SIA: Bold portrait

It’s time for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, and it’s my turn to curate and co-host! For the first SIA challenge of March, which also happens to be Women’s History Month, I knew I wanted to choose a piece of art featuring a woman and created by a woman.

A bit of context:

I have often used the site Pixabay to search for and use images and graphics for PowerPoint presentations, since Pixabay is a site that provides access to graphics in the public domain, i.e. “works that are free for use by anyone for any purpose without restriction under copyright law.” In my work as a librarian, I also often highlight sites like Pixabay to both students and faculty, to help aid conversations about copyright and ethical use of others’ work.

But I have NEVER thought of sites like Pixabay as a source for finding “real” or “traditional” art — but lo and behold, there are indeed artists who have gifted their more traditional artwork to the public through the site!

And that’s what led me to the artwork I chose for this SIA challenge. It’s a modern painted portrait using acrylic paint by the South African artist Juanita Mulder (who uploads her artwork to Pixabay under the username of “Agnali”). There is a brief bio and more of her artwork here on this site.

Painted portrait by Agnali/Juanita Mulder

Painted portrait by Agnali/Juanita Mulder

I was struck by the bold colors and brush strokes of this painting, with its tones of red, cream, indigo, black, and bits of yellow. I also am captivated by the bold expression on the woman’s face, like she’s challenging us and our preconceptions with her gaze alone. It is a stunning portrait of a stunning woman, and I am looking forward to exploring what I’ll come up with for the inspiration outfit!

How to participate in SIA:

Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome to participate. Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also just fine — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator (me!), at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com. Deadline is Monday, March 13th, by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST). I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog the next day.

I hope y’all enjoy the challenge!

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