Sometimes you just need to be at the beach! The seaside by Noto is one of our favorite places to go to, even in September it's so warm you can still swim! It's a great breaktime with Maurilio in between studio classes prep work while here finishing our vacation in Italy! Back in Missoula on the 6th of October for more lessons at our Missoula Fine Art Studio! #missoulafineartstudio #artistinitaly #seaside #notosicily #sicily #italy #mare #breaktime ...

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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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Working with the figure is always such fun! This is for a fairly large painting coming up soon. Graphite with white and red chalk on toned Canson paper. #missoulafineartstudio #figurativerealism #academicfiguredrawing #figurativedrawing #imaginativerealism #mythologicalart #contemporaryrealism #contemporaryart #creativeuprising #figurativeart #graphitedrawing #artisticprocess #missoulaartist #montanaartist ...

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Lots of prep work going into some upcoming shows! Here is the beginning stage of a preperatory drawing for a fairly large piece I'll be starting soon! #missoulafineartstudio #figuredrawing #figurativerealism #imaginativerealism #symbolistart #nymphs #mythologicalart #siren #academicfiguredrawing #cansonpaper #graphitedrawing #contemporaryrealism #montanaartist #montanaart ...

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Panel prep week! This is only a fraction of the total boards. Most will be used for shows this summer, and the rest have yet to be planned out! Some are plain panels others have linen. #missoulafineartstudio #missoulaartist #montanaartist #artprep #artboard #paintingprep #behindthescenes #artstudio ...

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More sketching for upcoming larger works...now just to hire the models! #missoulafineartstudio #figurativedrawing #imaginativerealism #siren #cataniaart #drawing #missoulafineartstudio #montanaartist ...

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More preperatory work for a few upcoming shows in Italy this year! #missoulaartist #montanaartist #mythologicalart #figurativeart #naturesspirit #ginestra ...

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Sketching out some new compositions for an upcoming show in Italy #missoulafineartstudio #missoulaartist #montanaartist #naturesspirit #nymphs #sketchbook #symbolistart #mythologicalart ...

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New frame finished! This is the last one for a while. Ready to go to @radius.gallery ! #missoulafineartstudio #montanaartist #missoulaartist #oilonpanel #oilpainting #mythologicalart #framing #libertyart #painting ...

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New frame finished! Soon off to @radius.gallery ! #missoulaartist #missoulafineartstudio #montanaartist #framing #oilonpanel #decorativearts #painting #redgold ...

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SOLD, "A Harpy's Nest", 16 x 20 oil on panel, She's all varnished and ready for @radius.gallery! #missoulafineartstudio #missoulaartist #montanaartist #harpy #figurativerealism #figurativeoilpainting #creativeuprising #dreamersofdecadence #mythologicalart #oilonpanel #oilpainting #contemporaryrealism #painting ...

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Vanishing time! It's always nice to see the real painting again! Gamvar is my varnish of choice #oilpainting #missoulafineartstudio #montanaartist #missoulaartist #oilonpanel #figurativerealism #figurativeoilpainting #varnishing #snakeart #mythologicalart #contemporaryrealism ...

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Her frame is finally finished! Lots of hours working on her and her frame, but only one last step yet to go, varnishing! #missoulafineartstudio #montanaartist #missoulaartist #harpy #oilonpanel #painting #mythologicalart #contemporaryrealism #realismart #representationalart #artframe #framing #instart #creativeuprising ...

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Study sketch from a model session yesterday. #missoulafineartstudio #figurativerealism #figuredrawing #contemporaryart #contemporaryrealism #sketchbook #drawing #missoulaartist #montanaartist ...

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Making some sketches from my Vanderpoel drawing book! It's great for freshening up on features and line texture! #missoulafineartstudio #vanderpoel #sketchbook #figurativeart #eyedrawing #graphitedrawing #missoulaartist #montanaart #drawing ...

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Newly finished piece, Golden Apples, 16 x 20 oil on panel #missoulafineartstudio #missoulaartist #montanaartist #figurativerealism #figurativeoilpainting #hesperidesgardens #symbolistart #oilonpanel #oilpainting #classicaloilpainting #montanaart ...

