Ice cream in Malinalco, Mexico

So my time in Mexico is unfortunately over and I am back in Iceland after an amazing 4 day stop over in New York city!

But, I am not done with Mexico yet! There are still so many impressions I want to bring to paper. The sketch book I had with me is still only half full, so I will continue to fill it up with my “snapshots”.

Here is my “self-portait” with ice cream on my last day in Malinalco. The ice cream was delicious. Orange-chocolate and cookie flavour.

1804 30 Malinalco Ice cream_Melanie Franz

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Visit at the ice cream parlor

The last picture in my series of ice cream dedicated drawings for the moment. I am pretty sure I will revisit them at some point. I think it was a fun theme to practice  drawing and those water colours on.

I  was bored the other night at a friends place where I tried out a beautiful set of Japanese watercolours. The inspiration was a photo of the Valdís Ice cream parlor in Reykavik. They bake their own waffles in the back so you always have that delicious waffle smell in your nose upon entering. The ice cream is quite delicious too.

I´ll not only take a break from ice cream but also the land of ice – Iceland – as I ´ll be heading to Mexico for 2 months! To do what, I don´t know yet, but my priorities are to learn Spanish and to get some sun! But I also have my drawing stuff packed and I will see what I come up with while on the road.

Until then, enjoy your ice cream!

1803 Ice cream parlor by Melanie Franz

Sunday brunch with ice cream

Last day of the week and I thought that a nice pancake lunch would be perfect to finish it off. So dig in!

Had a lot of fun doing these 7 day drawing challenge and might do another one soon. I also ended up buying more watercolours last week so lets see what happens.

1803 Sunday by Melanie Franz

 

Relax and enjoy your Saturday ice cream

I love whiskey. Especially the slightly smoky kinds like Talisker and the more well rounded ones like Glenlivet are perfect on a cozy evening.

Vanilla ice cream is the perfect starter for this Saturday night.

1803 saturday by Melanie Franz

Your well deserved after-work-treat

I am really enjoying this themed 7 day challenge. 2 more days to go.

Finally its Friday and what is better than a cold one straight after work I thought?

1803 Friday by Mel

Extra sugar on Thursday

The week is more than half way  over, so you might need a little bit of extra sugar to keep you going until the weekend.

These ones are more of the typical Icelandic style kind of ice creams that you get at most ice cream parlors. Soft ice cream in a box with any kind of topping you can think of – From Mars bars, to Oreos, Smarties, Skittles, coconut bars, biscuits and much much more and everything topped with chocolate and caramel sauce. Don´t forget the cream!

If that doesn´t give you a sugar high then I don´t know.

1803 thursday by Mel Franz

 

It´s all going down on Wednesday

During the last couple of months I definitely got into the positive habit of drawing regularly. After not drawing and painting a lot for the last couple of years I now cannot imaging to do it at least several times a week.  They say a new habit takes about 21 days to form. It certainly worked for me. Next step is to try to apply it to my language studies… Spanish next and then back to Icelandic…

I love how this one turned out. It was snowing and I love snow. But it is also time to shovel it up.

1803 Wednesday ice cream by Melanie Franz

Have your pick of ice cream on Tuesday

Day 2 of my 7 day challenge. Monday went well so you can have your pick with your Tuesday ice cream. Which one do you want?

1803 Tuesday ice cream by Melanie Franz

Monday ice cream

I thought about joining another one of those drawing challenges as it was a lot of fun doing Inktober, but I couldn´t find anything that interested me. So I decided to do my own 7 day challenge of one drawing a day… dedicated to ice cream of course! I will keep the ice cream theme up for another week or so because after that I will hit the road and am off to explore Mexico! But more about that later.

For now, fight the Monday blues with your ice cream of the day – Voilà!

1803 Monday ice cream by Melanie Franz

It´s a dogs life

A spoiled pooch that cannot get enough. When you are torn between a popsicle or scoops of vanilla & walnut ice cream with chocolate sprinkles on top.

What is your favourite flavour?

1802 Its a dogs life II

That´s it? I´m not convinced.

“The girl at the ice cream parlor talked me into getting pistachio. But I am not convinced. Should have picked walnut instead.”

Another watercolour drawing…. my favourite for the colours so far.

Happy weekend! Go and get some ice cream! I am currently in southern Germany were I enjoy 12+ degrees Celsius.

1803 yak

Ice cream party

“You forgot to give me a spoon but that won´t stop me!”

I did this drawing last month but I only coloured it in the other day. For some reason I didn´t know what to do with it colour wise before that. I now try to think ahead which colours I want to use before creating an overly colourful mess, like I did a couple of times in the past. I think it turned out quite cute.

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Sour and cold ice cream

Another drawing practice with watercolours. I like the background.

She looks slightly sour though.  She got her ice cream, expecting vanilla, only to discover that it is lemon sorbet.

1802 cold and sour

 

 

It´s ice cream o´clock!

I realized that since I picked ice cream as a topic, I don´t fall short of finding ideas of what I want to draw. At the same time I try to improve my people and water colouring skills… the later seems to be a somewhat slower process in my opinion.

1802 Ice cream time

In the past I often failed to draw or struggled to find anything inspiring. The process would be something like this:

8 pm I feel like drawing!

8.30 pm Finally assembled the drawing material

8.45 pm Starring at the blank paper…

9 pm Starting a google image search to find inspiration or good reference photo

10 pm Stuck on some artist blog or photo gallery

10.30 Pee break and I need a snack before I can get started

11 pm Finally found what I want to draw

11.15 pm Damn, its that late! But I just started! Need to go to sleep. Will continue some other time…

Definitely doing a lot better these days than back then!

 

Where did it go?

Tried to do something different with style this time, but am sticking to the water colours and ink.

Ice cream is still the topic.

1801 Where did it go

Brain freeze…

“Brain freeze is practically a rite of summer. It happens when you eat ice cream or gulp something ice cold too quickly.”

I don´t know what happened here. I liked the ink drawing and then went all over the place with the water colours, obviously without plan or structure… and  then I put on more colours trying to fix it and oh well…  Then it turned into this colour explosion. As a consequence I started reading up about colour theory.

I like the image and might try to draw it again to see how it will turn out the second time round. What do you think?

1801 Brain freeze