Friday, August 26, 2016
This is one of the soft pastels plein air paintings I have done in preparation for a large dimension commission in oils. Standing by the pond at the Botanic Garden, observing the movement of the waterlilies opening and eventually closing before I could finish the paintings was a good challenge.
"Victoria Regia" Soft Pastels
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Outeiro da Glória - Sidewalk carpet
Saturday, August 13, 2016
I love this time of the year when the almond trees carpet the sidewalks!
|Outeiro da Gloria|
Soft Pastels on Wallis
Posted bySandra Nunes at 8:06 AM
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
On the Eve of the Olympics Rio 2016, the star of last weekend was the undertow. It was an excellent opportunity to capture once more the hypnotic movement of the waves. The sea is always an inspiration and capturing the dynamic of its movement is a great challenge!
oil on panel
This is a less than one minute video of a beautiful moment of this plein air painting session. Enjoy!
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Plein Air Painting - Europe 2016 - London - Part III
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Russia and the Arts - The Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky
National Portrait Gallery
It is a parade of faces, feelings in a reunion of heroes from the end of the nineteen century till 1914. They are intense, tormented...
|Modest Mussorgsky, 1881 by Ilia Repin|
This masterpiece by Ilya Repin portrays the composer Modest Mussorgsky on his last days is of his life at the age of 42. The painting was commissioned by Pavel Tretyakov, the philanthropist who founded the state gallery, it was painted in a military hospital in St Petersburg.The composer sat for four difficult days in 1881, dying before the planned final sitting. Repin found it the most powerful and poignant commission of his career, donating his fee to a memorial for the composer.
|Mikhail Vrubel, Portrait of N. Zabela Vrubel|
|Fedor Dostoesvsky, 1879 by Vasily Perov|
Nothing I can write here can describe what one feels seeing this masterpiece up close and personal.
Painting the London Bridge
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Plein Air Painting - Europe 2016 - London Part II
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Continuing from my last post, ( you can read it here) I´ll write now about my reencounter with another Great Master:
Nature and Nostalgia
Constable took a long time to achieve recognition. While his work was just as radical as Turner's, it shows none of the latter's constant searching for new subjects. He admired earlier Dutch painters as "a stay at home people, hence, their originality" His work was located in familiar territory beginning with his native Stour Valley between Suffolk and Essex.
|Salisbury Cathedral from river Avon, 1820|
oil on canvas
Some of Constable sketches record individual motifs that reappear in finished paintings while others, provided the basis for entire compositions.
|Sandra Nunes at|
Constable Gallery of studies
Victoria and Albert Museum - London
The largest surviving group of these studies, over ninety works, was given to Victoria & Albert Museum by the artist's daughter. They shed unique light on Constable's working practice and are remarkable for their spontaneity and accuracy.
Time to rest the eye and do my "homework":
In a completely different surrounding than Constable's I went to capture the light and atmosphere of a wet day in London.
When I got to the site, it was only cloudy, but before I could start my work the rain came down. Fortunately there was a bus stop close by and I had shelter for the painting session.
This was one of that experiences that we never forget!
|At the bus stop|
Plein air painting - Euston Road
Next post, an amazing exhibition in the National Portrait Gallery: "Russia and the Arts"
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Labels: Constable, contemporary landscape painting, Euston, impressionism, London, oil on canvas, oil sketches, plein air painting, pochade box, rainy day painting, Sandra Nunes, Turner, Victoria and Albert Museum
Plein Air Painting - Europe 2016 - London Part I
Saturday, July 2, 2016
|Meeting Sargent - Tate Britain Gallery|
|Study for Madame Gatreaux|
J. S. Sargent
|Trees and Skies|
|Goring Mill and Church - JW. Turner|
There´s no preliminary drawing in this unfinished work,
the sky is sufficiently developed o show that the weather
is fine and the war clouds suggest afternoon...
