Ice cream – work in progress

The reasons for the few updates lately are that I simply did not have time to sit down and draw, and when I found time, then I was stuck with this watercolor painting.

I have been on it for more than a week now and still haven´t figured out the background… I ate a lot of ice cream in between too, to look for inspiration… still looking, so I will keep on eating until I find it.

180920 ice cream ambition_Melanie Franz

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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

Icelandic Farm Life

Another prompt from #WorldWatercolorMonth. I turned the farm life into an Icelandic farm life.

At the end of spring, farmers will bring their sheep up into the mountains, where they will roam wild and free during the summer months. In the beginning of September  farmers will go out and start gathering them again. This is called Réttir – the annual sheep round-up.

180807 Icelandic farm life Melanie Franz

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

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

 

Do you want ice cream?

Yes, Icelanders love ice cream. Most areas in Reykjavik have at least one ísbúð – ice cream parlor. The ísbúð we have just down the road from where we live is so packed on a late Friday night that you might think they are handing out free beers.

Ice cream is a year round affair in any kind of weather. I drove home last Tuesday around 10pm, everything white and snow was blowing left and right. I passed a street full of shops, all dark except for the ice cream parlor which was brightly lit and packed with people while the snow storm was blowing outside. How did they get there you wonder? Most locals don´t walk but only go places by car. So if your sole purpose is to drive to the next ice cream parlor then Icelanders even have a word for it – ísbíltúr – ice cream drive.

1802 Do you want ice cream

Cold and dark winter doesn´t stop anyone to get what they want – in this case a sweet treat. From my personal experience, I can openly admit that my sweets consumption increases proportionally with the darkness in winter and decreases when the daylight hours get longer again.

I like ice cream all year round and let´s put it that way, if it is cold outside, then at least it will not melt! What´s your faveourite time to eat it?

 

Strawberry kiss

I wanted to do something again with more ink as I miss my Inktober challenge. I really enjoyed drawing and painting with it.

So this is what it turned into. Strawberry ice cream.

Do you like strawberry ice cream?

180119 Strawberry kiss

There is ice cream on the ground – “Datt!”

“Datt” – an Icelandic word you will hear uttered especially by children after dropping absolutely anything (when living in Iceland of course). It means as much as “oops fallen”.  It fell and I don’t know how it happened…!?
“Datt!”

More water colour and ink.

180101 Datt by Mel

Pelican!

Fell in love with pelicans while watching them surf the waves of the pacific ocean in Guatemala.

Also uploaded some other drawings.

2015 Pelikan

Update 2014

So finally something new. Have started painting again and the first one has been added to the 2014 gallery. Although I am not sure whether I am actually happy with it or not. Hmm… I might change it after I am finished with the one I am currently working on. I spent my last few off days painting butterflies. Here some excerpts.

 

Butterflies Butterfly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Butterfly I

 

 

Exhibition in Reykjavík

Yes, all the works I’ve been painting in June like a mad woman I just put up at this small gallery space in downtown Reykjavik.

The exhibition is titled “What animal are you?”

So if you are around and feel like dropping by you are more than welcome.

The paintings will be on display at Kingdom Withing Tattoo Studio and Gallery, Skólavörðustígur 24, 101 Reykjavík  from September 1st to September 23. 

Opening times are Mo – Fr, 10 – 5pm.

See you there!

 

 

Desert Fox II

And dester fox number 2. I thought they look really cute…

And this has nothing to do with this, but I am just reading Flaubert and came across this quote that I liked:

The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe. – Gustave Flaubert

Desert Fox I

My first desert fox. I discovered them when a colleague asked “What kind of animal do you look like?” and she said that she would be a desert fox.