Still dickering with the black paper. Some look so bad that I am not inclined to post them. They are studies in what went wrong- learning experiences.
The humidity in Florida is so high that I have to work indoors. Pastels absorb moisture like little sponges then refuse to paint smoothly. I have a box of Conte pastel pencils. The humidity cracked the wood casings on every one of them. The box filled with stick pastels has been indoors now for three days and they are beginning to paint smoother. Trouble is, pastels are messy. The dust goes everywhere. I work with plastic on the tabletop to prevent the dust from settling into the wood grain and run a swiffer under and around the table frequently to keep the dust off the floor. Guess I will have to find a place indoors to store the pastels permanently to help keep the moisture out.