Our home Harbaeks Courtyard (Harbæksgaard) has undergone exciting major renovations these past 6 months. Ever since we purchased it in 2008 in the the beautiful countryside of Skovby situated on the south Jutland island of Als in Denmark , we always dreamed we would one day be able to convert our barns into a large gallery space. This has been accomplished slowly over the past 10 years. Now we have 700 square meters of gallery. And an exciting addition is our little concert hall and cosy bar. This means we can now host various events.
We proudly open our doors to showcase our new gallery rooms tomorrow at 2pm-6pm. And again this coming weekend Saturday and Sunday 12pm-4pm. So come on by if you can.
Our first two opening concerts with my husband, Thomas Eje performing have already occurred, the 3rd one will be on the 4th of August. Contact us for tickets: 2142 0006
Exciting days ahead for us as we embark on this new adventure.
Every day I consider myself fortunate that I get to do what I love! Here’s a few of photos of my progress on Elizabeth I of England portrait. I am using the Armada Portrait by George Gower as my inspiration. I have included a couple of very short videos of me painting a shadow behind a pearl and also me painting a lace cuff detail. Be sure to check out the photos at the end of the post too.
I hope to have it completed in the coming days. I am loving the details of lace and jewelry. Painting the gems is almost as good as owning them!
There are the greats and then there are those very few above the greats like Johannes Vermeer from Holland 1632-1675. I have been fascinated with Vermeer’s work my whole life. I was a very young child when I saw my very first Vermeer painting. It was a print of ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ Years later I would read Tracey Chevalier’s book with the same title. Then of course came the film with Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth.
I always told myself one day I would explore ‘The Girl with the Pearl Earring’ on a more deeper level and paint her. Here is my interpretation of this masterpiece. It was a journey of joyful and focused painting where time and space no longer existed. I got so caught up in the beautiful vulnerability of this exquisite art gem.
When the Duchess of Cambridge undertook her first solo overseas engagement she flew to Amsterdam. Here you can see her coming face to face with this beautiful little painting.
It had been a decade since I last held teaching classes. I have just been busy with other projects and ideas. However, I began to realise how much I missed teaching. So I decided to host a Sunday class (11am – 6pm) just for women at my home. This was last Sunday, it was a wonderful day with 15 enthusiastic students. Many of whom hadn’t painted since their childhood! Some were more experienced. Because it was a small class I was able to offer a fair bit of individual guidance. Here are a few photographs from the happy event.
My next class is on Sunday 24th September. There are a couple of tickets left. The classes are taught in Danish.