If you are looking to learn something new, The Paint Spot is always offering great workshops. That's where I went to enjoy a Soft Pastel Landscape Workshop with well known Edmonton artist David Shkolny. It was geared to the beginner/intermediate pastel artists - but I certainly walked away learning a few tricks and techniques.
I should have asked about his pastel box... isn't it nice?!
He started with the sky after drawing out the main points.
It's really nice to meet another artist who appreciates the vibrant colour, and tactile quality of pastel. For more of David's work, check out his website here.
If I could encourage you to do anything today, it would be to get in touch with your creative self - sign up for a workshop, or just get together with a friend to create together - it's most enjoyable. Happy Painting!