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

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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

New Targets

With one week of extreme laziness behind us, I feel like it is time to get active again. I also have reached the end of my sketchbook and for the last aerial drawing I felt like revisiting the bullseye idea again that I did at the very beginning for World Watercolour Month last July.

I am not sure yet what to do next. I have been adding a few more drawings to my Mexico book, so I think I will post those next until I come up with something new. Let´s see what else 2019 has in store for me. 2018 was a year of many ups and downs but at least drawing wise it was a lot of fun. Thanks for following!

190103 Bulls eye_Melanie Franz

Keeping Your Cool Like a Snowman

Or something like it. I was not planning on a winter scene when I started inking this, otherwise I would have put some woolen socks and sweater on her…

Oh well. We are off to the countryside over the New Year´s with no internet. Only  a bunch of books and plenty of wine and cheese! Really looking forward to it.

Thank you to everyone who supported me with their encouragement,  positive comments and likes throughout the year. It was a pleasure to get back into drawing and also see and feel improvements.  I will definitely keep on going. Let´s see what the New Year brings. This one was certainly one with many ups and downs. But as “they” say, if you hit rock bottom it can only go up again.

Happy New Year!

181220 Snow man_Melanie Franz

Happy Holidays

Not really in a Christmas mood this year. But I am somehow going along with all those Christmas enthusiasts around me. I have been skipping the decorations though and I am merely focusing on eating as much as I can. Cheese and red wine especially. I already had my fair share of cookies and other sugary items.

But I also make sure to leave enough time for shoulder exercises, so that I can go back to aerial hoop in January! So far the plan.

Merry Christmas everyone!

181223 Christmas tree_Melanie Franz

 

 

Hanging on

I have been suffering from shoulder pain the last 2 weeks and consequently have been in a bad mood. I am no good at being injured and staying still… especially not now during the long dark winter days.

So instead of exercising I will try to limit it to drawing myself on the hoop and drinking red wine.

181202 Hanging on_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

Hanging in the Air Upside-Down

Somewhat of a self-portrait of me doing this shoulder stand pose. Tried this pose for the first time a few weeks back. I was in bad shape that day and being up side down made me feel like I was hanging right above an abyss.

Sometimes it takes only as much as 20cm in height difference for me to be afraid of heights all of a sudden.

181130 Skyline_Melanie Franz

My Sunny Island II

I really love pelicans. It always made me happy when I watched them surfing the waves in Mexico and especially at the Pacific Ocean in Guatemala.

181121 Sunny Island_Melanie Franz

My Sunny Island

Winter hasn´t fully started yet, and I am already in dire need of some sun!

I took out my other sketch book last night, which I haven´t used for the last months, and this  is what I discovered! Bam, it made me happy. I miss summer!

Check out the rest of my aerial themed watercolour drawings right here. 

1808 Island life_Melanie Franz

Rainy Days II

Rainy days… inspired by the frist rainy day illustration and perhaps you can call it a modern ballerina version of Mary Poppins´ umbrella scene. I´m not sure why I suddely remembered Mary Poppins, as it has been years since I saw the movie or listened to the story. I had the audio tape when I was little and would listen to it over and over again.

180930 Rainy days_Melanie Franz

Autumn Mood

I needed to do a hoop drawing again as I am all in the mood for aerial hoop. It is so nice to be back in the air, although it also means to be bruised and sore all the time. It looks nice, but it is actually tough work!

I had no idea what I was going to do, so this one turned into an autumn inspired hoop hang picture. The foxes are like “what the hell is she doing?”

180928 Autumn mood_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

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

Ice cream – work in progress

The reasons for the few updates lately are that I simply did not have time to sit down and draw, and when I found time, then I was stuck with this watercolor painting.

I have been on it for more than a week now and still haven´t figured out the background… I ate a lot of ice cream in between too, to look for inspiration… still looking, so I will keep on eating until I find it.

180920 ice cream ambition_Melanie Franz