Day 15 – Monochromatic #WorldWatercolorMonth

Do you ever look at people at the airport and wonder how they can look so stylish and relaxed?

I am relaxed but mostly in old comfy clothes and for some reason very tired and sweaty when I show up at an airport.

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Day 14 – Furry Things #WorldWatercolorMonth

This one was inspired by photos of travellers on the New York metro that carry their dogs along. Some of the pictures are hilarious.

But then again, I would also carry my furry friend around if I had to.

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Day 13 – Glassy #WorldWatercolorMonth

One thing I like most about travelling is to try new food and drinks. Sometimes I think I mainly travel to eat. Because food is life!

Enough said! Wine time.

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Day 9 – Shadow Play #WorldWatercolorMonth

Do you travel with a suitcase or a backpack?

I have a huge backpack that keeps me company while travelling. It often also weighs me down with all the crap I put in it… although I am much better when it comes to packing than in the past.

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Day 7 – Shiny Things #WorldWatercolorMonth

Shiny things. First thing that came to mind was the incredible 3000 year old jewellery I saw at the Archeological Museum in Athens. Go and check it out if you are visiting the city. Definitely worth it.

There are plenty of souvenir and jewellery shops in the centre of Athens. I have to admit I was attracted by the shiny things a lot. By accident I discovered in a side street off the tourist path (I usually go the opposite direction from all the tourists) a small family run handmade jewellery shop called Zaras. Fell in love with their earring designs and became quite a good customer during my stay.

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Day 6 – Window View #WorldWatercolorMonth

My first thought for this prompt was to draw gluggaveður as Icelanders call it.

Gluggaveður (noun)
“When the weather seems great, when you’re looking through a window from inside, but is actually cold and not so great when you step out without a jacket. Literally it means “window-weather.””

But because the weather is actually nice and almost warm outside, I ended up drawing the opposite. Typical shitty Icelandic windy and stormy autumn day. Let´s keep it realistic.

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Day 4 – Family Fun #WorldWatercolorMonth

Prompt for day 4 – Family fun. So as you might have guessed by know, I decided to stick to the theme of travellers. There are so many weird and funny and also plain stupid tourist and travellers out there. It´s an endless source of inspiration! I have also been working in tourism for the last couple of years, and every time you think you have seen it all.. oh boy, it hits you!

I remember going on family holiday. The drama that would always occur somewhere along the way… the chaos of packing, the struggle of getting everyone into the car, siblings fighting in the back seat, sustained yelling, repeated “are we there yet?” chants, and other kind of entertaining incidents that occurred along the long road to the holiday destination. Who has had similar experiences?

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Day 3 – Picnic Food #WorldWatercolorMonth

Do you like octopus? The boyfriend loves it and was in food heaven in Athens where you get it fried in many restaurants. During the day you can see them hanging outside, drying in the sun before they end up on your plate. Personally I am disgusted by the idea of eating octopus. But to each his own.

Prompt for day 3 of World Watercolor Month – Picnic food. Enjoy!

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Day 2 – Sunny Sky #WorldWatercolorMonth

Day 2 of World Watercolour month. Bit late in posting and still catching up as I was travelling. In fact I just got back to Iceland… with mixed feelings. It is sunny here but the hot summer days I have left behind in Greece for sure.

On hot and sunny days in Athens you can spot a lot of Asian tourists, covered up head to toe, hiding from the sun. Some were even caring sun umbrellas to be extra safe.

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World Watercolor Month – Day 1

I decided to participate again in World Watercolor Month in July.

I had a lot of fun last year doing my Aerial Acrobatics series.  I am not quite sure about the theme for this year – it might be travel – in addition to following the prompt list of this year.

Prompt for day 1 – Primary palette. I am off to town to buy better paper as this one turned out to be quite shitty.

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Shopping in Athens

Ermou Street is the main shopping street in the centre of Athens. I went there only a couple of times as I did not really enjoy the street nor the shopping there. Always thought it was too exhausting.

Too crowded with too many people, tourists and locals, and mainly the same high street shops as anywhere else. But you can also spot the occasional street dog without a care in the world for it all.

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Breaking a Sweat

First time attempt at a self-portrait. It shows my attempt at a selfie at the gym after getting my first smart phone upon arrival in Athens. Yes, I am one of those old fashioned people. Was at least…

My selfie game is definitely weak (How is yours?) and pretty much non existent as I feel stupid taking them. Enjoyed the work out though.

My time in Greece is slowly coming to an end, and I am not sure how I feel about it. But first another weekend on another Greek island for me, starting tomorrow. The city is way too hot already at 36 degrees Celsius! Have a great weekend everyone!

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Dogs of Athens

After the last couple of cat illustrations I had to do some dogs in between. This is at a small square in Kypseli, Athens. A lot of people come here with their dogs in all sizes. I enjoy watching them. You also see street dogs around Athens, but they are mainly scattered around the centre.

I actually really pity those big hairy fluff-balls. Currently 35 degrees Celsius and I feel like melting. Don´t want to imagine what they are going through with all their fur.

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