Rottingdean

Richard Paul

Romsey, United Kingdom

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A short walk along the coast from Brighton (Sussex, UK) lies the little settlement of Rottingdean. You can walk along the base of the cliff or along the top beside a busy road, but either way you find yourself just outside the place, but with no sign of any buildings apart from this somewhat surreal black windmill, perched on the landscape like a dropped pepper-pot. Around it, the long grass wafts in the breeze as a couple of figures dissappear along a path into the distance. With clouds billowing behind the scene reminded me of a studio Ghibli production, and so when I came to paint it (oil on board 20×16 inches) I strode to keep that essence.

The windmill was built in 1802, fell into disuse from 1881 to 1922, by which time it was in a sorry state. It sits on a hill on an exposed coast and so gets quite a battering from the weather. Over the years it has been patched and repaired many times.

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