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The making of "the street guitarist" Oil painting by Dominique Amendola
The street guitarist
I like to take shots of people in the street and this guitarist was playing in California, trying
 his best to look and sound like Bob Dylan. That afternoon, he was sitting in front of a wall
with his guitare case opened. I decided to make a painting of him. Again, this is a quick 
painting, executed in a day, spontaneous, Alla Prima. I first created a color sketch. The
 dominante color was going to be pale yellow akin to the sun light; a cool morning sun, while
 the musician's face of a ruddy complexion, shows how much time he spends outdoors. 
Music is always a winning subject matter and since I had created a previous painting with 
musicians, this one was also going to keep in the same mood. The style being 
impressionistic, I gave myself three hours to finish the actual 8" x 10 "painting. 
If you click on the image, you'll get a larger view.

You can see that this is executed boldly with thick paint, quickly. 

I paint from the life model once a week, and this is important to understand how to paint from a photo or from imagination. There is the understanding of the different planes and what makes a volume. And there is the understanding of the correct colors applied rapidly without much preparation. Therefore, the painting comes out more spontaneously.

                                                    

I framed this painting in a very classical frame, especially suited for impressionism. At the Orsay museum in Paris, a whole floor is dedicated to the impressionists. The frames used are varied but the above type of frame is the most common. Below you can see one of Renoir's beautiful still life framed in this frame genre. 

                                                                          Renoir, Onions, 1881

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The making of 'Musicians practicing on the doorstep' oil painting by Dominique Amendola
Musicians practicing on the doorstep

'Musicians practicing on the doorstep' is a small painting painted on canvas. I was inspired to paint those two musicians by hearing their music. The beauty of the instruments was particularly inspiring. The cello especially is beautiful and noble.

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Having a physical space to create paintings is very important. The place should be big enough not to collapse into different easels. I like to work on several paintings side by side_up to three. And a high ceiling is conducive to higher thinking. When I started my small paintings, I already had many years of painting large compositions on canvas, in a very classical fashion. 
I wanted to produce some more affordable art in a quick style, mostly called 'Alla prima' which is painting in one jet, one coat and no glazes. I was used to underpainting and many preparatory sketches. Here I am just painting quickly, trying to finishing a piece in a day or two. 

'Musicians practicing on the doorstep'  focuses more on the instruments than the figures. But again, here I pay particular attention to the composition:

                                                    

Lots of vertical and horizontal lines giving a sense of stability. A sense of depth created by the steps and the dark door opening. Barely any colors except in the instruments and the blue shadows. 

The above mentioned painting is framed in black:

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The making of 'The Bathers', oil on wood by Dominique Amendola
The bathers

'The Bathers' is a small painting painted on wood. However, that same painting was commissioned in a longer and larger format by an art collector from Switzerland. You can see that other version below:

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'The Bathers' is an entire painting based on colors, brush strokes and composition. The first version (the version we are discussing now) is quite impressionistic in its execution. 

The brush strokes are strong using raw colors. Those juxtaposed strokes of colors give an impression of realism, but if you analyze it, it is not very realistic. 

                                                    
                                                                    Detail view 1

                                                                     Detail view 2

                                                                     

                 
                                                                       Detail view 3

In my youth, I visited many exhibitions in Paris and went to the Louvre museum countless times. I have some of the famous paintings imprinted in my psyche. I really think this little painting's composition was inspired by The Raft of the Méduse by Theodore Gericault'. (I saw that masterpiece many times at the Louvre.)

                                               The Raft of the Méduse by Theodore Gericault'

The above mentioned painting is evidently painted in a very different style, but the composition contains some similarities:

Notice how many horizontal lines give a sense of calm and peace and the triangular compositions give a sense of stability.

Fortunately this artwork depicts some happy bathers, not a party of shipwrecked people on a raft. It is executed quickly and cannot compare to a classical painting. The intention here was to convey a group of friends having a great time on a hot afternoon in a contemporary impressionist style. 

