Finally, I've decided to try my hand in oil, and this is my first attempt. I've found it quite pleasant to work in this medium. I must do it again. I like its fluidity and a possibility to move paint around. It is a certain advantage over acrylics, where everything dries so fast. I did not quite work out how to do the fine detail yet, - and this is a very quick painting anyway, took me only a couple of hours. The chrysanthemums are from my garden. It is a very warm winter this year, and they've only now came into flower. Nice white touch in the absence of snow. :)
This was an attempt to convey freshness of a flower just brought in from the garden. I find that pastel is a very good medium for sketching flowers. It is easier to control then watercolour and you do not need to wait till the colour dries. Also, if you made a mistake, you can smudge it and try again. Here is my 10 minute sketch.
I like to sketch people in groups to catch their social interaction. I find it particularly interesting, it is more expressive then lone figures. I like sketching in places like airports, railway stations, different waiting rooms. And the Flee Market, although not without its challenges - people move around a lot; was a perfect place for that.