From the protest today here in Missoula. Even saw one of our best figure models there! There were a lot of opposing protesters with some pretty intense guns, but other than that it was peaceful and powerful. I saw someone even brought a bag of onions as a snack! I was a little confused by that, but it felt great to participate and see everyone all together as one : ) #blacklivesmatter #blackouttuesday ...

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#blackouttuesday Love and peace to all. Also, for anyone looking to post a blackout image today, BLM activists are asking to not use the hashtags for "blacklivesmatter" because it blocks the spread of information that they are trying to get out there, when you look up the tag it's all black images and no longer videos showing what is going on. Post with "blackouttuesday" instead to show your support : ). ...

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Sold, "Luna", 5 x 4.5, graphite and chalk on toned paper. #missoulafineartstudio #drawingportrait #figurativerealism #figurativeart #magicalrealism #romanticart #romanticrealism #figuredrawing #mysticalart #luna #nocturne #notte #lunaestelle #graphitedrawing #nighttimesky #romanticportrait #moonart #moonart #modernrealism #contemporaryrealism #magicnight ...

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Getting in some good texture for my Eduard Veith masterstudy, work in progress. More images to come! #missoulafineartstudio #paintingtexture #eduardveith #masterstudy #paintingprocess #portraitpainting #greengold #oilonlinencanvas #paintingdetail #traditionaloilpainting #realism #realistportrait #realistart #magicalrealism #romanticrealism #romanticart #sparkle #detailart #classicalrealism #classicaloilpainting ...

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Sold. "Ruins by The Seaside" 5 x 4.5, graphite and chalk on toned Canson paper. #missoulafineartstudio #drawing #portraitdrawing #contemporaryrealism #romanticrealism #classicalrealism #magicalrealism #graphitedrawing #figurativeart #realistart ...

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An old copy I made some years ago now, after one of my first Old Masters I turned to for technique, drawing, and form inspiration, Jusepe de Ribera, 1591-1652. Born a Spaniard he then spent time and worked intensely as an artist in Italy. For me, he brings together two of my favorite European countries where I have been lucky enough to live in both. He inspired me to study artistic anatomy at The Florence Academy of Art as well as Grand Central in NY. That brought me to Spain to become the Director of Anatomy at the Barcelona Academy of Art for 3 years. Thank you Ribera for you inspiration and your dark moody paintings! #missoulafineartstudio #artinspiration #masterstudy #oldmaster #juseperibera #ribera #academicprocess #oilportrait #traditionaloilpainting #oilpainting ...

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"Angel of The Stars", 5 x 4.5, graphite and chalk on toned Canson paper. #missoulafineartstudio #magicalrealism #romanticrealism #portraitdrawing #drawing #realism #modernrealism #linedrawing #linedrawing ...

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Finished Masterstudy transfer drawing, after José Jiménez Aranda's "The Happy Drinker", 1837-1903. Painting in progress! #missoulafineartstudio #masterstudy #pencildrawing #figurativerealism #academicdrawing #academicart #creativeuprising #drawing #drawing #whiskyart ...

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Sold. "Among The Ruins", 5 x 4.5, graphite and chalk on toned Canson. #missoulafineartstudio #figurativeart #figurativerealism #figuredrawing #drawing #magicalrealism #romanticrealism #linedrawing ...

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Sold, "Sea Breeze", 5 x 4.5 on toned Canson, graphite and chalk. #missoulafineartstudio #daydreaming #magicalrealism #romanticrealism #portraitdrawing #preraphaelite #dreamersofdecadence #figurativerealism #modernrealism #seabreeze #seaart #sirenart #mermaidart ...

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Sold, "Il Turno della Luna" or, The Moon's Turn. 5 x 4.5, graphite and chalk on toned Canson paper. #missoulafineartstudio #magicalrealism #creativeuprising #moonart #fantasyart #romanticrealism #figurativerealism #figurativeart #figuredrawing #drawing ...

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Finished transfer drawing on the right and finished transfer onto canvas on the left! Unfortunately you can't transfer every line! Materstudy work in progress after J.J.Aranda. #missoulafineartstudio #workinprogress #transferdrawing #figurativerealism #figurativeart #drawing #academicdrawing #academicprocess #paintingprocess ...

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Cheers! More Masterstudies in the works! With all this social distancing, I am finding solace socializing with the past instead! In this case with José Jiménez Aranda's "The Happy Drinker", 1837-1903. Can't wait to transfer this to canvas! #missoulafineartstudio #masterstudy #pencildrawing #figurativerealism #academicdrawing #academicart #creativeuprising #drawing ...

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More masterstudies in the works, after Alma Tadema, a preperatory drawing. #missoulafineartstudio #almatadema #masterstudy #classicalrealism #transferdrawing #figurativerealism ...

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A preperatory drawing for a new masterstudy of an Eduard Veith piece. Transfer drawings are always a fun place to play with simple line and mass. #missoulafineartstudio #masterstudy #transferdrawing #eduardveith #classicalrealism ...

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Happy Easter Everyone! Here is a small work in progress. Making a few works at the same time so I can alternate working on them, fresh eyes are always helpful. #missoulafineartstudio #oilportrait #oilpainting #figurativerealism #figurativeart #classicalrealism ...

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Work in progress, The Poppy Picker. Oil on linen board. She has really been helping me to have a pause from what is going on outside the Studio. Feeling very fortunate to be able to create my own company : ). #missoulafineartstudio #workinprogress #figurativerealism #realism #oilportrait #poppies #flowerpicking #magicalrealism ...

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Working away at home and in the Studio. We are moving our Missoula based classes online so stay tuned! We don't have pets, but Becky here is a neighborhood kitty who loves sneaking into our studio when we aren't looking! She is a great little model! Stay safe everyone! #missoulafineartstudio #catart #drawing #animalportrait #sketching #realism #animalart ...

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A magical portrait of me made by my sweet husband, @maurilius_ with silverpoint. Mau found a nice way to get some very dark tones with it, alongside dome guache highlights. I love working alongside Maurilio with his extensive imagination and creativity with his craft. Silverpoint made by @gavingardnerstudios #missoulafineartstudio #artistlife #silverpoint #magicalrealism #romanticrealism #seamaiden #drawing #portrait ...

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Another sketch version of "Astra Castra, Numen Lumen" 5 x 5, graphite and gold leaf. #missoulafineartstudio #milkyway #sleepunderthestars #magicalrealism #romanticrealism #figurativeart ...

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You really never know when inspiration will come, so best to always have a sketchbook handy! This image came to me while reading "Falling Upwards", a book about hot air ballooning. It is based on the saying "Astra Castra, Numen Lumen" which can be translated to "Stars My Camp, The Spirit My Lamp". Little composition sketches like this one are where I like to begin the work for my paintings. #missoulafineartstudio #imaginativerealism #thumnail #sketching #compositionsketch #romanticrealism #starrynight #astracastranumenlumen ...

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Detail from a work in progress, watercolor and guache #watercolor #guache #dandelion #figurativerealism #imaginativerealism #romanticrealism #instaart #childrensbookillustration #illustration ...

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A current work in progress for my Pipa Project. More to come! #missoulafineartstudio #illustration #imaginativerealism #figurativerealism #romanticrealism #childrensbookillustration #fairies #dandylion ...

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Circle in silverpoint, 5 x 7.5. Silverpoint made by @gavingardnerstudios #missoulafineartstudio #silverpoint #mythologicalart #romanticrealism #imaginativerealism #realism #drawing #figurativerealism ...

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A watercolor work in progress with one of my favorite models and dear friend @emma_alexandra_art ! #missoulafineartstudio #watercolor #workinprogress #figurativeart #mythologicalart #nymph #contemporaryart #contemporaryrealism #figurativerealism #imaginativerealism #contemporaryart #mediterraneanlife #wineart ...

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Progression of a recent session with a great new model in our studio. Can't wait to work with her again! #missoulafineartstudio #artatelier #figurativerealist #academicdrawing #figuredrawing #academicfiguredrawing #graphitedrawing #academicnude #naturalism #contemporaryfigurativeart ...

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Here is a detail from a current little side project I've been working on since summer. It is inspired by my husband's family's orange orchard in Italy. I have always loved illustration as well as realist paintings, so it has been a delight to play with my more illustrative side! Stay tuned for more! : ). #missoulaartist #watercolor #watercolordrawing #illustration #childrensbookillustration #fairy #pixie #arancedisicilia #drawing #instaart #contemporaryfigurativeart #figurativeart #guache #missoulafineartstudio ...

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"Tesori del Mare" (Treasures of the sea), 24 X 30 inches, oil on linen. This has been one of my favorite paintings I've made of late, a more challenging composition and color scheme made for quite the painting experience. The Sicilian sea has had a strong impact on me over the years and so it was my pleasure to paint the richness that I see there in those sparkling waves and deep jem toned blues and greens of the salty water. #oilpainting #figurativepainting #mythologicalart #figurativeart #creativeuprising #dreamersofdecadence #siren #maresicilia #marecatania #acitrezza #artesicilia #tesoridimare #symbolistart #imaginativerealism #contemporaryrealism #creativeuprising #painting #paintingcomposition #compositionpainting #contemporaryart ...

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"Etna Rosso" 24 x 30 inches. This is a painting of the intense red wine made from the grapes of the Volcano Etna in Sicily. It is strong and delicioso! It was a fun painting to create, I love wine and I adore painting so a combination of the two was a great experience!! : ) #oilpainting #missoulafineartstudio #painting #figurativepainting #imaginativerealism #mythologicalart #symbolistart #creativeuprising #contemporaryrealism #contemporaryart #figurativeart #realistpainting #realismpainting #faaalumni #etna #cataniaart #etnarosso #vinisicliani #viniitaliani #nicolosi ...

