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The girl with the sitar, portrait, oil painting, realism by Dominique Amendola

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This is an oil painting on canvas. This piece was commissioned from me by a gallery in India. However, you can also buy this painting directly from the artist through Paypal. A young girl is sitting in a palace courtyard in Jayapura. This style is very kitsch and not exactly in the line of my usual work. This was however a very beloved style in the 19th century. This very style is experiencing a revival in US. 
This is not a print but this is an original painting. All my paintings are oil painting on canvas or sometimes on wood. This artwork is painted with museum quality art supplies and will last several 100 years. I've sold over 200 of my original paintings online, so you can buy with confidence. I do this for a living!! Your art will be shipped to you professionally packed with protective packaging material and wrapped in cardboard, then placed in a heavy-duty box for shipping. All items will be sent via USPS and insured.
Original oil  painting on canvas
Size: 24" x 36"x 2.5" with painted sides. 
Price: $1200.00
Status: Available
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Les baigneurs, oil painting, impressionism, landscape, figures, by Dominique Amendola

                                            "Les baigneurs", oil on canvas, 30cm x 60 cm

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Several figures on a swimming platform in the middle of the river waving at another figure rowing a boat. There is tall grass on the opposite river bank. The composition is classical, the colors vivid, the landscape with its long grass and water is refreshing, the figures are attractive and well proportioned.

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Buying art directly from the artist
The art of buying art directly from the artist
Buying contemporary and original works of art can make your world a better place. Art can enhance you home or working environment and it can help support an artist’s career.
The best reason for buying art should simply be because you like it,  and - like buying anything else of quality – it is worth trying to buy the best you can even if it means stretching your budget slightly, or paying in instalments.
Buy works you genuinely like. Before you buy, ask yourself: “Will I regret buying it? Do I want many varied works or a few very distinctive pieces? Will it fit the space I have in mind?
Evidently it might be a good idea to research the price range of the sort of work that you like and fix your budget.
Buying directly from an artist is very different than buying from dealers. It usually means you get a better deal since you do not go through a third party and you get to ask questions directly from the artist about his or her work.
The first thing is to make sure the art is original, not a copy of somebody else’s work.The fine art marketplace is complicated and hard to understand if you don't know your way around. It's full of products that look and sound like original art, but are actually reproductions, and no more original than newspaper or magazine illustrations. Ask the artist if his or her work is original. Get informed and learn about art culture, go the museum.
In this blog you are offered original paintings on canvas or wood by the artist Dominique Amendola. All the paintings presented are originals created by the artist.
Buying Art Over the Internet is easy to do and the latest fad.
Buying art with a keyboard and mouse is the new frontier of collecting. Learn basic facts about how online art buying works, how it differs from buying art in traditional ways, and how to progress from looking at art for sale to locating art you like and considering specific pieces for possible purchase.
The more extensive the artist's online profile, the better. Yes, the artist's website is important, but equally important are third-party websites that review the artist's work, feature the artist, offer the art for sale, and so on.
A quick word about bargaining. Suppose for some reason that you still want the painting after all's said and done, but would rather pay a little less for it. Art prices are often flexible and making an offer is certainly an option, but don't bargain purely the sake of sport. Make sure that you have a good reason for wanting a better price and that you can make a case for your request. Experienced collectors do this all the time. They know that artists are much more likely to reduce prices based on good solid arguments than they are to lower prices just because buyers want better deals.
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Lovers on a bench, oil, figurative, India, by Dominique Amendola

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In an idyllic place,  a couple is sitting on a bench. The background is dream like, reflecting their emotions. Everything is happy and colorful and voluptuous in a classical theme. The couple is Indian and that is what is unusual, however the style remains classical especially the composition.

This is not a print. You are buying an original painting on canvas, all my paintings are canvas paintings. This art work is painted with museum quality art supplies and will last several 100 years. Your art will be shipped to you professionally packed with protective packaging material and wrapped in cardboard, then placed in a heavy-duty box for shipping. This item will be sent via Fedex and insured.

Detail view

Original oil on canvas, with painted sides, no need for a frame.

Original canvas size: 24" x 36"

THIS PAINTING IS AVAILABLE FROM THE TIME AND SPACE GALLERY
Status: Available
You can also purchase this painting through PayPal by contacting the artist, with many different options, such as credit cards or even through your bank.

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Random advice on painting the classical way

Classical paintings at different stage of creation

Modern art is like the enemy of the classical artist. But this enemy could be its best friend also because a modern artist or art critic will tell you frankly what they think of your art and you’ll have a totally different perspective, a different point of view. But in general I would say that realism meshes with contemporary modern art with difficulty. Modern bright colors and hue contrasts destroy the subtle vision of the classical painter. Unfortunately this is what is happening to a lot for art lovers too, who are bombarded with modern art and end up having blunt senses and often become unable to appreciate good art. Most people have to be told what is good art, especially when it comes to abstract or contemporary art. It actually takes a full on classical training to understand what is abstract art and contemporary modern art.
Classical realism or figurative art is what requires the most abilities and technical expertise. This is what I'd like to talk about today and give some random advise to those aspiring realist painters.

