Gallery Mondays: Wham! Holy Sunset Batman by Alix Ankele

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A few days ago, I dropped in to see Alix Akele’s artwork currently hanging in the lobby of Kaufman Arcade in the Garment District of NYC.

There’s something very calming about the way these colors are blended across this painting, which is odd because orange is one of those shades that’s known to raise blood pressure. I’ve always believed this concept in color psychology was true, especially when mixed with other vibrant colors like bright pink, as it is here.

This might be the only exception.

Perhaps the small bits of light and smoky dark blue in the middle and towards the bottom that even this out, putting the feel back in tranquil mode.

Whatever it is, this is definitely a sunset I’d chase.

See more of Akele’s work here.

Gallery Mondays: Biscuits & Bath Doggy Gym

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Since I’m dog sitting for my roommate during her spring break this week, I thought it would be fitting to feature a piece of artwork I saw at Biscuits & Bath on the Upper East Side of Manhattan last month when it was still dead winter.

Sully took obedience classes there, and I’m kind of wondering if out in front of the center ever looks like it’s depicted in this piece. Perhaps during the spring and summer months?

Also, is it just me, or does the greenery on the archway, banister, and fence make this place like some sort of Doggy Garden of Eden?

Anyway, enjoy this little clip of my walk with Sully this evening:

Gallery Mondays: #MacysFlowerShow 2017 @ Macy’s Herald Sq

I somehow managed to squeeze some time in after work to navigate the maze that is Macy’s Herald Square in order to see the carnival-themed Macy’s Flower Show 2017.

I wasn’t able to see it last year (for reasons I cannot remember) but this year, I was determined to check it out, and I wasn’t disappointed.

The store’s street level and store windows were filled with floral arrangements, sculptures of carousel horses and clowns, and loads of other carnival-related display items. There were even unicorns!

My favorite was this spotted horse near Louis Vuitton. The flowers really brought its neutral colors to life. I can imagine how torturous it must have been for kids that were in the store with their parents, because even I wanted to hop on this horse for a ride around the carousel.

Learn more about the Macy’s Flower Show 2017, and check it out if you’re in Midtown before it closes on April 9th!

Gallery Mondays: “London Calling” by Nina Edwards

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On my way to work over the last few weeks, I’ve had the delight of walking passed Nina EdwardsMetropolitan Fashion exhibit in the Garment District’s Space for Public Art.

The exhibit features fashionable women in major cities painted in watercolor. My favorite of the exhibit is “London Calling.”

From Big Ben in the backdrop to the outfit this blondie is wearing, the watercolor oozes with wanderlust vibes. I absolutely love the floral jacket she’s wearing!

Learn more about the exhibit here.

Gallery Mondays: Hung Yi’s Fancy Animal Carnival

Since September, the Garment District in NYC has seen a splash of vibrantly colored animals along Broadway between 36th and 41st Streets.

Created by Taiwanese artist Hung Yi, the installation is called Fancy Animal Carnival. It’s very fitting, especially since these animals, which include pandas, camels, and bulls, are decorated so intricately with carnival-like colors.

My favorite of the installation is this bull with a septum piercing nose ring. He is definitely rocking that ginormous piece of jewelry!

Learn more about Fancy Animal Carnival here, and go check it out before it ends on April 15!

Gallery Mondays: Dali Swirl by Tripp Derrick Barnes

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I was on the way to the New York Public Library a few weeks ago when this vibrant mural by South Carolina artist Tripp Derrick Barnes stopped me dead in my tracks.

Called “Dali Swirl,” the mural is painted on the doors of The Bar Downstairs at Andaz 5th Avenue. In it, Salvador Dali’s face, signature mustache included, is painted against a backdrop of rainbow of swirls.

As if Dali’s mustache isn’t wild enough, Barnes painted them to stretch above a set of bushy eyebrows, causing it to look like there are two palm trees on either side of the Spanish artist’s face.

It’s a riot and I love it!

Check out this behind the scenes video on the making of this fun mural.

Gallery Mondays: Rise Above

About two weeks ago I saw this amazing art installation in the Flatiron Prow Art Space.

Created by Sarah Haviland, the installation is called Rise Above, and it glows beautifully in this space at night.

I’m not sure what it looks like during the daylight hours, but those winged figures sure look magical in the dark.

Learn more about the installation here.