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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...
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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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Spring in the Northern Hemisphere IV

Painting my way through Life  -

This sentence  came with a nice comment of my Canadian friend and I think it suits me, thanks Dan Gray!

A certain conflict happens whenever I travel. There´s a lot to see to experience, learn...On the other hand the desire of capturing what I feel  on canvas or on paper gets into competition. It is wonderful when I manage to squeeze both in the always short  period of time.
Crossing Brooklyn Bridge I was captured by the beauty of the morning sun. I had to stop for a quick watercolor sketch.
sketching Brooklyn Bridge- Sandra Nunes

One of the most moving experiences...
Sunday in Central Park

Not because it was Easter Sunday nor because it happened in Central Park, but for the lightness of the moment I had the privilege of living.
I opened my pochade box by the balustrade facing the Fountain. That site always called my attention and this time I decided to capture the cold afternoon light bathing the Angel of the Waters.


Bethesda Fountain- Central Park

Painting in Central Park - Sandra Nunes

Painting in Central Park - Sandra Nunes
I worked all the time listening to Bach. At the end of my painting session I went to check who was playing that heavenly sound coming from under the Arcades...

Musicians in Central Park

This trio was a side show...
The audience
To avoid a long post I´ve divided these notes on the trip into 4 posts. You can read on here
Spring in the Northern Hemisphere part I
Spring in the Northern Hemisphere part 2
Spring in the Northern Hemisphere part3



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Spring in the Northern Hemisphere III

Metropolitan Museum of Art - continued

The Passions of Jean Baptiste Carpeaux

Besides the amazing sculptures this show features a large collection of drawings and etches by  Jean Baptiste Carpeaux.
The composition and the anatomical realism of  "Ugolino and his Sons"  is amazing! The bodies portray  the all tension of the moment in their expressions and dynamics of their movement







Anders Zorn
Sweden Master Painter
National Academy

No web reproduction or any print of these masterpieces can show what you see up close! Zorn´s oils and watercolors are a real feast for the eyes!
I had the rewarding feeling  of being at the right place at the right time! 


Omnibus, Anders Zorn
Omnibus, Anders Zorn



Omnibus, Anders Zorn
Omnibus, Anders Zorn, detail

Revisiting "my" Master 

Joaquin Sorolla Y Bastida 

Hispanic Society of America


This is the place where many years ago I had for the first time what could be called  "The Sthendal Syndrome". Back here now, it was not different. How can one not be moved by such greatness?It was as if time had stopped...


Joaquin Sorolla Y Bastida, Hispanic Society of America
Joaquin Sorolla Y Bastida, Hispanic Society of America


Joaquin Sorolla Y Bastida, Hispanic Society of America
Joaquin Sorolla Y Bastida, Hispanic Society of America

Joaquin Sorolla Y Bastida, Hispanic Society of America
Joaquin Sorolla Y Bastida, Hispanic Society of America

Joaquin Sorolla Y Bastida, Hispanic Society of America
Joaquin Sorolla Y Bastida, Hispanic Society of America
Joaquin Sorolla Y Bastida, Hispanic Society of America

Joaquin Sorolla Y Bastida, Hispanic Society of America
Joaquin Sorolla Y Bastida, Hispanic Society of America
Joaquin Sorolla Y Bastida, Hispanic Society of America
Joaquin Sorolla Y Bastida, Hispanic Society of America

To be continued...

Read on Spring in the Northern Hemisfere I HERE
Read on Spring in the Northern Hemisphere II HERE

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Spring in the Northern Hemisphere II


   New York

This April, without the wind and a bit less cold than Chicago, New York displayed most of the time a beautiful blue sky and a warm Spring sun. 
I´m posting here some aleatory images among hundreds I brought home in my camera and in my memory.

First stop: Metropolitan Museum of Art

                        The artist looking at himself....
Rembrandt Self Portrait
Self Portrait - Rembrandt
Revisiting Tolouse Lautrec ...


Toulouse Lautrec
Toulouse Lautrec
Van Gogh painted these two works on the same canvas, front and back...
Front:Self Portrait                      Back: The potato peeler
Central Park- Maurice Prendergast
Moonlight, Wood Island Light- Winslow Homer-oil on canvas

At the Seaside- William Merrit Chase

Avenue of the Allies- Childe Hassam
Checking George Bellows energetic brushstrokes and his power of synthesis
George Bellows, Swans in Central Park
Swans in Central Park
Studying Velasquez...
The other opportunity I had to see this painting it was hung on a wall were we could not approach too much. From the distance this portrait called my attention for its on sake, the composition, the story it tells, the look of the model and the impossibility to dissociate the relationship between the painter and the model.
Juan de Pareja was a slave of Velasquez  and he was his assistant from some time on.
From the distance we can see a refined portrait,elegantly lightened in a noble and silent atmosphere. When we get closer we can observe the perfect balance between the transparent washes and glazes of the abstract background with the impasto on Juan´s features which brings to light his strong look.
We can also notice the fluidity of this masterpiece, showing that it was effortless done.
There´s much more to see in this work and much more to learn from the Master of the Masters...

Juan de Pareja, Diego Velasquez
We can perfectly understand why Sorolla admired Velasquez so much and the influence we notice on his works.

More on Metropolitan Museum and New York here


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