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I’m not sure who said “nature abhors a vacuum.” But, that being the case, I must be a natural housekeeper because I, too, abhor a vacuum (cleaner).*

I probably should have been applying myself to the elimination of dust bunnies.Or even tackling the gargantuan task of pruning… the driveway overgrowth is so rampant that, if we forget to retract the car’s aerial, we risk having it wrenched off!

Yes, somewhere behind this verdant paradise is a house…

But I have been busy a-doing of other things.

The Water Rat may have thought there was nothing half so much fun as simply messing about in boats. And, on most days, I’d probably agree with him. On most days…

On other days, however, messing about in ink is a much more attractive proposition. So I abandoned domestic chores, donned my inky apron and got gloriously grubby in the studio of a friend.

A friend taking a trial print off the press.

Sometimes, I work alone in the print room while others are drawing or carving blocks in the adjacent room. A radio plays in the background, birds squabble and sing in the garden, Tammy, the resident Pomeranian, trots in and out, hopeful of snacks. (No chance, Tam!)
The inking bench.

Yes, printmaking is a messy and sometimes “disastrous” business. But then there the “wow” moments when you lift the press blankets to reveal…

…a successful print. Yes, on those days there is nothing half so much fun as simply messing about in ink.
*I should be punished for that!

Author: dinahmow

A New Zealander, currently living in tropical Queensland,Australia (with 2 cats and one Main Man).Old enough to remember George VI, white tennis balls and life-before-television.You want more? Read the blog!

15 thoughts on “WORK VERSUS PLAY

  1. A lovely post. I could almost have brought you a coffee! Must be that nice, new camera.


  2. Brilliant, D. Humour, wit, talent…bringing us through start to finish.

    Art is obviously a big part of your life. Water and boating is obviously a big part of His life.

    Vacuuming is obviously…who cares.

    I hope you have many more wow moments.


  3. Andrea…always ready for a coffee!And,yes, the camera is addictive.

    WW… very flattering;wanna be an agent? Thankyou.


  4. Fab! That looks really great! – I’d love to have a go, if Andrea’s bring coffee can I bring cake and sit in?


  5. Ziggi…yes, of course.Wicked Dark Choccy cake,please!


  6. oh! do more on this! do a thing on the process!
    do you lay your own papers too?

    and, and, we need a better picture of that last one!

    massively cool!


  7. FN…thank you. re: the hand laid rag paper.No, I don’t have the time and in the current drought,don’t really have the water either!
    I’ll see what I can come up with.


  8. loved this post, dinahmow.

    nothing like the mess of creating.

    as for vacuum cleaners, they attack me. hostiley, every time. they even trip me. i pay a cleaner every other week….



  9. Wow! The prints look great and you’ve inspired me to get back to my print making experiments. The studio looks like a wonderful creative space, complete with dog and music. Thanks for your comment and plant I.D. on my blog. I’m thrilled you could recognize it from my sketches and you’re right solanum it is! Is your name Dinah or is Dinahmow your whole name?


  10. Jana…”Dinahmow” is an old joke,which became an email sobriquet, but family and friends call me Dinah or Di.


  11. I too must be a natural housekeeper, lol. My favorite all time book is Wind in the Willows so I am very familiar with Mr. Water Rat. 😉


  12. Bibi…yes, one of my great loves, too and I’ve played Ratty on stage.


  13. We hates da bacume cleener too. We hides in Mums sewing room wheneber DadCat gets it owt.
    Mum says HI. Yor printing looks like fun!


  14. Dinah, I really envy you having access to a press. I’m about to try some printmaking but I’m afraid it will be a linocut, hand rubbed. Thank you for visiting my blog. It is a treat to find yours.


  15. oooh – I print at bookbinding sometimes – this looks lovely!



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