Art Expectations 326-7 Secret Lives

Great Expectations

Two pages in one post again!
[Day 326 Page 349]  As Pip tells all he knows about Estella, Molly and Provis, he is careful not to let Jaggers know that some of this knowledge came from Wemmick, Jaggers’ clerk. He doesn’t wish to get Wemmick into trouble with his employer. Pip doesn’t blame, suspect or mistrust Jaggers. He just wants confirmation of the truth about Estella’s family. He feels he needs to explain why he is so concerned about it. He confesses to Wemmick and Jaggers his love for Estella. He’s loved her “dearly and long.” But she’s lost to him, having married his arch-enemy, Drummle. He begs Wemmick to tell Jaggers to stop treating him like a child. By doing this he hints at Wemmick’s private life. That he knows Wemmick in a personal manner, not only for business. Jaggers (maybe trying to change the subject away from Estella) starts teasing Wemmick about his softer, private, pleasant life away from work. Apparently Pip knows more about Wemmick also, than does Jaggers! Wemmick stands his ground stating that it doesn’t affect his work.

[Day 327 Page 350]  Jaggers goes on to explain his reason for taking Estella away from her mother, Molly, and giving her to grow up under the care of Miss Havisham, the wealthy spinster. All about him in his daily work he saw too many children being born into poverty and crime. These children had no chance but to grow up and be cast out, imprisoned, neglected or hanged. Here was a pretty child who could be saved. And at the same time, a wealthy woman in want of a child to rear. So Jaggers made the deal with Molly. He’d do whatever he could to win her case and save the child too. Maybe Jaggers has a heart after all?

I finished these two pages on the last two panels of the tiny accordion book, using acrylic and paint pens. 326 represents Wemmick’s private dream life. 327 is a sweet, small, praying Estella. My heart goes out to all the people of Paris and France as they mourn the loss of loved ones in Friday’s terrorist attacks.

Art Expectations 325 Misfortune


[Day 325 Page 348]   After telling Jaggers and Wemmick about the Satis House fire and then receiving the money for Herbert’s business, Pip proceeds to talk about the third (MAIN) reason he is there. He tells them he knows who Estella’s mother is. And not only that, he also knows who her father is! Jaggers seems surprised, a rare emotion for him. But he gets himself under control very quickly. He admits that he does not know the father. When Pip tells him the father is Provis (Magwitch) Pip notices another slight sign of surprise from Jaggers. He tells Jaggers and Wemmick, who is listening silently, that Provis does not know that his daughter is even still alive, much less know who she is. Pip alone has put all this together from what he’s been told by Provis, Miss Havisham and Wemmick.

Here are two panels in the accordion book for this one page. I felt it needed two panels. Plus I was ready to work a little bigger! I first coated the panels with a heavy gel medium so that they would accept some paint. Then used acrylic and Inktense watercolor pencils to finish it off. Fall is finally here in the south, a little cooler and had some rain. But still green leaves! Hopefully we’ll see some pretty orange, red and yellow soon!

Art Expectations FOUR days!

321-322 GreatExp The Truth 150

323-324 GreatExp Seeking 150

[Day 321 Page 343]  While Herbert changes out Pip’s bandages, he tells Pip what he’s learned from Provis (Magwitch), more about his background. He says Provis has mellowed some. Provis had told Herbert about a woman he once knew (no name given). This woman had had a fight with another stronger, older woman. This fight took place in a barn and ended in the older woman being strangled to death by the younger one. (WHAT?!) This younger woman was tried for murder. She was represented by Jaggers and was acquitted. (Now I remember why I loved this book in high school! So many twists and surprises.) Is Provis the man who had the affair with Molly and is the father of Estella?! This is all coming from Herbert as he tells Pip what Provis told him recently.

[Day 322 Page 344]  More from Herbert… On the night that Molly strangled the other woman, she swore to Provis, out of jealousy, that she’d destroy the child they’d had together. She told him he’d never see their daughter again. During the trial, Provis stays in hiding so as not to complicate matters and get Molly in further trouble. After the trial, Molly and their daughter disappear. He’s not seen them since. He assumes Molly killed their little girl. In one night, he lost his wife (the murdered one), Molly (girlfriend) and his daughter (now named Estella). That’s rough. Provis’s business partner (in crime), Compeyson, knows about all of this and that there may have been a child murdered. He holds this over Provis and treats him poorly, cheating him.

[Day 323 Page 345]  Herbert is now finished telling all he knows. He and Pip try to figure out how long ago all this happened – Molly strangling Provis’s wife and she and the daughter disappearing. Pip tells Herbert what he has put together from all of this new knowledge. Provis is Estella’s father. And Molly, her mother. I am thinking that Jaggers and Wemmick are the only ones that know the whole truth. {Chapter 51} Pip feels compelled to disclose this new information to all parties concerned: Provis, Molly, and most importantly, Estella. He decides to meet with Jaggers the next day to confirm the truth.

