Art Expectations 280 Basquiat Pip

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{Day 280 Page 300!}  Unsuccessful at seeing Estella in town at Mrs Brandley’s, Pip decides to travel to the country to visit Miss Havisham. (Maybe Estella will be there.) He tells Magwitch he is visiting Joe, even though I doubt he will even go over to see Joe or Biddy. The trip in the stagecoach is a misty, cool one. Upon arriving in the country at the Blue Boar, he runs into Drummle. Argh, he really doesn’t like that guy! Especially now that he suspects Drummle is after Estella’s heart also. Inside the Blue Boar, he and Drummle ignore each other, but it’s obvious they both saw and recognized the other. Pip orders some breakfast. Drummle is at the fireplace and Pip goes to stand by him, as close as possible to elbow him out of the way. They finally start speaking to each other. Drummle calls the town (Pip’s birthplace) a beastly place. Pip, insulted, replies that it’s very similar to where Drummle is from, the town of Shropshire.

I recently re-watched the film Basquiat about Jean-Michel Basquiat. His work is so intriguing, so raw. Too bad he died so young. If you like art flicks, check  it out. There are bit parts by Christopher Walken, Willem Dafoe, Parker Posey and Benicio Del Toro. And Andy Warhol is played by David Bowie! Some of these characters are not likable, but maybe that’s just the art world. At least in the 70s and 80s in New York. I was influenced by his work while creating this very quick little piece showing Pip in all his misery. I received some new paints in the mail yesterday (yeah!). They are Holbien Acryla Gouache and this is my first experiment with them. Have a great day and stay warm wherever you are!

Art Expectations 279 Estella Fled the Coop

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{Day 279, Page 299} Pip realizes a new fear. What if Compeyson is still alive, and in London AND finds out about Magwitch (Provis) being there with him? He might inform the police or try to hurt Magwitch or him. And what about Estella? Would she come into harm’s way? Not likely, but Pip just can’t help thinking about her! He vows to never mention Estella to Magwitch. He decides to pay her a visit the next day at Mrs Brandley’s. Once there, he is told by a suspicious acting maid that she has left for the country. Is she visiting Satis House and Miss Havisham? Or is she off with another gentleman? Maybe she’s getting married? Pip leaves dissatisfied. He then plans to visit Miss H the next day. (Maybe he’ll see Estella there!) Back in London he and Herbert agree that the situation cannot stay as it is, with Magwitch coming over for daily visits. They just aren’t sure what to do about him yet.

I found some lovely (although a little too glittery for me) handmade paper scraps at a local art store. And they were on sale! So I grabbed three packs. Here is a quick ink and acrylic painting on one of the papers. I’m about 3/4 of the way through Great Expectations now! Will try to speed it up and do about three posts a week. Wish me luck!

Art Expectations 278 The Truth

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{Day 278, Page 298} Magwitch (also known as Provis) finishes up his life story:

On the prison ship (after being convicted), Magwitch takes a swing at Compeyson. (Remember he swore to smash in his face after the sentencing.) He is caught and put in the black-hole of the ship. But able to escape, he jumps in the water and swims to shore. Must not have been too far out from land! He was hiding out among the gravestones when he first met Pip. And that’s where our story began: Pip being threatened by Magwitch and giving him some bread, money and a file. Magwitch later finds Compeyson also hiding out there in the marshes and they fight again. But are caught by the police (Pip and Joe come upon this encounter). They are both sentenced again. But somehow Magwitch escapes again. This part is unclear to me. No one, including Magwitch is sure of Compeyson’s current where-abouts or if he is even still alive. Herbert slips a handwritten note to Pip stating that Compeyson is the man who confessed his love to Miss Havisham long ago. The deceased Arthur, who was Compeyson’s original partner, was a young Mr Havisham, of some relation to her. (Nephew or brother?) Herbert and Pip do not tell Magwitch this information. Since Pip’s money has all come from Magwitch, he may not even know anything of Miss Havisham. The plot thickens!

Art Expectations 277 Yin Yang

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{Day 277 Pg 297} We are sitting in on Magwitch telling his life story at Pip and Herbert’s apartment.
Magwitch and Compeyson have been accused of a misdemeanor (putting stolen money into circulation). In court, they have separate counselors. Compeyon’s words to Magwitch were “separate defenses, no communication”. Magwitch notices how Compeyson is presented in court as the educated gentleman who could have done better. Magwitch is the good-for-nothing wretch who will only do worse. Magwitch gets accused of being the one who set up all the ill schemes and took in the money. He gets sentenced to 14 years and Compeyson only 7. He tells Compeyson that once out of court, he’ll smash in his face!

I recycled an old canvas that had a painting on it I did a while back and never liked. I did leave a few pieces of the old work peaking out!

Art Expectations 276 Shroud

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[Day 276 Page 296] Magwitch continues with his story…
Compeyson’s former partner, Arthur, dies in a screaming fit, claiming that the female ghost is placing her shroud over him. Magwitch now becomes Compeyson’s partner. But was more often treated like a slave and made to be in debt while doing all the dirty, dangerous work. Magwitch tells how he was almost arrested several times and then finally was convicted of a misdemeanor, along with Compeyson for putting stolen notes into circulation.

I created a little ink painting on glossy paper, showing a ghost with a lacy shroud. Perhaps this shroud is an old wedding veil???

I’ve taken a blog-break, mainly due to the holidays. I enjoyed family visits and ate lots of delicious things! I hope you all had a happy holiday and Happy New Year! My goal this year is to finish this book and move on to another project that is waiting in the wings!

Art Expectations 275 Altered Heart

Heart Altered Book by Julie Flandorfer

Hello again! Continuing on my Great Expectation journey….

[Day 275, Page 295]  Compeyson’s situation was bleak at the time when he met Magwitch. While his current partner, Arthur, was sick, Compeyson was gambling away their ill-gained fortunes (obtained from swindling a rich, older woman). Compeyson’s wife, whom he abused, felt compassion for Arthur and helped care for him. Compeyson, however, “was a-having pity on nothing and nobody.” Arthur lives in the same house as Compeyson and his wife. (No mention of any children.) He seems to have gone mad, haunted by a woman’s ghost. This ghost has a broken heart. What?! Can this be Miss Havisham? Was Compeyson the finance who left her at the altar? It’s all coming together!

I started this altered book a few days ago. (Been very busy with family in town for Thanksgiving and now Christmas is upon us!) It’s not finished just yet. I guess my plans of finishing the book by end of 2014 were not meant to be! I hope to post again soon… until then, Happy Holidays to you all!

Art Expectations 274 Cool Devil

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Magwitch did many things, all of which lead to little money and lots of trouble. A deserted soldier in hiding taught him to read. A traveling giant (from a freak show?) taught him to write. But still, in and out of jail. The man Magwitch fought in the marshes was named Compeyson. This fellow was brought up a gentleman, with boarding school, a watch and chain, ring and brooch, and good-looking to boot. Compeyson took Magwitch on as a partner. His business was forging stolen bank-notes and such. He kept out of jail by having someone else (Magwitch) do the dirty work. He’s described as heartless, “cold as death” and as having the “head of the devil”. I based my alcohol ink painting on a liquor poster of a devil uncorking a bottle. This famous poster was painted in Paris by Capiello in 1906. I’ve always loved that poster!

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