Many Togethers part 1: Inspired by Vermeer’s “Girl With a Pearl Earring” and Illustrator Ana Juan
Graphite and gouache on paper
Combining the art of two creators never fails to stimulate my creative juices. Actually, I find some of my most inspired and creatively expansive moments while digging into the stories and styles of other artists.
Today’s artists came into my life because of “children’s” books:
Blue Balliett‘s Chasing Vermeer is probably responsible for my art history craving, and it introduced me to Vermeer. Chasing Vermeer is the first book in a series that dives headfirst into the art-world, making art history mysterious, current, and suspenseful. Thanks to Balliett, Vermeer’s “Girl With a Pearl Earring” has intrigued me since the wee age of about nine. Seriously, go read these books.
Ana Juan came into my life when I read Catherynne M. Valente‘s The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. To be honest, I’m smitten with Juan’s work. It’s powerful, dark, sensual, intricate, and just the right amount of wacky. Please take some time to check out her delectable website: the adventure awaits.