I always start my paintings with a sketch. It is very important to understand composition in this case, the lines, the positives and negative spaces.
As far as brushes are concerned, you should have many brushes so that you would not lose time washing them while working. Take a new brush for every new mix. Brushes should be treated very carefully. After every session they should be washed in turpentine or paint thinner and after that in warm water with soap. When drying them it is better to dry them in an horizontal position so that water does not run inside the ferrule and rust and unglue the delicate work inside there.
After work wash the palette with turpentine and scrape it with a razor. Before work wipe the palette with linseed oil. That will allow the new paint mixes to be cleaned easily.
The canvas should be primed additionally a few more times with gesso or flake white. Finally it should be ground with fine sandpaper. After that the canvas should be scraped with a razor to remove the canvas texture till smooth dead surface similar to the egg's surface is achieved.
The drawing is made on paper and life-size to the smallest details. Then it is transferred to the canvas by carbon-paper. After that the drawing is outlined with brown ink because the first oil layer, called Grisaille (transparent coat that is equal to the middle tone of largest, lightest object in painting) - will wash away the pencil, but the ink will remain visible almost through the last layers. I do not always do this, but always have brown outlines in oil paint and turpentine. Those will also last to the last layer if you let them dry and are careful.
Before each new layer the canvas is carefully wiped with linseed oil. After that the canvas is wiped with a soft piece of cloth to remove the excess.
There are many mediums on the market and I prefer my own Maroger medium made at home, the Titian formula with wax and the Rubens formula with mastic varnish, resembling honey.
The basic set of paints is the following: Flake White, titanium white, Yellow Ochre Light, Red Ochre, Burnt Umber, Raw Umber Ivory Black, Naples Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Deep, Madder Lake Deep, cadmium red, ultramarine blue, viridian green .
For the grisaille layer or the first paint layer: The canvas is covered with a liquid mixture based on Red Ochre, Yellow Ochre Light and Ivory Black and flake white.
The shadow (the process of creating intermediate layers) is made with Burnt Umber. In the second layer all details are made excluding the texture. In the third layer of the main tone masses is made with a big brush.
The light is made with white lead ( flake white), light ocher, red ocher, and burnt umber. The aim of this layer is to create shadows. The picture must look as if its objects were lit with moonlight - olive cold gray color. Colors are applied thickly, half a tone higher, shadows are very transparent, half a tone lower.
The first and the second flesh tones: main life colors layers is made half a tone lighter and two tones lighter in colors; and half a tone darker and two tones lighter in shadows.
Details of textures, thickly applied highlights, bright reflections. In this layer you may use additional paints: blue, red, yellow (cadmium yellow deep), madder and more.

Voila, that is the general gist of creating a classical painting. My last advice is rules are made to be broken. Learn the classical way and then find your own style. And don’t just paint “Things”, paint with your heart.

Suryani's letter, oil on canvas, realism, people, portrait by dominique Amendola
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A young lady just got a letter and she is sitting pensively, surrounded with cloth and tapestry in a very oriental environment. The composition is very classical perfectly balanced with great positive and negative spaces. It flows in waves around the figure and including the figure. The colors are very warm and sunny.

This is not a print. You are buying an original painting on canvas, all my paintings are canvas paintings. This art work is painted with museum quality art supplies and will last several 100 years. I've sold over 200 of my original works of art online, so you can buy with confidence. I do this for a living!! Your art will be shipped to you professionally packed with protective packaging material and wrapped in cardboard, then placed in a heavy-duty box for shipping. All items will be sent via USPS and insured.

Detail view

Original oil on canvas, with painted sides, no need for a frame.

Original canvas size: 24" x 36"

THIS PAINTING IS AVAILABLE FROM THE TIME AND SPACE GALLERY

Status: Sold
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California vineyards, oil, impressionism, plein air by Dominique Amendola
Copyright by Dominique Amendola

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This painting was painted in plein air. The vineyards are ripe with grapes. This is executed at the Benzinger winery where they grow organic grapes. Here you can see the background with beautiful California mountains.

Detail view.
This is not a print. You are buying an original painting on canvas, all my paintings are canvas paintings. This art work is painted with museum quality art supplies and will last several 100 years. I've sold over 200 of my original works of art online, so you can buy with confidence. I do this for a living!! Your art will be shipped to you professionally packed with protective packaging material and wrapped in cardboard, then placed in a heavy-duty box for shipping. All items will be sent via USPS and insured.

Original oil on canvas, framed.

Approximatively 22" x 28" with the frame

Original canvas size: 18"x 24"

Special Holiday Price: $500.00

Status: Available
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Three guys with a dog, oil, people, impressionism by Dominique Amendola
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This is a unique scene actually occurring in the streets of La Rochelle in France, and is almost like a story with all kinds of activities going on in the corners.

Detail view

This is not a print. You are buying an original painting on canvas, all my paintings are canvas paintings. This art work is painted with museum quality art supplies and will last several 100 years. I've sold over 200 of my original works of art online, so you can buy with confidence. I do this for a living!! Your art will be shipped to you professionally packed with protective packaging material and wrapped in cardboard, then placed in a heavy-duty box for shipping. All items will be sent via USPS and insured.

