On Top of Mount Lykavittos

Went to watch the sunset on top of Mount Lycabettus/ Lykavittos here in Athens the other week. Got a beautiful view over the whole city.

What caught my eye at the viewing point though was the white cat that was chilling at the jewelery seller stand without a care in the world.

190318 Lykavittos view point Athens_Melanie Franz

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At the Supermarket in Athens

190316 Supermarket Athens2_Melanie Franz

 

The Jaguar and its allies

I´ve been struggling a bit to find inspiration of what to draw since moving to Athens. So  in order to have a break from aerial hoop images I tried something new – big cats.

I have been thinking about it for a while. Inspired by Josh and his blog dedicated to The Jaguar and its allies. Go and check it out! It has very good and informative articles on jaguars, other big cats and wildlife conservation.

Josh,thanks for your encouragement, and I mentioned a while ago that I will try to do something with big cats, so this is attempt number one.

190226 Jaguar 1_Melanie Franz

At the Bike Shop

I actually don´t remember seeing any street dogs in Mexico City but there are dogs everywhere. People have dogs of all shapes and sizes, and often more than one.

On my first visit in 2014 in CDMX we stayed in La Condesa were you can see dog walkers with 10-20 dogs of all sizes, from Chihuahuas to Great Danes in the park. I think I have seen more different dog breeds in Mexico City than Europe.

190125 bike shop cdmx_Melanie Franz

Being Watched

1000 followers! Wouldn´t have expected this when I started drawing again less than a year ago. Thank you for your support and encouragement!

This little guy was watching me intensely while I was having lunch at La Casa de Valentina. It is a beautiful coffee-house with delicious food in the center of Malinalco.  I can highly recommend it. One of the owners is an artist and the walls are covered with colourful wall art and drawings.

190110 casa de valentina dog_Melanie Franz

The Dolphin & Other Toys

Malinalco has quite a few toy shops in my opinion. Especially the inflatable water animals in front of this shop always made me smile. I unfortunately did not go to any of the small pools that they have around there.

190110 the dolphin in malinalco_Melanie Franz

Dog Memories

It was actually the Jack Russell Terrier that caught my attention close to the Convento Agustino de la Transfiguración in the center of Malinalco.

The dog looked exactly like the one we had when I grew up. Her name was Jacky, a Jack Russel terrier mix. Brown head and just one big brown spot on the side. She usually would listen 50% of the time. But when it came to the sound of the fridge door opening, she would all of a sudden be all ears and be there within seconds. I really miss having a dog.

190106 Tourists and dog in malinalco_Melanie Franz

My Inner Sloth

I went to yoga/ flex class the other day and it was super exhausting. The whole time I felt like I am struggling against my inner sloth. I am pretty sure that that´s what it was.

What inner animal are you struggling with?

181202 My Inner Sloth_Melanie Franz

My Inner Tiger

I´m still using my ink. This one was inspired by a comment of Wes on one of my last yoga scenes. Thank you!

I leave it up to you whether the tiger is waiting to eat her or there to empower her…

181120 Inner Tiger_Melanie Franz

My Sunny Island II

I really love pelicans. It always made me happy when I watched them surfing the waves in Mexico and especially at the Pacific Ocean in Guatemala.

181121 Sunny Island_Melanie Franz

My Sunny Island

Winter hasn´t fully started yet, and I am already in dire need of some sun!

I took out my other sketch book last night, which I haven´t used for the last months, and this  is what I discovered! Bam, it made me happy. I miss summer!

Check out the rest of my aerial themed watercolour drawings right here. 

1808 Island life_Melanie Franz

Inktober Leftover – Stretch III

Another yoga session. This one for all the cat lovers amongst you. I think you can figure out my take on cats and yoga?

181121 Stretch_Melanie Franz

Inktober Leftover – Stretch II

Anyone feels like doing more yoga?

Another one that I started for the Inktober prompt Stretch, but then felt like I had messed up the inking. So I left it until I was bored the other day and I finished it. I don´t think it is that terrible after all.

Now I´m thinking if I should add colourful yoga mats to the other drawings too? What do you think?

181115 Stretch 2_Melanie Franz_Inktober

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Inktober Leftover – Stretch

Number 2 of dog yoga drawings. I started sketching this one for the Inktober prompt – Stretch – but then went with the other one as I thought it was more fun. But I think these two are not doing so badly either.

181115 Stretch_Melanie Franz_Inktober