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

Advertisements

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.

At the market in Malinalco, Mexico II

I really love strolling through the market and eat tacos, sweats and whatnot. We bought some really delicious fish from this lady, fresh from the local river. She gutted them right there.

1804 Malinalco Market 2

On the streets of Malinalco, Mexico IV

There is this absolutely lovely tiny old lady in my street. She must be 75+ and is half my size. She is there every day all day, sitting in the sun with her two dogs, selling whatever they have straight from the garden. Sometimes her friend, man about the same age, joins her for a chat.

I go almost daily to buy mangos, avocados or granadillas which I had never tasted before but now love.

1804 Malinalco street seller by Melanie Franz

Colour confusion in Malinalco, Mexico

Surprisingly no beetle in sight on this street. Also the green house is a bit too bright for my taste. But it certainly caught my attention. I prefer the other one.  Well, or I should rather say, the formerly green house.

I went for a walk this morning when I passed the house again and first I didn´t realize that it is it, and then I thought wtf am I colour blind or is my memory failing me completely!?

They have started to paint it dark red and in order to paint over the green they have smeared some yellow over it in the front… so it looks rather wild right now. I will try to capture the process maybe tomorrow.

1804 Malinalco street 2 by Melanie Franz

Same thing happened just yesterday. There is this gift shop here in my street. I took this picture last weekend.

Donkey in Malinalco

And this was when I passed the place yesterday and I thought my eyes are playing tricks on me…. wow, I felt confused.

Gift shop Malinalco

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.

1804-malinalco-beetle1.jpg

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