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Roses in a garden, new oil painting by Dominique Amendola, landscape
Roses in a garden
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Roses are cascading from bushes in a luxuriant garden. There are white roses, red roses and pink roses. The picture is painted in an impressionist style reminiscent of Monet's style. This artwork was painted in California in a beautiful rose garden.
For this painting I created 3 sketches before I started on the canvas. 

This is the first layer for this painting.

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                                               Just click on the images to see a larger view.

 Details are showing the brush work. First I started with a very  and then layer by layer, I brought  the details out. 

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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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New oil painting by Dominique Amendola - Spring time in South India
Spring Time In South India
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This painting was executed in India as the previous ones were too, right in the back yard of Ganjam village near the famous Srirangapatna town, just when Spring was beginning.
This is an oil painting on linen canvas which is a much stronger canvas than cotton and which last much longer.
The painting makes you feel like you are taking a walk in the South Indian countryside. On the left is a path used mostly by farmers to go take care of their fields. They walk or go on a bicycle and water each plant individually with a water pot plunged in the canal waters. On the right is the canal water with a little bridge to cross over.

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                                 Details are showing the brush work. I have an ocher yellow glaze as an underpainting that you see showing through the brush strokes.

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The style of this painting is impressionistic.
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New oil painting by Dominique Amendola: City market in Bangalore India
City market in Bangalore, India
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This painting was executed in India as the previous ones were too.
In this painting many Indian citizens are heading towards the market, Muslins and Hindus have the same purpose: to get groceries, fruits and vegetables. On the right side, a mosque is represented, usually painted in green as seen here.
On the foreground  some motorcycle riders are poised at the intersection. You can see on the right, a muslin couple, on the left the typical south indian Hindu  couple.
The composition is complex, almost divided in two halves: on the right the mosque and the muslin couple on a motorcycle, on the left the traditional hindus on their motorcycle rides.
It becomes all mixed up in the back where the crowd is hurrying towards the market street or coming out loaded with shopping bags. As far as the linear composition goes, the figures on the left are inviting us within the painting on a diagonal, while the muslin couple as well as the buildings in the background are forming an horizontal line, stabilising  the composition.

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Details are showing the brush work. I have an ocher yellow glaze as an underpainting that you see showing through the brush strokes.
Just click on the image to see a larger view.
I focused on the figures in the foreground, giving them more details that the groups in the background. See the difference in the details below:
   
Detailed foreground figure

Impressionistic  details in the background
Notice how the figures do not really have defined features. 
This is a painting of a typical street market day in Bangalore, India. 
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New oil painting by Dominique Amendola: North India street scene
North India street scene
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This painting was executed in India as the previous ones were too. The golden light is an evening occurence with the long shadows. The technique uses both paint brushes and palette knife.
See details below to see both:
                                                               
                                                                             

Detail showing the brush work. I have an ocher yellow glaze as an underpainting that you see showing through the brush strokes.

Detail showing the palette knife work, it is very thick paint with not so many details.
I focused on the figures in the foreground, giving them more details that the groups in the background. See some details below:
   

The groups in the background are painted in a more impressionistic way. See detail below:
Notice how the figures do not really have defined feature. 
This is a painting with a very pleasant evening light, full of life all over the canvas, with contrasts of  details and technique depicting life in typical North India.
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New Oil painting by Dominique Amendola: India street scene with a bicycle rickshaw
India street scene with a bicycle rickshaw
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This painting started with many sketches, focusing on the composition and the correct alignment of the shadows. My paintings are said to grow on people. The more you contemplate it the more subtleties you find in them.
See details below:

Detail views 
The people's expression is important in this piece. The very hardworking rickshaw driver, the old lady looking suspiciously at the unusually bedecked girl on the side. What is she doing there at the corner, all alone? Waiting for clients? And the monkey on the ledge? See it below:
This particular street scene is happening in Agra, North India. My other street scenes are mostly from South India. The architecture behind the figures is very old and eroded by time_see the detail view below:
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Taj Mahal, New oil painting by Dominique Amendola
Taj Mahal
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This painting started with many sketches, focusing on getting the sunset colors right, and developing some pedestrians walking leisurely on the sides. I wanted to have traditional India represented, not just some tourists in shorts with their cameras.
See details in these views of my special pedestrians below:

Detail views of the pedestrians
As you can see the figures are a bit romanticized  with traditional Indian dresses. Nowadays Indian people have lost their traditional customs. They wear pants and shirts, even young ladies. However, the traditional sari and punjabi is still worn extensively by Indian women.
The Taj is a marble monument, and it reflects the warm sunset tones very well. In the following detail pictures, you can see how everything is bathed in an yellow/orange light. 

Detail view of the main dome

                                                       Detail view of one of the towers

                                                        

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The making of "Here comes the sun" oil painting on linen canvas by Dominique Amendola
Here comes the sun
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'Here comes the sun', sings George Harrison on a happy tune. When I saw the girl on the porch with her guitar, I had to paint her. Her hair was very thick, golden and curly_just lovely. I painted this piece on quality linen canvas. First I went for sketches. Below, you can see the final sketch. What are sketches good for? First they help solving the problem of composition, light and dark before going on the canvas. Then the shapes get refined to what is needed. A sketch will take just a few days at most, while a painting can take several months. This particular painting took me three months to complete. You can see in the sketch I am solving a lot of problems. This sketch becomes a reference point even when the model is absent.

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

After the sketches the painting itself starts in earnest. However, in this case, I painted an underpainting of grisaille first. That means that with very few colors, the painting is established. In this case, I used only raw umber and white. Then the final colors are glazed on this underpainting, after it is very dry. It is best to wait several days, depending on the medium used. The advantage of the grisaille technique is that at first, the artist only worries about shapes and values.

