Streets of Malinalco, Mexico

Green house is my favourite so far.

1804 Malincalco street by Mel Franz

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Another beetle from Malinalco, Mexico

So turns out my favourite things to draw while in Mexico are apparently beetles and dogs. Who would have thought.

This one was a real beauty in perfect condition, despite its rather odd egg shell colour.

1804 Malinalco beetle 2 by Mel Franz

beetle Malinalco

Beetles! Beetles everywhere in Malinalco!

More impressions from Malinalco, Mexico, where I am currently hanging out. I would call it the town of beetles. There is one in every street I pass. I don´t know why but they always make me smile.

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Did you own a beetle? Do you want one? I certainly would like to have a red one if given the opportunity.

On the beach in Tulum, Mexico II

I had to draw “bike girl”. That’s how I call her. She was part of a group of spring breakers.

I’m also trying to work on my style. What do you think?

1803 Tulum beach bike girl by Melanie Franz

On the streets of Tulum, Mexico V

Based on a really bad snapshot I took during my bike tour through the town of Tulum.

Observation: Cables, cables everywhere!

1803 Tulum shop

And the before in my sketch book. The other one is still unfinished…

I did like their slogan… Mas por menos.

1803 Tulum shop 3

On the streets of Tulum, Mexico IV

Another truck. I enjoyed watching them while they were throwing boxes and bottles up and down.

Observation: There is so much green around here.

1803 Tulum by Mel

On the streets of Tulum, Mexico III

These big delivery trucks where pretty much everywhere.

1803 Tulum street truck

The first draft looked like this. I really start to have fun with the water paintbrush that I bought. I think it gives you a completely different watercolour experience than with a normal paintbrush. Also it is less messy.

1803 draft Tulum red truck

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

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.

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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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