Old Faithful

howhill-01Well well, hasn’t it been a while since my last post here? Almost half a year, in fact. I’ve mostly been too busy to keep this place going, and, if you’re wondering what would cause such a frightful thing, I kindly direct you to the top of my sidebar. Exciting stuff.

Anyway, I’m on a little break from that and the weather had me finally back in the mood for drawing. Usually when weather is the driving force, it’s winter and freezing; today, it’s 33C just on the coast, and that’s forecast to rise over the next couple of days. I cannot wait. Naturally I chose a sunset – the sign that it’s now safe to head outside – playing behind the old faithful.

And here’s something a little different, which I’ve been meaning to try for some time: a more ‘printerly’ aesthetic with a smock mill, in this case Horning Ferry Mill before it was converted to residential property. It’s not perfect and Illustrator might have been the wiser choice for this one, but I’m too pleased with my productivity today to worry that much.


It has been a while, so it was nice to find my way around Photoshop again.

So, how you doin’?


  1. I love your top painting. It reminds me of being a little girl watching the mill spin on some kind of copper model/music box. I can’t quite remember what it was and it was destroyed in a flood, but I loved it. Thanks for bringing back the memories and sharing your art.

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    • Jacob said:

      Hi Lindsey, thanks for your nice comments. Glad to have brought back some memories.


    • Jacob said:

      Hiya TVTA 🙂 Glad you like them! Yeah, the ‘print’ piece was fun, I’m sure I’ll look into it further. Hope to catch up with you and your blog soon!

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  2. f0509c said:

    Beautiful Jacob, I am happy that you are here… I wish you more time for drawing. ♡ Camilla

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Camilla. I’m happy to have found the time and inspiration. I played the Barcelona album yesterday, maybe it helped!


  3. memadtwo said:

    The top one glows, and the second one looks like it’s ready for a fairy tale. Good work! and good to see you. (K)

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks so much, Kerfe. ‘Fairytale’ was exactly the feel I was aiming for, so yay on that score!

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  4. Meg said:

    These are both wonderful! The warmth of the painting and the ‘wood cut’ feel of the second one. Fantastic!

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  5. Both are so different and so good, well done. I bet you’re glad to get away from the pixels for a change.

    Doesn’t seem like 6 months but I guess we’ve spoken in-between so maybe that’s why. Time flies when you’re having fun 😺

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks! Yeah, the first was a glad-to-be-away indulgence I think, but the second was quite exciting and certainly seems worth a revisit (whenever that happens – I’m back on the pixel now!!)

      Haha, we have indeed spoke in-between. It appears you’re stuck with me now, Steve, whether I post or not! 😉

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