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
Posted bySandra Nunes at 1:43 PM
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|
Posted bySandra Nunes at 6:15 PM
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
Posted bySandra Nunes at 8:16 PM
Arte de Portas Abertas - Santa Teresa Open Studios
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Thanks everyone who attended my show at Centro Cultural Laurinda Santos Lobo this weekend. It was great meeting old friends and making new ones!
The show runs til August 30th from Tuesday to Sunday - from 10 am to 05:00 pm
If you happen to be in Rio at this time, stop by!
|Arte de Portas Abertas|
Arte de Portas AbertasCentro Cultural Laurinda Santos Lobo
Posted bySandra Nunes at 1:44 PM
Vitória Regia, Star of the Waters
Friday, May 22, 2015
There´s a Tupi Guarani legend which tells that whenever the moon hid itself behind
the horizon, it took its favorite maiden to live in the sky. If the moon fell in love with a girl, the
girl would turn into a star. Naia, daughter of an Indian chief and
princess of the tribe, was impressed with the story. Then at night when
everyone was asleep , she climbed the hills chasing for the moon in the hope that
it would see her.But
the moon did not seem to notice her and couldn´t hear her sobs of sadness in the
distance. One night, Naia saw in the clear waters of a lake the shape of the
moon. The poor girl, imagining that the moon had come to pick her up, threw
herself into the deep waters of the lake and was never seen again.
Posted bySandra Nunes at 8:23 AM
High Summer - Flamboyant in Bloom
Monday, February 9, 2015
Along with the unbearable heat, summer comes exploding in color with the lush blooming of Flamboyants all over the city!
These trees have been calling me to paint for some time now, and soft pastels seemed to be the right choice to make justice to these flowers vibrant colors bathed by the sun.
High Summer - Flamboyant in Bloom
soft pastels 35 x 61 cm
Posted bySandra Nunes at 8:28 PM
Kandinsky: Everything starts from a dot.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
On view at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil Kandinsky: "Everything starts from a dot."
This show brings to Rio de Janeiro works from the artist who is considered the pioneer of abstract art. Most of the works were selected from the collection of the State Museum in St Petersburg. On display alongside works by his contemporaries and by artists who influenced him, the exhibition is a great opportunity for understanding how his art evolved from figurative to abstract.
Kandinsky and Plein Air Painting
Like the French master, Kandinsky worked in Plein Air(outdoors), sometimes panting the same scene over the changing seasons.
|Wassily Kandinsky Saint George 1911|
oil on canvas
|Kandinsky and Arnold Schönberg letters|
|Wassily Kandinsky - On White 1920|
oil on canvas
Posted bySandra Nunes at 3:29 PM