Ink Wash

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by “Farewell at the Bridge of the Hanging Rainbow” after the style of Tang Yin. It’s very self-explanatory, as you can see – this top is perfect for the ink-wash trees in the painting, and I kept the rest of the outfit in neutral earth tones to reflect the subdued monotone of the painting.

This, if you remember, is also Erin’s last challenge as a SIA host, and while we are sad to lose her, fear not. SIA will still continue as usual, and I hope we can meet Erin again as a participant. Good luck, Erin! We’ll miss you!


Creative Colloquy

The first SIA inspiration of the year – the cover of the Pacific Northwest literary compilation Creative Colloquy, by tattoo artist Bismark Pinera – is a bit of a challenge for me. There are a lot of colors and graphic elements that I can’t faithfully recreate using what I have in my closet, so eventually, I just pulled out the most colorful pieces and put them together in a way that can represent the painting as best as I could. I’m not entirely happy with it – for one thing, my outfit is too dark compared to the painting – but I guess I’m just being a perfectionist.

Don’t forget to check Jen’s blog on Wednesday to see how everybody interprets this super cool painting!


The Gray Jedi

It seems every time I go to see a Star Wars movie, I always wear black and red (well, this is more like gray and red). It’s unintentional, of course – my wardrobe simply has more colors of the Dark Side. Besides, what are the colors of the Light Side? White, yes, and… blue? Green? I’m not even sure.

Anyway, back to the movie – The Last Jedi. I gushed about The Force Awakens, but I have to say, I’m disappointed with the follow-up. It’s just… a mess. A bunch of storylines go nowhere, there is no character development to speak of, and with all the talks about how different it is from other Star Wars movies, it still looks and feels very familiar to me (it follows the same basic plot points as Empire Strikes Back, just like how The Force Awakens follows A New Hope). Oh, there are certainly a lot of cool moments, but they’re just that – moments, with no connection between them. The movie ends up being way less than the sum of its parts. I may see it again this week if I have time, but I don’t see my first impression changing.


Hazy Shade Of Winter

I know I said we’ve had our first cold snap of the season a couple of weeks ago, but it appears the “real” cold snap – one that lasts more than a few days – doesn’t arrive until next week. In the meantime, it’s gray and drizzling and miserable (hence the post title, which, of course, is also a song by Simon&Garfunkel/The Bangles and a “Stranger Things” reference).

It’s reflected in my outfit too. This jacket is a Teacher’s Day gift from my students, and it’s pretty nice, except it’s a bit short and baggy for my style. So far I haven’t tried pairing it with anything other than skinny jeans, but we’ll see.


Angel Applicant

 

Believe it or not, I was actually wearing this outfit when I got Erin’s email about this week’s SIA inspiration – “Angel Applicant” by Paul Klee. That’s what I call serendipity.

Of course, because I put the outfit together before I got the email, some details don’t quite match – like my bow brooch, for example – but the rest of it, from the sweatshirt to the jeans and the boots, is spot on, if I do say so myself.

P/S: I can’t believe I didn’t make the connection before, but between the gray color and the title “Angel Applicant”, the figure in this painting really reminds me of a Weeping Angel. If you don’t know what that is, I suggest you watch “Blink”, one of the most terrifying and arguably most famous episodes of Doctor Who. I promise you’ll find yourself looking over your shoulder at every stone statue you see afterward.