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Oil paintings executed in nature, with or without people, and beautiful color images, sometimes executed outdoors or in the studio. Some compositions are horizontal or vertical. Some pictures have beautiful skies with sunsets or blue horizons. Some paintings represent flowers, some water, some are green with grass and trees. Some will take you to exotic travel destinations, such as India.This is art. Figurative realism by contemporary artist Dominique Amendola : figures painting, landscapes painting and spiritual art, artwork for sale. Oil paintings for sale online. Virtual Art Gallery realism, figurative, landscape, spiritual art, by contemporary artist Dominique Amendola. Collection of figurative contemporary - Women - canvas oil paintings, acrylic paintings, pastel drawings. Oil painting on canvas, original paintings art. Artwork by Dominique Amendola for sale. Oil painting on canvas. Original paintings art for sale by Dominique Amendola
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The making of "Farmers Market", a small oil painting created in France by Dominique Amendola
Farmer's market- Selling vegetables

I was born in France and I often go visit. I love going to the market and see all the wild animation there. This painting was created in winter. Everyone is wearing a coat or a jacket. 
When I create a painting with many figures, I don't just take a photo and paint it. No. I create a painting with what I decide will work, with many sketches if necessary. 
In this case the painting is small and quick. Those small painting will take a day or two to paint. 
Now, about the quickness of creation: it make take a few days for me now, but it took me years of studies and practice to get there.
However, even for this small painting I produced a few sketches. 

There are many details which are important in this piece. The man in yellow jacket is fumbling for his change, while his companion is looking at this anxiously. 

                                         If you click on the image, you'll get a larger view.

I like to paint people subtle emotions. I do that a lot in my paintings. This is what gives life to them.

Again, in this painting, I am focusing on the foreground, the action, with my colors. The rest is painted in nondescript grays. Note also that the yellow jacket has its complementary purple/violet in the man with the purple jacket.

The vegetables play a part as well. See how the pumpkins and lettuce in a bag are painted realistically, while the lettuces and potatoes in the foreground are not paid much attention. Again it is a matter of getting the eyes to focus on what I desire.

Again this artwork is carefully composed. See the diagram below:

You could say that being trained in some of the greatest art schools in Paris, my approach is classical, even for small paintings.

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Oil paintings executed in nature, with or without people, and beautiful color images, sometimes executed outdoors or in the studio. Some compositions are horizontal or vertical. Some pictures have beautiful skies with sunsets or blue horizons. Some paintings represent flowers, some water, some are green with grass and trees. Some will take you to exotic travel destinations, such as India.This is art. Figurative realism by contemporary artist Dominique Amendola : figures painting, landscapes painting and spiritual art, artwork for sale. Oil paintings for sale online. Virtual Art Gallery realism, figurative, landscape, spiritual art, by contemporary artist Dominique Amendola. Collection of figurative contemporary - Women - canvas oil paintings, acrylic paintings, pastel drawings. Oil painting on canvas, original paintings art. Artwork by Dominique Amendola for sale. Oil painting on canvas. Original paintings art for sale by Dominique Amendola
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The making of a small painting : "Lovers leaning against a bicycle", oil on canvas by dominique Amendola

                                                      Lovers leaning against a bicycle

The birds are singing, the bare trees are just burgeoning, it's spring! And is spring not the time for young lovers? In this painting as with "Lovers eating a snack", I did not want details. Rather I was looking for a contemporary impressionist look. I wanted to convey the simplicity of a young couple who meets in nature. Please have a look at the girl's expression, even so she is painted with no details:

Her face denotes a sense of profound satisfaction and security.

The painting is very busy with gray shadows from the bicycle and gray shapes for the trees in the background. However, the vertical line of the road sign and the horizontal ( not fully horizontal but slightly diagonal) of the bicycle handlebars, keeps us focused on the lovers and ground us.

Horizontal lines suggest a feeling of rest or repose because objects parallel to the earth are at rest.
Horizontal and vertical lines used in combination communicate stability and solidity.

In contrast, the feet of the couple express a candid expression of vulnerability and innocence.

See the following diagram:

The two major colors are complementary (green and orange) with blue as a key note.

The couple stands stable (expressed by their verticality), however, their vulnerability is expressed here too. Aren't they leaning against a bicycle after all? How stable is that?

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Oil paintings executed in nature, with or without people, and beautiful color images, sometimes executed outdoors or in the studio. Some compositions are horizontal or vertical. Some pictures have beautiful skies with sunsets or blue horizons. Some paintings represent flowers, some water, some are green with grass and trees. Some will take you to exotic travel destinations, such as India.This is art. Figurative realism by contemporary artist Dominique Amendola : figures painting, landscapes painting and spiritual art, artwork for sale. Oil paintings for sale online. Virtual Art Gallery realism, figurative, landscape, spiritual art, by contemporary artist Dominique Amendola. Collection of figurative contemporary - Women - canvas oil paintings, acrylic paintings, pastel drawings. Oil painting on canvas, original paintings art. Artwork by Dominique Amendola for sale. Oil painting on canvas. Original paintings art for sale by Dominique Amendola
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The making of a small oil painting on wood panel: "Couple eating a snack" by Dominique Amendola

I began with the wood panel support, made of birch plywood of the best quality. I sanded and primed the panel 3, 4 times. Every time a new coat of primer was applied I carefully sanded it. To paint on those wood panels is a pleasure: the brush glides on the surface and allows very fine brush strokes, unlike canvas, which is a bit rougher. There are many different types of canvases, from portrait (very fine) to rough. There is cotton canvas, linen canvas, and even synthetic cloth canvas. Anyway, if the consideration of weigh when shipping a painting was not a problem I would always prefer painting on wood, because the brush just glides on the surface and very fine details come out superbly.
With this painting, I did not want details, however, rather I was looking for a contemporary impressionist look.

Please see the brush strokes in this detail view:

Also, my idea was to have the viewer focus on the figures rather than the background. I therefore kept all surrounding elements monochrome and used colors only on the figures and bench. I also believe in "key notes" in my artwork. These "key notes" are usually two colors contrasting and one color being the "key". It is more or less what is called a split complementary color scheme as shown below:

As you can see I used purple( the girl's shirt) and orange ( the bench) contrasting with green (the girl's pants).
The composition is also very elaborate: The girl's leg being a diagonal is inviting us inside the picture, while the boy's legs stops the eye from going out of the picture. As we learn in Social Media, not to take people out of a website by using a link directing them to another website and therefore distracting their attention, similarly, the artist always endeavors to keep the viewer's eye riveted to the  artwork. See compositional diagram below:
However, the most important thing in a painting is the emotion and no technique or tricks can replace the emotion conveyed in an artwork. 
In this painting, I felt the peaceful attitude of this couple, satisfied to take a break on a bench near a store front and this is what I desired to impart to the viewer.
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Oil paintings executed in nature, with or without people, and beautiful color images, sometimes executed outdoors or in the studio. Some compositions are horizontal or vertical. Some pictures have beautiful skies with sunsets or blue horizons. Some paintings represent flowers, some water, some are green with grass and trees. Some will take you to exotic travel destinations, such as India.This is art. Figurative realism by contemporary artist Dominique Amendola : figures painting, landscapes painting and spiritual art, artwork for sale. Oil paintings for sale online. Virtual Art Gallery realism, figurative, landscape, spiritual art, by contemporary artist Dominique Amendola. Collection of figurative contemporary - Women - canvas oil paintings, acrylic paintings, pastel drawings. Oil painting on canvas, original paintings art. Artwork by Dominique Amendola for sale. Oil painting on canvas. Original paintings art for sale by Dominique Amendola
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Village Scene in India

This painting is under strict copyright to Dominique Amendola and may not be reproduced in any form. 
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Copyrighted 2015 to Dominique Amendola. All rights reserved.
This is a painting measuring 24"x 36"
This painting was a commissioned painting and is now sold
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  Detail view 1

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Detail view 2
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 24" x 36"
This is a commissioned painting where many figures are involved, creating a typical idyllic village scene in South India. It is a lush place, with water, grass, school girls coming home, smiling girls carrying water pots on their heads, children playing on bicycles, goats, and bullock cart. Everyone is relaxed and living happily side by side. 

