SIA interpretation: Dogs playing poker

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It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge. This past week, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose our inspiration artwork.

Still time to participate in SIA!

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 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by the end of Tuesday, Feb. 6th. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, this Wednesday.

The inspiration artwork:

Because the Lunar New Year festival is coming up, and it’s the Year of the Dog, Salazar wanted artwork featuring dogs. She finally settled on “A Bold Bluff,” one of the paintings in C. M. Coolidge’s “Dogs Playing Poker” series. (Did you know that it was a series?! Read all about its fascinating history here.)

'A Bold Bluff' by C. M. Coolidge, circa 1909

‘A Bold Bluff’ by C. M. Coolidge, circa 1909

Interpretation:

I noticed the bookcase in the background of the painting… which gave me the cheeky idea of wearing my bookcase-print skirt… which features cats! I am a total Leo, so incorporating cats into an outfit inspired by a painting of dogs made me laugh. Novelty animal prints for the win! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

After work, we took these photos in our dining room, so the lighting is definitely adding a yellow tinge. But I think this also echoes the inspiration painting! We also already happened to have a deck of cards on our green tin tray on our dining room table — no lie, we had been playing cards over the MLK Jr. holiday weekend and just never put up the deck of cards (Stephanie, I know you are not shocked by this!). So I pulled the cards into our SIA photoshoot, because I am never one to miss a chance to be cheesy! 😀

I also enjoy the fact that our dining room table and the green, brown, and russet tones in the room and curtains also tie into the colors of the inspiration painting.

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

I wore this outfit on a work day that included library introductions and tours for first-year students, so the book-print skirt also served as a conversation starter for students. And so many of the female students remarked on the fact that this skirt has POCKETS. Women know what’s up, y’all. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

Weather: Cold and rainy (hence the leggings worn as tights!)

Where:  Work day that included teaching and library tours

What:

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18 thoughts on “SIA interpretation: Dogs playing poker

  1. Salazar

    That skirt is perfect! And I love that you pose with the cards.
    (And just between you and me, as fellow Leos, I was going to wear my cat brooch as a wink-wink-nudge-nudge to the dogs featured in the paintings too.)

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  2. Brenda

    Great job, Jen. Your colors, lighting and setting are just perfect. Love that green sweater & the skirt’s perfect, too. This was a fun challenge. I won’t tell the dogs about the cats on your skirt, ha! 🙂

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  3. Kezzie

    Hi! I KNEW you would notice the books and incorporate the book skirt! Your outfit works so well, the cardie and the white of the central dog’s front. The poses are just right. By the way, I love your rug!

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  4. Erin

    I love everything about this! The colors, the outfit, the skirt. You’re right that your dining room has the perfect ambiance.

    Reply
  5. eisforexplore

    I LOVE everything about your outfit. LOVE LOVE LOVE. ps. I also really love that buddha artwork in your dining room. Who and where and how do I get one?!

    Reply
    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life + Style Post author

      The large Buddha painting in the background was actually a freebie (!) that we found left out by a dumpster (!!) when we lived in Portland. It was in perfect condition, except for a few knicks in the frame (which were easy to cover up with black Sharpie), so I have no idea why anyone would throw it out. My husband is also Buddhist, so it was one of those serendipitous finds. I don’t know where the artwork comes from, but it feels like something that would come from places like Pier 1 or World Market. I bet the Wayfair site might have some similar options, too.

      Reply
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