SIA: Synesthetic art

It’s that time again for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this round curated by SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

SIA inspiration pick:

Salazar chose a beautiful painting by Kansas City artist Melissa McCracken as the inspiration. McCracken has synesthesia, meaning she can see colors in music, which she then translates into paintings. AMAZING! You can read about her process here in this interview.

One of her paintings is for one of Salazar’s favorite songs — Iron and Wine’s “Boy with a Coin” — which explains why Salazar chose this particular piece.

Here is a detail from the painting, which you can see in full here on her website:

Detail of Iron & Wine, "Boy With a Coin" by Melissa McCracken

Detail of Iron & Wine, “Boy With a Coin” by Melissa McCracken

The textures and colors are amazing, and there is such a sense of movement in the painting. Should be a fun challenge for us all!

And for reference, here is a YouTube video for the song that inspired this painting:

Iron & Wine – Boy With A Coin” uploaded by MicrophoneFarmer, Standard YouTube License.

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, Salazar, at by next Monday, August 14. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey.

Can’t wait to see what y’all are inspired to wear!



2 thoughts on “SIA: Synesthetic art

  1. Brenda N.

    Beautiful painting & great bio on the artist. I also really enjoyed the song. Thanks Jen & Salazar! I’d never heard of synesthesia, what a fascinating gift. I’ve often tried to imagine colors when listening to music, it was suggested as a mind expanding exercise. Looking forward to the interpretations. 🙂


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