Carnival in Rio

Casal se beijando. Ele é um homem branco com uma roupa azul com paetês e ela é uma mulher negra, de cabelos loiros e coloridos, usando uma roupa dourada e vermelha com paetês e glitter no rosto.

The Carnival in Rio represents everything that I love the most in the city: people on the streets, party, detachment. In one word: joy.

Couple kissing. He's a white man and she's a black girl with very colored curly hair. They are both wearing sparkling clothesMy friend Amanda Jordão, is a Netflix screenwriter and has a beautiful way of looking to the world. She takes amazing photos from the Carnival in Rio and I have always admired them. I was wondering which would be my next painting when I thought: "why not painting one of Amanda's photos?".

I took a look at her Instagram profile and right away I saw the photo of this couple kissing. I thought" that's it! I have to paint them!". I asked Amanda if I could paint her photo and quickly she said yer. I got really happy, because in my point of view that image represents a lot the Carnival in Rio, since it shows cool and easygoing people who are enjoying that momemt.

Creative Process

It was the first time that I painted two people with different skin colors, but specially it was the first time that I was painting a white and a black person, even that her skin tone is lighter than other black people's skin tone. It took me a long time to paint their skin and I thought it would take me longer to paint her hair, since it has a lot of different colors and a new texture for me. His beard was another challenge because it is sparse on the photo and I had to change it many times until I got an ok result - I'm very critical with my artwork. I can finish painting, but it doesn't mean that I think it's 100% good.

I do oil painting, which usually takes longer to dry, but I use a medium that makes it dry faster. I used the colors Ochre Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Red, Magenta, Burnt Umber, Titanium White and Ivory Black from Winsor & Newton.

I think about creating more artwork to represent the Carnival in Rio. Although I painted the Yemanja piece represented by the dancer Geórgia Santos, from Portela, the screen was more religious than related to the Carnival (I'm still going to write a post about this piece), so I still need to think about what and how to do, since I need a mental organization to decide my next steps. Right now I'm focused in creating a series of endangered Brazilian animals and you can see some of them in my portfolio's link

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