Day 26 – Natural Wonders #WorldWatercolorMonth

So July ended and I am 5 drawings short for #WorldWatercolorMonth.

My excuse is that we had a long weekend coming up here in Iceland and I went on a road trip around the East Fjords of Iceland. It was marvellous but I am also glad to be back home and not to sleep in a tent any more in 10 degrees Celsius.

Prompt for day 26 – Natural Wonders. For a long time I wanted to draw these two Instagram models that I took a photo of at the Grand Cenote near Tulum, Mexico last year. They spend about an hour taking selfies without ever looking at any of the natural wonders around them.  Then they left, with their makeup and hair still perfectly intact. They were quite a source of amusement for the people that were actually having fun swimming in the cold clear waters.

190726 Natural Wonders _WorldWatercolorMonth_Melanie Franz

Ciudad de México – Unfinished

These are the last two drawings for my take on”People of CDMX” as I just moved to Athens, Greece! Yes! This happened rather short notice.  I fled the country of “ice and fire” and will be here for 5 months to stuff my face with olives and to enjoy the sun!

I wanted to finish these illustrations before I left Iceland but didn´t find the time. And I left the book behind because of  luggage restrictions. But I already got a new one which is waiting to be filled.

190130 Ballon seller Polanco_unfinished_Melanie Franz

The ballon seller guys in Polanco.

190130 Pink dress girl Polanco_unfinished_Melanie Franz

And the girl in the pink dress on Avenida Horacio in Polanco. I have a summer dress the same colour which I can soon wear in Athens.

Happy weekend!

Taco Stand in Polanco

Taco stand part II. This time in Polanco in Mexico City.

We went a couple of times to Polanco to eat out. The best place we’ve been to by far was the japanese restaurant called Murakami. The food – sushi, sashimi and other delicacies, were amazing.

190130 Taco stand CDMX_Melanie Franz

Scooter Girl in Polanco

Plenty people going around on scooters. I probably would do the same as traffic during rush hour is quite terrible. At least then you have a chance to make your way through.

I once made the mistake to take a cab when it started raining during rush our, which made the traffic pretty much come to a total stand still. It took us 20 min to cover about 300 metres, but for some reason I was also too lazy to get out of the car.

I have to admit I really did not pay attention to detail while doing the perspective and background on this one. I was watching a movie. So the lines are all over the place.

190120 vespa girl cdmx_Melanie Franz

At the Bike Shop

I actually don´t remember seeing any street dogs in Mexico City but there are dogs everywhere. People have dogs of all shapes and sizes, and often more than one.

On my first visit in 2014 in CDMX we stayed in La Condesa were you can see dog walkers with 10-20 dogs of all sizes, from Chihuahuas to Great Danes in the park. I think I have seen more different dog breeds in Mexico City than Europe.

190125 bike shop cdmx_Melanie Franz

Moving on to Mexico City

I think I spent in total about 6-7 weeks in La Ciudad de México on my 3 visits there. I was there before and after my visit in Malinalco in April/May 2018. I stayed with a friend in San Rafael, which I thought was quite a nice part of town.

I took plenty of photos while walking around as I could not use the Uber app on my phone and could not be bothered to use taxis most of the time. And I dislike the metro or bus because of too many people. So I walked a lot. When I took photos I had a series of drawings in mind about “people of Mexico City”…. Something that was inspired by those “Humans of New York” photos that were trending several years ago. This is is my take on it.

I think this was somewhere around Juárez, on the way to La Roma.

190127 cdmx mexico_Melanie Franz

I recently watch an artists advice video that suggested that you should mirror your drawings. I guess to see if they look right. Here is the mirrored image, the right way round of CDMX.

190127 cdmx mexico_flipped_Melanie Franz

Tacos at Night

Lazy Sunday and I wish I had a taco stand around the corner to get some spicy comfort food.

This is one of the many stands that popped up each night in Malinalco with Tacos, tamales and other things I don´t know the names of, for all the hungry people out there.

No tacos for me tonight. I am off raiding the fridge instead.

190119 taco stand malinalco_Melanie Franz

Being Watched

1000 followers! Wouldn´t have expected this when I started drawing again less than a year ago. Thank you for your support and encouragement!

This little guy was watching me intensely while I was having lunch at La Casa de Valentina. It is a beautiful coffee-house with delicious food in the center of Malinalco.  I can highly recommend it. One of the owners is an artist and the walls are covered with colourful wall art and drawings.

190110 casa de valentina dog_Melanie Franz

Rainy Day at the Mercado II

Rainy afternoon on market day in Malinalco. It was rather empty that day, as there was heavy downpour on an off. Even the dogs were looking for shelter under the tarpaulins that covered the market stalls.

190110 market day_Melanie Franz

Avocados at the Mercado

One of the avocado sellers at the mercado in Malinalco. I seriously miss my daily avocado and hot guacamole. I miss food with taste in general. Vegetables in Iceland taste pretty much like nothing. Watery at best.

190113 avocado seller_Melanie Franz

The Roof Dogs of Mexico

Can you spot the roof dog? You never know when they pop out. I saw a couple of them in Malinalco. But there were even more of them in Mexico City.

They always caught me by surprise. This was a friendly one though. No barking, just quietly watching. I just noticed him becasue he was moving when I passed by.

190113 roof dog in malinalco_Melanie Franz

The Dolphin & Other Toys

Malinalco has quite a few toy shops in my opinion. Especially the inflatable water animals in front of this shop always made me smile. I unfortunately did not go to any of the small pools that they have around there.

190110 the dolphin in malinalco_Melanie Franz

Dog Memories

It was actually the Jack Russell Terrier that caught my attention close to the Convento Agustino de la Transfiguración in the center of Malinalco.

The dog looked exactly like the one we had when I grew up. Her name was Jacky, a Jack Russel terrier mix. Brown head and just one big brown spot on the side. She usually would listen 50% of the time. But when it came to the sound of the fridge door opening, she would all of a sudden be all ears and be there within seconds. I really miss having a dog.

190106 Tourists and dog in malinalco_Melanie Franz

On The Way Home

Encountered this group of school girls in their uniforms on my way home from the market in the center of Malinalco.

Market day is the best. I miss my daily fresh fruits.

190106 School girls in Malinalco_Melanie Franz

Siesta Mode

This is how I still feel like after the holidays. I suppose I am not the only one? Lazy and tired from too much food. So I decided it is time to go back to aerial hoop tonight!

This image is part of my Mexico travel book from last spring. I decided to fill up the remaining pages during the Christmas break and I still have a couple to go. It is nice to dwell in memories full of sun and bright colours.

This is one of the lovely street dogs I encountered during my walks in  Malinalco, Mexico.

190106 dog malinalco_Melanie Franz

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

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