A sea and river of inspiration

It’s time for another SIA challenge! This time, the artistic inspiration drifts our way via a painting entitled “The Wanderer Above a Sea of Fog,” a moody piece that has inspired scores of movie posters and the stylistic composition of scenes in the British TV series Sherlock. 

Misty fog totally seems right up Portland’s alley, right? Except we have been experiencing a spate of sunny, gorgeous weather lately. (Not complaining, we’ll be back to rain and clouds soon enough!) And that made me think of that famous Carl Sandburg poem:

The fog comes / on little cat feet. / It sits looking / over harbor and city / on silent haunches / and then moves on.

So moving on ourselves, Sam and I headed over to Overlook Park for a variety of pictures that, ahem, overlook the Willamette River and the industrial side of north Portland. It’s a very well-named park. And a perfect locale for shots inspired by this painting:

Librarian for Life & Style: A sea and river of inspiration

From the instant I saw this painting, I thought of my grey overcoat. (I’ve nicknamed this coat my “Vienna coat,” because I bought it for a Christmastime holiday to Vienna back in 2009.) I donned the coat only to take these photos, because the weather was so fantastic!

Librarian for Life + Style | A sea and river of inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | A sea and river of inspiration

I kept things simple under that fabulous coat. The perfect light-sweater kind of weather!

Librarian for Life + Style | A sea and river of inspiration

Details:  Grey overcoat:  Mango, Abu Dhabi, 2009  /  Sweater:  Old Navy, gift-carded this fall  /  Skinny jeans:  Target, last winter  /  Flats:  Payless, summer

Librarian for Life + Style | A sea and river of inspiration

Sam and I enjoyed the sunshine while exploring the rest of the park. And I was able to capture Sam’s pattern-mixing ensemble, which also echoes the inspiration photo quite well!

Librarian for Life + Style | My husband's inspiration outfit

And just like in the last challenge, I kept seeing SIA inspiration everywhere I looked. So I whipped another quick Polyvore inspiration board to capture the sea of inspiration:

Librarian for Life + Style | A Sea of Inspiration collage

Link ups:  Style Imitating Art  / My Style, Your Style Sunday Link-Up  /  Sunday Style  /  Watch What I’m Wearing  /  IFB Project #116


15 thoughts on “A sea and river of inspiration

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style

      Thanks, Fran! I love these SIA challenges, as being inspired by a painting or work of art really makes one think differently about style. Sometimes it’s all about capturing a mood. Or textures. Or patterns. I went quite literal with this one (it helps that I had a coat just like the one in the painting!) but it’s fun to see where a piece of artistic inspiration takes you! 🙂

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style

      Thanks Laura! Pure luck that I had the same kind of coat as in the inspiration painting. Sam and I had a lot of fun with the photo shoot in the park — for once, I didn’t feel so self-conscious, possibly because it felt more like a photo shoot than just capturing my daily outfits. 😉

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