I did manage to do a couple of pastel paintings last week, small little ones (18x23 cm). I'd like to do a big sky painting, in acrylics or watercolours. My inspiration is a view of the Kerry coastline from Loop Head in Clare. It's a busy dramatic sky, with a fairly dull foreground. The first one is quite soft, maybe with too little contrast. The second is more dramatic - it was painted on blue paper, which gives the blue sky a stronger feel.
Pastels are very handy - they require no preparation, no water, so are ideal when time is short. They are very immediate and satisfying!