A well-meaning friend gifted me with an ancient box of hard NU"PASTEL color sticks.
I knew I had to have a textured working surface.
I painted acid -free foam core with a mixture of
Liquitex neutral gray and clear gesso.
The later makes a gritty working surface.
That morning, I had stopped off at neighbor Maggie's studio where she
had been working with stencils. After she fed me breakfast (thanks!)
I headed in to work at the studio.
I found a whole bunch of stencils I had cut from Bristol paper
and textured some of the panels with definite patterns.
Geometric or florid, I think they might peek through whatever I create
if I scrape the painted surface a little.
The surface takes the pastel well enough.
Started this to see; I've never worked with these sticks before.
Messy stuff, but interesting. A shot down Smathers Beach of a wedding party.