I've been playing with texture of pastel grounds lately. I was making a few tiny paintings this week for an art fair this coming weekend. I really liked this one. This is about 3" x 3" on a mat board that had been coated with Golden Fine Pumice Gel. I love the feeling of this surface for pastels. It has just enough grit to hold on to the pigment without feeling so scratchy of sand paper. Look at the nice lines of texture that are visible under the sky - that is what pulls me into the painting Love it! Most of this one was done with Terry Ludwig hand-made pastels. These are new to my palette and they are luscious!