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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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Village Scene in India

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This is a painting measuring 24"x 36"
This painting was a commissioned painting and is now sold
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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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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.

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This is a painting measuring 24" x 36"
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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.

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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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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Jaganath Puri with Ratha Yatra in progress, oil painting on canvas by Dominique Amendola

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This is a painting measuring 24" x 36"
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Medium: Oil on fine linen canvas
Size: 24" x 36"
In this painting you can see the Jaganath Puri temple, with the cart festival in progress in the town of Puri in the province of Orissa. The architecture is ancient and the festival is performed here as it was seen in the 19th century.
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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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Monks in Varanasi, oil painting, figures painting, India, by Dominique Amendola

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This is a painting measuring 24" x 36"
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Medium: Oil on fine linen canvas
Size: 24" x 36"
In this colorful painting , Keshi ghat is depicted, full of spirituality. Some religious people pressed into boats, and some asian priests are setting off on the peaceful waters of the scenic, holy Ganga.
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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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Aspremont Village In Provence

This painting is under strict copyright to Dominique Amendola and may not be reproduced in any form. 
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Copyrighted 2014 to Dominique Amendola. All rights reserved.
This is a painting measuring 24" x 36"
You can purchase this painting here:
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Copyrighted 2014 to Dominique Amendola. All rights reserved.
Detail view 1
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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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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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Dominique Amendola-California, US, French Classical realism and impressionism figures and landscapes painter