Why do I call this a painting when it's a drawing? To me, the word painting is more recognizable as a work of art than the word drawing. It immediately seems to raise the bar. Many pastel artists also use the word painting to describe their work. I really enjoyed doing my latest painting, "Dancing Peppers". When I set up the still life I was mindful of creating deep shadows. I played with the placement of the small peppers on the table, so the reflections would be seen in the silver bowl. I shot this photo from above at an angle which is my preferred shot. I tried something new on this piece, Caran d'Ache NeoColor water soluable crayons as a base layer on the peppers in the pot. I used them so I could cover the paper quickly and apply a few less layers of pencil, hoping to save time. I like the results, but I love the layering process even though it's very time consuming. So far, I like the red and green crayons as a base layer; the yellow, not so much. I recently tried a gray crayon for a back round in another painting and I was very disappointed. Have you experimented with different materials in your art or craft? Sometimes I feel as if I'm wasting time - after alll, I could be working on a new painting using my tried and true method. Experimenting with new ideas is good for me though, it keeps me thinking outside the box (or in my case, paper)!