Thursday, April 23, 2020

Mahaprabhu in the Jarikhanda forest, original oil painting on canvas by Dominique Amendola

Mahaprabhu in the Jarikhanda forest, oil painting on linen canvas 36 inches by 48 inches.  (This image is under strict copyright to Dominique Amendola. )

This painting illustrates a pastime of Lord Chaitanya described in the Chaitanya Charitamrita.
After some time Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu again started on His tour towards northern India, and He decided to visit Vṛndāvana and its neighboring places. He passed through the jungles of Jharikhaṇḍa (Madhya Bhārata), and all the wild animals also joined His saṅkīrtana movement. The wild tigers, elephants, bears, and deer all together accompanied the Lord, and the Lord accompanied them in saṅkīrtana. By this, He proved that by the propagation of the saṅkīrtana movement (congregational chanting and glorifying of the name of the Lord) even the wild animals can live in peace and friendship, and what to speak of men who are supposed to be civilized.

This painting is painted in a classical style using the Venitian painters techniques such as Titian, the medieval Renaissance Italian artist. I am here to show you the step by step process to realize it.

In this painting, I have used the scumbling method in the underpainting mostly. The underpainting is executed with acrylics. It helps to establish the foundation for the whole artwork. I have my own way to paint and I am not claiming this is a demo for the Venetian technique of the Renaissance. However, I really think it is close to it, with the difference that for their underpainting, they used tempera, not acrylic.

I have always begun such an elaborate composition with numerous sketches. 

Here is the final sketch ready to be transferred to the canvas:



In this sketch, you can already see how the composition revolves around lord Chaitanya and how the arm and the elephant trump circle high above his head. 

The Steps for the Acrylic layer.

My canvas was toned first with a Venitian red and I started with the black outlines of the painting and the lights are appearing as well as the shadows, painted afterward.



Everything is established from the beginning, the light and dark tones and more. This is the acrylic layer before it was scumbled.



 The scumbling is done with white acrylic paint. You will see how the thin layer of white has created some beautiful grays. That is the whole idea for using that red earth color. Once scrambled, it creates incredible gray tones and you can establish beautiful tones on top of that. In the end, the colors will vibrate with a lot of depths from that technique.


The Steps for the oil layer.


This is the first oil paint layer. I go slowly on colors avoiding strong colors at first. Notice how I treat the figure. It is painted in a gray layer at first, to establish the form and to intensify his luminous body.
The gray layer is applied to the skin colors. All the layers are glazed step by step.



Now more colors and details come. Notice how carefully I treat the figure, using glazed tones.




More colors, more details are applied until I am satisfied with the result. Compare this to the final product above.


Now I am going to show you detail views of the artwork:








Painting is a meditation.

The goal of life is rapture. Art is the way we experience it. 


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Thursday, July 18, 2019

The Process for creating an oil painting of "Vishnu, Shiva, and Brahma", a classical approach by Dominique Amendola

Vishnu, Shiva, and Brahma, oil painting on linen canvas 40 inches by 44 inches.  (This image is under strict copyright to Dominique Amendola. )


This painting is painted in a classical style using the Venitian painters techniques such as Titian, the medieval Renaissance Italian artist. It represents Lord Brahma explaining the Vedas or the mystical nature of the Absolute to Lord Shiva taking his inspiration from Lord Vishnu. The Vedic scriptures are the spiritual texts of Ancient India, written in the Sanscrit language. 


In this painting, I have used the scumbling method in the underpainting mostly. The underpainting is executed with acrylics. It helps to establish the foundation for the whole artwork. I have my own way to paint and I am not claiming this is a demo for the Venetian technique of the Renaissance. However, I really think it is close to it, with the difference that for their underpainting, they used tempera.

I have always begun such an elaborate composition with numerous sketches. This is a commissioned artwork for the publication of one of the Upanishads, a Vedic text of ancient India.

Here are the first few steps:



I first figure out the basic composition. This sketch looks like nothing, but it has the correct ratio for my final painting, and the composition is based on the golden section.



Each figure will then be elaborately sketched and the background studied.




This is an example of how the sketch for Brahma progressed.




Shiva and Visnu came next.


