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Horsey Windmill, Norfolk Broads - all products bar duvet by Dennis Melling


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A digital painting of ‘The Sun Sets on Times Gone By in Norfolk’ showing the sun setting on the age of windpower.
Photomanipulation by Whistler’s Rainbow in DAP plus Gimp.

I used to live in this village, running the village pub (The Nelson Head) and took dozens of photographs of the windmill during this time.

Information from English Heritage
Horsey Drainage Mill 16.4.55 (formerly listed as Horsey Draining Pump) II* Draining windpump. Mid C19, rebuilt 1897 and 1912 (by Dan England), restored 1961. Tapering brick tower and weatherboarded timber boat-shaped cap. 4 storeys. Segmental-headed double doors to north. Casement under segmental arch to second floor. Square-headed ground floor window to south. Similar windows to ground and first floors of east side and to top floor of west side. Cap with fan cradle, 8-vaned fantail, petticoat and 4 stocks and sails. Interior. Upright shaft, spur wheel, pitwheel and scoop wheel shaft to ground floor. (External scoop wheel replaced with engine in attached outbuilding.) Windshaft, brakewheel and wallower in cap.

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  • Matt Jones
    Matt Jonesabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature in Windmills, Watermills, Lighthouses and Ferris Wheels.

  • Many thanks :)
    I thoroughly enjoy producing digital art and this seemed to come together just as I wanted it :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Andre Hote
    Andre Hoteabout 4 years ago

    Dennis, this is to me a very good piece. Would you watch those strong black edges and reflace them by softer ones in future artwork. They sure delineate the horizon, and in this picture, they are not shocking, but I would favor slightly more subdued strokes.

  • Sorry :)
    The reason that I used this technique is because the entire picture is orange and I put in these lines to separate the subject from the background :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Andre Hote
    Andre Hoteabout 4 years ago

    I understand the need, but I’m sure you can find better ways to separate levls of horizon. Classic artists and impressionnists were using other ways perhaps like fading background, other colors and strokes? I don’t know. But I know some people will be turned off by too strong a stroke. Always easier said than done…

  • Thanks Andre:)
    I like the subject and will be trying out more techniques in the future.
    I used to live close to this wind pump and still have lots of pleasant memories of it at all times of the day and in all weathers.

    – Dennis Melling

  • Andre Hote
    Andre Hoteabout 4 years ago

    Yes I really like it and it has serenity in it. Good job !

  • Thank you :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • JeffeeArt4u
    JeffeeArt4uabout 4 years ago

    I have never seen a thing like this in operation, but love windmills. Restoration of it has been done, you say, is it near you? I am not good at history…English Heritage, is it in England, I think of the Netherlands for windmills.

  • Hello Jeffee :)
    Thank you for choosing this image as a favourite.
    The wind pump is in the village of Horsey, Norfolk Broads, England.
    I used to run a traditional country pub (converted from an old farmhouse) in the village and I also kept a yacht at the side of The Mill.
    The village was fabulous. Very small with thatched cottages dotted amongst the trees. The walls of the cottages were made of knapped flint which gave a wonderful colour and there was a track to the beach :)(heaven:)

    – Dennis Melling

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeabout 4 years ago

    Lovely! It reminds me of Don Quixote(for obvious reasons(lol)

  • Yes, I used to live in Gibraltar and followed Don around in Spain (his route that is) :)

    The windmill is in a village where I used to live in Norfolk, England :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • dedmanshootn
    dedmanshootnalmost 4 years ago

    really like this one. great strong lines and feel. reminds me of the man of la mancha also

  • Many thanks :)
    I really appreciate your comments.

    – Dennis Melling

  • Linda Sparks
    Linda Sparksalmost 4 years ago

    Congrats on today’s Feature!!

  • Many thanks Linda :)
    Choosing my windmill image for the feature page is very much appreciated :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Vanessa Zakas
    Vanessa Zakasalmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous! I love the lighting and the black lines you used. I think it gives it a lot of character. Aweseome work!

  • Thank you for your beautiful comments they are very much appreciated:)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonalmost 4 years ago

    February 19,2011

  • Many thanks :)
    It is always great to have a picture featured in Red Bubble :)

    – Dennis Melling

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