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: “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.

Fan Art Fridays: Lady Gaga

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Just a little over 48 hours from now, Lady Gaga will take the stage at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas for the Super Bowl LI halftime show.

Lady Gaga revved up her Little Monsters with some saucy dance moves and a face mask over on Instagram yesterday.

I’m really hoping her tracklist doesn’t only include songs from Joanne, because I want to relive my high school days with some of her hits from The Fame and Born This Way.

In anticipation of Lady Gaga’s halftime show performance, I’ve decided to feature this amazing watercolor painting by Russian artist Evgenie. Inspired by the album cover for Joanne, this fan art reminds me of Francesco Primaticcio’s Double Head.

View the original fan art here.

Gallery Mondays: Spa

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We got our first snow in NYC over the weekend, but I wasn’t even mad because I had a reservation at Russian and Turkish Baths in the East Village.

I went with Karina, who has been to a few other bath houses before the one we went to on Saturday. It was my first time going to a bath house and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the aromatherapy rooms. It’s perfect for a cold day!

The mural above is on the wall in the hallway outside of Russian and Turkish Baths. I love how the entire painting has a steamy vibe to it, making it look so relaxing and dreamy.

If you’re thinking of going to a bath house or spa in NYC you should definitely check out Russian and Turkish Baths for a couple of hours this winter!

Fan Art Fridays: Happy Belated Birthday, Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro turned 73 on Wednesday.

How is Robert De Niro 73?! Jeez. Was Goodfellas really that long ago?

Anyway, enjoy this piece of fan art I found of the birthday boy by Shahin Gholizadeh. It’s a side profile of the actor that shows off his “Touch of Gray.”

View the original here.

Gallery Mondays: ‘Shadows & Substance’ by Marcia Haufrecht

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I was walking by Chashama 266 in Midtown West last month when I saw these really great paintings. I loved the summer vibes I got from them so I snapped a pic from the other side of the glass door.

I really need to make an appointment to see one of Chashama 266’s exhibits at some point!

Anyway, these were part of Marcia Haufrecht’s Shadows & Substance exhibit. It reminded me of all the Q53 bus rides I’m not going to miss this summer because I moved out of Queens. Therefore, I no longer have to board a crowded bus full of beach-goers.

Why does anyone want to go to the beach in this scorching heat anyway? The sand is going to burn you!

Be smart like the two in the painting on the far right and visit a lake instead.

Learn more about Shadows & Substance at www.chashama.org/event/shadows_substance.

Fan Art Fridays: Happy Birthday, Mindy Kaling!

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Mindy Kaling turned 37 today. Gosh, I hope I look as good as her when I’m that age!

In honor of her birthday, I’ve decided to feature this watercolor created by Liana Kangas Neff, inspired by a line from The Mindy Project where Mindy says, “I eat cereal out of wine glasses.”

I kind of want to buy this now.

You can get it for yourself over on Etsy, and be sure to check out the rest of Liana Kangas Neff’s art here.