Breaking a Sweat

First time attempt at a self-portrait. It shows my attempt at a selfie at the gym after getting my first smart phone upon arrival in Athens. Yes, I am one of those old fashioned people. Was at least…

My selfie game is definitely weak (How is yours?) and pretty much non existent as I feel stupid taking them. Enjoyed the work out though.

My time in Greece is slowly coming to an end, and I am not sure how I feel about it. But first another weekend on another Greek island for me, starting tomorrow. The city is way too hot already at 36 degrees Celsius! Have a great weekend everyone!

1905 Yava gym_Breaing a sweat_Melanie Franz

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Cats are everywhere!

Discovered this fella (ca 1 metre high statue) in an art gallery in Kifissia in the north of Athens. I liked his posture  and attitude and wanted to draw him. Love how he turned out. I feel like I am starting to like cats (usually a total dog person), not sure what is happening to me…?

Would you like to have him at home?

1905 Art Gallery Kifissia_Melanie Franz

The Jaguar and its allies

I´ve been struggling a bit to find inspiration of what to draw since moving to Athens. So  in order to have a break from aerial hoop images I tried something new – big cats.

I have been thinking about it for a while. Inspired by Josh and his blog dedicated to The Jaguar and its allies. Go and check it out! It has very good and informative articles on jaguars, other big cats and wildlife conservation.

Josh,thanks for your encouragement, and I mentioned a while ago that I will try to do something with big cats, so this is attempt number one.

190226 Jaguar 1_Melanie Franz

Stopover in Ireland

On the way to Athens I had a stop over in Ireland for a couple of days. I always love going back there. I stayed with very good friends of mine and as always it was also nice to visit these two old paintings of mine that are on their living room wall. Take a better look at them here. 

Sorry for the bad picture quality. I finally managed to buy a new phone yesterday. So from now on I hope photos will be better quality.

Paintings_Melanie Franz

Taco Stand in Polanco

Taco stand part II. This time in Polanco in Mexico City.

We went a couple of times to Polanco to eat out. The best place we’ve been to by far was the japanese restaurant called Murakami. The food – sushi, sashimi and other delicacies, were amazing.

190130 Taco stand CDMX_Melanie Franz

On The Way Home

Encountered this group of school girls in their uniforms on my way home from the market in the center of Malinalco.

Market day is the best. I miss my daily fresh fruits.

190106 School girls in Malinalco_Melanie Franz

It´s all going down on Wednesday

During the last couple of months I definitely got into the positive habit of drawing regularly. After not drawing and painting a lot for the last couple of years I now cannot imaging to do it at least several times a week.  They say a new habit takes about 21 days to form. It certainly worked for me. Next step is to try to apply it to my language studies… Spanish next and then back to Icelandic…

I love how this one turned out. It was snowing and I love snow. But it is also time to shovel it up.

1803 Wednesday ice cream by Melanie Franz

Illustrations

I was asked again last year by one of the editors of the 14 Magazin, a magazine from Freiburg in southern Germany, if I like to do a couple of illustrations for two of his articles. Of course I said yes.

The magazine was published a few months ago but I only got my hands on a copy now.

First article is about the revival of vintage clothing and how it came back in style among 20+ somethings.

1711 14 Magazin_Faszination Vintage

1711 14 Magazin_Faszination Vintage 2

Second article which I quite enjoyed is about the pros and cons of watching TV vs online streaming. It argues that TV definitely has a surprise factor as you sometimes end up watching things that you would normally not watch. Also it provides a different viewing experience because you have to commit to a certain time if you want to watch something you are interested in.

Online streaming services are the opposite. Available any time and day, instant satisfaction is given. However, the tendency to binge watch is relatively high which might make us consume more than originally intended. Also the surprise factor is taken away as we usually choose what we want to see, therefore you might never get to watch that documentary about the Swiss rail way system that would have aired on your one TV channel at the time.

I also think that online streaming is more time consuming. Sometimes I can spend an hour going through the endless list of movies until I decide which one to watch. And I can definitely relate to the risk of addiction…  “Just one more episode of xyz and then I will go to sleep….. damn how come I have to get up in 4 hours already!?!?” But who hasn´t?

1711 14 Magzin_ Lineares Fernsehen

Where did it go?

Tried to do something different with style this time, but am sticking to the water colours and ink.

Ice cream is still the topic.

1801 Where did it go

Brain freeze…

“Brain freeze is practically a rite of summer. It happens when you eat ice cream or gulp something ice cold too quickly.”

I don´t know what happened here. I liked the ink drawing and then went all over the place with the water colours, obviously without plan or structure… and  then I put on more colours trying to fix it and oh well…  Then it turned into this colour explosion. As a consequence I started reading up about colour theory.

I like the image and might try to draw it again to see how it will turn out the second time round. What do you think?

1801 Brain freeze

 

Do you want ice cream?

Yes, Icelanders love ice cream. Most areas in Reykjavik have at least one ísbúð – ice cream parlor. The ísbúð we have just down the road from where we live is so packed on a late Friday night that you might think they are handing out free beers.

Ice cream is a year round affair in any kind of weather. I drove home last Tuesday around 10pm, everything white and snow was blowing left and right. I passed a street full of shops, all dark except for the ice cream parlor which was brightly lit and packed with people while the snow storm was blowing outside. How did they get there you wonder? Most locals don´t walk but only go places by car. So if your sole purpose is to drive to the next ice cream parlor then Icelanders even have a word for it – ísbíltúr – ice cream drive.

1802 Do you want ice cream

Cold and dark winter doesn´t stop anyone to get what they want – in this case a sweet treat. From my personal experience, I can openly admit that my sweets consumption increases proportionally with the darkness in winter and decreases when the daylight hours get longer again.

I like ice cream all year round and let´s put it that way, if it is cold outside, then at least it will not melt! What´s your faveourite time to eat it?

 

Strawberry kiss

I wanted to do something again with more ink as I miss my Inktober challenge. I really enjoyed drawing and painting with it.

So this is what it turned into. Strawberry ice cream.

Do you like strawberry ice cream?

180119 Strawberry kiss

Suck my ice cream

Some random water color practice while watching a movie. Not a fan of Miley, but I liked the way she was sucking her ice cream…

I actually quite like the way it turned out. Although I still feel like I am using water colours too much like acrylic colours… But I will keep on practicing.

180109 Suck it by Mel