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Aspremont Village In Provence

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This is a painting measuring 24" x 36"
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Medium: Oil on fine canvas
Size: 24" x 36"
Original oil painting of a street scene in an old village in provence, north of Nice. Aspremont is a picturesque perched village with the houses tightly circled around the hill in concentric circles, and even the gardens and orchards are ringed around the lower part of the hill in circular terraces. This particular view is from the medieval village : Villevieille. 
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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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Dominique Amendola-California, US, French Classical realism and impressionism figures and landscapes painter

On the easel_A painting in progress 3
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                            Painting commissioned for a book cover: The Brahma-Samhita
Now I start developing the painting by applying a general coat of glazed colors all over the canvas. Again I am using my wet in wet technique: I dip a large flat brush into my slow drying medium ( my home made Maroger medium in the Titian tradition made with black oil and wax), and into that wet area, I apply colors with my fast drying medium. The wet area will remain workable for many hours and this allows very fluid brush strokes. 
I am working Krishna's figure as well as the lotus flower, leaving the figure of Brahma untouched for now. I get into more details such as the jewelry, the shadows, modeling in general. The right side of Krishna's figure is more developed than the left and you can see the difference. The details will be be worked until I am satisfied, then the figure of Brahma will emerge forward and become more prominent, after I start working on it as well. 
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Color application stage
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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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On the easel_A painting in progress 2
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                            Painting commissioned for a book cover: The Brahma-Samhita
I have developed the underpainting so colors can soon be applied.
I have gone back to use both my mediums, one slow drying, the other fast drying. This way I can easily paint wet in wet. I apply either a transparent glaze of the slow drying medium or a glaze loaded with raw umber, and work the details into this with my fast drying medium. I use life models as much as possible for the figures. For the figure of Brahma I have 2 different models. One is great for the body shape, the other for the face. It is not always easy to find someone absolutely fitting the bill.
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Underpainting stage
I like to start with an underpainting. There are many ways to do such an underpainting in preparation for future glazes. This underpainting is mostly using raw umber and lead white.
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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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On the easel_A painting in progress

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Sketch for a book cover: The Brahma-Samhita
I was just commissioned a medium size painting which will be illustrating a book and also will adorn the walls of an ashram. 
I always first make a sketch with as much details as possible, then I produce a full color sketch, so I do not flounder with my colors. Those sketches take time, but ensure a very smooth production of a large canvas. This time my canvas is 24" x 31", not a huge piece but since there are only two figures represented here they will be quite large.
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Underpainting stage
I like to start with an underpainting. There are many ways to do such an underpainting in preparation for future glazes. This underpainting is mostly using raw umber and lead white.
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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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India Street Scene 4, oil painting, rural landscape, street scene by Dominique Amendola

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
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Detail view 2
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Detail view 3
Medium: Oil on fine canvas
Size: 24" x 36"
Original Oil Painting of a typical street scene in Bangalore, India. Notice the light permeating everything and the colorful dresses, rickshaws and trucks. This is the second version of this street scene. In this version I concentrated on the light and putting in more details. 
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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 creek, oil painting, landscape painting, by Dominique Amendola

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
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Detail view 2
Medium: Oil on fine canvas
Size: 24" x 36"
Original Oil Painting of a wild body of water crossing the forest in Mexico near Tanchachin, San Luis Potosi.  This area host some of the world most spectacular landscapes. The rivers and creeks have a greenish hue due to the minerals at the bottom of their bed. Here bright foliage and clear air provide a breath-taking view. A place of both scenic and personal reflections. 
wild, tree, forest, river, wet, landscape, creek, beautiful, water, nature, stream, background
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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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Portrait of a young Indian man, oil painting, portrait, figures painting, by Dominique Amendola

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This is a painting measuring 20" x 24"
This portrait is sold.
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Detail view 1
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Medium: 
Oil on fine canvas
Size: 
20" x 24"

This is a portrait executed from life in a few hours. This young man is a Pujari priest wearing the traditional cloth for doing his worship, shirts not being allowed for 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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Bathing in the holy river 3, oil painting, figures painting, contemporary art by Dominique Amendola

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Copyrighted 2013 to Dominique Amendola. All rights reserved.
This is a painting measuring 24" x 36"
price including shipping via Fedex is $1600.00
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Detail view 
Medium: 
Oil on fine canvas
Size: 
24" x 36"

