This painting was kind of an experiment. I had been reading the book How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill, and I liked the Introduction so much, that I printed it out in script on the computer to use as a crumpled paper background on this pastel. The words are barely visible in the painting, but the texture adds quite a bit of drama. Pastels were applied over the paper after it dried, and then I sealed the painting with final fixative. After that was dry, I applied spray shallac to the whole thing to really seal in the pastel. I was awarded an honorable mention for it in the Wisconsin Pastel Artists "Summer Wrap Up-Fall Ahead" exhibition.