#WorldWatercolorMonth – Light & Luminous

Slightly behind, but getting there. Light and luminous prompt of yesterday. Aerial move on a chandelier? Why not.

Edit: I was clearly too lazy yesterday to do a background for this. So when I saw it again today, I felt like I needed to do something immediately about those random yellow blobs. I like it a lot better now. What do you think?

180710 Light and Luminous_edited _Melanie Franz


180710 Light & Luminous_ Worldwatercolormonth _Melanie Franz


#WorldWatercolorMonth – Climbing Mountains

Credit for the mountain goat goes to the boyfriend aka my “creative director” as he likes to call himself.

180709 Climbing Mountains_ Worldwatercolourmonth_ Melanie Franz

#WorldWatercolorMonth – Flying Things

Some fun for day 8. A superman pose on the pole. It is more difficult to get into this pose than it might seem. At least for me it was always a semi-struggle.

So here a flying pose with flying things, just for the fun of it. The little black spots are bumblebees… or flies…

180708 Flying Things_Worldwatercolormonth _ Melanie Franz


#WorldWatercolorMonth – Playing Games

From the hoop, through the hoop. Or something like that. Actually might be fun to try it.

#WorldWatercolorMonth day 7.

180707 Playing Games_worldwatercolormonth_Melanie Franz

#WorldWatercolorMonth – Shades of Blue

This is not what I wanted it to look like at all but I did not manage to get it from my head onto the paper. I don´t have time for a second attempt but I might try to redo it at a later point on watercolour paper to get a better flow.

The move is called the side amazon, in different shades of blue.

180705 Shades of Blue_worldwatercolormonth_ Melanie Franz

#WorldWatercolorMonth – Delicious Food

I like the look of cup cakes but I actually don’t like eating them. They always seem more promising than what they taste like most of the time. However as I think they are pretty, I thought they give this the perfect touch of colour. I imagine her throwing her leg back and flipping those cup cakes against a target on the wall.

I did pole fitness for about 4 years and it was so much fun, but my back never got this bendy.

1807 delicious foods_Worldwatercolormonth_Melanie Franz


#WorldWatercolorMonth – Sunny days

I decided to take a break of Mexico, or do it simultaneously, and to take part in the #WorldWatercolorMonth.

I am going to follow the prompt list but have an aerial acrobatics theme throughout. I started with pole fitness years ago until my wrists didn´t take it any more, then switched to aerial hoop 2 years ago but have been on a break since January because of bad wrists once again. I really miss it therefore the theme. Hope I’ll be back to it in August though.

1807 sunny days_worldwatercolomonth 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?

Basket seller on market day in Malinalco

I was amazed by these street sellers and the amount of baskets they were able to carry around. This is the same man as in the previous drawing.

1806 Malinalco Street seller_Melanie Franz

My favourite Mezcal place in Malinalco

This small corner shop not only sells essential food items but also their own Mezcal (like probably all the other places) over the counter. I would either go with my own bottle or just ask for a Mezcalito (1/4 litre) which they would fill into a small Coke bottle.

That stuff is delicious. Maybe good that I didn´t stay in Malinalco for more than 3 weeks…

1806 Malinalco Street Mezcalito_Melanie Franz

Rainy day at the mercado in Malinalco

Just as the title says, it rained that day. The rainy season started slowly at the beginning of May, so the sunny days were interrupted by several showers. I loved going there because of the amazing variety of tasty fruit and vegetables.

What´s your favourite thing about markets?

1806 Malinalco Mercado rain_Melanie Franz

And the outlined sketch.

1806 Malinalco mercado rain draft

Colourful street walk on market day

This is one of my favourite streets in Malinalco just off the market square. I like it because of the vivid colours of course. I thought that the orange rakes in front of the small tool shop gave the street that extra splash of colour that day.

1805 Malinalco orange rake_Melanie Franz

Only noticed now that I messed up the scaling. The gate on the left looks like the entrance of a hobbit house, don´t you think?