I tried something different with this painting. Starting with an acrylic painting rough in. I then applied Golden ground for pastel over that, then the pastel. I also sprayed a fixative over the first layer of pastel. It seems to have lost the intense colors and try as I might I can't get it back. I was always told that the fixative will darken the pastels, but I have seen many artists do great with this method. I must be missing something.
9 x 12 pastel on panel.