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Oil paintings executed in nature, with or without people, and beautiful color images, sometimes executed outdoors or in the studio. Some compositions are horizontal or vertical. Some pictures have beautiful skies with sunsets or blue horizons. Some paintings represent flowers, some water, some are green with grass and trees. Some will take you to exotic travel destinations, such as India.This is art. Figurative realism by contemporary artist Dominique Amendola : figures painting, landscapes painting and spiritual art, artwork for sale. Oil paintings for sale online. Virtual Art Gallery realism, figurative, landscape, spiritual art, by contemporary artist Dominique Amendola. Collection of figurative contemporary - Women - canvas oil paintings, acrylic paintings, pastel drawings. Oil painting on canvas, original paintings art. Artwork by Dominique Amendola for sale. Oil painting on canvas. Original paintings art for sale by Dominique Amendola
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Indian girl near the waterlilies, oil painting by dominique Amendola

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This is a painting measuring 24"x 31"
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                                                                     Detail view 1
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Detail view 2
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 24" x 36"
A beautiful girl is advancing her hand to pick a waterlily from the pond. This painting is colorful, painted in India, in contemporary realism on a stretch canvas.
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Oil paintings executed in nature, with or without people, and beautiful color images, sometimes executed outdoors or in the studio. Some compositions are horizontal or vertical. Some pictures have beautiful skies with sunsets or blue horizons. Some paintings represent flowers, some water, some are green with grass and trees. Some will take you to exotic travel destinations, such as India.This is art. Figurative realism by contemporary artist Dominique Amendola : figures painting, landscapes painting and spiritual art, artwork for sale. Oil paintings for sale online. Virtual Art Gallery realism, figurative, landscape, spiritual art, by contemporary artist Dominique Amendola. Collection of figurative contemporary - Women - canvas oil paintings, acrylic paintings, pastel drawings. Oil painting on canvas, original paintings art. Artwork by Dominique Amendola for sale. Oil painting on canvas. Original paintings art for sale by Dominique Amendola
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Blowing bubbles at the cafe terrace, oil painting by Dominique Amendola, Nice, France, street scene.

This painting is under strict copyright to Dominique Amendola and may not be reproduced in any form. 
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This is a painting measuring 24" x 36"
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Detail view 1

Detail view 2
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Copyrighted 2014 to Dominique Amendola. All rights reserved.
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 24" x 36"
A cafe scene with an eccentric blowing bubbles towards some pretty girls walking on the side walk. A crowd is engaged at the terrace in drinking, eating and talking. This cafe can be found in Nice, France.
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Oil paintings executed in nature, with or without people, and beautiful color images, sometimes executed outdoors or in the studio. Some compositions are horizontal or vertical. Some pictures have beautiful skies with sunsets or blue horizons. Some paintings represent flowers, some water, some are green with grass and trees. Some will take you to exotic travel destinations, such as India.This is art. Figurative realism by contemporary artist Dominique Amendola : figures painting, landscapes painting and spiritual art, artwork for sale. Oil paintings for sale online. Virtual Art Gallery realism, figurative, landscape, spiritual art, by contemporary artist Dominique Amendola. Collection of figurative contemporary - Women - canvas oil paintings, acrylic paintings, pastel drawings. Oil painting on canvas, original paintings art. Artwork by Dominique Amendola for sale. Oil painting on canvas. Original paintings art for sale by Dominique Amendola
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Carriero Du Pourtegue, oil painting by Dominique Amendola, France, Provence, street, scene.

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This is a painting measuring 24" x 36"
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Detail view 1
Detail view 2
Copyrighted 2014 to Dominique Amendola. All rights reserved.
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 24" x 36"
Carriero Du Pourtegue, is the name of a village in Provence, France, also called Carros. This is painted on location, in Summer in the old village. Carros is a very old commune with a lot of charm. In this painting some older resident of the village is calmly descending the street with his basket. 
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Oil paintings executed in nature, with or without people, and beautiful color images, sometimes executed outdoors or in the studio. Some compositions are horizontal or vertical. Some pictures have beautiful skies with sunsets or blue horizons. Some paintings represent flowers, some water, some are green with grass and trees. Some will take you to exotic travel destinations, such as India.This is art. Figurative realism by contemporary artist Dominique Amendola : figures painting, landscapes painting and spiritual art, artwork for sale. Oil paintings for sale online. Virtual Art Gallery realism, figurative, landscape, spiritual art, by contemporary artist Dominique Amendola. Collection of figurative contemporary - Women - canvas oil paintings, acrylic paintings, pastel drawings. Oil painting on canvas, original paintings art. Artwork by Dominique Amendola for sale. Oil painting on canvas. Original paintings art for sale by Dominique Amendola
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