Even so, you can see very little of Shiva's chair in the final painting, I designed it entirely so I could cover it with a tiger skin in a believable manner.

The tiger skin took many shapes, but in the end, I used my imagination to make it look believable.




After many steps, the sketch was ready to be transferred on the canvas.

I also produced a tone sketch and a color sketch before starting to paint so that I knew clearly where the light would fall and how the colors would go. 

The Steps for the Acrylic layer.

My canvas was toned first with a Venitian red.


This a large painting. I first transferred the final sketch to the toned canvas. Then started to establish the values. As you can see, because the canvas is toned with a dark color, I start with the lights.



This is the acrylic layer before it was scumbled. The scumbling is done with white and I do not show that step. but if you enlarge the cloud where Vishnu lies, you will see how the thin layer of white has created some beautiful grays. That is the whole idea for using that red earth color. Once scrambled, it creates incredible gray tones and you can establish your gray layer on top of that. In the end, the colors will vibrate with a lot of depths from that technique.


Here I started the gray layer on Brahma. notice the scumbled layer from the previous step on Shiva



The gray layer is applied to the skin colors. All the layers are glazed step by step.



Gray layer finished over Shiva, more and more layers of colors and details are being refined.


More colors, more details are applied





Refining the details




Now you can see more details about the finished artwork:






I kept Lord Vishnu blurred because He belongs to Lord Brahma's vision.





Painting is a meditation.


The original artwork is available.

To purchase the painting click here:

ORIGINAL ARTWORK 

You can get all sort of prints from me_canvas prints, framed print, art print, metal print, wood print and more for this painting.
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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

India Street Scene In Flowery Bangalore, oil painting by Dominique Amendola



India Street Scene In Flowery Bangalore


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This image is under strict copyright to Dominique Amendola. 

This painting, (oil on canvas), was painted in Bangalore, South India. I choose linen canvas for this painting.
It is stretched over thick and sturdy stretcher bars 
The artwork measures 24" x 36" and is ready to hang. The sides are painted black, so you can choose to frame the painting or not. It can hang as it is without a frame.

Now I am going to show you the different steps which created this new painting: 

In this slideshow, you can follow the different steps from laying the sketch on the canvas to the finished painting. This was sketched on paper first, it is not a photo taken in the street, but a scene created to show romantic India as the past meets the future. Some men and women in traditional garments are crossing the street among cars and rickshaws. In the background, the trees are decorated with colorful flowers. It is painted in an impressionist style.
 



Detail view 1

Detail view 2

Detail view 3


Detail view 4


Side view of the finished artwork

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 The original artwork is available.

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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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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Gazebo with flowers, oil painting on linens canvas by Dominique Amendola, Gardens, Landscapes, Flowers.



Gazebo with flowers


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This image is under strict copyright to Dominique Amendola. 

This painting, (oil on canvas), was painted in California. Why do I choose linen canvas over cotton? Linen canvas will last hundreds of years, while cotton is fated to rot within 50 years. Cotton is also more susceptible to humidity and the painting layer will crack more easily.
I decided to produce several landscape paintings
This is painted during late spring while many people are taking advantage of nature and smelling the roses. This is painted in several layers in an impressionist style. This artwork is framed in an ornate gold frame. With the frame, the artwork measures 26" x 30" and is ready to hang.


Now I am going to show you the different steps which created this new painting: 


I first blocked in the mass of colors with no details.


My brush strokes are small and do not cover all the background primed with ochre yellow.


I continue with refining the painting. In the end, I decided to go for a reddish gazebo roof.




The next pictures show details of the finished artwork:






Finally, I chose a frame for this painting



Click on the images to see a larger view.


The original artwork is available.

To purchase the painting click here:

ORIGINAL ARTWORK 

You can get all sort of prints from me_canvas prints, framed print, art print, metal print, wood print and more for this painting.
To purchase a print of this painting:




WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE MORE ART? WOULD YOU LIKE TO ORDER ORIGINALS OR PRINTS DIRECTLY FROM THE ARTIST? PLEASE VISIT MY SITE: http://dominiqueamendola.com

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, India, France, Classical realism and impressionism figures and landscapes painter