This piece was one of my first attempts at working in pastels. Although I have spent many years in pencil and tradition oil on canvas, I had never worked with pastels, even as a kid. However, I was fortunate to be able to attend a workshop by the premiere pastel artist, Lesley Harrison, and spent three wonderful days in her classroom; this piece was the result. I learned very quickly that this really is my medium, and I love it. Lesley actually finished her demo piece and posted it to her blog; I love the contrast between how I handled these dogs and how she chose to render them; you can view her piece here.