Paraty

Paraty, A travel in Time

Paraty, A travel in Time

Paraty, A travel in Time

Paraty, A travel in Time

Plein Air Painting in Paraty

Paraty, A travel in Time

Sandra Nunes, at Praça da Matriz in Paraty
                                                  Sandra Nunes, at Praça da Matriz in Paraty

End of day in Paraty, last lights...
 I´ll post the finished paintings soon...


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