It’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) time again! My turn again to curate the challenge, and my choice this week is inspired by the TV series Outlander, which I have been binge-watching recently. As longtime readers will know, part of my husband’s lineage is Scottish (the Fraser clan!), so we have BOTH been binge-watching the show. It’s soooooooo good, y’all. Epic romance and historical drama at its best. (And no, I haven’t read the books. Yet. They’re on my list.)
As my mind has been on all things Scottish, I set about finding a female Scottish artist. I came across Katherine Cameron (1874-1965), who was born in Glasgow. She was a painter and illustrator, known especially for her illustrations for children’s fairy tales and folktales. She attended the Glasgow School of Art and was an active member of the Glasgow Society of Lady Artists. I couldn’t find that much online about her, but there are some info bits and examples of her works here, here, and here.
This watercolor, “Snowdrops,” which from the few bits of what I could find online about her technique, seems to date from her earlier period, the late 1800s and early 1900s, when her watercolors were richer in color. Although she was best known as a children’s book illustrator, it seems her personal favorites were her flower paintings. I picked this painting in particular because the feeling of it reminded me most of Outlander — and for all its sweeping vistas (no shortage of those in Scotland), the show excels at the smaller, intimate moments. I like the subtle juxtapositions in this painting, and its colors are at once soft and multi-dimensional. I also like that it’s not a typical landscape, nor is it a typical floral still life. There is depth here, and emotion. Love the blurred edges of the snowdrops — can’t you just feel the dampness in the air? Even though it is out of season — snowdrops are dormant by late spring — I figured the painting’s subject matter in general of nature and flowers was still fitting for the spring season.
So how do you participate in SIA? It’s easy for blogger (and non-bloggers) to participate. Just send me a photo of your outfit inspired by this SIA pick by next Monday, April 20, 10 p.m. PST. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
And for more SIA fun, check out SIA co-founders Jess @ Animated Cardigan and Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey. And if you’d like more pictures of Scotland, check out my travel post about our trip to Scotland back in 2008.