Caravaggio in Mexico City

I went to a Caravaggio exhibition at the Museo Nacional de Artes in Mexico City back in spring 2018.

I have to admit that I was a little bit disappointed (maybe also my fault as I did not look at the information properly), but they only had one painting by Caravaggio. The rest of the exhibit was about him in form of a multimedia show and artworks by other artists that got inspired by him.

Nevertheless, I learned a lot about his style and especially his use of light and shadow. The museum in general was definitely worth a visit, as it is in a stunning building. Especially the permanent exhibition was great. That´s where I spotted the little horses from yesterday.

Below my impression of the only painting by Caravaggio at the exhibition.

Mexico Revisited

Time to take a small break from my pelicans.

I have been thinking a lot about Mexico lately. My last trip was in 2018! Time flies indeed! I realized that I never finished my Mexico album. So I decided to revisit it an keep filling the remaining 30+ pages.

Saw these guys standing at a street corner in Polanco, Mexico City, during my stay in spring 2018.

Feeling Frail

This is Inktober remainder number 2 that I forgot to post. The prompt was called frail.

Flew off my bike the other day. I don´t feel frail but rather bruised and bumped. Otherwise ok.

Day 31 – Favourite Colours #WorldWatercolorMonth

Made it to the last prompt of World Watercolor Month – Favorite Colors! I was at a total loss of what to draw, so I took my favourite photo of me and the boyfriend from our fabulous Crete trip in April as inspiration, and just went with it. It is basically us monkeying around in a beautiful forest.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Day 30 – Wild Things #WorldWatercolorMonth

Almost there, almost a month late! Too many things & lovely visitors happened in between to keep up the daily routine. Oh well…  It’s almost weekend again.

Not sure I´ll be partying like one of those wild things… The inspiration for this prompt was spring break… I witnessed it once last year in Mexico by accident, and hope I will never again!

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Day 29 – Glorious Green #WorldWatercolorMonth

Took me while what green to focus on. So I took a forest / jungle walk. Tranquillity and colours of the forest. Just loving it!

Do you like to get lost in a forest?

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Day 27 – Fruits #WorldWatercolorMonth

Fruits anyone? Whenever I am travelling, I love to go to the local markets and try new things. Or just get my dose of tasty fruits which are almost impossible to find in Iceland.

This drawing turned out rather cartoonish. Trying out different things with the remaining prompts.

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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.

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Day 24 – Treats #WorldWatercolorMonth

Treats! I thought I try something different. I decided I need to start experimenting more! I love how the girl on the right turned out. Not what she expected…

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Day 23 – Beach Fun #WorldWatercolorMonth

I was watching a Mexican family build a beautiful big sand shark when I was on holiday in Tulum/ Mexico last year. I took several photos of it as it was so cool. That was the inspiration for prompt of day 23 – beach fun. What´s the best thing you build on a beach?

The Jack Russel Terrier in the corner is in memory of the dog we had when I grew up. She loved to dig holes in the sand. The bigger the better.

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Day 21 – Patterns #WorldWatercolorMonth

I am pretty sure everyone has seen these kind of tourists at some point? Or are you even one of them?? The guy reminds me of Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreations. It´s definitely the moustache!

Happy lazy Sunday afternoon everyone! At least that´s what I am having.

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Day 20 – Buildings #WorldWatercolorMonth

Love those sauna boat houses in Scandinavia. If that is not a good way to spend a holiday, then I don´t know.

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Day 19 – Splashes of Color #WorldWatercolorMonth

I was reminded of the beautiful street art of Mexico city when I thought of splashes of colour.

This is my own street art mock up. Tried to incorporate my traveller theme as well in the drawing.

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Day 17 – Music #WorldWatercolorMonth

I do like street musicians, if they are good.

The weather has been quite good the last couple of days so I am a bit behind. If the sun is out here, you should go out. As I keep saying, you never know when it starts snowing again.

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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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