Time-Tested: 145

herringfleet-2bIn yet another lurch away from any kind of propriety as far as Time-Tested is concerned, I left Reddit Gets Drawn, and also went further into Corel Painter, this time having a look at its pastels. Why ever not pick a medium with which I am frighteningly unfamiliar and far from exceptional? One day I might post my oil pastel self-portrait from my GCSE exam a good few years ago… stuff of nightmares, it is (and I mean even more than I deserve from a portrait!).

With that slight tremor, I moved away from portraiture and decided to make a pastel landscape instead. This is Herringfleet Mill, a smock mill situated just outside of Somerleyton in Suffolk. Standing beside the River Waveney, and quite a way from road or rail, it is a wonderfully peaceful setting, and it’s no surprise that it has become such a hot pick for photographers. It’s also one of the very few broadland mills that can still work – quite a treat it is to see those sails turn, though, one mustn’t stand too close, as I did once; as the structure is quite small, the sails almost clip the ground, never mind your noggin!

In another departure from the norm, I wasn’t sure how long I was going to give myself for this, but ‘finished’ – or rather was exhausted – at just under two and half hours. To begin with, I tried to force ‘expressive’ by using my non-dominant (right) hand, which explains the sails. The blocks of colour fell quickly; a huge chunk of the time was spent blending, nitpicking and adding strokes here and there – I’ll let you be the judge of whether you think that a success or not! It’s produced something very different, and with hints of loosening up in that I disobeyed the photograph on many elements (though there’s a long way to go in that regard – I just need to dredge up the courage). I’m uncertain about the result compared to my usual, but I guess that’s to be expected. Twas fun, anyhow, and Corel once again proved its impressive worth.

Wheel be ba.. oh I must stop doing that. See you (wheel) soon… in February, I expect!

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28 comments
  1. Geke Hop-Wassink said:

    Beautiful mill and I love the sky with those clouds, great painting Jacob 🙂 ❤

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Geke! I’d fiddled with it so much, I wasn’t sure if it still resembled a sky or not 😛 glad you like it!

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      • Geke Hop-Wassink said:

        Well to me, that is a beautiful sky!!! ❤

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      • Jacob said:

        Well, that’s all I need hear! Success! Yay!!

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  2. Very beautiful Jacob, the colors are so rich and vibrant. Art takes courage, especially something new! Thanks for sharing.

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks Sharon – it was indeed a bit tentative but also fun, so I’m incredibly pleased you enjoyed the result!

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  3. Beautiful evening with windmill. Close to Calgary is small town Cochrane and there is small bakery with name Watermill Bakery. They have in garden in front house built Water Mill – beautiful. …and they have delicious sweets. 🍰 I will travel to Calgary next week and I make photo for you.

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Camilla! As for the photograph, that would be absolutely wonderful. Thank you so much!!

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  4. This is gorgeous Jacob! I love the looseness and expression and those colors are just awesome. I think this is very successful!! I struggle with looseness and so I can relate to trying to be more expressive. Haven’t tried the non-dominant hand thing, but I guess I should give it a go. If that doesn’t work, there’s always attempting to paint with one’s feet I guess, but that sounds terribly awkward and weird. But I love this… it immediately grabbed my attention as I scrolled through my Reader. It’s gorgeous!! 🙂

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    • Jacob said:

      Yay, glad to hear that Charlie! Thanks so much! I shall rather miss Corel Painter when the trial runs out – maybe I need to start that list to Santa a bit earlier this year.

      Yes, it seems so hard (and scary!) to loosen up especially when you’ve acclimatised to a more detailed approach. It’d be interesting for sure to see you go all expressive – the opposite hand thing is a good place to begin, as is the time limit. (Though I think you’ve come to a style with the perfect mix of detail and play already!) Maybe I’ll pass on the feet thing though, as entertaining as it sounds…!

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  5. Lee Hesketh said:

    Super amazing painting Jay! Those colours are so bold, its like I’m actually there. Heart!

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    • Jacob said:

      Glad you like it, Lee! This was a bit of a tentative trundle into the unknown! I heart the heart.

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    • Jacob said:

      Haha! Thanks so much, Laura! I’m totally chuffed you like it!

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  6. Rebecca said:

    I like it very much – it has a good ‘feel’ I think, and the light/colour combos are fab. 🙂

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Rebecca – that’s especially good to hear. I usually love rendering clouds but these beggars were being particularly troublesome!

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  7. Bill Fufkin said:

    I think you’ve made a successful start to a new direction, Jacob…this picture is replete with a warmth and soul. Well done. B

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks very much, Bill! It’s especially reassuring to hear that this piece has a fresh feel to it.

      Like

  8. Tori said:

    The colours and the way you’ve conveyed the atmosphere are amazing, great work Jacob, you must be well chuffed (as we say oop North 😄)

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Tori – I’m certainly well chuffed by your comments!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks very much for your comment and follow!

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      • zeromsc said:

        Anytime! I’m going to make sure I scroll through your archives, you have some dope work!

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      • Jacob said:

        Haha – I don’t think anybody’s ever called my work dope before! Thanks very much!!

        Like

    • Jacob said:

      Thanks again, Jade! It was a beautiful view to try and recreate.

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