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More finished pieces, full images coming soon. #missoulafineartstudio #figurativepainting #oilpainting #paintingdetail #figurativerealism #imaginativerealism #creativeuprising #contemporaryrealism #contemporaryart #painting #mythologicalart #etna #etnarosso #vinorosso ...

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Finally finished! Better and complete images coming soon. These have been fun projects, tough to get through with their deadlines, but I am happy with the results. More pieces like these to come! #missoulafineartstudio #paintingdetail #oilportrait #figurativepainting #oilpainting #painting #imaginativerealism #contemporaryrealism #creativeuprising #maresicilia #seatreasure #siren #figurativeart #mythologicalart #symbolistart #contemporaryrealism ...

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Deadline is finally here. Adding the finishing touches. #missoulafineartstudio #workinprogress #oilportrait #oilpainting #flowergirl #paintingdetail #figurativepainting #missoulaartist ...

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Detail from a piece in progress. Sparkles slowly being added! #missoulafineartstudio #artisticprocess #oilpainting #figurativepainting #paintingdetail #paintingmethods #paintingprep #paintingdetail ...

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Another detail from a current work progress. #missoulafineartstudio #figurativepainting #figurepainting #oilpainting #workinprogress #artisticprocess #mythologicalart #paintingdetail #imaginativerealism #contemporaryrealism ...

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Detail of a current work in progress, lots to do! #missoulafineartstudio #paintingmethods #paintingdetail #oilpainting #paingting #figurativepainting #mythologicalart #siren #tesoridimare #symbolistart #figurativeart #workinprogress ...

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Detail of a work in progress. First day of laying in color...lots to do! #missoulafineartstudio #oilpainting #painting #mythologicalart #figurativepainting #contemporaryrealism #siren #imaginativerealism #naturesspirit #missoulaartist #acitrezza #mare #maresicilia #symbolistart #seaart ...

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More works in progress. Here is a current underpainting in its beginning stages. #missoulafineartstudio #missoulaartist #montanaartist #oilpainting #figurativepainting #siren #naturesspirit #figurativeart #symbolistart #mythologicalart #underpainting #artstudio #artisticprocess #paintingmethods ...

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Prep drawing for "Etna Rosso" , my interpretation of the grapes that make Sicily's very intense red wine grown on the slopes of the volcano Mt. Etna (and very tasty!). Painting in the works! Questa è per la mostra! : ) @negozio_bio_spezie_te_biofood #missoulafineartstudio #figuredrawing #whitechalk #entarosso #etna #cataniaart #artesiciliana #vinorosso #donnadelvino #mythologicalart #figurativerealism #contemporaryrealism #symbolistart #contemporaryrealism ...

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While paintings are drying it's a perfect moment to start the prep drawings for new paintings. Work in progress, white and red chalk with graphite #missoulafineartstudio #missoulaartist #figuredrawing #figurativerealism #figurativeart #drawing #classicalrealism #contemporaryrealism #creativeuprising #sicilyinspiration #mythologicalart #symbolistart #naturesspirit #whitechalk ...

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Celebrating our second Annual Student Show for the Missoula Fine Art Studio! Maurilio and I opened up shop January of 2017 and our students have come so far in such a short period of time, and just once a week too! Thanks to everyone who came out and to all of our wonderful supporters and friends! The show will be up at the 709 Gallery on 709 Ronan St till the end of the month! #missoulafineartstudio #missoulaart #montanaart #artstudio #artshow #classicalart #academicfiguredrawing #artatelier #artacdemy #nitramcharcoal #709gallery ...

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Time to transfer the drawing onto canvas! #missoulafineartstudio #artprocess #artisticprocess #artprep #transferdrawing #figuredrawing #figurepainting #contemporaryrealism #compositionpainting #symbolistart #mythologicalart #seatreasure #missoulaartist ...

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Figure study from today with a lovely new model. #missoulafineartstudio #figuredrawing #figurativerealism #academicfiguredrawing #drawing #graphitedrawing #contemporaryrealism #contemporaryart #missoulaartist #montanaartist ...

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The finished prep drawing for my upcoming painting, can't wait to get it started! This piece will be for a show this summer in Italy, where the rocky image is inspired by! White & red chalk with graphite. 9 x 11. Anche per la mostra! @negozio_bio_spezie_te_biofood #missoulafineartstudio #figuredrawing #figurativerealism #academicfiguredrawing #symbolistart #mythologicalart #siren #foundtreasures #seatreasure #nymphs #imaginativerealism #creativeuprising #contemporaryrealism #classicaldrawing #dreamersofdecadence ...

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More elements being added to the preperatory drawing #missoulafineartstudio #figuredrawing #figurativeart #workinprogress #workonpaper #figurativerealism #figurativeart #classicalrealism #mythologicalart #contemporaryrealism #contemporaryart #detail #artprocess #artisticprocess #artprep ...

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