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A Day in the Life of Norman Ackroyd

May 23, 2013

Ellen Ward sent me a note about the above video "Norman Ackroyd—What Do Artists Do All Day." (It's part 1 of 2 parts and you can see part 2 here. It looks like there are other episodes in this series on other artists as well, but I haven't seen any of those yet.)

Even if you don't love printmaking you'll love this wonderful film which follows Ackroyd through his day as he makes an etching of a landscape in the Shetland Islands. To listen to him talk about art and what he is trying to do is also wonderful. 

Both parts take about 15 minutes so it is a half hour well spent.

It couldn't have come at a better time for me—I've been reading Ann Cleeves' Shetland Mystery books and for the past 3 weeks have been thinking about this part of the world as she describes it. And I've been writing notes to my journaling students to get them thinking about notan. Ackroyd is the poster child for notan.

Take a break today and watch him in action as he etches, eats tapas, runs his press, and creates a beautiful piece of art. He is an inspiration. He talks about the hand doing what the eye and the heart want. Really.

    • karen
    • May 23, 2013
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    Thanks, Roz, I just watched both of them. What an inspiration.

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    I bet you want to fire up the presses. You’ll come back with great stuff from Alaska. Now if only you lived across the street from a tapas bar—I admit I would probably visit more often. I’m shameless.

    • Shelly D
    • May 26, 2013
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    Absolutely stirring art, and thanks for the link to the videos. Understated eloquence in word and work. I am starting the third book in Cleeves’ Shetland series, and was busy looking up photographs of this area of the world to view while I read. But most photogs seemed to wait for a clear day to shoot, where Mr Ackroyd’s sketches and aquatints captured the essence of what I’m sure predominates there: Misty, mysterious and 900 shades of gray! Thanks again, and since we seem to enjoy similar literature, have you discovered Louise Penny? Her mysteries, set in small villages in eastern Quebec are marvels of thoughtfulness, beauty and subtletly.

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    Shelly, I so agree, his work is so lovely because he captures that cloudy overcast beauty.

    Louise Penny’s inspector is perhaps my all time favorite fictional detective. I love his manner. I physically ache when I come to the end of one of her books because she is not writing them fast enough for me!

    Thanks.

    • Melissa
    • May 27, 2013
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    Roz…thank you SO much for your wonderful blog! I watched both videos and enjoyed them very much…had not seen this style etching process (with the resin). Very interesting. I have followed your blog for a couple years and always look forward to what you have to say…you give us so much! Thank you, thank you!

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    Melissa, thank you for reading! I’m glad you enjoyed the video. I think his process is so wonderful. He makes it seem very simple, but it’s quite a wonderful process and he does it so well. Hope you enjoy this week—I have a lot of paper “talk” coming up this week.

    • patty
    • June 4, 2013
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    Thank you so much for the videos on favorite tools. Got some great ideas and loved seeing the work of all the participants.

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