It’s December break. Who’s headed South for a bit of sunshine, sea, and pool antics? I hope you are enjoying your holiday break, whether you’re ensconced in the snow or situated in warmer climes. Here are 16 artworks of pools, some luxurious, some gritty, including photos, illustrations, and paintings. If you can’t take a swim, just imagine one. You’ll feel refreshed.
Somehow I managed the impossible over the holidays: I didn’t eat sugar for almost a month. I love chocolate. I love ice cream. I love chocolate ice cream, chocolate covered pretzels (thanks Matouk for the holiday gift!), Oreos (on special occasions only, like when a publicist sends out a package so I can sample a new flavor #redvelvetoreo), chocolate cupcakes (preferably with vanilla buttercream frosting), Dancing Deer chocolate brownies snagged off the assembly line, M&Ms (especially in popcorn), Hershey bars smeared in peanut butter (breakfast of champions), and in desperation, when I’ve purposefully neglected to buy anything chocolate, lest I eat it, semi-sweet chocolate chips from the baking shelf in the pantry.
Don’t be alarmed. It’s not like there’s chocolate encrusted between my computer keys and dripping down my J.Crew tees (not usually). I don’t partake every hour, or even every day. But I’d love to. So, it was a REALLY BIG DEAL when I cut out sugar for weeks. My mother-in-law had told me she lost 25 pounds from eliminating sugary sweets from her diet. That was enough motivation for me.
Did I lose any weight, you wonder? Yes. One pound. One measly f*&%$ing pound. And no, I wasn’t making up for the loss of dessert by gorging on carbs or even adding extra calories. So the weekend of my son’s 13th birthday party (32 boys and girls dancing in our living room), I decided to go ahead and eat a Georgetown cupcake. And another. There were many left over. So that weekend, I polished off multiple frosting tops. And you know what? I lost another pound.
So I am continuing to exercise and I am continuing to eat chocolate. In moderation of course.
All that as a really long, mostly irrelevant introduction to today’s ARTmonday post—21 Popsicle & Ice Cream Artworks. Because if you can’t have all the ice cream you want in the world, you may as well at least look at it. And also because hands holding out ice cream cones have been trending on Instagram for, like, ever.
Ok, so first #PatsNation #WeWon #Phew. I watched the Patriots/Seahawks Superbowl game last night, obviously. Or at least the half time show. (Dancing sharks?) Actually, I watched the second half of the game (half watched as I sourced these sports artworks). I was a little bit worried about my son, who takes all things Patriots very seriously. Even the phone call canceling school didn’t get a cheer. But the Patriots pulled it off again. So, yay. But boo to the snow day.
Here are 16 sports artworks, covering one angle or another of skiing, fishing, swimming, sailing, ice hockey, volleyball, ostrich racing (huh?), surfing, tennis, cycling, cheerleading, football, golf, and boxing. Now bundle up and go sledding.
As much as we love spending time in our little Florida enclave, surrounded by palm trees and ocean air, there is always something exhilarating about zipping back into the city on the Uber ride back from the airport. Sure, it’s not Manhattan (for one, it only takes ten minutes to travel from Logan to downtown Boston), but there are still bridges, and lights, a river, and a tall building or two in the Boston cityscape. It’s nice to escape to other environs, but urban landscapes are really where I prefer to be long term.
Taking inspiration from the cityscape with which we were met as we arrived home the other evening, I’ve pulled together cityscape artwork, but not straightforward postcard images (ick). No sunsets behind skyscrapers here. This cityscape art portrays views that are deconstructed or somehow obscured. It might be a scene enhanced by a reflection, shot from above, viewed from beneath a bridge or through a window, or made blurry by the rain or the photographic lens. Here are 16 pieces of cityscape art that celebrates the city, no matter which way it’s looked at.
I’ve been saying that I want to set up a home bar for my husband forever. Last month, I updated my post 50 Bar Carts, Serving Carts & Trolleys for inspiration. (Of course, we can’t actually have a cart on wheels in our house or our son would be taking it for a ride all around the condo.)
Unsurprisingly, I haven’t had a chance to move forward on this. (So many gift guides to write, so little time.) But then I got a message from folks at Absolut, offering to send me the newLimited Edition Andy Warhol Absolut Vodka bottle, a lacquer tray, and an Amex gift card so I could style a festive holiday bar. As you can imagine, I told them to send it all right over! Motivation? Done.
The bottle, which is fun, colorful, and sure to be celebrated hostess gift to bring to holiday parties (though I’ll be keeping mine on my newly styled bar tray), is a new creation based on Andy Warhol’s depiction of Absolut’s iconic bottle that he painted back in 1986. This year, Absolut transformed that artwork into a three-dimensional bottle, using the tagline “Make the Holidays Pop” as the inspiration behind the collaborative campaign.
Since I don’t have an unused corner for a full-on bar, a bar tray is the perfect small space home bar solution. While I’m not sure the new tray is styled to perfection yet, I did pull together some must-have bar accoutrements—copper shaker, stainless steel strainer, wine glasses, martini glasses—plus the Absolut Warhol bottle, gin, and Twenty Boat Spiced Rum from Truro Vineyards on the Cape. To prettify, I added a stalk of bamboo, green button mums, mandarin oranges in a Jonathan Adler dish, and a silver dreidel, set beneath my new swimming pool photograph from Gallery. (Scroll down for all the shopping links.)
Create a bar in a cleared out section of a bookshelf, on a lacquered tray atop a console table, a tray table, an armoire, etc. If I did, you can too. Of course, I admit, sipping that Absolut Warhol helped get me in the mood.
Bar tray styled & photographed by StyleCarrot
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1 Splash by Joy Mckinney Framed Print, $370 at UGallery.