Largo das Neves, Santa Teresa

Where the tram turns around

Surrounded by beautiful small two store buildings from 19th century, this Santa Teresa´s bucolic square often acts as scenario for movies and commercial ads. I set up my painting gear in front of the old church and started my composition.
The tram had already its place reserved on my canvas, it was just a matter of time and it would come to model for me. When it started its run my work was already structured and little by little the lazy Sunday morning started to wake up; locals and tourists heading the center of the square called my attention, from far away it could be heard the sound of berimbau (Brazilian musical instrument). People started to gather and I heard from a passerby that a Brazilian Capoeira show would start in some minutes.For a short period of time I was undecided, should I watch the show or should I go on with my painting? This sort of game, fight, dance is really amazing the players literally fly!
The unexpected crowd jumped into my canvas in quick brushstrokes. I had made my mind for the painting. When I finally could close my easel, the show was about to come to its end.

Largo das Neves, Santa Teresa –oil on linen 60x80cm – Sandra Nunes

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Posted bySandra Nunes at 10:27 AM  


Candy Barr said... March 28, 2009 at 10:25 PM  

I can hear the trolley fade away and the berimba music playing... How lovely to hear your story with the scene!

Sandra Nunes said... March 28, 2009 at 10:54 PM  

Hi Candy,
These plein air moments are generally so rich that it is a pleasure to share!
Thanks for stopping by!

Jeffery said... August 3, 2009 at 8:55 PM  

Very nice work of a place close to my heart. I lived on Rua Progresso and spent many hours looking out on Largo des Neves from my friend's bar on the corner. Sadly Maca d'Ouro is gone but sempre tenho saudade do Santa Teresa. How I loved to ride the Bonde!

Sandra Nunes said... August 4, 2009 at 5:35 AM  

Hi Jeff,
I´m glad I could bring you nice recollections. Santa Teresa is really an unforgettable place.
Thanks for stopping by!

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