That's not a "bad" pastel...it's a good "start"!
The top are is great, the bottom just needs a little refining/finishing.
The best way I have found to arrest a never-ending stream of "starts" is to do this:
When you think you have a "dog" of a painting, don't throw it away. Spray lightly with fixative and rework-push, rework-push the painting till it does
look the way you want it. Starting over and over without pressing to work through problems destines you to repeat them. Use up a few pieces of that good paper, but determine to learn from each trial, not be crushed by your attempts. A couple other tips...cut the Canson into 4 pieces so your trials take up 1/4th the paper until you feel confident enought to tackle a full 19x25, and master painting single objects before taking on a whole setup, landcape or portrait.
Paintings by L. Diane Johnson
Workshops for 2001