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We had spent the day painting fall color at a friend's 30 acres north of Bigfork. It was early afternoon when we finished up there and I wanted to check out a place that I'd heard about. South I drove on the Swan Corridor and found the spot. However the sun was already over the mountains and everything was in the shade, I took a few photos and headed home. On my way back, I decided to explore a wildlife refuge that I saw when I had passed it. The light was golden, spilling over the mountains and creating patterns of light and shadow filtering through the trees. Swan Valley National Refuge.
12" x 16", pastel on archival board. $525 framed. To purchase, please contact ARTfusion Gallery in Bigfork, MT at 406-837-3526 or email@example.com.
Spring in the Swan Corridor near Condon in northwest Montana is a challenge for an outdoor painter. One is always waiting for the light that is so often fleeting as the heavy clouds move through. At this moment, an autumnal sun illuminated the meadow beyond. This was painted onsite with a few touches added in the studio.
12" x 9", pastel on archival board. $350 framed. To purchase, please contact ARTfusion Gallery in Bigfork, MT at 406-837-3526 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coming home from cross country skiing one winter day, I snapped a photo from the car as we passed this warmly-lit scene. The colors on the snow reflected the winter sun and shadows while the darkness of an approaching storm provided a backdrop to the landscape.
Shadow Play, 11" x 14", pastel on archival board
©Francesca Droll; Dusk Tones 1; 9" x 12"; Pastel on archival board. Collection of Deb & Travis Penrod
©Francesca Droll; Passing Storm; 12" x 16"; Pastel, Collection of the Artist