Cat Yoga II

Another drawing from Greece, back in May.

One of the cats at the pole studio in Athens enjoys lying under people while they are doing the plank. What better motivation than to hold the plank just a little bit longer? Cat-cercise…? Is that a thing?

1905 Athens yoga_Melanie Franz

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Cat Yoga I

Lazy Saturday morning. Trying to get up to do some yoga… I found this drawing that I did back in May when I was still in Athens and enjoying the sun. I really miss Greece….

Inspiration was the two cats they have at the pole studio, where I went for aerial hoop training in Athens. Whenever you put the mat down on the ground to stretch, one of the cats would come and lie down on it and claim the space or sharpen its nails on the mat. It was actually a lot of fun to have them around as entertainment.

1905 Athens cat yoga _ Melanie Franz

Day 25 – Shades of Pink #WorldWatercolorMonth

Day 25 of #WorldWatercolorMonth – Shades of Pink. I am behind because we are having a long weekend here in Iceland and I am actually camping! This only happens once a year. I do not like to be out in the cold…

Ever entered a hotel and where like WTF or OMG when did they last renovate this place? This pink setting is not the worst I can imagine though. With a pink cocktail it might actually be quite pleasant. Somehow I have Welcome to the Hotel California stuck in my head.

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Day 24 – Treats #WorldWatercolorMonth

Treats! I thought I try something different. I decided I need to start experimenting more! I love how the girl on the right turned out. Not what she expected…

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Day 23 – Beach Fun #WorldWatercolorMonth

I was watching a Mexican family build a beautiful big sand shark when I was on holiday in Tulum/ Mexico last year. I took several photos of it as it was so cool. That was the inspiration for prompt of day 23 – beach fun. What´s the best thing you build on a beach?

The Jack Russel Terrier in the corner is in memory of the dog we had when I grew up. She loved to dig holes in the sand. The bigger the better.

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Day 22 – Rainforest #WorldWatercolorMonth

Prompt 22 – rain forests – for #WorldWatercolorMonth2019

Inspired by my visit in Tikal, Guatemala, a few years ago. First time for me in the jungle. We went on a sunrise morning tour around to Mayan ruins. I was still sleepy and had no idea what the guide wanted from me when he almost yelled at us to stay clear of the trees. A few moments after we saw and heard the poop droppings coming down like bombs. The monkeys clearly enjoyed their morning shit.

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Day 20 – Buildings #WorldWatercolorMonth

Love those sauna boat houses in Scandinavia. If that is not a good way to spend a holiday, then I don´t know.

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Day 14 – Furry Things #WorldWatercolorMonth

This one was inspired by photos of travellers on the New York metro that carry their dogs along. Some of the pictures are hilarious.

But then again, I would also carry my furry friend around if I had to.

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Day 12 – Blossoming #WorldWatercolorMonth

Flower-vase-hair. Inspiration was a post about ridiculous Instagram trends. This was apparently a thing at some point?

Anyway, flowers are blossoming. Here in Iceland the last lupins are still in bloom.

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Day 9 – Shadow Play #WorldWatercolorMonth

Do you travel with a suitcase or a backpack?

I have a huge backpack that keeps me company while travelling. It often also weighs me down with all the crap I put in it… although I am much better when it comes to packing than in the past.

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Shopping in Athens

Ermou Street is the main shopping street in the centre of Athens. I went there only a couple of times as I did not really enjoy the street nor the shopping there. Always thought it was too exhausting.

Too crowded with too many people, tourists and locals, and mainly the same high street shops as anywhere else. But you can also spot the occasional street dog without a care in the world for it all.

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Dogs of Athens

After the last couple of cat illustrations I had to do some dogs in between. This is at a small square in Kypseli, Athens. A lot of people come here with their dogs in all sizes. I enjoy watching them. You also see street dogs around Athens, but they are mainly scattered around the centre.

I actually really pity those big hairy fluff-balls. Currently 35 degrees Celsius and I feel like melting. Don´t want to imagine what they are going through with all their fur.

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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?

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Chasing Pigeons

This little girl had fun going through a crowed of pigeons over and over again, causing havoc. She certainly seemed to enjoy herself.

I sat on a bench just opposite of it, enjoying the March sun in Athens. I thought it was quite warm already, but all the locals were pretty much still out in proper winter gear.

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The 90s are Back

On my first day in Athens I was enjoying the mid-February sun in the park in Kypseli. After Iceland it felt like a warm summer day to me, when I spotted this girl and her dog.

I had to take a picture of her, because I haven’t seen these kind of plateau shoes in action since the Spice Girls. Turns out they are quite popular here. Maybe because the average Greek girl is rather short…? I think there are some fashion trends that should stay dead. Those shoes are one of them.

190502 First day Athens Kypseli Park_Melanie Franz