Plaza Coin Laundry, Ink & watercolor

Plaza Coin Laundry, Ink & watercolor

Tuesday night sketchcrawl was at  the El Cerrito “Plaza Coin Laundry” (where the machines do not accept coins, just cards and dollar bills!). The sketch above was my last for the evening, done in my car after my sketch buddies had departed. I had struggled mightily with perspective and repeated shapes while we were sketching so it felt good to sit quietly in my car and make one final drawing that worked.

Folding Forever, Ink and watercolor

Folding Forever, Ink and watercolor

She was there folding clothes the whole time we sketched while her adult son hung around chatting on his cellphone and not helping.

Making use of a bad sketch

Making use of a badly sketched page

Above is a page where I totally messed up the sketch so instead of just leaving the ugly drawing, I used the page to write notes to myself about how to improve my sketching. Then I painted over it for fun. It’s still messy, but not wasted.

Perspective and pattern

Perspective and pattern

This is what I’d been trying to draw in the previous “bad” sketch. I’d totally messed up the perspective the first time, not believing what I was seeing, but did better on the second try. I also had trouble understanding and drawing the odd shape of the dryer doors on the back wall. Cathy solved that problem by drawing the row of circles first so they were all the same and then adding the trim afterwards instead of starting with the oddly shaped trim like I did.

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  1. That’s some difficult perspective, but I think you really pulled it off. My favorite is the one done from your car – it’s excellent.

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  2. These washing machines are beautiful! And surprising! Now that you sketched them and I’ve seen them through your eyes, I find them very interesting in their geometric orderliness, pattern and tempo. How interesting that I didn’t think that before even though I have a neat row of laundry machines in my building’s laundry room – I never looked at them as a subject. Beautiful! And I loved the unexpected surprise!

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    • That is one of the fun things about being forced to move indoors to sketch in the evenings–we’re drawing things usually not noticed, and appreciating them. Jana

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  3. Looks like this one “cleaned op” OK, Jana 😉

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  4. As a laundry owner I appreciate the drawing. Could I use a couple of them on my site?

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    • Yes, thank you for asking. You may use the images. Please credit me (images copyright Jana Bouc, used by permission) and include a link to my blog.

      How interesting that you blog about laundromats. One of the most fun things for me is connecting with people and places in this way. Is it a good life, owning a laundry? Cute name for your blog. Jana

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  5. Thank you for this post. I stop by different art blogs and found yours when looking for info on book arts. Your page with notes to self are wonderful…I do that too and it does seem to help me. I get over the feeling of having screwed up and wasted yet another piece of paper! Thanks again.

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