Gallery Mondays: Western Tanager by Yu-baba

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Over the weekend I came across this beautiful mural in Washington Heights on the iron gate of Marina Dental Center.

Painted by Belarusian artist Yu-baba as part of the Audubon Mural Project, the mural features a gorgeous western tanager, an American songbird, surrounded by leaves and berries.

In collaboration with  Gitler &_____ Gallery, the National Audubon Society’s Audubon Mural Project brings awareness to the climate-threatened birds of our environment.

Needless to say, I’m going on a hunt for all the rest of these murals! There are 67 murals currently complete, with 247 left to be painted.

Learn more about the Audubon Mural Project.

Fan Art Fridays: Jessica Biel

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I’m really loving Jessica Biel in the new USA series The Sinner. I’ve been a fan of hers since ages ago when she was in 7th Heaven, I think she’s perfect for the role of Cora Tannetti.

This week’s episode really stirred me up, so I thought it would be fitting to feature some fan art of Jessica Biel for this week’s Fan Art Fridays.

Enjoy this amazing sketch of Jessica Biel I found by Justin Maas (@maas.art) over on Instagram. I can’t get over that look in her eye in this sketch! It’s like one of those “maybe I’m hiding something” kind of looks, you know what I mean?

See the original fan art on Instagram

Fan Art Fridays: Happy Birthday, Cher Lloyd

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Cher Lloyd turned 24 today! I didn’t even know how close we were in age.

After realizing today is her birthday, I had to do a quick search to see what she’s been up to lately. Turns out she hasn’t released a new song since 2016

Girl, get back on it!

Anyway, let’s celebrate the British singer with this fan art by @krisdraw23 on Instagram. Cher looks so innocent with her million of eyelashes, doesn’t she?

View the original fan art here.

Gallery Mondays: Amber Forever

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Today I said goodbye to my first apartment in East Harlem, so I thought it would be fitting to feature this mural I saw in the neighborhood recently.

It’s such a tropical and vibrant mural with a butterfly,  birds, and bright colors. Sponsored by KFC and Amber Charter School, the mural fits in so well with the community of East Harlem.

I’m not completely sure but it appears that the mural was created by
National Council de la Raza.

Adieu, East Harlem…

Fan Art Fridays: Lana Del Rey

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Elizabeth Grant’s, erm, Lana Del Rey’s new album, Lust for Life was released today, and boy, is it one sultry 16-track album.

I just can’t get enough of her voice sometimes!

My favorite track on the album is the title track, “Lust for Life,” featuring another crooner fave The Weeknd. There’s so much intense imagery and repetition in the lyrics, which I’ve always really loved about Lana Del Rey’s music.

To celebrate Lust for Life, let’s enjoy this piece of Lana Del Rey fan art by Brazilian illustrator Will Costa that I found on Facebook. It has just the right amount of playful cartoon characteristics mixed with real human qualities. He captures Lana’s lips and eyes perfectly!

See more of Will Costa’s work on Facebook and watch the music video for “Lust for Life“.

 

Gallery Mondays: #BoxTruckGuardians by SINNED

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During my lunch break sometime last week, I saw this truck in the turning lane on 39th Street and 8th Avenue in Midtown, NYC. I usually hate trying to take photos of things in moving traffic since they almost always come out blurry, but the light for the turning lane was red so I took the chance.

Needless to say I didn’t regret trying.

The graffiti art on the truck was created by NYC artist SINNED. It features a floating guardian squid with what appears to be a spiky helmet.

While looking at more of SINNED’s art on Instagram, I noticed that the squid didn’t always have those menacing black marks above and below his eyes or the little black nostrils. The light green waves in the background weren’t originally there either. SINNED went back and added those elements after he was finished with the piece.

Another truck protected

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Kinda fun playing spot the differnece there, huh? (Did I miss any?)

See more of SINNED’s work on Instagram.

Gallery Mondays: Le Bain Stairwell Art by Lady Aiko

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My friends and I checked out the rooftop at The Standard’s Le Bain during the long 4th of July weekend and came across some interesting artwork while heading up and down the stairs.

Decked out by artist Lady Aiko, Le Bain’s stairwell sets the tone of the venue, which is very risqué chic.

The section of stairwell art pictured above is one of the more PG portions, featuring one of Lady Aiko’s recurring characters. It focuses on the right side of a woman’s face as she closes her eyes with tears and pursed lips, tilting her countenance toward a butterfly and some flowers.

I love how 1950s this caricature looks. Her pointy nose is super sexy!

I wonder whose lips she’s preparing to kiss…

Learn more about the staircase art here.