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Old Dutch Harbor


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Carbon graphite pencil on drawing paper 12″x18.” Original sketch rendered in 2005.  Dutch – Holland Harbor, circa 1500s.

This is a drawing of the early Dutch harbor with windmills (one of three images).  It is not a historically accurate image, but a contrived image of my own imagination. It is about how the Middle Ages formation of Holland (c.1400s-1500s) was challenged first by Spain, then France.  The early dikes were little more than mud piled up and re-enforced with wooden stakes and grass.
Rocks and boulders, as could be found, were used for more critical elements as gates and bridges.  A series of floodgates controlled the flow of ocean tides, allowing traffic into the town and shutting out the high tide as needed.  These mounds made the first sites for windmills to pump out the seawater and make dry land to farm.  The mounds were called “polders.”  There was a confluence of three main rivers draining out of Europe and access for shipping made this location a prime piece of mud. This did not go unnoticed by the major sea powers of France and Spain.  The quiet Dutch harbor would grow to become the greatest seaport in the world, now known as Amsterdam.  The windmills also gave rise to the industrial power that made Holland prosper as well.

The first image in this set shows the arrival of the French armada. (see “French Armada Arrives in Old Holland Harbor” below).

The second image (see “Ice Bound Ships,” this section) shows how the second attempt ended in almost the same strange occurrence of a flash freeze.

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French Armada Arrives in Old Holland Harbor


Carbon graphite pencil on drawing paper 12″x18″ Original sketch rendered in 2005.  Dutch or Holland Harbor circa 1500s.

This drawing was done for a video (one of three images) about how the Middle Ages formation of Holland was challenged first by Spain, then France. The French ships were sailing into the harbor and were stopped short by a flash freeze storm. In their first attempt to conquer the Dutch, they awaited a morning thaw, but the Dutch citizens went out on the ice the night before they were to attack and set the entire French fleet on fire.

The second image (see Ice Bound Ships, this section) shows how the second attempt ended in almost the same strange occurence of a flash freeze.

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Ice Bound Ships


ice ships-1  Good ole #2 pencil on drawing paper 11″x17″  ( 2009) Original drawing. 

The image was a study sketch for a video story. It turned out well enough to use without further rendering and was one of three. I will post the other two when I find them.

The story was about the French Navy attacking the Dutch ports. Their ships, carried horses, weapons and men enough to lay siege to the ports. A strange cold freeze came across the harbor the night before the attack and every ship became icebound in the great harbor, so they unloaded the horses and men to attack, but as suddenly as the freeze came, warm streams of water beneath the ice caused it to melt; with heavy armor and weapons, the horses, men and weapons all fell through the unstable ice and the men drowned. (This was their second failure at the campaign).

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