Painting in pastels, for me, begins with earthy color. Specifically the color of the paper, a mid-range golden tone, grounds the image.
Have you ever seen a painting that appears to float?
If the earthy shadow colors are missing, the painting will float.
This painting, Serenity, done on ochre paper is built with layers of cross-hatched lines. This allows you as the viewer, to mix the colors with your eyes.
As your eyes/brain/heart/soul mixes the colors, you are thereby grounded in the process. Vibrations flow through the chakras, until all are aligned and vibrating in unison. This is what serenity feels like.
Hence the title, Serenity, is the place you have come to.