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Something that needs fixing

The ironing is always behind.

I have to iron. I have to see sharp folds and straight flat edges on shirts and linen and skirts and yes, T-shirts. Except of course jeans. No straight folds there. That makes them look nerdy. I learnt that from my daughters.

Sketches done with rotring artist pen and water wash in moleskine.

Like with a desperate diet, I start off every Monday with the determination to iron immediately when something comes off the line. Just to see my diligence fade into submission by Wednesday. The result is a growing mountain of washing and a leaking cup of courage. So I let the mountain run its course… after all, it is already there….and wait for the magical day when my cupeth runneth over again.

I’ll probably always have this habit that needs fixing.

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25 responses

  1. bec

    Gosh! :-O)
    I absolutely LOVE these sketches. Good luck with your mountain!

    April 23, 2008 at 6:47 pm

  2. sandy

    Too funny – I my self HATE ironing and refuse to buy anything that NEEDS ironing – my Husband Loves crisply iron shirts and even jeans (yes nerdy!!) They go to the laundry and come home standing up by themselves.

    April 23, 2008 at 8:59 pm

  3. caseytoussaint

    These are adorable – I didn’t know you were such a talented cartoonist!

    April 23, 2008 at 9:37 pm

  4. What a wonderful interpretation of the challenge. Love the tonal painting – and softening of lines. Great humor ….

    April 23, 2008 at 9:42 pm

  5. Oh gosh, I love your humor!! Fun little sketches!

    April 23, 2008 at 9:56 pm

  6. Ronell, I never knew you had such a talent at cartoons. They’re brilliant :))!

    April 23, 2008 at 10:48 pm

  7. I hate ironing so my pile is always huge. Lucky for me, my ironing board is always straight, unlike yours :-) I think it helps.

    April 23, 2008 at 11:46 pm

  8. Ronell this is so funny! Great sketches and just so you know, my house and garden are a disaster. More time to paint!!

    April 24, 2008 at 3:53 am

  9. Ronell, I say give up the ironing so you will have more time for art. That’s my plan. It must work pretty well, because there is no ironing mountain in my home.

    Of course, sometimes the children look a little wrinkly on their way to school, but I figure the wrinkles either fall out while they are there or people assume they got wrinkled during the day. :D

    Hubby pays to have his shirts and pants pressed at the dry cleaner. It was either that or do it himself. Of course I’m not entirely cruel. I did iron his lab coat before he was filmed to be on TV. A wrinkled lab coat — talk about NERDY!

    Anway, your art is so great you deserve to skip the iron and go straight to the paint brushes. :)

    April 24, 2008 at 3:44 pm

  10. Fabulous illustrations! They make ironing look almost fun (which I know it most certainly is not).

    April 24, 2008 at 4:54 pm

  11. Oh, Ronell,
    I understand you s o w e l l !!! It seems to me that you decribed my own story about ironing! – …
    And the sketches are a d o r a b l e !

    April 24, 2008 at 6:58 pm

  12. juj

    Too funny!! You couldn’t pay me to iron – I detest it so. In fact, the last time I had to iron something my sweetie felt so sorry for me he did it for me! But I do love your sketches – especially that top one, everything flying in different directions, that foot just so… Awesome!

    April 24, 2008 at 8:15 pm

  13. E-J

    These drawings are great fun, Ronell. MUCH more fun than ironing, for which life is way too short … I iron no more than about two items of clothing a year. When my daughter reaches school age and needs her uniform ironed, I will be happy to work extra hours in order to employ someone to do that ironing instead of me! Not juj though, obviously. :)

    Like your other commenters, I have to say that it’s a lovely surprise to find that you have another string to your watercolour bow.

    April 24, 2008 at 9:09 pm

  14. Colette

    Kostelik Ronell! -daar is net geen einde aan jou talente nie..en met sulke polvye hie-hie, g’n wonder die stapeltjie word ‘n berg nie! Col

    April 25, 2008 at 12:43 am

  15. Such funny drawings full of zest, energy and character – I am lucky to be able to have someone do the ironing once a week, which she seems to love, as she even irons the underpants – even so the mountain builds up, and on long leave, it overwhelms the house. Versigtig daai polvye word nie gebrand nie! (my Afrikaans is ‘n bietjie vrot, maar ek dink ek het dit verstaan..?)

    April 25, 2008 at 12:12 pm

  16. These are TOO FUNNY!!!! these have so much expression! Love them!

    April 25, 2008 at 4:39 pm

  17. Wonderful cartoons – you are full of delightful surprises, Ronell! They have a wonderful French flavour too! I can imagine you, just like this, spraying lavender scented water on your sheets.

    Okay, I confess, I have an ironing fetish too. Even underpants! I bought an amazing combination iron/board (LauraStar) before I left Australia so I could live out my days in ironing heaven. When I packed for Italy, with it’s horrible hard water, I was afraid it would kill my LauraStar. So now she’s waiting in storage in Sydney, in the hope I may one day return and let her get all steamed up again. Of course the super hard water here means nothing irons totally smooth and crisp :(

    April 25, 2008 at 4:49 pm

  18. Absolutely love these!!!!!!

    April 27, 2008 at 3:09 pm

  19. Oh my! I SO identify!!! I was just this morning looking at my mound and wondering what I might find at the bottom. . . hmmm, might just be better to throw it all out – LOL!! Terrific caricatures — especially the one where the legs are collapsing – ha ha.

    April 28, 2008 at 7:52 pm

  20. genxsters

    I love these cartoons!

    May 3, 2008 at 10:23 am

  21. I love these sketches! They’ve got lots of quirky personality.

    May 8, 2008 at 12:15 am

  22. LOL, these are great! The first one is ME!!! I have been sewing and ironing for weeks, getting ready for this show. I love it, you should make some cards out of that drawing and let me buy them!!!! Where have been hiding this awesome cartooning/illustrating talent behind all your other talents! So many, which talent will raise its head this week?

    May 13, 2008 at 5:37 am

  23. Tonniece

    Hi Ronell

    I don’t do IRONING myself, ugh……… so I feel you pain.
    Wonderfully fun sketches.

    May 17, 2008 at 1:43 pm

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  25. Wow, those are great sketches! Funny too!

    You made those?

    April 9, 2009 at 7:56 am

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