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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