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

 

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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?

 

Ice cream in winter

I wanted to take on a new project for January/ February and first thought about a portrait a day as I would like to improve my portrait drawing skills, something I haven´t done in years. But then I remembered something…

I don´t know for how long I have been thinking about doing a series dedicated to ice cream. I love ice cream and Iceland is a country somewhat addicted to it with ice cream shops open until late at night. You can find just as many people queuing for ice cream on a Friday night as during happy hour at the closest pub for another pint of beer.

So enjoy some ice cream during the weekend!

1801 Winter Icecream

Last of 2017

So 2017 ended rather quietly with a bottle of wine and a plate of delicious Swiss cheese. Best of 2017 was that I finally got back into drawing after many years of not doing anything about it but always having it at the back of my head.

I thoroughly enjoyed the Inktober challenge and am super happy that one of my best friends pointed it out to me (Thank you Elise!). It certainly helped to create a positive habit of drawing regularly. Not every day, as there are plenty of other things I like to do, but about every other day.

1712 ink by Mel

Beside ink, which is my favourite at the moment, I am also trying to teach myself how to use water colours. I always had them but never actively used them.

1712 Bird water color

Happy new year!