|J. W. Turner|
Sketching in watercolor - Hyde Park
Posted bySandra Nunes at 8:10 AM
Paraty - Festa do Divino
Thursday, May 12, 2016
I´ve been working in the city of Paraty these days. This is a Unesco World Heritage site and it is a painter´s dream! This year the village received us like this: the colonial houses bathed by the May sun and all dressed up in red and white for the traditional "Feast of the Holy Spirit"
|Paraty - Festa do Divino|
oil on canvas 27 x 35 cm
Painting in Paraty
Posted bySandra Nunes at 6:17 PM
São Clemente Street
Thursday, April 28, 2016
The charming district of Botafogo in Rio de Janeiro- Carioca SoHo
|São Clemente Street - Botafogo|
oil on canvas 46x65 cm
Posted bySandra Nunes at 8:03 AM
Marina da Gloria
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Rio de Janeiro is getting ready for the Olympics. Marina da Gloria was completely remodelled for the Nautical games, its amazing, the view is a post card for itself.
The bike easel sometimes takes me to places that are sometimes impossible to reach by car.Why not join two pleasures and work?
Posted bySandra Nunes at 6:11 AM
Afternoon tea - watercolor
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
watercolor on Saunders waterford
Posted bySandra Nunes at 8:16 AM
Painting reminiscences -work in progress... time travel
Thursday, April 7, 2016
During the Olympic Games there will be an exhibition in Rio about the city on the nineteenth and early twentieth century. I was one of the artists invited to tell this visual story. Plein air painting is a good way to travel through time, besides finding old buildings, survivals of a bygone era, being on the site provided me the opportunity to listen to the stories of passersby.I will post t the finished painting later.
Thanks to two passersby who spontaneously took these pictures and sent them to me.
Posted bySandra Nunes at 2:14 PM
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Watercolor on Saunders Waterford paper 300
Posted bySandra Nunes at 2:59 PM
Summer on the Bike Path
Sunday, January 31, 2016
High summer, there is an explosion of Flamboyants in bloom all over the city. The fallen flowers turn the bike path into a yellow/red carpet!
Summer on the Bike Path
Flamboyants in Bloom
oil on canvas
Posted bySandra Nunes at 9:26 PM
From Plein Air Painting to Studio Work
Thursday, December 24, 2015
There is no Greater Master than Nature when learning to paint. Nothing substitutes the observation and constant training of the eyes when facing natural elements.In fact, learning to paint is learning to see and translate our inner vision. Whenever I´m asked why plein air painting I have longer and shorter answers, but I always state that they are completely different ways of working.
Recently I finished in the studio the painting I´m posting now. It is a very large work for plein air!
I had already done smaller works with this theme, but for this one I started with compositional studies on the site and brought them to the studio to be developed into the final painting.
|Victoria Regia - The Star of the Waters|
oil on canvas 180 x 80 cm
By now, Happy Holidays!
I wish you a Happy and Blessed New Year!
Posted bySandra Nunes at 8:33 AM
Art and Traveling - part III
Friday, November 20, 2015
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!
|Sandra Nunes painting from the porch|
Canal San Martin, Paris
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Art and Traveling - part II
Saturday, November 7, 2015
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|
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.
Cobra Solvent Free oil on panel
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.
Painting in Honfleur
Painting in Honfleur
Read Part one here
To be continued...
Posted bySandra Nunes at 9:27 PM
Art and Traveling
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
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.
|The Night Watch|
Rembrandt at Rijksmuseum
The Banquet of the Officers of Saint George Militia
|Studying the Master of brushstrokes at Frans Hals Museum - Haarlem|
|Plein Air painting in Amsterdam - Leidseplein|
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Spring is here- Sunflowers
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
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.
Posted bySandra Nunes at 2:59 PM
Urca - Nomand Castle
Thursday, September 17, 2015
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
oil on canvas 54 x 73 cm
Posted bySandra Nunes at 3:07 PM
Santa Teresa - Almirante Alexandino Street
Saturday, August 29, 2015
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
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