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Pastel Painting: “Cottonwood Strong”

Hello and welcome back!

As promised, today I am bringing you my most recent pastel painting based on a reference photograph I took near my home.

I am calling it “Cottonwood Strong” because cottonwood trees grow FAST and provide lovely shade even where they are the solitary tree as in this landscape!

“Cottonwood Strong” 5×7 pastel on Pastel Premiere

In the photo below you can see the thumbnail I created.

You can also see I prepared a piece of Pastel Premiere sanded paper with an acrylic ink underpainting in warm colors. I wanted a complimentary color underneath all the green I saw in the reference photo.

Thumbnail & Acrylic Ink underpainting


Hard pastel sketch & reference photo


Soft Pastel palette


Blocking In


Adding more local color

More color….


Nearly there….just needs signing!

I hope you enjoyed seeing this painting come together.

I am also posting on Instagram now, so please check it out!

Have a great day 🙂



Rhonda is an artist, violinist, mountain dulcimer player, composer/arranger, homeschool mom, and chicken/goat farmer. To purchase her fine art, visit

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