This is a small pastel on gold leaf (8"x8".) It has been sprayed with fixative repeatedly and scratched down with abandon. There was a time it was "pretty" but it was boring. That's the biggest issue...predictability and pretty. Now it is much closer.
The past month I have been working on a large pastel (30x40) and it is suffering the same disease. I think I will just throw some Gamsol on it tomorrow so I have to dig it out again.
Remember if it's not(visually) precious.....it's not precious.