#WorldWatercolorMonth – Primary Colors

That could be the target that the cup cake girl from yesterday was shooting at, what do you think?

180703 Primary colors new_worldwatercolormonth_Melanie Franz


Mystery Blogger Award

I just got nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by Josh – The Jaguar – for the second time! And I did not even get around to acknowledge the first time. So here it goes. Thank you so much! I really appreciate it and it nice to see that someone appreciates my drawings.
Go and check out his blog The Jaguar and its allies. I learned a lot about jaguars in Belize which I had no idea were there, when I visited the country.

The award was originally created by Okoto Enigma and is

…an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging and they do it with so much love and passion.


The Mystery Blogger Award comes with some rules. They are:

  • Thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Answer the questions from the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 10-20 bloggers you feel deserve the award.
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice with one weird or funny one.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.

Three Things About Me

  1. I am (almost) always late. It´s just the person I am. No other excuses. That´s why I am answering here to the first nomination by Josh, and after a month of procrastination I will get to the second one.
  2. I go to bed way too late for no apparent reason.
  3. I love cheese.

The answers to Josh´ questions

  • If you could take a free class on any topic, what would it be?

Spanish lessons. I want to learn more.

  • What is your favorite book?

Too many to narrow it down to one. But anything by Paul Auster and Herman Hesse.

  • Do you have a specific place you like to go when you need to think? If so, where?

Not really. But I think I tend to get ideas when exercising or lying lazily on the couch.

  • Imagine you’ve been commissioned to write any book you want. What kind of book would you write (e.g. fantasy, horror, memoir, nonfiction, etc.)?

Fantasy. There will be dragons and wizards! And a dog.

  • Funny/weird question: If you had to survive in one of the following inhospitable locations, which would you choose?
    1. The arctic
    2. The Kalahari Desert
    3. The Amazon rain forest
    4. Detroit

I already live just below the arctic circle in an inhospitable place. So am not sure I want to move to another one. But maybe the rain forest might be a nice change.

I imagine it like this

1805 Welcome to the jungle


Here are my nominees for the Mystery Blogger Award. If you’ve been nominated, you are in no way obligated to accept this award; it’s simply a token of my appreciation!

  1. Mike
  2. Na Ry
  3. Hilary Farmer
  4. Eliza
  5. Equinoxio
  6. Scifihammy
  7. Edoardo
  8. Essentially Creative Times
  9. Josephine
  10. Sabrina

Questions for Nominees

  1. What skill would you like to learn this year?
  2. Have you attempted something and failed but still considered it a valuable experience?
  3. If you could go any place you want to right now. Where would you go?
  4. What is your guilty pleasure TV show?
  5. Jam and cheese on bread is delicious! Agree or disagree?

Visit at the ice cream parlor

The last picture in my series of ice cream dedicated drawings for the moment. I am pretty sure I will revisit them at some point. I think it was a fun theme to practice  drawing and those water colours on.

I  was bored the other night at a friends place where I tried out a beautiful set of Japanese watercolours. The inspiration was a photo of the Valdís Ice cream parlor in Reykavik. They bake their own waffles in the back so you always have that delicious waffle smell in your nose upon entering. The ice cream is quite delicious too.

I´ll not only take a break from ice cream but also the land of ice – Iceland – as I ´ll be heading to Mexico for 2 months! To do what, I don´t know yet, but my priorities are to learn Spanish and to get some sun! But I also have my drawing stuff packed and I will see what I come up with while on the road.

Until then, enjoy your ice cream!

1803 Ice cream parlor by Melanie Franz

Sunday brunch with ice cream

Last day of the week and I thought that a nice pancake lunch would be perfect to finish it off. So dig in!

Had a lot of fun doing these 7 day drawing challenge and might do another one soon. I also ended up buying more watercolours last week so lets see what happens.

1803 Sunday by Melanie Franz


Relax and enjoy your Saturday ice cream

I love whiskey. Especially the slightly smoky kinds like Talisker and the more well rounded ones like Glenlivet are perfect on a cozy evening.

Vanilla ice cream is the perfect starter for this Saturday night.

1803 saturday by Melanie Franz

Your well deserved after-work-treat

I am really enjoying this themed 7 day challenge. 2 more days to go.

Finally its Friday and what is better than a cold one straight after work I thought?

1803 Friday by Mel

Extra sugar on Thursday

The week is more than half way  over, so you might need a little bit of extra sugar to keep you going until the weekend.

These ones are more of the typical Icelandic style kind of ice creams that you get at most ice cream parlors. Soft ice cream in a box with any kind of topping you can think of – From Mars bars, to Oreos, Smarties, Skittles, coconut bars, biscuits and much much more and everything topped with chocolate and caramel sauce. Don´t forget the cream!

If that doesn´t give you a sugar high then I don´t know.

1803 thursday by Mel 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

Have your pick of ice cream on Tuesday

Day 2 of my 7 day challenge. Monday went well so you can have your pick with your Tuesday ice cream. Which one do you want?

1803 Tuesday ice cream by Melanie Franz

Monday ice cream

I thought about joining another one of those drawing challenges as it was a lot of fun doing Inktober, but I couldn´t find anything that interested me. So I decided to do my own 7 day challenge of one drawing a day… dedicated to ice cream of course! I will keep the ice cream theme up for another week or so because after that I will hit the road and am off to explore Mexico! But more about that later.

For now, fight the Monday blues with your ice cream of the day – Voilà!

1803 Monday ice cream by Melanie Franz

It´s a dogs life

A spoiled pooch that cannot get enough. When you are torn between a popsicle or scoops of vanilla & walnut ice cream with chocolate sprinkles on top.

What is your favourite flavour?

1802 Its a dogs life II

That´s it? I´m not convinced.

“The girl at the ice cream parlor talked me into getting pistachio. But I am not convinced. Should have picked walnut instead.”

Another watercolour drawing…. my favourite for the colours so far.

Happy weekend! Go and get some ice cream! I am currently in southern Germany were I enjoy 12+ degrees Celsius.

1803 yak

Ice cream party

“You forgot to give me a spoon but that won´t stop me!”

I did this drawing last month but I only coloured it in the other day. For some reason I didn´t know what to do with it colour wise before that. I now try to think ahead which colours I want to use before creating an overly colourful mess, like I did a couple of times in the past. I think it turned out quite cute.



Sour and cold ice cream

Another drawing practice with watercolours. I like the background.

She looks slightly sour though.  She got her ice cream, expecting vanilla, only to discover that it is lemon sorbet.

1802 cold and sour



It´s ice cream o´clock!

I realized that since I picked ice cream as a topic, I don´t fall short of finding ideas of what I want to draw. At the same time I try to improve my people and water colouring skills… the later seems to be a somewhat slower process in my opinion.

1802 Ice cream time

In the past I often failed to draw or struggled to find anything inspiring. The process would be something like this:

8 pm I feel like drawing!

8.30 pm Finally assembled the drawing material

8.45 pm Starring at the blank paper…

9 pm Starting a google image search to find inspiration or good reference photo

10 pm Stuck on some artist blog or photo gallery

10.30 Pee break and I need a snack before I can get started

11 pm Finally found what I want to draw

11.15 pm Damn, its that late! But I just started! Need to go to sleep. Will continue some other time…

Definitely doing a lot better these days than back then!



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