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Varnishing an oil painting so it last centuries.....
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Varnishing an oil painting by Dominique Amendola
It’s very important that a painting is completely dry before it’s varnished otherwise the varnish may crack. Waiting for a painting to dry thoroughly is less of an issue with acrylics than it is with oils (some experts say you should allow an oil at least six months). I personally like to wait 6 months before I varnish an oil painting and if I sell one before that time I’ll tell my clients a correct varnishing date. Retouch varnish is a good one for leveling the glossy spots on your painting.
You’ve a choice between gloss and matte varnish, applied either with a brush or out of a spray can. Gloss varnishes dry completely clear and shinny, but a matte (sometimes called satin) varnish leaves a slight frosted-glass appearance, so you might loose finer detail in a painting if you use it. I prefer gloss varnishes, especially damar varnish but have used matte varnishes for those clients who prefer a non glossy appearance.
Using a medium that you’ve used in a painting as a final varnish too is not recommended as if this layer is removed at some future date when a painting is cleaned, the painting itself may become damaged. The restoration staff will have a hard time figuring out when to stop cleaning the surface and the paint will come off as well.
Varnishing is not something to be done in a rush; why risk messing up a painting in this final step? Make sure the painting is free of dust; that the varnish flows evenly without leaving brush marks (dilute it if necessary), and use a suitable brush. You can remove the dust safely with a wool cloth. I use varnish in a spray form since it is easier to control how much you lay on the painting. It is always better to go layer by layer rather than laying it on thickly. Spray a thin layer at a time or paint on a thin layer with a brush. Let it dry for a couple days. Then you can add an additional layer if necessary. Make sure you do not miss a spot, but if you do, a second layer should get it and even things out.

Vineyard in Fall, oil, impressionism, by Dominique Amendola

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This is a plein air painting painted in California in the Sebastopol area.
It is painted on a gallery wrap canvas and it does not need a frame.

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.

Size: 16" x 20"

Price: Only, $200.00, A REAL BARGAIN!

Status: Available

You can 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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Walking in the mustard in bloom, impressionism, landscape, oil by Dominique Amendola

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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 I 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. This is actually exactly the principles that the impressionists applied, the shadows of an object in a paintings are the complementary color. In this case, yellow flowers have purple shadows, a strong reality for the eyes as well.

This is not a print. You are buying an original painting on canvas, all my paintings are oils on canvas . 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"

Price: $1,000.00

Status: Available

You can 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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A walk in Vermont, oil, impressionism, landscape by Dominique Amendola

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This is a plein air painting executed at the time of colorful Fall. Here the Vermont Fall is just beginning. It will last only really a couple weeks to a month and then all the trees suddenly loose their leaves. A typical landscape of New England with its tall rusty grain silos and red farm houses.

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 24" x 28" with the frame

Original canvas size: 20"x 24"

Price: $1050.00

Status: Available

You can 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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Garden pond, oil, impressionism, plein air by Dominique Amendola

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Painting in plein air is a real adventure... First at all it is an adventure because the palces are not always what one expected, and it might be too hot or too cold, or too shady or too sunny.... And it is an adventure because you never know what you are going to get. In this case i was delighted by this Monet like scene, with a small boat in a small pond.

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 24" x 28" with the frame

Original canvas size: 20"x 24"

Price: $500.00

Status: Available

You can 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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Photography Prints

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The great wave-Amadeus series, acrylic on canvas by Dominique Amendola

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This surfer is now ridding The Great Wave off Kanagawa! In the background please notice mount Fuji. This is a famous woodblock print by the Japanese artist Hokusai that I used for our surfing purposes. "The preeminence of this print said to have inspired both Debussy's La Mer and Rilke Der Berg's can be attributed, in addition to its sheer graphic beauty, to the compelling force of the contrast between the wave and the mountain. The turbulent wave seems to tower above the viewer, whereas the tiny stable pyramid of Mount Fuji sits in the distance. The eternal mountain is envisioned in a single moment frozen in time."

You are offered 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 acrylic on canvas

Original canvas size: 20"x 24"

Price: $1000.00

Status: Available

You can 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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STARTING AT $18.50

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My garden corner, landscape, oil, impressionism by Dominique Amendola

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This oil painting depicting a garden corner with a white wooden chair is inviting us for a moment of relaxation, is painted in plein air and is framed in a gold plein air frame.

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 with a plein air gold frame.

Approximatively 15" x 18" with the frame

Original canvas size: 11"x 14"

Price: $450.00

Status: Available

You can 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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Mustard fields in Spring, oil, impressionism, landscape, by Dominique Amendola

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Near Sebastopol in California and there is a place called The Laguna and in early Spring the fields are covered with mustard flowers. It is incredibly beautiful. This is a quick contemporary version of this landscape.

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, with painted sides.

Original painting size: 11"x 14"

Price: $250.00

Status: Available

You can 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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Walking in the mustard in bloom, impressionism, landscape, oils by Dominique Amendola

Copyright by Dominique Amendola

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A mustard field in bloom with a young girl walking. It is like swimming in yellow flowers. This beautiful landscape is a common occurrence in the state of California. Here the mustard is in full bloom. By looking at the yellow flowers, the colors are so intense, that it seems like some sort of unreal almost other worldly landscape. With so much yellow in the vision all other things such as trees, shadows and everything on the horizon seems purple. I tried to render this feeling in the landscape, by contrasting the yellows with a lot of purple. The figure gives us a point of focus.

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"

Price: $990.00

Status: Available

You can 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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Lily pond, oil, impressionism, landscape, by Dominique Amendola

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Here is another version of a lily pond executed in plein air in India. The lilies are almost like lotuses in the fact that they have long stems coming out of the water. It is amazing to come back day after day and watch the flowers slowly moving, slowly disappearing under water and the leaves flat on the surface at first rising straight up vertically for no apparent reason. It is Monet who gave us the love for the lilies with his numerous interpretations of his pond in Giverney. Those lilies are eternal and silent and those views of a water have no limits.

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.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 linen canvas

Original canvas size: 11"x 18"

Price: $300.00

Status: Available

You can 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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To see more art go to my site:
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Dominique Amendola-California, US