|Buffalo Gal 9x12pastel on board $125.|
This surface forces me to loosen up and I like leaving some of the surface color, in this case a deep red, showing thru the final colors. It gives the work a life and vibrancy, which I think is especially good for a subject like this.
I also found these fun jumbo tacks, that do a dandy job of holding the hardboard panel at my easel. If I only put the panel on the easel, I struggle getting to the top and bottom and I dont' like feeling penned in. These allow the panel to be able to move left and right easily, not disrupting me. It also helps to keep my panel at a level so I can stand to work, freeing me up a bit more as I prefer to step back every few minutes to check on my progress.