Ilha Grande - First Impressions

The First Brazilian Landscape Painters meeting was held in Ilha Grande. It was a wonderful paint out weekend! The island is the Garden of Eden, nature is well preserved there.

The first morning I dedicated to trekking, walking around, getting my eyes used to that explosion of color, feeling the mixed smell of flowers, sea, trees...
In the afternoon we had a change of weather, even so I decided to open my pochade box right on the bridge that leads to Black Beach (Praia Preta). I was so excited with all that beauty that I didn´t notice the rain coming. As a result, I had to close everything quickly and go back to the hotel under a tropical storm. Of course I got soaked to the bones! But it was worth.

                                      Ilha Grande- first impressions- Sandra Nunes- oil on panel 16x22cm

On the next day  while the island was still sleeping the beach in front of the hotel called me,

lha Grande - Abraão Beach- sandra nunes - oil on panel

Later, I went to Praia Preta (Black Beach) with the group  . What to paint? The amazing beach with its monazitic black  sand or the luxurious forest?
 So many options for plein air painting! I went for a backlit scene:

                                                      Ilha Grande -Under the Black Beach Bridge - Sandra Nunes- oil on panel

At night it was scheduled a nocturne painting for the group but the light went off in the Island, so we did a very quick painting from a model in front of the hotel taking advantage of their energy  generator. We had  really a very short time so I went for a"oil wash". I regret we didn´t have more time as the model was excellent!

Painting the figure from life in plein air

Sunday, the last day!

Early morning I went to the pier as I wanted to observe the view of the Island from the sea. This one had to be also very quick  as the employees advised me that as soon as the boats started to come I had to leave, because it was dangerous staying where I was standing. Some friends from Sao Paulo took these photos of me from their boats when they where leaving the Island.

                                         Ilha Grande From the Pier - Sandra Nunes - oil on panel

I was eager to paint a scene in  Abraão Village, so to finish my adventure in Ilha Grande ...

                                         Ilha Grande, Abraão Village - Sandra Nunes - oil on panel 16x22 cm

These sketches and others will be developed into larger paintings in the studio and will be available for your collection soon, if you are interested on the theme,please contact me by email

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Forte de Gragoata

Art Competition Award.
My work "Forte de Gragoata" was awarded acquisition prize at Forte de Copacabana Art Competition

Forte de Gragoatá -sandra nunes- oil on canvas 70 x 100cm

The creative Process:
The theme for the competition was "Forts and Fortress in Brazil and around the World"
I decided to focus my research in Rio de Janeiro state area as I wanted to work from the natural, not from photographs.
My choice was Forte de São Domingos de Gragoatá that is located on a rocky promontory in the bucolic district of Gragoatá in Niterói


work in progress

Awards Cerimony

                                Receiving the certificate from the Director of Copacabana Fort Historic Museum .

Signing the work that is now part of the collection of Copacabana Fort Museum

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