Monday, December 19, 2011

Painting in Provence - in the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh

Some years ago I visited Arles in Southern Provence, and ofcause I had to try and visit the sites in the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh. Here I am sketching at the upper level at the hosptal in Arles. From there is a most beautiful view of the whole courtyard.

Photos by Petite Malou

Café Terrace at Night by Vincent van Gogh 1888

 Ladies of Arles (Memories of the Garden at Etten)

Field of Flowers near Arles 

The Garden at Arles


Monday, December 12, 2011

Paris Rooftops


Paris Rooftops
8x8 inches. (20x20cm)
Original painting sold.
Prints available from my Etsy Shop

This painting shows the view of some of the rooftops near the Pompidou Museum in Paris. I love the architecture and old building there and the soft yellows and greyish-blues are beautiful. One of the first things I noticed when I arrived in Paris was the incredible number of chimneys they have!


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Best Bread in the World - Verdens Bedste Brød



The Best Bread in the World aka No-knead Bread.
If you haven't yet tried it, give it a go. It's easy and very tasty and similar to what you might buy at a French bakery - tastes like a country style baguette! Find the recipe here.

Verdens Bedste Brød eller Æltefrit Brød
Hvis du ikke har prøvet at bage det endnu så gør det og du vil ikke fortryde det. Det er nemt at bage, kræver minimum af arbejde og smager rigtig lækkert! Find opskrift og fremgangsmåde, klik her.


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Manhattan Yellow Cabs


Manhattan Yellow Cabs
7.75 x 7.75 inches. (20x20cm)
Acrylic on canvas.

Sold

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Le Vieux Port, Marseille SOLD

Acrylic on canvas. 5x7 inches. Copyright 2009
Private collection in Marietta, Georgia.

It was an early morning in Marseille in Southern France. The fishmarket on the harbour front was underway and people were starting to come out to buy fish and seafood. Here I choose to fucus on the sailboats and their reflections in the water.

The original is now sold but prints of this painting are available from my Etsy store. Click here to see the selection.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Nature Inspiration


Beautiful natural pattern and colors that inspire me. 
Smukke og inspirerende mønstre og farver fra naturen.


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Mini Art Canvas Prints


My new Mini Canvas Prints. I'm so happy at how these small reproductions of my original paintings turned out! I make each one entirely by hand from the best materials by the artist herself, that's me :-) The prints are very detailed and the colors are beautiful and bright.  Now available from my Etsy shop :)

Her er de så endelig - mine nye Mini Lærredstryk. Hvert billede er fremstillet af kvalitetsmaterialer og håndlavet af kunstneren selv, nemlig mig :-) De er blevet rigtig flotte og farverne er smukke og klare.
Kan købes i min Etsy shop :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Hunt for Wild Mushrooms - På Svampejagt


Picking mushrooms.
Stopped along the way to eat wild raspberries.
Little feet ahead of mine.
Sunshine.
What a wonderful day :)

På svampetur. 
Stoppede langs skovstien for at spise skovhindbær. 
Små fødder på stien foran mig. 
Solskin. 
Sikke en dejligt dag :)


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Lavender fields - Lavendel marker


Well maybe not quite a field - but enough to make a nice big bunch to hang up and dry. I love the smell of lavender, it reminds me so much of Provence.
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Godt nok ikke en hel lavendel mark, men dog nok til at jeg kunne få plukket et stort bundt og få det hængt til tørre. Jeg elsker duften af lavendel, det minder mig om duften af Provence.

 Lavender is sometimes added to the French herb and spicemix called Herbs de Provence. Here is the recipe to make it yourself. ~ Lavendel bliver nogle gange brugt som en ingrediens i den franske krydderiblanding, Herbs de Provence. Her er opskriften og blandingsforholdet.

  • 3 tablespoons oregano leaves / Oregano
  • 3 tablespoons thyme leaves / Timian
  • 1 teaspoon basil leaves/ Basilikum
  • 1 teaspoon sage leaf / Salvie
  • 3 tablespoons savory / Savoy
  • 2 tablespoons lavender flowers / Lavendel blomster
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary/ Rosmarin 

Mix well and store in an airtight container in a dark, cool place. Some recipes contain fennel seeds or marjoram, experiment and find your own favorite combination. 

