Unnamed Sentinel

potterheigham-1I do hope nobody here was affected by the wicked Storm Doris.

Avoiding the clutches of the weather, I took the excuse for a rather more leisurely drawing than I’ve been doing of late, spending several hours here. It’s something of a wind back to a very early post of mine, actually, looking at Norton Marsh Drainage Mill now over eighteen months ago, so there’s little in the way of ground-breaking experimentation. Happily, though, in the echoes I can see signs of increased confidence, not least in the fact that I chose to sketch a mill face on this time! I should hope so too, really…

I was taken by the frosty reference photograph, which goes back to the 1920s. I know nothing of the mill’s profile – it’s just branded ‘The Windmill’ or ‘old mill’ – other than its whereabouts: the village of Potter Heigham. It was curiously attractive and inspirational for that, Doris or no Doris, so I’m sure I’d have got round to this eventually.

Noting the off-centre position of the mill in my drawing, moreover that there’s really not all that much excitement behind, I did wonder about an alternative portrait, allowing the mill to have undisputed glory. While it does afford that, I think the vast and remote landscape does just as much, if not more, for the mill’s presence.

potterheigham-1crop

The enjoyment gained from this suggests it was an itch, and one that essentially scratched itself. The pursuit for a happy medium (fun) will continue, you be sure of it!

15 comments
  1. Lovely! Once again, that sepia thing really works for this subject matter. And yes, both the close-up and the zoomed out version are great. I like being able to see all the detail in the 2nd one, but you’re right, the landscape adds to the windmill’s presence. I kinda want to jump in there and go for a nice walk 🙂 (provided there are no huge storms about to hit, anyway!)

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks very much! Ooh, I always get that feeling when browsing these old landscape photatos – I’d love to teleport into them. But indeedy, you do not want to be out on the broads when a storm hits. I remember being out there as a kid when a lightning storm rolled in. Out in the open like that… eep. Not the ideal place to be!

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      • Inorite? Somebody needs to invent a time machine already!
        Holy hell, that’d be scary. I like storms, but only when i’m at a safe vantage point!

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      • Jacob said:

        Yup. Lab coats on!

        Yes, that’s wise. There was a time when I quite fancied the idea of storm chasing in America or someplace – it would be spectacular. But, thinking the storm on Thursday was probably the tip of the iceberg in terms of magnitude, I should probably stay well away, in a good seat!

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      • Ooh, i’ve had similar daydreams. There is something morbidly alluring about tornados and things…..i understand why stormchasers do what they do. But i reckon i’d wuss out if i got as close to one as they do! I’m happy for them to just take amazing photos and video footage for me to watch!

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      • Jacob said:

        Haha, yeah, that’d very likely be me too!

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  2. I think that the off-centeredness adds a certain tension and excitement to the painting. The duller (I don’t think it’s dull though) background provides relief to the tension established. It’s terrific!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks so much, Teresa! I think it was worthwhile trying the crop, but after doing so, I’d agree with those observations.

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    • Jacob said:

      Good to hear! Thanks ever so much, Deborah.

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