This is from the monthly Spotlight Challenge on WC's pastel forum. The subject for July is "trees", and I chose an image taken by the challenge host, Paula Ford, of a field in her state of TN. I was drawn to its simple shapes and strong values.
It's on the home-made surface of 140# watercolor paper and Golden fine pumice ground, untinted. In lieu of that, I used an alcohol wash underpainting. I was aiming for a more golden color, as shown in the underpainting, but it didn't work out that way. This would be a reference that would lend itself to a series of paintings, actually....