At this point you
went in and wiped down the whole work?
I usually remove layers
of pastel by hitting the surface with a chamois cloth. This is done
usually in desperation when I've reach a point of complete dissatisfaction
with the progress of the work. Sometimes it happens at an earlier
stage when the drawing proportions are incorrect or the drawing
is too academic and too ordinary, lacking verve or form. With this
work, there was considerable pastel on the surface. Some areas would
not accept another layer of pastel unless I switched to a softer
brand. I used only Mt. Vision pastel for this work. I had reach
a point of disgust and knew the only way to move forward was to
remove and disturb the existing drawing. Then I would be free to
rebuild the form and color.