Blandes godt og opbevares tørt og mørkt  i en lufttæt beholder. Nogle opskrifter indeholder fennikel eller anis. Prøv dig frem og find frem til din egen favorit blanding.

Recipe from food.com 



Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Elderflower Tea - Hyldeblomst te

A cup of homemade organic elderflower tea. ~  En kop hjemmelavet og økologisk hyldeblomst te.

Last month I collected and dried some flowers from the Elder also sometimes called Elderberry. Flowers and leaves from the Elder have been used in flok medicine to bring relief to colds.

I sidste måned indsamlede og tørrede jeg en del hyldeblomser. I følge et gammelt husråd er både blomster og blade blevet brugt imod forkølelse og ondt i halsen.

Elder bushes and flowers. Hyldebærbuske og blomster.

Collecting the flowers is done from June - July.  Indsamling af hyldeblomsterne foregår i juni - juli måned.

Dry the flowers on a tray (out of direct sunlight). Or use an oven or a machine called a dehydrator. Here I used a dehydrator which is an excellent way of drying and preserving anything from herbs for tea to mushrooms.

Læg blomsterne i et lag på en bakke og stil dem til tørre (væk fra direkte sollys). Man kan også bruge en ovn eller en tørremaskine. Jeg har brugt en tørremaskine og det er en rigtig god og nem metode at tørre alt fra krydderurter til svampe m.m.


Dried elderflowers on the left and fresh ones on the right. ~ Tørre hyldeblomster til venstre og friske blomster til højre.



Add a bit of sugar/honey or lemon if so desired - et voila - enjoy!

Tilsæt lidt sukker/honning eller citron efter smag.

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Dreamcatcher DIY - Drømmefanger lav din egen.


These are really fun to make and quite addictive - I made 5 already :) We used found feathers, seashells, wooden pearls, vintage leather/fur (cut into long strips) and vintage yarn. I made them with my 3 1/2 year old and although I made the weaving, he enjoyed picking out what things to attach to his dreamcathcer.
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Drømmfangerne er rigtig sjove at lave og man kan blive helt bidt af det - jeg har allerede lavet 5 stk :) Vi brugte fjer som vi har fundet i naturen, strandskaller, træperler, gammelt lædder/pels (klippet i lange strimler) og gammelt garn. Jeg lavede dem sammen med min søn på 3 1/2 år. Og selvom han ikke selv kunne væve mønstret så var han rigtig god til at udvælge hvilke farver og fjer/sten/perler han ville have på sin egen drømmefanger.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Blueberry Muffins

As some of you already know I LOVE blueberries! This summer I decided to make some really good blueberry muffins from the wild blueberries we picked. And these really are THE BEST blueberry muffins I have ever had.

Ingredients - 12 muffins

  • 1 1/2 (190g) cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 (150g) cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) milk
  • 1 cup (145g) fresh blueberries
Crumb topping:
  • 1/2 cup (100g) white sugar
  • 1/3 cup (40g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (55g) butter, cubed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners.
  2. Combine 1 1/2 cups (190g) flour, 3/4 cup (150g) sugar, salt and baking powder. Place vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup. Mix this with flour mixture. Fold in blueberries. Fill muffin cups right to the top, and sprinkle with crumb topping mixture.
  3. To Make Crumb Topping: Mix together 1/2 cup (100g) sugar, 1/3 cup (40g) flour, 1/4 cup (55g) butter, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Mix with fork, and sprinkle over muffins before baking.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until done. 
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These are not low calorie muffins. However they taste divine and once in a while I think it's ok to go for full fat ;) I replaced the butter with vegatable based butter substitute and I'm sure there are ways to use less sugar. The muffins had a firm crust right out of the oven but the next day that turned soft and even more delicious (that is how I prefer them) Oh and one last thing - make a double portion as they will dissapear really fast! Original recipe from Allrecipes


~  Bon Appetit  ~


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