Painting Queen Elizabeth I

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!

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So many details…

 

 

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Inspired by Vermeer

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.

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A collection of Portraits

I never set out to become a portrait painter, it just sort of happened…now I find myself painting as many portraits as Silhouettes

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Girl in red velvet
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Girl with a book
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Lady with grey hair
Portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark with child
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark with child – currently on exhibition at Amalienborg Palace, Copenhagen
Queen Margrethe of Denmark
Portrait of Queen Margrethe of Denmark in Gråsten Palace Garden
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Working on a Duchess of Cambridge portrait

From the Danish Royal Family’s Lofts and Cellars

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. Portrait is now in Amalienborg Palace
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Amalienborg Palace

From the Danish Royal Family’s Lofts and Cellars

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A special exhibition that included my portrait of pregnant Crown Princess Mary.

Amalienborg Palace, Copenhagen from September 2016 until April, 2017.

This portrait was a personal and untraditional one of the future Queen of Denmark pregnant with Denmark’s future King. The portrait of the Princess was exhibited together with the dress that she wore on this day.

The exhibition also showcased 2000 other artifacts from the Danish Royal Family’s collection of art, jewelry, clothes and memories.

The portrait now belongs to the Princess.

More information about the exhibition on Amalienborg Palace Website

Late summer in the studio

Today, as the late summer breeze filtered through my studio door I have been enjoying some more work on this young girl portrait. Still, a little way to go, but what an exciting painting this has been so far. For the first time, I have ventured into surrealism territory by adding a 3D floating piece of paper with my trademark silhouettes. I don’t know quite where I’ll end up with it, but here’s the result so far with a photograph of a corner of our Danish terrace garden.

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