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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

Copyright by Dominique Amendola

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

Cowboy at rest

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Painting A Day: Original oil on canvas
Size: 24"x30"
Price: $300.00
Status: Available

stretched wrapped canvas with painted sides.
Art is the best asset class right now
This is painted from the live model. After a long hard day, cowboy Dan is finally able to sit down...

Dominique Amendola-California, US

Bird watching by the creek

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Painting A Day: Original oil on Gallery wrap canvas with painted sides
Size: 20"x 28"
framed
Price: $900.00
Status: Available

My daughter and I went bird watching by the creek. We saw some amazing wild turkeys and much more. But since everything to me is an endless succession of paintings, I had to come back and paint this scene. There are times when I have started a painting with an end in mind, but then, for one reason or another, as my picture unfolds, it positively suggested another direction... I always accept the risk and go for it. I'm convinced that at such times my hand is wiser than I am. In this case my ordinary landscape became a field of brush strokes harmonized with palette knife gestures. I set out to render a mood and an impression. It seemed clearly impossible to really marry my figure with the rest of the landscape and the creek colors with the background. But despite the fact that paint isn’t magic it became easy to play my colors like a musical instrument and I am happy with the result,

Dominique Amendola-California, US

Going for the surf

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Painting A Day: Original oil on canvas
Size: 16"x 20"
Framed in a beautiful Provence frame
Price: $500.00
Status: Available

3 young men are going for a surfing experience on a beautiful morning on one of those dream islands....
The sky is a bit foggy giving a soft and yellow light.
The sun is strong behind this morning fog. It is hot already.
This painting is executed with both a brush and a palette knife in a very impressionistic way. I wanted to be as spontaneous as those waves and as mellow as this special light. The figures are merged into the seascape and they form one subject, one piece of art and one song.

Dominique Amendola-California, US
Farmer's market- selling vegetables

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Painting A Day: Original oil on canvas
Size: 11"x14"-
gallery wrap canvas with black and gold floater frame
Price: $450.00
Status: Available

There are places were the farmer's market goes on year around. The choice of vegetables is restricted in Winter but at least it is in season. In this painting i combined 2 sketches together to make an interesting scene. The woman is anxiously looking at the man's fumbling for his change. Some attractive yellow orange pumpkins on the side resonate with the man's bright yellow jacket. The purple jacket of the other man offers a contract like a vibration in the middle of a symphony. The background is non descript with a few shadows milling around. The merchant has his back to us and is just a looming figure with no face. This is the art of creating an interesting scene out of a very ordinary setting.
And remember: " Art is the best asset class right now"

Dominique Amendola-California, US
Girl sitted with red flowers

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Painting A Day: Original oil on canvas
Size: 20"x24"- unframed
Price: $300.00
Status: Available

This piece is painted from the live model. Right now I am exploring with very loose brush strokes. The real essence of painting is the relationship between shapes, tones, colors, textures, edges, and line. Everything else follows-including light, form, concepts. My trend is finding a poetry in figures in their ordinary life setting.

Dominique Amendola-California, US
the girl in blue with a red background

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Painting A Day: Original oil on canvas
Size: 20"x24"- unframed
Price: $300.00
Status: Available

This is painted from the live model. The composition and colors are unusual in this painting. It gives a strong effect actually detracting from the figure which is strong anyway. I did not want the piece to look like a portrait but more like an interesting unsettling painting.

This is an original, not a print by Dominique Amendola.The painting is signed in front. Dominique has many paintings hanging in private museums in the US as well as in castles in France.

Dominique Amendola-California, US

The dancer

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Painting A Day: Original oil on canvas
Size: 18"x20"- unframed
Price: $300.00
Status: Available

This work was painted from the model. You can see the detail of the face on the top image. Actually when you click on any pictures on this blog you get a larger view of it.
I am not focusing on this painting as a portrait but instead i am trying to capture the mood and character of my model. Again the style is fluid and carefree.

Dominique Amendola-California, US