Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Clean?



Well right now the Ontario government is telling me not to clean because it uses energy so I'm not! I think everyone has their own cleaning style–I can't stand dirty counters, clutter (unless I've "arranged" it thus making it a "collection"!)–basically I like clean and tidy surfaces but I can live with only cleaning my fridge when my mother-in-law is coming once a year, ditto the freezer. I HATE dusting but I like vaccuuming, and I'll sweep because if I don't it's revolting but I can't stand mopping. Hmmm, thank god for cleaning ladies.

I also have one child who is super clean with his person not his room and one who could care less. Lesser than less really. Bathtime is a HUGE struggle. Sitting in the water is great but actually washing? We have to make it a game, a bribe, a threat. Fun stuff!

Anyway, enough about me, suffice it to say, it is not me in this illustration although I do have a swiffer...

29 comments:

Diane Duda said...

This is good...great expressions. Me too with the dusting. I vacuum daily but dust rarely!

Darice said...

Perfect...right down to the feather duster. Love it! :)

L. A. Stern said...

I love the chalk effect. it really adds a nice texture to the illo.

Michelle said...

What a charming illustration with great characters.

claudine hellmuth said...

love, love, love your retro housewife!!

carla said...

This gal is such a perfect stereotype of the 50s housewife...everything must be perfectly clean! I love the texture of the clothing and the great expressions on her face and his face. I get the feeling he gets dusted on a regular basis:>

AnastasiaC said...

I love this!! very retro!
I hate clutter too but also hate housechores...sigh...someone's got to do it though.

miragee said...

I love their facial expression! So lively!

murphy girl said...

well, how fun is this!?! your clean needs are quite similar to mine (wouldn't dust if a foot of it were piled up on my mantle), yet i vaccuum as is the president were due for a visit at any moment! must be the cat-hair tumbleweeds....

Rrramone said...

Ha. Reminds me of going to the barber as a kid. :-) Nice.

"Maggie" said...

Love the old fashion feel to this Jooli and such a FUN concept.

I'm on my way to Ontario on Friday-can't wait, can't wait!

So good to see your posts, I am afraid I have been away from Blogging much due to summer projects. Love the Jane's Jungle Juice too!

marcisenders said...

Adorable!

Lhuis said...

wow!! beautiful housewife!!!

perfectly clean!!!!

i love this! great illo!

greetings

Jeannette said...

did the government suggest ways to clean without using energy? Or did they say, "just forget it, dont even clean"? Anyway, cute piece.

Linda said...

This is great, she's so matter of fact about it al. I hope she's not using the same duster she cleaned the house with yuck!

Jessica Wong said...

It's so fun looking at this illustration! Great way to clean the son :)

Amy Zaleski said...

Can't live without the Swiffer. Got two cats shedding like mad in the heat....good ol' Swiffer to the rescue. Just discovered the hardwood floor Swiffer and saw there's a Swiffer Vac. OK, enough about that glorious product. Your illo's a lot of fun. I love the 50's look and feel here. And I love the facial expressions on both of them. A really fun illustration!

ValGalArt said...

i adore this Jules!!!

garth bruner said...

Lovely illustration! I just love the dainty look of the mother. Great job, and thanks for the comment on my blog!

luisa brehm said...

yes, all clean now ;-)))
it's really cool !!!

denise said...

I feel the same way about dusting - ugh! But i'll vaccuum or scrub the bathroom anytime.

Grear illo. The kid's expression is priceless!

Catnapping said...

I wish my government would tell me not to clean house. I can just hear the conversations now...

"Oh, Honey, you know I would have washed your favorite jeans, but it just wouldn't be patriotic!"

ROFL

Stacia said...

Cute illo...like the textural quality of your colors. Great expressions too - there's a real story in this illo that makes it intriguing. Drama!

Gabrielle said...

I laughed when I saw this. I can totally relate to your post, having two children and I live in Ontario too. Hopefully we will get some relief from this heat today. Finally.

smoen said...

It looks like she is dusting his brains! I like how stiff you made him and his expression. Great illo!

Ellen said...

It's artists like you that are inspiration and endorphin builders to the rest of us! GREAT job!!

erika said...

i love your sense of humor. great illo.

scribblesk said...

Most elegant and sophisticated,I love the war she has her pinkie extended!

Chickengirl said...

Love the mom- she is so sophisticated and I love the look!