Norman Ackroyd at the North House Gallery

By Sally Pudney on 21st January 2017

A sunny – very cold – afternoon, and we went over to the North House Gallery at Manningtree to see the Norman Ackroyd exhibition.

The show, called ‘Distant Islands’, has etchings from the Skellig Revisited and The Barra Isles collections, and also some other new work, and rare older etchings. I particularly liked Cow Rock, Co. Kerry, and Evening Rain Derwent Water, and I love the misty atmospheric effects of cloud and rain and mist that he creates. The North House Gallery is open on Saturdays and by appointment – www.northhousegallery.co.uk – and there is unrestricted street parking almost outside the gallery.

On the way home there was the most beautiful sunset. There was no cloud in the sky, and the sun was a huge low orange disc with the sky merging from a turquoise blue, to apricot, rose and violet towards the horizon. Wonderful! But by the time I got home it was only 1 C, so it’s going to be a very frosty night!

And in the studio, I’ve been starting Essex Wood: December. This was at the end of Thursday . . .

. . . planned and a few key bits drawn out. Not much paint yet. Then this was yesterday . . .

Progress is slow! I got a bit more done this morning before we went out, and I’m hoping to get a lot more work done tomorrow afternoon.

Hope your weekend is going well, whatever you’ve got planned 🙂


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