This is a piece I did using pouring medium and pastel, it’s called “Hey, Hokusai”:
Something about it reminded me of the “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” by Katsushika Hokusai. Although the only thing in common are the waves: somehow it reminded me of the Hokusai painting when I painted it.
The thing I like most is the background; it is composed of gesso applied thickly and pan pastel applied overtop. The gesso adds a nice texture to which the pastels can embed its pigments:
The rustic look of the background is contrasted by the glossy, modern-looking pop of the sun: