Black Lives Matter

Art, Atlanta, Lifestyle
Atlanta. Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Protesting police abuse and the murder of George Floyd. I’ve been to a lot of protests in the past, but this was by far the most racially inclusive and it made an impact. Racism isn’t just some problem to be solved by those that are being oppressed, it’s everyone’s problem. I’m happy that people are finally realizing that and taking accountability. On another note, I love my people. Black people. Always have. Always will. We’ll get through this too. ❤️

Check out my views from the protest below.

Peace,

Leslie Anne

Around Atlanta: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Fox

Art, Atlanta, Lifestyle, momlife, ootd

Ronald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was playing at the Fox Theatre. So the fam and I (minus little Josephine) went to see it. Yep, we took Langston on a mommy/daddy date, which never happens, and I’m happy we did.

Even before we went, I was excited for Langston to be introduced to the story and songs. I mean, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a straight classic. He loved the Oompa Loompas and all the singing and dancing. He was asking me hella questions the entire time. But there were definitely parts that confused and/or scared him (i.e. ripping that one girl apart and those black squirrels). Keep in mind, Langston just turned 3. He really enjoyed it overall though and so did I.

Sunday Funday.

“If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it” – Willy Wonka


Print Master/ Shorties at an Art Show.

Art, Atlanta, nightlife, ootd


Hey loves!

How is life? I feel like I’ve been going through it but I’m still moving in the right direction so all is good. Focusing on gratitude, right?

When things get really chaotic or stressful, it’s important to check in with yourself and put that self-care/self-love on 100. Taking time to be mindful, breathing deeply, eating healthier, disengaging from interactions that don’t bring joy into my life, laughing…all of those things are so crucial for me.

What do you all do as self-care when things get tough?

Part of my self-care included going to an art show at Octane Saturday night with the homies. Mama needs her time too. 20 local artists showcased work. I love seeing art and being a part of an art community. Plus Bar Taco was next door….ya girl was plantained up and so happy. Had a mini photo shoot on the streets too. Tis life. I am not mad.

Vintage plaid blazer, leopard pants, a graphic tank, and creepers on my feet. Style.

If you want to comment on this look, the art showcase, or whatever, hit me in the comments below. Until next time.

Peace.

Feeling Blue at The High

Art, Atlanta, ootd

I went to Jazz Night at the High Museum last Friday night…it was so cute yal. The last time I was at the High was for Infinity Mirrors and that was an awesome experience too. I really need to start using my lil membership more.

I went out to celebrate my friend’s birthday. It was girl power to the 10th degree and I was not mad at all. That feminine energy is powerful yal. Great vibes, conversations about real shit, looks for days, and a multitude of pictures. Sums it right on up.

I’m back with winter layers that will treat you just right. I can’t get enough of skirts/dresses over pants. Other than my tube top, this outfit is either thrifted or vintage.

And my hair is grey and blue. What a time to be alive.

My 2018 Self Portrait “Rise”

Art, Atlanta

“Rise” by Leslie Anne Ikpe

Strolled right into 2019 finishing this piece up….the perfect energy.

Each year, for the past 4 years now, I’ve painted and revealed a self portrait on or around the time of my birthday. It feels like the perfect time to do something intentionally creative and to track my growth as an artist. It really is cool being able to look back from year to year and see how my skill has developed.

To all my fellow artists and creatives out there: You are amazing. The world needs your creative energy. Take care of yourselves and make this place better.

Hope you can appreciate something about this piece.

All my fellow artists say what up.


5 Tips if You’re Going to Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrors”

Art, Atlanta, Lifestyle, ootd

Infinity Mirrors aka “dot on dots on dots”

When I heard Yayoi Kusama was exhibiting work at the High Museum here in Atlanta, I was geeked. I bought tickets for Friday night, figuring it would be a cute date night. I was totally right (as usual/always.)

I’m an artist and I really enjoy seeing other artists’ work. Not only is this show totally interesting and unique, but it really gives you a peak into Kusama’s mind, which is on a whole ‘nother frequency.

Tickets sold out months ago, but the High Museum is still selling 100 tickets a day at the door. First come first served. So you still have an option if you want to go. *starts chanting “do it! do it!” The show runs through February 17.

For anyone that plans to see this exhibit, here are 5 tips that may help:

1. Don’t start at Room 1.

You may be asking yourself, “What do that mean?” Let me elaborate. There are 7 Infinity Rooms in the show. (You’ll get a map). Most people will go right to Room 1 and wait in that line for a hot minute. Just skip that room and circle back to it later. This was awesome advice that we got from one of the attendants at the show. It worked like a charm.

2. If you want to get pictures, have your phone ready before you get in the rooms.

You’re getting anywhere from 20-45 seconds in each room (most likely 30 seconds.) Use that time wisely. If you want to get some shots in the infinity rooms, have your camera open and ready before you walk in. It will be over before you know it so don’t waste any time.

3. It may be less crowded if you go late night or early in the day.

Apparently it’s been popping during the day at Infinity Mirrors. If you have a choice when you get the walk-up tickets, choose the later or earliest time slot. I picked 8:00pm for our time. By the end of the night, there were only small groups of people there and we were able to go in every room at least twice. Which gets into my next point…

4. Repeat rooms if possible.

This seems obvious but some people see each room once and then bounce. Maybe it’s the artist in me, or the frugal person that resides right next to the artist, but I’m gonna see as much as I can. And get my moneys worth. 30 seconds isn’t a long time to soak it all up, so do yourself a favor and try to see the rooms more than once.

5. Pay attention to the details.

Kusama is meticulous in her work. Dot after dot after dot. It’s pretty amazing when you really take the time to study her art. Get up close with her sculptures and paintings. Notice the brush strokes and variations in shape and color….be present with all of that.

Overall, I had a great night. Had some fun, got inspired, met some cool people. I was not mad.

Have you seen Infinity Mirrors? If so, what did you think?

What visual artists are you excited about right now?