I liked the light in this photo of Carrie, her friend Melissa, and baby Allen. Inspired by pictures I saw in my pastel magazine, I set out to try it. Right away I had trouble because the pastel wouldn't stick to the underpainting. I still don't know why. So I decided to do it in acrylic. Working over the failed pastel drawing, it dawned on me to try mixing the two. Once I had the thing covered with paint, I tried the pastel again. At that point, the chalk did stick to the paint and this is the result.