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San Miguel Laundry

by Mary Ann Boysen
(Chagrin Falls, OH)

The Laundry ladies at the local laundromat; an outdoor facility with cement basins and a trough of running water. Very primitive. And they were there all day long!

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Apr 22, 2011
by: Bertha


I am from Mexico and I have traveled to San Miguel de Allende. It is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in the country. You caputed the essence of the "lavanderas" as well as the colourful walls and flowers sorrounding the place. Congratulations! (I love your work). Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us beginners.

Feb 15, 2009
focal point
by: K Zaller

Hi Mary Ann,
I just love the heat of this piece. The integration of red throughout really makes this work for me. I would suggest one thing and that would be to have less focus on the vines to the right of the workers so that they don't struggle with each other for the focal point. My eyes keep getting drawn to the vines when all I really want to see are the yummy colors and heat of the laundry workers.

The light demonstrated in the highlights is wonderful! Mucho Caliento!

Aug 15, 2008
Ladies of the Laundry

Frequently, when traveling, I paint in my watercolor journal. It is relaxing. I don't feel as though I am painting for a show, or for a sale. These are my diary paintings and will remain in my possession.

I sat on a wall that surrounds this outdoor laundry and watched as these hard working women took dirty clothes out of plastic bags, scoop up water from the trough, toss in the soap and scrub the clothes against the slanted cement basin. Their wheelbarrows were piled high with these clothes and they washed all day until everything was clean. At the end of the day, their husbands came in from the fields and helped to carry to wheelbarrows back home.

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