Style Imitating Art: Girl With a Pearl Earring by Vermeer

Welcome to the first Style Imitating Art challenge for 2021. Also, welcome to my debut as the third leg of this wonderful endeavor. I feel privileged to get to take part in this creative challenge.

About Style Imitating Art

Style Imitating Art is hosted by Salazar of 14 Shades of Grey, Daenel of Living Outside the Stacks and me. Style Imitating Art challenges us to draw style inspiration from pieces of art. Every other Monday one of us selects an inspiration image and we each post the image on our blogs. The following Monday we share our art-inspired outfits. The following Wednesday, the curator shares all of the submissions on her blog.

This Week’s Presenter

That would be me.

This Week’s Inspirational Image

I’m starting my tenure with Johannes Vermeer’s work “Girl With the Golden Earring”, which Vermeer painted around 1665 (he didn’t date it). Also known as “The Mona Lisa of the North”, this young woman has enchanted audiences. She has just turned her head and meets the eyes of the viewer. Is she about to tell us something?

A small oil painting (17.52 × 15.35 inches [44.5 × 39 cm]), is not a portrait but a tronie, a Dutch term for a character or type of person.

After an extended world tour in 2012, she will now never leave the Mauritshuis in The Hague.

Why Was I Inspired to Pick This Work?

I have a soft spot for pearls. Also, I am drawn to the colors used in the painting: blue, yellow, yellow ochre (even reminds me a bit of gold) and then there is that touch of white around the collar.

I just like Vermeer. We only have 36 of his paintings and they are mostly everyday people doing everyday things and you can invent stories about them.

Will You Join In the Fun?

I hope this art inspires you to create a look and that you will join us. Send me your picture of your SIA inspired outfit along with a small blurb on how you were inspired to by January 12th. I’ll share the submissions on my blog on Wednesday January 13th.

Anyone can participate and you certainly do not have to have a blog.

If you do share your inspirations on Instagram use the hashtag #StyleImitatingArt so we know you are there. You can also tag us in the images. Our Instagram names are: terrigardner_meadowtree, daenelt and 14shadesofgrey.

I would like to give a big thank you to Salazar and Daenel for letting me help with SIA. I started blogging years ago as a design and art blogger and slowly transformed into fashion and style. Style Imitating Art lets me combine these two loves.

Take care and create on!

11 thoughts on “Style Imitating Art: Girl With a Pearl Earring by Vermeer

  1. So pleased to make your acquaintance. I very much enjoy the SIA challenges and try to participate when I can figure out an interpretation. This painting is among my favorites, too. I wore pearls in college to all of my art classes until one professor pulled me aside to point out that serious artists did not wear pearls or dresses and skirts. I wound up changing majors. Which was probably a very good thing but at that time his comment stung.

    Will be adding your blog to my Bloglovin’ feed. Anxious to get to know you better.
    Happy new year!!

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  2. Hello!!!
    I’m so glad you are the new host! Every time they ask for a new host, I grit my teeth hoping someone will take it up so I don’t have to offer (I’ve participated since 2012 in the challenge and feel terribly guilty not offering to host after doing it for so long but I am just too unreliable and scared about putting my email address on the internet- being a teacher, I don’t want any pupils to find it!) I’m also very, very glad that you chose the Vermeer because the last time it featured, I’m pretty certain I didn’t submit an outfit for it and I was gutted to miss it! Hurrah! Now, just have to remember to join in…

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    1. Hi, Kenzie, I’m a retired art teacher so I’m not to worried about students finding out my email anymore. LOL.
      I wanted to start out with something fairly traditional that everyone would love. I just didn’t realize that it had been done before. That you have a second chance to contribute makes me feel good. So, until……next week. Thank you for dropping by. Terri


    1. Hello, Alissa. Thank you for dropping by. I’m so sorry that you won’t be able to join in the fun this time. A new SIA is dropped every other week. January 4th was the first and the next one will be on the 18th, etc, etc. I will always have the new SIA on here, even if I’m not the curator, along with who you need to send your photo to.

      Again, so hope you can join us some day. I thought this particular art work would be a joy for everyone to work with.

      Again, thanks for dropping by and take care and hope you drop by next week and see my styled inspiration for “The Girl With a Pearl Earring”. Terri

      From the first post (yesterday), readers have eight days to get their photo in to the presenter along with the explanation.

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      1. Oh! I must have misread the due date! I thought it was due tomorrow! 😳😂
        Thank you so much for sharing all that, Terri… I’m excited i have plenty of time to participate!

        For future reference, how do i make sure i don’t miss out on seeing the next challenge from whoever will host it?


      2. I will always post here on my blog each challenge and will also have all information on whom to send your photos to. That’s part of the job of being a sponsor. In turn, the other sponsors will also post on their blogs. It’s a group effort. Glad I cleared up when it was due! Terri

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