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.