                                                             
                                                                   Grisaille layer

                                                             

Then the colors can be applied in layers of glazes.

                                                       Here comes the sun detail view 1

                                                       Here comes the sun detail view 2

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The making of "Yamaraja Answers The Questions Of Nachiketa", oil painting by Dominique Amendola
Yamaraja answers the questions of Nachiketa
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This is a commissioned painting destined to illustrate the Katha Upanishad. The story goes that Nachiketa, a brahmin boy, went to Yamaraja's abode, Death's home, but the god was out, and he waited three days. When Yamaraja returned, he was sorry to see that a Brahmin guest had been waiting so long. He told Nachiketa, "You have waited in my house for three days without hospitality, therefore ask three boons of me". Nachiketa first asked for peace between his father and himself. Next, Nachiketa wished to learn the art of performing fire sacrifice, for his third boon, Nachiketa asked to learn the mystery of what comes after death.
Yama was reluctant to answer this question; he said that this had been a mystery to everyone. He asked Nachiketa to ask for some other boon, and offered many material gains.

But Nachiketa replied that material things will last only till the morrow. He who has encountered Death personally, how can he desire wealth? No other boon would do. Yama was secretly pleased with this disciple, and elaborated on the nature of the true Self, which persists beyond death. The key of self realization is that this Self (within each person) is one and different from the Supreme Lord, the vital force in the universe. Yama's explanation focuses on the following points:

The sound Om is the syllable of the supreme Brahman (Absolute Truth).The Vedanta-sutra says that Brahman is that from which everything emanates. It is that which maintains everything then re-absorbs it all, the ultimate source of all energies. There are many controllers or gods of very specific powers, but the Absolute Truth is one without a second.
The Soul, whose is the same as the omnipresent Brahman, but also different_smaller in quantity but same in quality.
The goal of the wise is to know the nature of the soul and the difference between soul and super soul.
After death, it is the Soul that remains; the soul is immortal.
Mere reading of the scriptures or intellectual learning cannot help realize the soul.
One must discriminate between the soul and the body, which is the seat of desire.
Inability to realize Brahman (Absolute Truth) results in one being enmeshed in the cycle of rebirths. Understanding the Self leads to liberation and freedom from this material world.
Thus having learnt the wisdom of the Brahman from Yama, Nachiketa was freed from the cycle of birth and death.

For this elaborate painting commissioned for a book called the Katha Upanishad, I started with a sketch. actually I worked on many sketches, and below you can see the final sketch:

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

Once I am satisfied with the sketch, I transfer it to the canvas. In this case I had to follow guidelines where Yamaraja is described as having a greenish skin, wearing jewelry like a king, his cloth being red, holding a special scepter and Nachiketa being a brahmin boy wearing simple cloth and a few beads. It is not always easy to have to describe such things in a painting. Yamaraja abode is dark and forbidding. In order tp render this I try to convey this in the background, since he is living in a palace but he is the god of death after all....

After the sketches the painting itself starts in earnest:

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

This is the painting photographed about half way done. You can see that there is not so much contrast, yet. Everything is starting to take shape and the focus is to keep everything balanced.

Lets have a look at the details for the finished artwork:

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The making of Three guys with a dog, oil painting by Dominique Amendola
Three guys with a dog
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This painting came as a result of seeing a nineteen century painting of a streetscene with a lot of life in it. It was not a famous painting, but it was large, perhaps 3 times larger than Three guys with a dog. I saw it in a museum in France, and did not get an image of it. But shortly afterwards I visited the port of La Rochelle and was inspired to paint a street scene there.
At first I created a study for this painting of 11" x 14". Here it is below:

                                                     Study for Three guys with a dog

In France, everybody is smoking in the streets and my red jacket man is holding a cigarette. But in the final painting, I made this inauspicious item disappear:

                                         Detail view of the study for Three guys with a dog

                               Detail view of the final painting for Three guys with a dog

You can see that in the final rendition, the cigarette is gone. You can also notice how there are more details in the final painting and things are more three dimensional.

In this artwork, there is life even in the background:

                                        Detail views of Three guys with a dog (background)

Having done a study for this painting, the final painting came easily. When I have a complicated composition, this is usually my routine: I paint a full color study, after creating many sketches. 

And of course the hero of the painting, the dog, is well described as seen below:

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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 'Bird watching by the creek' oil painting on canvas by Dominique Amendola
Bird watching by the creek

My painting, "Bird watching by the creek" is actually a sort of excuse for painting a figure in nature. The colors and the facture are very impressionistic. The colors are cool mostly, except for the T-shirt which has a warm color, matching the hair of the subject. She is turning her back to us, and we can barely see her face leaving her features to our imagination, the same way we do not see any birds in this picture. She is watching and waiting quietly for water fowls but this is also left to the imagination.

The weather is uncertain making the light cool also.

In some of his paintings with figures standing in nature, Monet shows us the same type of tones, mostly cool ones, painted in nature:

                                                    The Promenade, Woman with a Parasol - Claude Monet

For the execution of "Bird watching by the creek", I used a palette knife. Painting with a knife is a completely different technique than painting with a brush. With a palette knife, I feel I can "dance" on the canvas and I am not able to express much details, which leaves room for more spontaneity.

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

You can see the stokes in these examples being painted boldly. Shapes are evoked but not described. They look like what they represent (grass. leaves) but it is only an impression. This is what impressionism means_giving an impression. 

The term 'Impressionist' was first used as an insult in response to an exhibition of new paintings in Paris in 1874. A diverse group of painters, rejected by the art establishment, defiantly set up their own exhibition. They included MonetRenoirPissarro and Degas.

An impressionist painting is executed outdoors rather than in the studio, or done from life, not from a photo or sketches.

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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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