Here in Hamburg, we’re no strangers to the rain. Months and months of time goes by seeing life through a haze of drizzle and mist. Although the rain can be a bit tedious, I am always struck by the beauty it brings out in the way the landscape becomes distorted. Today by accident I stumpled across the rain and water themed paintings of Brooklyn artist Alyssa Monks. She has established a way of painting that mixes realism and abstraction forming figurative art, which means that her oil paintings visually look real, much like a still photo. What else can I say, I am impressed and inspired – and really hope I will have the chance to see her fascinating art work live in an exhibition someday.