[Day 324 Page 346]  Pip finds Jaggers and Wemmick going over the books in their office. They ask him to describe the events of the fire at Satis House. Pip gives a full account of that horrible night. By giving Pip his sympathy, Jaggers comes across as more personable than usual. Pip then hands over the note from Miss Havisham requesting the money to pay off Herbert’s business debt. He gets a check for 900 pounds from them. Jaggers says he is sorry that they can’t do more for him. Pip admits to only wanting one thing from Miss H and that was all she knew about Estella’s background.

Here are four more panels on the accordion book, mixed media. These panels are very tiny, but all together looks pretty cool. Only a few panels left to go and it will be finished!

Art Expectations 318-20 Singed


Here are THREE days in one! I did all three of these in a little paper accordion book.
{Day 318 Page 340}  Pip has been visiting Miss Havisham and settling up (with money and feelings). Pip is wandering the ruined grounds of Satis House. Before walking out through the rotting gate, for perhaps the last time, he looks back and has a vision of her hanging from a beam. Horrified, he runs back in, up to her room, to check on her. She seems fine still sitting by the fire. But all of a sudden she bursts up and toward him on fire! Her brittle bridal gown has caught on fire. He covers her with his coats (he has on two) and rolls on the ground to put out the flames. He also pulls the dusty tablecloth off the great table, disturbing the moldy cake, to cover her. The fire is out. He looks to the side and sees beetles and spiders scampering away and bits of singed bridal dress floating in air.

{Day 319 Page 341}  Servants rush in to see Pip still on top of Miss H. “Patches of tinder that had been her garments, no longer alight but falling in a black shower around us.” A doctor is called to come tend to her wounds. They make a bed for her on top of the great table. (Many years ago she claimed that she’d lie deceased on that table some day!) She’s not dead yet, just seriously burned. Her bridal dress is gone but replaced by more white cloth, gauze and sheets. Pip informs her family, the Pockets. The doctor is left to tell Estella, who was at that time in Paris. Miss H deliriously repeats her last words to Pip. “What have I done!” And the statement about meaning to save Estella from the same misery she has felt. Also asking Pip to forgive her, which he did.

{Day 320 Page 342}  Pip leaves early in the morning about 6:00 a.m. after giving Miss H a farewell kiss.
Chapter 50:  Pip was badly burned on his arms and hands. He is bandaged up to his shoulder on one arm and elbow on the other. Back at the Temple in London, Herbert helps Pip with his injuries. Pip is deeply grateful. He finds his memories of the fire, the smell and cries, more painful than the actual wounds. Herbert informs Pip that all is well down the river, meaning Magwitch (also known as Provis). With Pip’s arms and hands injured now he won’t be able to continue with the rowing to prepare for sneaking Magwitch out of town on the river.

I’m still moving slowly on this long project. I don’t think I’ll be finished by end of this year BUT I’m getting close! I’ve been wanting to try traditional marbling of paper. So I think I will order myself some new supplies today and give that a try. I’ll incorporate that into my work if successful. See you soon!

Art Expectations 317 Time Frozen

Time Frozen

{Day 317 Page 339}  Pip quizzes Miss Havisham about how Estella came to live with her at Satis House. Miss H only knows that she asked Jaggers for a young daughter to raise and love and save from the same fate. He appeared one night with a girl about 2 or 3 years old, saying she had been orphaned. Miss H choose her name, Estella. That was all Pip needed to know. He’s convinced Estella is Molly’s love child. (The father being the husband of the woman she murdered, in a fight, maybe by accident.) After leaving Miss H, Pip wanders the neglected grounds, reflecting on his life and having a premonition that he’ll never return. His business with Miss H is over now. “So cold, so lonely, so dreary all!”

I choose to use photography this time. I think I’ve used photography for about 4 of the 317 pieces I’ve so far created. This is a pocket watch that is also frozen in time. Hence, does not work any more. I should try to get it fixed, It would be fun to wear it!

Art Expectations 316 Ice Cold

Ice Cold Heart

Detail of Ice Cold Heart

{Day 316 Page 338}  “What have I done!” cries Miss Havisham over and over. By shutting out the light she has shut out much more. She’s lost Estella and secluded herself. Pip says not to worry about him but to try to undo what she has done to Estella. She made Estella into a cold woman full of resentment, and at a very young age. She has a heart full of ice! Miss H admits to Pip that when she first started out she meant no harm. She simply meant to save Estella from heartbreak, from the same pain she had felt. Over time though, once she saw how beautiful Estella was, she adorned her with praise and jewels. She turned her into a tool for getting revenge for the injustices committed against her. (Being tricked into marriage, getting jilted at the altar, then being robbed by the very fiancé.)

