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

There is ice cream on the ground – “Datt!”

“Datt” – an Icelandic word you will hear uttered especially by children after dropping absolutely anything (when living in Iceland of course). It means as much as “oops fallen”.  It fell and I don’t know how it happened…!?
“Datt!”

More water colour and ink.

180101 Datt by Mel

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!

Hoop VI

Went to aerial hoop class tonight. First time I moved since Christmas, and damn, it was a struggle. All that eating left its traces. Perhaps on Friday I will be in better shape again to try this kind of shoulder stand.

 

1712 hoop shoulder stand

Happy holidays

I´m not big on all the Christma hype and also mostly missed out on any preparations due to the flu  for the last week. So I made my own Christmas card instead.

Happy holidays!

1712 Jóla 5

Aerial hoop V

I have been sketching a lot recently, trying out new techniques. Another hoop drawing…

1711 Aerial hoop

I was thinking to try portraits next, using different techniques, and see what comes out of it. I did a lot of portraits when I was younger but haven´t really done anything for the past couple of years.

Aerial hoop

I am completely hooked on aerial hoop. I just got back to it this summer after a year long break. Love to be upside down in the air again!

1711 vertical split hoop

Water colour & ink

Last of Inktober

The last of the Inktober drawings… better late than never. Voilà!

For the little time I spend on this one I quite love it. I need to get more of that Indian ink I’ve been using.

1710 Inktober Crooked scan