Art Expectations Day 300!

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[Day 300 Page 322] Finally! Close to the finish line… I can see the light at the end of this book!

Pip agrees to start rowing on a regular basis down the river and back so it will look like a normal outing when he finally goes to take Provis down the river, out of town. No one will suspect anything unusual. Should Provis spot him while he’s out on his practice river trips, he should not acknowledge him. Herbert and Pip leave Provis in his upstairs room at the Barley’s home and head back downstairs where Clara and Mrs. Whimple are seated at work. (knitting, mending, washing, polishing?) Herbert tells Pip that Provis is staying under the assumed name of Mr. Campbell. Despite the growling Mr. Barley, Pip leaves thinking fondly of this place in the shipyards, Clara’s family home. There’s the motherly Mrs. Whimple, the sweet, doe-eyed Clara, his good friend Herbert and Provis, whom he now feels responsible for.

And, yes, again, another doodle sketch from the online class. It’s the jumble of the shipyards with Clara’s home on the river in the top right with Pip rowing by in an orange skiff. Provis taking flight as a man-bird and a rugged, bearded, solemn-faced Pip. He has a lot of decisions to make and he’s no longer a child being taken care of by someone else.

To my fellow Americans, Happy Fourth of July!

Art Expectations 299 Down River

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[Day 299, Page 320]  Pip tells Provis what Wemmick told him. There was a rumor at Newgate Prison that Pip was under suspicion and his home was being watched. By whom? Wemmick told Pip to stay close for now, but that Provis should go into hiding. Eventually Pip would have to get Provis out of the city, perhaps out of the country, “getting him abroad”. Herbert suggests that since he and Pip are both good watermen that they should take him down the river. This would avoid any suspicion from having someone else doing it.

Here’s a “doodle” sketch from the online class I took. Next post will be Day 300! Of course this has taken me way more than 300 days to get to this point. Ah well, happy posting!
watercolor and ink

Art Expectations Day 298 Fruitful

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As Pip watches Herbert and Clara together, he can see the love between them. She has come downstairs after tending to her gruff and grim ill father, carrying a basket of food. The basket contains her meager dinner and her father’s hearty breakfast. She’s gentle, innocent and modest. He can tell Herbert adores her. This is Pip’s first time to meet Clara and he approves of her. I think he was expecting to dislike her. Herbert had told Pip at one time that she disapproved of Pip and his friendship with Herbert, calling him something like an expensive friend. Now, Pip wouldn’t break them up for all the money in his pocketbook.

Now that Clara’s father has settled down, Herbert and Pip head up to the top of the house to visit Provis/Magwitch. They find him settled in and somewhat comfortable.

Art Expectations 297 Gruff & Grim

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I’ve been “gone” for a while. From my blog, that is. But I’ve been busy working on a few other art projects. I completed the on-line Doodling class with Diane Culhane. Created lots of doodles and sketches to use in future artworks, some for this blog. Can’t wait to incorporate those! I had three workshops at the Richardson Public Library, where I created several other fun pieces: ink resist paintings, a personal color journal and an illuminated letter (I have my example of that below). Now, back to Pip!

{Day 297, Page 318}
We left Pip at Herbert’s finance’s (Clara’s) family home in the shipyards. Herbert, his best friend and roommate, is there. He tells Pip about Clara’s gout-riddden, alcoholic, abusive father upstairs. Pip can hear him growling and screaming at Clara. Herbert also says, “To have Provis (Magwitch) for an upper lodger is quite a godsend to Mrs. Whimple.” Mrs. Whimple is the landlady. WHAT?! Maybe I got confused by Dickens’ language, but I thought just Herbert was hiding out here, not Magwitch too.

Also, apparently Mrs. Whimple knows about Herbert and Clara’s engagement, but not her father. He does not approve of Herbert so they have kept this a secret from him. He thinks Herbert doesn’t make enough money. Herbert calls her father, real name of Bill Barley, Gruffandgrim. After receiving this information from Herbert, Pip meets Clara for the first time as she comes downstairs. He describes her as a captive fairy, a most charming girl.

About my work above: I have started creating some very small artworks on old playing cards, an experiment for an upcoming workshop. These are artist trading cards, which are very popular for artists to make and trade but are never sold. Some people have huge binders of the ones they’ve collected. Maybe I will start making and trading them too. I can see how this is addictive, as they can be created very quickly, being on such a small scale. I glued on some vintage cash register keys that my daughter gave me. Love those! Below is the illuminated Father’s Day card I created this week for my husband. I hope he likes it!

illuminated letter E cropped


Mid-Century Modern Mad Men Martini Table




My final piece! An altered drawer for Chartreuse auction on June 6. I loved Mad Men. Too bad it had to end! I created this from a discarded drawer (from a kitchen or bathroom). I printed the ashtray on a 3D printer. Used glass paint on the martini glass and baked it on. Acrylic paint and paint marker on the rest. Created some wild psychedelic neon patterns all over. Do you dig it, Daddy-o?

(I’ll get back to Pip very soon! After school ends this week and my son graduates from high school!)

Art Expectations Don Draper Sidetrip

drawer front


May is always a crazy month. Almost as busy as December with the holidays. Well, I guess it’s only super busy for parents of school-age children in America. All special activities, field trips and projects happen this month, after the standardized testing is all done. We are so ready for school to be out!

I have taken a little side trip away from my Great Expectations blog to work on two projects. The first was my Wildflower guitar. If I didn’t post pics of that I will. The most recent project is an altered, upcycled kitchen drawer for an auction for the group Chartreuse in Richardson Texas. Here are two pics of my work-in-progress. It’s not finished! I have been a huge fan of the TV series Mad Men since day one. I worked in advertising from the 90s through 2012 so this was a treat and real eye-opener for how agencies were run in the 50s and 60s. Especially for how women were treated, how smoking was considered healthy and an after lunch cocktail was a normal part of the work day. I decided to do my drawer based on this TV show. So this is more of a pop culture themed artwork. I printed out a draft of the first show’s script (the pilot) and will add that in somehow, along with an ashtray I printed on a 3D printer. Let me know what you think!

Art Expectations 296 Sea Worthy

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Pip is still wandering, a little bit lost, among the old boats in repair sand rusty anchors at the shipyard. He finally comes upon his destination, the Mill Pond Bank. (not a money bank but a bank of the river) He finds a door labeled Mrs. Whimple and gives it a knock. Herbert quickly and silently pulls him in. So this is where Herbert is hiding out, his finance’s family home. He tells Pip that she is upstairs with her ill father. He’s ill and apparently drunk, growling loudly.

Here is another doodle from the online class. I’ll do probably one more from the class and then get back to filling up the little accordion book I started a few weeks ago. Have a great day!


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