Above is a mixed media piece I created using acrylic paint and pieces of old paper. I added some metal:  small copper rings and an old key register key button. I glued on a 3D printed little “iceberg” above Estella’s heart. I’ve had fun creating things on the 3D printer at the Richardson Public Library !

Art Expectations 315 Forgive

Pip Forgives

{Day 315 Page 337}
Pip tells Miss Havisham that there is nothing more he wants from her, only the money to pay off Herbert’s business debt. She writes a note on ivory leaves that are tarnished with gold using a pencil pulled from a small case that hung around her neck. The note tells Jaggers to pay Pip this money with no mention of what it is to be used for. She asks Pip for his forgiveness if he can ever do it. He says he can forgive her now. He is not bitter. She drops to her knees before him, grasping his hand and sobbing. He is surprised by her actions, having never seen her cry before. He begs her to rise. Pip tells her it’s not her fault. He would have loved Estella anyway, without Miss H’s help. He asks her if Estella is already married (to Drummle). “Yes.”

I changed up the look of my blog. I’ve had the same look/design since I started this, almost four years ago! Time for a change. If you’re just seeing this for the first time, I am reading every page of Great Expectations, a novel I enjoyed in high school, and doing a very quick little piece of art per page. On page 337 now, my 315th piece of artwork. The reason the numbers don’t match up? There are some illustrations scattered throughout my copy of the book, so therefore I skip doing my own art for those pages. Thanks for looking and hope you are all having a great day!

Art Expectations 314 Forgiveness

314 GreatExp Forgiveness 150

{Day 314, Page 336} (Pip is with Miss Havisham at her home discussing money, as usual. It was always money or Estella!)
He begins to explain his relationship with Herbert and how he secretly came about setting up the business for him. The money used was of course from Magwitch, although Pip had thought it to be from Miss H. He still owes 900 pounds to complete the transaction. Miss H says she’ll give him this money. But he has to keep her secrets as well as she’ll keep his. He agrees. She asks if he is still unhappy. He tells her yes, but there are other causes of this unhappiness of which he cannot speak of. She asks if there is anything she can do for him, not just for his friend. Pip answers on the next page.

Since starting this project in January 2012, I knew I wanted to not only try new materials, but also play around with different styles. To challenge myself to work differently. It’s been fun, but not always with successful results. Perusing the internet (Pinterest) I have been influenced by some wonderful artists and illustrators. I know some of my work reflects this but also with some of myself mixed in. Here is a piece I whipped out yesterday using collage papers, some with gelli plate printing, bits of an old Sears Roebuck catalog, paint markers and gel pens with acrylic painting. This is one of my favorites so far!

Art Expectations 313 Lonely Bells

313 GreatExp lonely bells 150

{Day 313, Page 335} (Pip has traveled back home to visit Miss Havisham.) Once in town, he walked a different route to get to Satis House. He walked by abandoned refectories and gardens, all very bleak. (Maybe it was just his mood though.) The cathedral bells sounded like funeral music. He knew that Estella was lost to him forever. He found Miss H alone seated in front of the fire. The place was still in disrepair. She didn’t seem to hear or see him so he walked to stand in front of her. He thought how he too had become “part of the wrecked fortunes of that house”. She said she wanted to honor his request to help out his friend, Herbert, financially. To finish the business deal with Herbert’s business partner.

Here is the second sketch I did with the Art Graf graphite sticks. I got smart and did this one on watercolor paper. Much better!

Art Expectations 312 Molly & Estella

312 GreatExp Molly & Estella 150

{Day 312, Page 334}
continuing with the murder trial of Molly…
Jaggers “found” proof that the scratches on Molly’s hands were from a thicket of brambles (not from the murdered woman’s fingernails due to a struggle). Bits of Molly’s dress were found on the brambles and bits of brambles were found in Molly’s scratches. This was Jaggers’ first real big case. The opposition claimed that Molly had a three year old daughter by the murdered woman’s husband. But the child was no longer around and they claimed that Molly killed her to revenge the man. Jaggers was able to argue against this… it wasn’t a murder case for the child. In the end, Jaggers and Molly won. She was acquitted. But she’d lost her daughter and was under the employment of and debt to Jaggers for the rest of her life.

After Pip learned this story, the story of Molly, from Wemmick, Wemmick tells him that he got Pip’s letter about seeing Wopsle at the theatre and about being followed by Compeyson. The next morning (Chapter 49) Pip goes to visit Miss Havisham at her request.

I bought some ArtGraf water soluble graphite sticks. These are really cool! You can draw with them, shading and lines. Adding water with a brush turns them into graphite washes. Decided to give them a try and do this sketch of two women. I am assuming that Molly hasn’t seen her daughter, Estella since she was a young child. This was when Molly was tried for murder, then went to work for Jaggers, giving Estella up to be raised by Miss Havisham. I did two sketches. This is the first on very thin sketchbook paper (mistake). The paper warped and even tore in one place. That’s OK though. I still like how it turned out.