Three figures are bathing in the river. The horizon is unlimited, the sun is rising, and the waters of the Ganges are peaceful. This ritual has been performed for millenniums in India, as the Ganges waters which have antiseptic properties are said to be purifying for the soul. In a colorful landscape of warm tones from the sun, the river is reflecting the sky. This painting has been created in a contemporary impressionist style on a fine museum quality 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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Mother Teresa holding a child, oil painting, portrait by Dominique Amendola

This painting is under strict copyright to Dominique Amendola and may not be reproduced in any form. 
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Copyrighted 2013 to Dominique Amendola. All rights reserved.
This is a painting measuring 20" x 24"
price including shipping via Fedex is $1600.00
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Detail view 
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Size: 
20" x 24"

Portrait of Mother Teresa holding a child. 
Mother Teresa was the founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic congregation of women dedicated to helping the poor. 
This woman blessed, opened a mission, fought poverty, won the Nobel price, always wearing her sari, a devoute catholic.
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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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Improving your painting technique by copying old masters at the museum.
There are many ways to improve one's technique and one of the most effective way is to make copies at the museum. The first time I saw this phenomena was at the Louvre itself with many artists. At the time  I was a beginning artist myself and admired the students replicating old masters techniques. The most striking artist I met there at the Louvre was not a student. He was 80 years old and he was painting his 117s Mona Lisa! The one he was reproducing was for the Japan embassy in Paris. I spent several days watching him paint and asking him many questions and taking notes on his technique.  As I mentioned he was 80 years old and he was complaining about his doctor who forbade him to drink coffee and smoke cigars_his only little pleasures...
He painted fast with a medium size round kolinsky type brush, something which shocked me since I rarely used rounds myself at the time and he looked like he was painting with a child's brush. The result, however was striking and just great. He showed me his portfolio later on and he was so much into Leonardo Da Vinci that he painted himself as the master, a look alike portrait of himself as Leonardo painted himself.
However, I came out of this experience determined to go to a museum and paint on location. At the time I lived in Los angles and therefore I applied for a permit at the L.A. county museum and painted a couple pieces, there a Bourguereau and a Rubens.
Here they are:
                                                                    My first one:

Copy of William Bourguereau: Innocence 2
executed at the L.A. County Museum
My second one:
Copy of Peter Paul Rubens: The Holy Family with St. Elizabeth, St. John, and a Dove
executed at the L.A. County Museum
When I was copying the Rubens I attracted quite a crowd of admirers to the point where it was difficult to work or even breath depending on the time of the day. 
When I was doing the under painting in Sepia tones and whites, a british man started to talk to me. It appeared that he was one of the curators at the National Gallery of london and had quite a knowledge of the techniques of the old masters. He let me know that Rubens did not use an underpainting, but mostly painted colors directly with his particular own style. That lead me to research his technique with intensity. I'll now show you an unfinished Rubens painting:
As you can see this is not a finished product. Look at the leg of the roman soldier on the right.
And the one with his back to us. You can see the sketch outlined in brown and a bit of shadows and white light. I would not really call this an underpainting, but more like the putting down of the sketch, because in order for an underpainting to be effective it needs to be way more finished than this. Now notice how the flesh tones are added, practically muscle by muscle:
When I did my copy, I did not know about this, but that was fortunate, since Van Dick himself, one of the best pupil of Rubens, could not imitate this technique.
However, I studied this painting carefully and copied it several times. So doing, I learned so much about technique, anatomy, color, modeling.
A few years later, when I lived in Arlington for a few months for my husband's business, I had the opportunity to make a copy at the National Gallery of Art of Washington D.C. 
Here is the painting I copied there:
                                                                    My third one:
                Copy of Boucher at the National Gallery of Art of Washington D.C, "The love letter".
For this copy I was only allowed 3 afternoons. I already had 3 young children and hired a baby sitter in the middle of my very busy schedule. It therefore was a  race with time. But again I learned so much  with this piece, especially about contrast, (My work was never contrasted enough) and about the balance between dark and light, and as you can see here the top and most sides of the picture are in darkness allowing brilliant light to shine and focus on the figures.
I did paint more copies of old masters over the years but from prints, which does not have the same impact. to copy paintings at the museum is fun, challenging and very rewarding for the art student.