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Field of sunflowers

Copyright by Dominique Amendola

Painting A Day:
A field with sunflowers and mountains in the background. This is a square composition. for me it was the perfect composition for this field. one third background, two third field.
Oil on canvas
Stretched wrap canvas with thick painted sides
Size: 8"x 8"
Price: $100.00
Status: Available

Dominique Amendola-California, US

Farm country

Copyright by Dominique Amendola

Painting A Day:Plein air painting. This painting was done in the late afternoon when the shadows lengthened.
Original oil on canvas
Size: 9"x 12"x 1 1/2"
PAINTED SIDES
Price: $200.00
Status: Available

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Dominique Amendola-California, US
Sonoma Coast

Copyright by Dominique Amendola

Painting A Day:

Original oil on canvas
Size: 8"x10”
Framed
Price: $200.00

Status: Available

This beautiful sunset is a common occurrence in the state of California. The coast has little alcove beaches and tall cliffs

Dominique Amendola-California, US

Gazebo in a rose garden

Copyright by Dominique Amendola

Painting A Day:

Original oil on canvas ( gallery wrap 1 1/2 " thick on the side)
Size: 12"x12"
Price: $300.00
Status: Available

This painting was executed in plein air in a beautiful rose garden. In Spring this place is blooming and more fragrant than heaven.

Dominique Amendola-California, US
Gazebo with flowers

Copyright by Dominique Amendola

Painting A Day:

Price: $300.00
Original oil on canvas
Size: 11"x 14"-
framed in a gold plein air frame
Price: $300.00
Status: Available

This beautiful Gazebo with its roses and other delicate flowers is now at its peak.. This painting was executed in plein air.

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Dominique Amendola-California, US
Three youths with a dog

Copyright by Dominique Amendola

Painting A Day: Original oil on linen canvas
Size: 18"x 24"-
Framed in a beautiful plein air frame
Price: $1200.00
Status: Available

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The previous similar picture was a small study for this painting. Often when I am about to paint a composition with several figures on a large canvas I make preliminary studies. In this case I might paint this even larger one day, I found the canvas size still too small and limiting. In the sketch the composition was established. The group of young men and their dog is a compact one. They form a triangular composition and the shadows behind the man with a red jacket are bleeding on the right while the action is going on the left. The dog turning towards its masters is forming a sort of parentheses closing the left. The semi circle of the stones bench is following the same flow while the cement on the right forms a semi circle resonating on the right with the dog's. Long verticals in the background stabilize the picture, The colors are warm and attractive. Notes of pure red are sowed around the canvas and resonate with the red jacket. The scene is interesting even in the corners and will grow on the viewer. An everyday banal event has turned into a work of art.

Dominique Amendola-California, US
Maharani

Copyright by Dominique Amendola

Painting A Day: Original oil on linen canvas
Size: 20"x24"
framed
Price: $300.00
A young western girl sitting wearing a blue sari. Painted from the live model.
Status: Available

Copyright by Dominique Amendola

The process of creating a painting-part one
Although I also paint from real life whenever I can, many of the paintings I make are derived from scenes that I have either seen or dreamt. I always see what I am going to paint in my mind first. If I succeed in reproducing my vision, perhaps not exact in all its details, but keeping the essence of it, then I know the painting will come through.
The first jet can be a sketch. It took me many years to come to be way more spontaneous in my painting style. I learned the classical way of making many sketches before going on the canvas. At the end of my many years in art school my teachers told me “now forget everything you have learned.” It took me a long time “to forget”. Actually you never forget. The brain has created certain path and consciously or unconsciously you use what you have learned, always, and it is a good thing.
The journey is the reward.
What is important to me is watching the progress of the painting process. What is coming out is it really what I wanted to convey? During this process the magic can be lost very quickly. At that point I may add elements that increase the presence of the painting, and remove elements that detract from the subject. Again it took me years to come to that point to create a piece out of thin air so to speak. Even if you are out painting a plein air piece or are in front of a model, the process might appear uncanny. It is just magical to the onlooker who might not know too much about painting, it might seem supernatural even to you. Somehow or other all you have learned comes to the rescue. You can express whatever you like the way you intended it, because you know all the rules and how to break them. Every successful painting acquires an identity of its own, hopefully at a very early stage. Understanding which colors belong, and which ones don't, which composition works and what patterns belong there, is not easy, and only occurs through diligent, concerted examination of the emerging personality of the painting.
It is vitally important to paint, keeping the integrity of the painting as a whole constantly in mind. The painting should proceed smoothly and directly to completion.
Painting is an adventure in its creation as well as in its appreciation. I try to make paintings that express my feelings about the world in the most direct way, using whatever technique I feel would allow me to do that.
I like to paint on several paintings at the same time. This allows me to take a break from a specific subject and get back to it later with a fresh outlook.
My life seems to trnsform itself into a constant stream of paintings. They flow out on their own. No sooner one is finished that one claims existence.
My favorite period is the renaissance period, when painting was breaking out of the dark ages and becoming very mystical in its realism. Painters were learning to paint people as they actually looked rather than as stylized icons. People started looking real, which was shocking at the time. But the artists of the renaissance seem to have the ability to paint more than reality, as if they took a peak beyond the veil of illusion.
Yachts and boats

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Painting A Day: Original oil on canvas
Size: 11"x 14"-
Framed in a beautiful plein air gold frame
Price: $450.00
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Status: Sold

Those beautiful boats were painted in Sausolito, California. It is sunny and it is time for an adventure on the sea. Those boats are swaying slightly waiting for their owners to take them out to sea, Painted Alla Prima with an atmospheric sky.

Dominique Amendola-California, US

Walking in the mustard in bloom

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Painting A Day: Original oil on hard Masonite canvas board
Size: 18"x24"
Price: $850.00
Status: Available

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This beautiful landscape is a common occurrence in the state of California. Here the mustard is in full bloom. That day when you looked at the yellow flowers, the colors were so intense, that it seem like some sort of unreal almost other worldly landscape. With so much yellow in my vision all other things such as trees, shadows and everything on the horizon seemed purple. I tried to render this feeling in the landscape and it almost became something else. I just trust my intuition in such cases. I was successful i think in rendering this sort of vision.

Dominique Amendola-California, US