6th WORLDWIDE PAINT OUT - Rio de Janeiro 2008

6th Wordwide Paint Out - Rio de Janeiro 2008

The event this year in Brazil was different from the past ones. This time I´ve decided to invite all plein air painters groups and individual artists from Rio de Janeiro and neighbor cities for the 6th Worldwide Paint Out broadcasting in a web art community and the response was great. I was surprised by the level of engagement of all involved. Not only nearby cities but other states decided to register with IPAP(International Plein Air Painters), like São Paulo with three groups. We had even artists on their own from North and Northeast of Brazil, painting these days and sending us the photos and reporting their experience.

A According to the weather forecast there was 80 % possibility of raining. The place we had chosen was Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, a beautiful spot to paint plein air, but no shelter available in case of an incoming shower. Rodrigo de Freitas , one of the most beautiful sceneries in the city is preserved by National Patrimony and it portrays a rich ecosystem; it is known as the heart of Rio de Janeiro- for it is heart shaped- , embraced by Corcovado and Christ the redeemer (elected one of the seven modern wonders of the world).

It is surrounded by parks, roller skating ring, a heliport, and jogging /bicycle paths, besides several multi sport courts. On Sundays and holidays, paddleboats offer visitors a unique view of the forest covered mountains framing the loveliest lake in Rio.

Fortunately it was a sunny just a bit hazy morning and the forecast didn´t prove right. Artists started to come at 8.00am some in small groups, with their easels and canvas willing to find a good spot to compose their paintings.

Our meeting in Rio de Janeiro was amazing, the most talented artists came from distant places, and some travelled up to 200 km to be with us.

What a pleinair painter can´t do for a good composition?
Few inches backwards and we would have to rescue a painter from the lake...

Others found a nice spot under a tree...
The interaction with the public:
Observe the perfect handling of the brush:

And expressive brushstroke!

Plein air Painters new generation coming...
Canvas and eseals: Perfect integration with the scene...

It was not a competition, there were no prizes involved and the willingness of being there was evident in each participant´s face. There was an atmosphere of camaraderie. Some of them were virtual friends or were introduced just at that moment. Others, long time brush companions, hadn´t met for years.

Receiving a very important guest:
The Brazilian Contemporary Master Lydio Bandeira de Melo (In blue shirt)

Who didn´t save efforts to go to easel from ease...
Making remarks with the authority of his almost 70 years of artistic life.... João was really trying to focus and paint...

Time for the official photo:

I was trying to gather the artists .
Almost got it . There are some missing...But I could not locate them
Sitting: Yeda, Afonso Carlos, Arimatéia,Pedro, Yvone Paloschi,Arlindo, Patricia Newman, Alencar, Mária Perroni, Caiado, Sol Vilas Boas, Júlia Smith,Lício Maia Davi, Jeanne Rouvier, Eriberto Almeida, Charlene Moreira , Rafael, Zito, Sidney Lacé

Standing: Claudite,Leonídia, João, Juan Cuenca,Vera Braga, Alexander A., Angela, Alexander A., ângela Chefer, Cândida Ferreira,Solange, Lú, Sousa , Sandra Nunes, Eli Epstein, Ana Moura, Reynaldo Caó, Dyandreia Valverde,Gilson de Souza, Oliveira Celso ,Flora, Ignez Rodrigues,Thiago, Silvânia Paraíso,Augusto Marques,Virgílio Dias

Bandeira de Mello arrives and of course another picture has to be taken
We see some late comers in this one but there are still a lot missing here...

sitting: Reynaldo Caó,Sidney Lacé,Yeda Arouche, Julia Smith,Sol Vilas Boas,Pedro da Costa,Patricia Newman,Arlindo,Marcia Perroni

standing: Charlene,Rafael, Oliveira Celso, Thiago, Zenaide, Dyandreia Valverde,Gilson de souza,Lício Maia,Ana Moura, André, Cristina Bicalho, Rudson, Rita ,Lúcia, Souza Rodrigues,..., Bandeira de Mello, Sandra Nunes, Virgilio Dias, Carlos Lacek,Solange, Cândida,Leonídia, João Barcelos, Arimatéia.Sandro Nolding, Zito

As a hostess of this event, I guessed I wouldn´t have much time to paint, so I decided to take my pochade box and do a small sketch. I couldn´t imagine that it would be almost impossible to use it.
Just after most of artists had already finished their works I could open my box and get my brushes to work.

Am I alone? Can I stop talking?

not yet.

We know that the artist´s life can be lonesome and the International Paint Out promoted by IPAP provided a wonderful opportunity to share experiences and thoughts. Great names of artistic scene answered the call; it was a feast for the eyes to watch them working together, united by the love of plein air painting.

The Worldwide Pain Out - Other Brazilian States

Thanks and Congratulation to the artists who immediatelly accepted the invitation and organized the meeting at their places, promoting Plein Air Painting:

São Gonçalo- Organized by Encontro com a Paisagem
São Paulo Capital 1- Organized by Cíntia Midori
São Paulo Capital 2 - Organizado pelo Grupo Umapaz - Maricy
Peruibe -Organized by Paula
Maceió -Organized by Paulo de Tarso
Belém -Organized by Heloísa
Espírito Santo- Jorge Magalhaes
Minas Gerais - Mário

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Posted bySandra Nunes at 8:06 PM  


Michael Chesley Johnson, Artist / Writer said... September 12, 2008 at 11:40 AM  

Wow, Sandra! You did a great job of documenting what looks like was a very fun time! I enjoyed seeing all the photos.

Most people seemed to be painting in a large format. Is that typical among outdoor painters in Brazil?

Sandra Nunes said... September 12, 2008 at 12:13 PM  

Hi Michel,
Thanks Michael. Yes, I´ve worked a lot before during and after this event. You can´t imagine how difficult it was to select the photos, I have lots of it! Sure I´m still exhausted but I enjoyed it and everybody had a great time.
As you very well observed,plein air painting in large formats are typical here. An usual question public asks when you are painting with small pochade boxes is:"Your painting is beautiful! Are you going to enlarge it later?"

Anonymous said... September 16, 2008 at 4:32 PM  

Parabéns pela linda reportagem! Adorei o texto, e as fotos!
Espero que este evento motive mais e mais!

Congratulations! The text and the pictures is very beautiful!

Cintia Midori

Sandra Nunes said... September 16, 2008 at 6:22 PM  

Obrigada, sua participação em São Paulo foi excepcional!
Congratulations for your effort in São Paulo. It was wonderful to see your participation during the three days of the event.

Karl Marxhausen said... December 5, 2009 at 5:29 PM  

I very much appreciate seeing some many folks outdoors painting. Your collection of photos of fellow artists...bring joy to my heart.

Sandra Nunes said... December 5, 2009 at 6:52 PM  

Hi Karl,
I feel the same!

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