Siesta Mode

This is how I still feel like after the holidays. I suppose I am not the only one? Lazy and tired from too much food. So I decided it is time to go back to aerial hoop tonight!

This image is part of my Mexico travel book from last spring. I decided to fill up the remaining pages during the Christmas break and I still have a couple to go. It is nice to dwell in memories full of sun and bright colours.

This is one of the lovely street dogs I encountered during my walks in  Malinalco, Mexico.

190106 dog malinalco_Melanie Franz

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New Targets

With one week of extreme laziness behind us, I feel like it is time to get active again. I also have reached the end of my sketchbook and for the last aerial drawing I felt like revisiting the bullseye idea again that I did at the very beginning for World Watercolour Month last July.

I am not sure yet what to do next. I have been adding a few more drawings to my Mexico book, so I think I will post those next until I come up with something new. Let´s see what else 2019 has in store for me. 2018 was a year of many ups and downs but at least drawing wise it was a lot of fun. Thanks for following!

190103 Bulls eye_Melanie Franz

Keeping Your Cool Like a Snowman

Or something like it. I was not planning on a winter scene when I started inking this, otherwise I would have put some woolen socks and sweater on her…

Oh well. We are off to the countryside over the New Year´s with no internet. Only  a bunch of books and plenty of wine and cheese! Really looking forward to it.

Thank you to everyone who supported me with their encouragement,  positive comments and likes throughout the year. It was a pleasure to get back into drawing and also see and feel improvements.  I will definitely keep on going. Let´s see what the New Year brings. This one was certainly one with many ups and downs. But as “they” say, if you hit rock bottom it can only go up again.

Happy New Year!

181220 Snow man_Melanie Franz

Happy Holidays

Not really in a Christmas mood this year. But I am somehow going along with all those Christmas enthusiasts around me. I have been skipping the decorations though and I am merely focusing on eating as much as I can. Cheese and red wine especially. I already had my fair share of cookies and other sugary items.

But I also make sure to leave enough time for shoulder exercises, so that I can go back to aerial hoop in January! So far the plan.

Merry Christmas everyone!

181223 Christmas tree_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

Portrait Practice

I felt like practicing my portrait drawing skills. Most of the time I am honestly too lazy but last night I was in the right mood.

I feel like I hardly ever manage to get the drawing look like the actual person though. I used a friends photo for this but it does not quite look like him. I think I will draw it again and see if I can improve it.

I also noticed that I used the same shading technique as when doing ink drawings. It´s been a while since I only drew in pencil and I felt pretty rusty.

181117 Mohsen _Melanie Franz

181117 Mohsen_Melanie Franz

Inktober 2018 – Poisonous

It´s been almost exactly a year since I started drawing again. I think I started on day 9 last year after a friend told me I should give Inktober a try. She found it a shame that I was not drawing any more and right she was.

I remember that during the first two weeks everything was a struggle. Finding an idea of what to draw was a struggle, despite the prompt list. Drawing was a struggle. Ink was everywhere and using it was a struggle.

Today was quite the opposite.  The only struggle I had, was to make time for it. I even bought new ink. I still managed to get ink on my hands and table but I had fun.

181001 Poisonous 2 _ Melanie Franz

181001 Poisonous _ Melanie Franz

 

Ice Cream Cravings

It has been sunny second day in a row! That´s when those ice cream cravings come up.  At my new favourite ice cream parlour, conveniently just a 5 minute bike ride from home, the scoops are massive. Two are pretty much a meal. Bigger is better!

This actually could be me. I admit.

180904 summer icecream_Melanie Franz

Celebration of Colour

Last of the prompts for #WorldWatercolorMonth 2018 – Celebration of Colour.

Never tried to paint like that, it might be quite a challenge though.

180821 celebration of colour_Melanie Franz

 

Monochromatic Mood

Another prompt of my silghtly delayed #WorldWatercolorMonth.

I haven´t really done anything monochromatic since Inktober, as I usually love to use a lot of colour. But I actually equally enjoyed it and I am looking forward to the Inktober challenge again. Until then, I will focus on colour though.

180805 Monochromatic moods_Melanie Franz

At the market in Malinalco, Mexico III

200+ followers! Thank you so much and I’m very happy that others seem to enjoy my “Mexican snap shots”!

Mexico gave me so much, beside the sun and amazing food. It is a fascinating inspirational place and I am planning to make another series of drawings once I am done with Malinalco. I also have other projects planned, so keep following. And with friends we started working on a children´s book inspired by Iceland. Yes, I am back in Iceland and it is snowing….

Meanwhile one of the street sellers at the mercado in Malinalco where I went almost daily to get my dose of vegetables, fruits and tacos. I love the colours and liveliness of the place.

1840 Malinalco street seller

 

 

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!