#WorldWatercolorMonth – Forest Animals

Went on an unplaned weekend trip to the country side with no internet connection. Only beer, horses and hot tub which was fabulous, so I am three days behind with drawings.

There was no forest, only  a lot of green fields and mountains all around. So this is my aerial acrobatics themed take on the prompt of day 12 – forest animals – for the #WorldWatercolorMonth

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#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

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…

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Saturday night in Malinalco, Mexico

This is what the cool kids do on a weekend night in Malinalco. You get on your horse, and ride to the next Taqueria to hang out at. My friend told me that they are pretty much the local equivalent of a Harley Davidson Gang.

Love their hats.

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And the work in progress. Like day and night.

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Welcome to the jungle

I have been too tired and lazy after work to continue with my latest Malinalco watercolour.  So I took a break.

Instead I found my sketch book from last winter again. I had started a pencil drawing when I was in Finland. It was supposed to be a Finnish forest. But now it feels more like:  Welcome to the Mexican jungle…

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At the market in Malinalco, Mexico VII

It feels like it has been a while since I drew the last siesta-dog. That´s what I call them. This guy was snoozing in front of my favourite taco stand at the mercado. I loved their tacos because they made them with blue corn tortillas and some papas fritas on top. The best!

Of the three different kinds of salsa on the table, I could only have one of them – the mildest – which was still super hot for my taste and I actually like spicy… Can you handle spicy salsa?

1804 Malinalco Mercado 3_Melanie Franz

Cute dogs on the streets of Malinalco, Mexico

This little guy was roaming the streets around the house I stayed at in Malinalco. The street dogs all have their areas that they stick to, and this one has his close to the center of town.

Just like all the dogs I met here, he was polite and friendly. Same dog that was watching the girl walking up the street.

I would have loved to adopt him and call him Batman because of his ears.

1804 Malinalco dog by Melanie Franz

Yes, I love dogs.

Have a great weekend everyone!

The girl & the dog in Malinalco, Mexico

“What have you got in that bag?” the dog must have thought when the girl passed by.

Or what do you think?

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Actually I love how this one turned out. I did not expect it.

On the streets of Malinalco and CDMX

My time in Malinalco sadly has come to an end and I am back in La ciudad de México (CDMX). I still have several unfinished drawings that I am working on, so you will still get  to see some more of my impressions of that little Pueblo Mágico. 

I feel so much better this time around in CDMX than 3 weeks ago, as I am now able to converse somewhat in Spanish after studying every day, and I am also better used to the altitude and air pollution. So I spend my days walking around enjoying the sun, eating a lot of street food, and I have been visiting one art museum per day.

I have already planned a whole series of drawings inspired by the capital, but those have to wait until I am back in Iceland next week . Unfortunately I’ll be leaving Mexico earlier than planned as a job opportunity came up, so it will be back to grown up life for now. But I will most certainly be back in this fascinating and inspiring country.  Until then I am looking forward to my 4 day stopover in NYC next week. Never been, don´t know what to expect.

Meanwhile on the streets of Malinalco during one of my late afternoon walks.

1804 Malinalco street by Melanie Franz

 

 

 

On the streets of Malinalco, Mexico IV

There is this absolutely lovely tiny old lady in my street. She must be 75+ and is half my size. She is there every day all day, sitting in the sun with her two dogs, selling whatever they have straight from the garden. Sometimes her friend, man about the same age, joins her for a chat.

I go almost daily to buy mangos, avocados or granadillas which I had never tasted before but now love.

1804 Malinalco street seller by Melanie Franz

Friday night in Malinalco, Mexico

I heard some commotion outside of the gate and after a while I got curious and looked outside. This is what I saw. White horse in the car lights that were passing by. He seemed rather bored and unhappy being parked on the sidewalk.

Means of transportation for the cool kids at the weekend.

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At the market in Malinalco, Mexico

Every Wednesday is market day. There are plenty of street dogs around, either patiently waiting for leftovers or simply using the shade to take a nap.

Nice to see that the people and dogs at the market are very polite to each other.

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