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Detail from A Harpy's Nest, oil on panel. Full image coming soon! #missoulaartist #montanaartist #imaginativerealism #figurativeoilpainting #figurativeart #creativeuprising #harpy #symbolistart #mythologicalart #oilpainting #oilonpanel #paingting #realismart ...

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Still a long ways to go, but I'm excited to see where she will take me! #missoulafineartstudio #figurativeoilpainting #figurativerealism #oilonpanel #oilpainting #paingting #workinprogress #representationalart #contemporaryart #naturesspirit #missoulaartist #montanaartist ...

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Three hours in on a little work in progress! #missoulafineartstudio #missoulaartist #montanaartist #figurativeoilpainting #figurativeart #figurativerealism #realistpainting #oilonpanel #contemporaryart #paingting #workinprogress ...

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One of my current works in progress, loads more to go! #missoulafineartstudio #harpies #flowergirl #representationalart #portraitpainting #oilportrait #oilpainting #oilonpanel #symbolistart #missoulaartist #montanaartist #figurativeart #figurativeoilpainting ...

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What's on the easel! First pass with color. Working with a new technique loosely based on J.E. Millais, one of my favorite painters : ) #workinprogress #painting #oilpainting #portraitpainting #representationalart #contemporaryart #realismart #symbolismart #millais #flowergirl ...

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New pieces in the works! A piece from my ideas sketchbook #missoulaartist #montanaartist #drawing #sketchbook #sketches #getdrawing #deerart #folklore #folkloreart #contemporaryart #representationalart #symbolismart #montanaart ...

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Working away at the sculpture's patina! #sculpting #eveandthesnake #bronzepatina #missoulaartist #montanaartist #bluegold #snakeart #figurativeart #contemporaryart #symbolismart #sculpture ...

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She has finally come out of her mold! She needs a lot of touch up work still and a patina added, but I'm happy with my second sculpture I have ever cast! I learned the technique at Florence Academy of art with Robert Bodem. I haven't got the method down just as I would like, but practice makes perfect! @florenceacademyofart #missoulaartist #montanaartist #realismart #contemporaryart #sculpture #plastercast #siliconemold #gessosculpture #gesso #plaster #snakeart #eveandthesnake ...

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On my way to Rome! Here was the magical view on the train from Sicily to Rome! Just one more day left! Lots of colors for inspiration!! #artistinitaly #travelitaly #italiancoast #mediterranean #montanaartist #blue #etna ...

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Making some little plein air sketches from my Italy trip! More to follow! #pleinair #allaprima #paintfromlife #oilpainting #representationalart #italyart #artistinitaly #piazza #classicalpainting #montanaartist #missoulaartist ...

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Really loving painting all of this lovely Sicilian fruit! #paintfromlife #montanaartist #missoulaartist #sicilyitaly #stilllife #creativeuprising #classicalpainting #painting #oilonpanel #naturamorta ...

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Still life from a few years ago while in Barcelona #montanaartist #missoulaartist #naturamorta #stilllife #oilpainting #realism #representationalart #classicalpainting #blueglass ...

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A quick Alla Prima oil sketch while here in Sicily. Sicilian fruit is some of the best I've ever had, so I was very excited to paint some today! #allaprima #oilsketch #oilpainting #paintfromlife #sicilyitaly #montanaartist #missoulaartist #nicolosi #instaart #missoulafineartstudio #representationalart #realism ...

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Back in my second home in Sicily! More to follow! #missoulaartist #montanaartist #sicilyitaly #artistinitaly #arttravel #noto #ladolcevita #missoulafineartstudio #lasicilia ...

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Off to Italy! Heading to Rome, Sicily, Scotland, and maybe Florence! Posts from Italy coming soon! #triptoitaly #sicilyitaly #italianart #artvacation #watercolorsketch #montanaartist #missoulaartist ...

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The Studio garden has been such an inspiration to have just outside the door when I'm painting! It's a wonderful place to have a glass of wine too! #missoulafineartstudio #artgarden #artstudio #missoulaartist #montanaartist #montanagarden ...

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