The donkey in Malinalco

This little guy again. I saw him parked on a different street this time, waiting patiently.

1806 Malinalco donkey II

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The tree and the wall in Malinalco

Malinalco is full of churches. This is the churchyard closest to where I stayed.

What do you think came first, the tree or the wall?

1806 Malinalco tree_Melanie Franz

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?

Pool time in Malinalco

At the edge of the center of Malinalco is a small park. During the week it is full of dogs, hanging around in the shade. At weekends it is full of families who have picnics and with kids that enjoy the small pool.

Do you wanna take a dip?

1805 Malinaco pool

The gardener and his Bobtail

I saw this curious pair one afternoon in Malinalco while strolling around. They seemed to be on their way home from the park where the gardener had been working. The Bobtail lazily trotted along beside him, stopping to sniff every corner along the way.

1805 Malinalco bobtail gardener_Melanie Franz

The street dog got curious and came to say hello.

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.

1805 Malinalco Friday night_Melanie Franz

And the work in progress. Like day and night.

1804 Friday night in Malinalco draft II

 

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

At the market in Malinalco, Mexico VI

That huge pavillon is on the central square of Malinalco with the mercado spreading around it.

I cannot remember what they were serving at the stand. Tacos maybe? Would love to have one right now with salsa picante!

1804 Malinalco Mercado 2

At the market in Malinalco, Mexico V

Another one from the mercado. I miss my daily dose of avocados.

The big light brown fruits on the table are mameys. I tried them several times and never was sure if I actually like them or not. They are a bit too sweet for my taste.

This one did not quite turn out as I wanted it to. I think I was too tired and forgot all about leaving white spaces. And then it was too late to change it.

1804 Malinalco mercado_Melanie Franz

In addition, the view from my balcony. Yes, you can see plenty of fresh snow up in the mountains…

Malinalco mercado

 

 

At the market in Malinalco, Mexico IV

Another one from the mercado in Malinalco. The bigger market always takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays, where you find a vast amount of stands with all kind of goods.

During the other days it is a bit smaller and limited to the central square and one long street.

1804 Malinalco Street seller_Melanie Franz

And the in between picture.

1804 Malinalco street seller draft

I still have about 1/3 of my sketch book left to fill. So a few more will follow… Also this way I keep remembering the sun and amazing food while being under the blanket back home in Iceland.

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!

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?

1804 Malinalcoo girl and dog_Melannie Franz

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

The formerly green house in Malinalco revisited

Before I left Malinalco I went to take a photo of the formerly beautiful dark green house. Upon leaving town it looked like this. From a different angle this time.

1804 Malinalco red house_Melanie Franz

Previously it had looked like this.

I think this has been the best background drawing practice for me… I used to hate drawing backgrounds, but after doing these street scenes it feels a lot easier and a lot more fun.