For today’s challenge, I got a little inspiration from Hollywood. It seems that there have been a lot of new babies brought into this world recently.
Hilary Duff, Frankie Muniz, Bindi Irwin and Mandy Moore all recently had babies. So, why not celebrate all these new babies through our weekly challenge?
We are going to call it pregnancy art. What the heck is pregnancy art?
Lucky for you, that is entirely up to you. It can be any artistic work that depicts pregnancy in any way.
There was recently a large art exhibit that did exactly what we are asking. According to the New York Times, the exhibit in London showed how pregnancy was portrayed from the middle ages until the digital age.
As you can imagine, there were many different viewpoints and just as many different art styles. What I found really interesting, and maybe a little ironic, is that a lot of the early pregnancy art was done by male artists.
Now, I know that all genders can be artists and there are no limitations as to who can do what. But, I thought it was a little peculiar that early pregnancy art was only from the male perspective.
Another reason, besides all the Hollywood babies being born, that I thought made this a good challenge was the fact that, despite in early European history, a woman’s primary function was to have children. We have all heard stories of women who spent much of their young lives pregnant.
Despite being pregnant for much of their lives, there are few early art pieces that actually show pregnancy. Pregnancy art is there, without question, but it is much more popular now than ever before.
We love when our artists already have art that fit our challenges but are equally as excited to see new artists share their work as well. If you need inspiration, check out Grace’s Instagram page to see what she did.
I found this stunning piece on Riina Laine’s artist page. It’s pretty different than some of the pieces I’ve seen but I thought it was beautifully done.
This particular artwork is considered ‘belly painting’ but it fits this challenge amazingly.
This beautiful piece is very different than the belly art but just another great idea for your submissions. Brandy Renee Art on Instagram has other great work too.
She can definitely serve as an inspiration for this week’s challenge!
As you contemplate the art you’ll submit to the website, I want to take a moment to remember the great Beverly Cleary who passed away, at 104, this week.
Her books were a huge part of my growing up and young people all across the country still read her books.
The world lost an iconic author/artist. She certainly made the world a better place.