The Flying Mexican

I had nothing better to do and wanted to put some colour on paper. The result, a doodle of a flying Mexican, based on a photo of me in the hoop.

Our hoop trainer called this pose “flying Mexican” that´s where the inspiration comes from. No idea if that is an official name or something made up. Sometimes when we do not remember names of poses we make up our own descriptions aka “hey, let´s do that side hanging twisted thing with leg out thingy thing, you know?!”

181125 Flying Mexican_Melanie Franz

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Little Pink House in Malinalco

I think I started to continue with my Mexico book because winter has officially arrived here. The mountains are white again and I miss the warmth.

At least I can have sunny drawings and hot whiskey to keep me warm! I still have about a third of my Mexico book to fill so I will have more of these coming …

1804 Malinalco pink house_Melanie Franz

At the Shoemaker in Malinalco

I think it was my second day in Malinalco back in April, when we stopped at the shoemaker right next to the market. My friend needed to get one of his shoe soles fixed. It was this small room with 3 guys working behind the counter, shelves full of old shoes, and an old TV showing Dragonball Z.

1804 Malinalco shoe maker_Melanie Franz

In the backyard of Mexico City

I did this drawing way back at the beginning of April when I was staying in Mexico City at a friends place. Absolutely loved all the colours in CDMX.

This was my second attempt of sketching outside. It´s the backyard of my friends house, where I spent the afternoon sitting on the stairs while the sun was warming my feet.

1804 St Rafael_CDMX_Melanie Franz

The Poet and the Donkey in Malinalco, Mexico

I felt like paying Malinalco a visit again. And I still want to fill my Mexico sketchbook to the end. So I will do this bit by bit.

I started this one a while ago and finally finished it. Back in April I stayed in Malinalco  with my friend Mohsen, the poet. We left early one morning to catch the bus to Cuernavaca, when we met this guy, parked at the side of the road.

Same donkey that we met previously.

1808 Malinalco Poet and Donkey_Melanie Franz

Basket seller on market day in Malinalco

I was amazed by these street sellers and the amount of baskets they were able to carry around. This is the same man as in the previous drawing.

1806 Malinalco Street seller_Melanie Franz

My favourite Mezcal place in Malinalco

This small corner shop not only sells essential food items but also their own Mezcal (like probably all the other places) over the counter. I would either go with my own bottle or just ask for a Mezcalito (1/4 litre) which they would fill into a small Coke bottle.

That stuff is delicious. Maybe good that I didn´t stay in Malinalco for more than 3 weeks…

1806 Malinalco Street Mezcalito_Melanie Franz

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

Colourful street walk on market day

This is one of my favourite streets in Malinalco just off the market square. I like it because of the vivid colours of course. I thought that the orange rakes in front of the small tool shop gave the street that extra splash of colour that day.

1805 Malinalco orange rake_Melanie Franz

Only noticed now that I messed up the scaling. The gate on the left looks like the entrance of a hobbit house, don´t you think?

Pool time in Malinalco

At the edge of the center of Malinalco is a small park. During the week it is full of dogs, hanging around in the shade. At weekends it is full of families who have picnics and with kids that enjoy the small pool.

Do you wanna take a dip?

1805 Malinaco pool

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.

Saturday night in Malinalco, Mexico

This is what the cool kids do on a weekend night in Malinalco. You get on your horse, and ride to the next Taqueria to hang out at. My friend told me that they are pretty much the local equivalent of a Harley Davidson Gang.

Love their hats.

1805 Malinalco Friday night_Melanie Franz

And the work in progress. Like day and night.

1804 Friday night in Malinalco draft II

 

Welcome to the jungle

I have been too tired and lazy after work to continue with my latest Malinalco watercolour.  So I took a break.

Instead I found my sketch book from last winter again. I had started a pencil drawing when I was in Finland. It was supposed to be a Finnish forest. But now it feels more like:  Welcome to the Mexican jungle…

1805 Welcome to the jungle

 

At the market in Malinalco, Mexico VII

It feels like it has been a while since I drew the last siesta-dog. That´s what I call them. This guy was snoozing in front of my favourite taco stand at the mercado. I loved their tacos because they made them with blue corn tortillas and some papas fritas on top. The best!

Of the three different kinds of salsa on the table, I could only have one of them – the mildest – which was still super hot for my taste and I actually like spicy… Can you handle spicy salsa?

1804 Malinalco Mercado 3_Melanie Franz

At the market in Malinalco, Mexico VI

That huge pavillon is on the central square of Malinalco with the mercado spreading around it.

I cannot remember what they were serving at the stand. Tacos maybe? Would love to have one right now with salsa picante!

1804 Malinalco Mercado 2