Original oil on canvas, framed with a plein air gold frame.

Approximatively 15" x 18" with the frame

Original canvas size: 11"x 14"

Special New Year Price: $300.00

Status: Available

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Purchase securely for only $300.oo + shipping"

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About good composition in a painting by Dominique Amendola
examples of good and bad compositions

It is a good idea for any new art work you plan, to do first a few thumbnail sketches to examine alternative compositions. It will allow you to choose a position for your center of interest, examine tonal balance and if necessary alter tones to highlight the center of interest and alter tones to diminish supporting objects. You’ll also see if you need to remove unnecessary objects, change the shape of any boring objects or groups, and plan the color scheme of your painting.

Before starting check for an excellent composition and more than half the battle is won!
Here is a check list of questions to ask yourself:
Is there one dominant object?
Is the eye lead through the picture to the center of interest?
Is the eye kept in the picture and not lead right out of it?
Is the center of interest in a good position?
Does the greatest tonal range appear at the center of interest?
Are traveling objects actually moving in the picture and not blocked by the side of the picture?
Is the whole of the composition in balance?

For a landscape by example, change your viewpoint until you get shapes with impact, alter the shapes (don’t be a slave to the shapes you see, you can miss out objects or add objects.) I often do a plein air painting and may ad another detail that I do not have in the view but get it by turning my easel in a different direction altogether. The important thing in composition is the placement of the center of interest. You can use the rule of the thirds or the rule of the golden section. ( golden section is a natural mathematical means encountered in all God’s creation, from the human proportions to the harmony in a leaf).
The rule of the thirds is simple. It consist in dividing both the height and the width of your art piece into thirds. Then draw horizontal and vertical lines from these points, and where the lines intersect is your centers of interest.
As for the golden section, it is a bit more complicated. Let’s forget it for now. I’ll dedicate a different post to the use of the golden section.
With those divisions into thirds you can use the vertical lines or horizontal lines to place your main focus, for verticals it could be a tree trunk or a column, or a figure placed there, and for horizontals it could be your horizon line, or boat or floating object. There are unlimited ways to use these divisions. However, do not use the vertical or horizontals symmetrically on both sides. It makes for a boring composition. You need one dominant object on one side, such as a larger tree and on the other side it could be a smaller tree. It is actually nice to ad an echo to your main focus. By example you can have a large boat on the left and a smaller version of this boat in the distance, on the right. Make sure you balance masses By example, a cluster of trees on the left is too heavy by it self. You can balance it by adding a bunch of clouds on the right and above.
Another way to have a center of interest is to place it in the center and have the object very contrasted with the lightest light and darkest dark in your painting. This will automatically lead the eye in this part of your painting.
Another thing to look out for is the traveling object, such as the nose of a boat. Make sure it is not against the side of the painting but rather has a lot of space. Usually the eye travels from left to right, so a traveling boat can be towards the left corner with its nose towards the right with a lot of space remaining to the right side suggesting its traveling through the page.

Remember to lead the eyes into the picture and not out of it. The easiest example is a path leading inside the painting. But don’t forget to close this road with a cluster of trees or buildings, otherwise it will lead the eyes right out of the picture…. In other words block off the exit. Your road or composition in general should lead your eyes trough the art piece.
Another way to compose your picture is to have smaller objects leading to the point of interest.

In a still life do not have objects of same sizes and with handles or buttons pointing in the same direction. That’s boring too. Try to link the objects together by having them blocking one another in an harmonious way.
Try to use asymmetrical shapes rather than squares, rectangles, circles. Choose viewpoints which use oblique angles rather than horizontals. They ad to drama. Try to make each angles slightly different. Vary angles and masses.

In a landscape, use warmer colors as you get to the horizon. ( the sky gets lighter and warmer closer to the horizon). However the land gets cooler as it gets closer to the horizon. It is due to the fact that the eye perceives cooler colors in the distance. By giving an effect from warmer to cooler colors in the distance gradually, you achieve a 3D effect.

There is so much to learn about composition, but if you think of it as an abstract piece, just to simplify things, you want to have a center of interest, contrast, warm and cool colors leading the eye, and movement or shapes of interest.
Good luck and have fun!

Vineyard on a hill top,landscape, plein air, impressionism, oil by Dominique Amendola

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This is a plein air landscape painted in California near the Jack London park in Sonoma County. The vineyards are under the care of the Benzinger family.

This is not a print. You are buying an original painting on canvas, all my paintings are canvas paintings. This art work is painted with museum quality art supplies and will last several 100 years. I've sold over 200 of my original works of art online, so you can buy with confidence. I do this for a living!! Your art will be shipped to you professionally packed with protective packaging material and wrapped in cardboard, then placed in a heavy-duty box for shipping. All items will be sent via USPS and insured.

Original oil on wood, framed.

Approximatively 15" x 27" with the frame

Original canvas size: 12"x 24"

Special Holiday Price: $350.00

Status: Available

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