My post for this SIA is a bit late because I’m just now writing it! Normally, I try to compose them the night before and schedule them to go live early Monday morning.
But I was so tired yesterday that I probably wouldn’t have been able to write a coherent post, even if I tried. And since I’m off from work today, I felt that it could just wait.
So, with that bit of housekeeping out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff.
It’s another SIA challenge and this time, my blogging friend, Salazar, over on 14 Shades of Grey, chose quite a cool piece, with an even cooler name (I think anyway). It’s called Kuroki Neko by Japanese artist, Hishida Shunso. Check out Salazar’s blog in the link above for more details and for an image. It basically depicts a black cat sitting on a tree limb with autumn leaves hanging above it.
I feel that the title is very appropriate for this painting. I did a little searching to see what the literal translation meant and now I understand why it’s named this. I already knew that “kuro” means “black” in Japanese (thanks to me reading the graphic novel series, Shoulder-A-Coffin Kuro, an awesome series by the way; check it out!). The suffix, “ki” means “tree” or “wood”. And “neko”, as you’ve probably already guessed, means “cat”. So the title, “Kuroki Neko”, literally says “black wood/tree cat”, which I think is pretty darn cool.
Here’s what I went with as far as an outfit goes.
Like I told Salazar when I submitted my photos, I was trying to go for a more “preppy look”, without looking too business-like or too formal. And I got tired of my more “casual looks” all of the time, so I wanted to sharpen things up a little. I brought out my suit jacket and pants, which I think look great together with any Polo-like shirt, which you see in gray here. Without the tie and dress shirt, it’s more of a “business-casual” look, which is what I was going for.
And I know, I know; brown shoes with black dress clothing; a big “no-no”. But this is for SIA, so I can do whatever I want, thank you. Since I don’t have any brown clothing, I brought out my trusty brown shoes to sort of match the brown tones found in the painting. Overall, I think I pulled it off pretty well.
And as an added bonus, I created a postcard (using my newly discovered black postcards) especially for this SIA, which you can see below.
Since I obviously don’t have any accessories, I went with the next best thing. I had the idea to make a more Halloween-like postcard for some time, using the black postcards. Basically, I was going to put a pumpkin or two in the picture. But since I made this after Halloween was over, I decided to leave the pumpkins out and just have the focus on the cat. I tried to make him semi-creepy looking to mimic the look of the cat in the painting without copying it. I’d say that I succeeded. The perspective of the *ahem*, “wall” that he’s sitting on, is a little off, but I did this rather quickly so it’s understandable. And I’m still trying to familiarize myself with the oil pastels, which is what I used to create this postcard. Overall, not bad.
That’s all for now! Be sure to check back in on Salazar’s blog this Wednesday for the round-up. It should be fun to see how many different interpretations you all come up with!