I don't often use pastel. Every now and then, however, it is a fresh change of pace. Using a paper that has color is especially exciting since that color is already programmed into the work. That color is the "given". I love it when it shows through all parts of the work, not just the background. Using pastel can enhance spontaneity when it is used more as a drawing medium. Line work is much more crucial. "Fourteen" is a 3-hour picture that hit my mark.....that is sometimes so difficult. It satisfies all of my requisites for a good work......very rare. In fact, I used this image for my business card. Sometimes surprise is the result of creating with what you are given.