The reference photo comes from a close-up crop of one of the many pictures I took up in Gold Creek Pond at Snoqualmie Pass.
Blank board with reference photo and my thumbnail (being a good student here).
Drawing with a grey pastel pencil. Not the best one but can change!
I used hard pastels to define value areas.
Fun part: alcohol applied with a brush letting some drips do their thing.
Some dry pastel application... at some point my tree had way too much snow.
I moved away from the photo and tried to give some character to the lonely fellow.
Finished painting! Available.