Art Expectations 287 & 288 Bad News

287&8 GreatExp 150

{Days 287 & 288, Pages 308 & 309}

Pip is confronting Estella about Drummle. She admits that he is in town and pursuing her. In fact, she plans to marry Drummle! (This must truly break Pip’s heart.) They are still at Satis House, with Miss Havisham watching on, seeing Pip in all his misery. He tells Estella he knows he is lost to her but begs that she not marry Drummle. ANYONE but Drummle! He says Miss H has forced her to do it. Estella says it’s her decision and the wedding arrangements are already being made.

She tells Pip, “Say no more. We shall never understand each other…. you’ll forget me in a week.” Here Dickens writes a beautiful paragraph, having Pip describe the depth of his love for Estella: “You have been in every prospect I have ever seen since – on the river, on the sails of ships, on the marshes, in the clouds, in the light, in the darkness, in the wind, in the woods, in the sea, in the streets.” Crying, Pip kisses her hand good-bye. He wanders the streets, not ready to face Drummle at the Blue Boar or head back to London.  Not yet. I just wish he’d go visit Joe and Biddy while he’s in town!

Here are two more panels of the little accordion book. Each panel is only about 2.5 inches square, pretty small. These are very quick sketches, teeny little paintings. There are 14 total panels, front and back. I’ll keep on until I fill all of them. Have a great weekend!

Art Expectations Art Break!

Concentration Lauren 1 fb

concentration lauren 2 fb

OMG, I WILL finish this book some day! But in the meantime, here are some pics my daughter took for a school project. She’s 13 and used neon paint, a black light and several friends to paint on and pose. No photoshop was used, this amazes me!

I also enjoyed an interesting, wonderful show and visit with an old friend from grade school this weekend in Dallas! Here is a link to the show and gallery:

And a link to his site:

julie & Joe at exhibit

Art Expectations 286 Puppet

My friend Deanna gave me this tiny, hand-made, accordion book recently. Love it! It’s blank so I can fill it up with my own images. Here is my first panel, from page 307 in the book:

286 GreatExp Puppet 150

deanna folding book

{Pip is still at Satis House in Miss Havisham’s room, confronting her about his expectations, the fortunes he received from Magwitch, not from her. Estella is there also. Let’s listen in….} Pip now turns his attention to Estella and declares his love for her. She finally looks up at him, her fingers still busy knitting. She just shakes her head slowly at him. (This isn’t going to end well for Pip!) He admits he knows not what the future holds for him. Miss H watches intently. She has toyed with Pip’s feelings long enough. Estella responds saying she has no feelings for him, nothing in her heart. She warned him, didn’t she?

I also want to show you my Sad Clown altered book. I’ll be giving this to the City of Richardson Texas to be included in a silent auction basket benefitting the United Way. The basket will highlight some of the makerspace programs the library offers and the brand new 3D printer they have. (I’ll share pics of my 3D printed objects soon. It’s so much fun!)

sad clown cropped 2

Art Expectations 285 Green

285 GreatExp Green 150

[Day 285, Page 306]  As I read this page I thought about the jealousy of Miss H’s relatives for Pip and the greed they all had for her money. Jealousy : Greed: Money. I started out wanting to do an abstract painting in greens. But this ended up more of a collage. That always happens to me! It’s a very quick “sketch” collage. The story continues…

Pip continues confronting Miss Havisham in her house as Estella knits, listening in. He talks about the three women (Sarah Pocket, Georgiana and Camilla) who were jealous of him. He believes they also thought Miss H was giving her fortunes to him, a stranger, this young man, a non-relative. He was taking the money that was rightfully theirs. He also tells of his friendship with another of her relatives, Herbert Pocket. He asks Miss H if she can continue funding Herbert in secret as he will no longer be able to. (I think he plans to stop taking the money from Magwitch and try to make it on his own. That should be interesting, as he has no skills and no education. Although he does have some blacksmithing skills learned from Joe. If he were even willing to go back to being in that profession!) Miss H doesn’t say yes or no, but “What else?”

Art Expectations 284 Be Kind

284 GreatExp be kind150

Pip admits to Miss Havisham and Estella that his benefactor will not likely enrich his station in life. (I think it has up until now… until he found out who his benefactor really was!) The names of Magwitch and Provis were not mentioned. Miss H tells Pip it was merely a coincidence that Jaggers was both her lawyer and his benefactor’s lawyer. A coincidence that she asks for a young man to help her around the house (and to tease with the promise of Estella) AND at the same time, a criminal asks Jaggers to fund the life of same young man to make into a gentleman. Hmmmm…. strange coincidence. Miss H agrees that she  led Pip on in believing she was the benefactor. “Was that kind?” Pip asks. She bellows out, ” Who am I that I should be kind!” Pip backs down at her outburst and he apologizes. He didn’t mean to upset her. After all, he was paid well for his services there. He has paid dearly himself! Pip has definitely lead an unusual life, being paid to do nothing really. Except to get his heart broken.

Art Expectations 283 Knitting

283 GreatExp knitting150

Pip looks out the window at the Blue Boar. He sees Drummle mounting his horse then receiving a light for his cigar from a strange man. Could that man be Orlick? Pip thinks maybe, but he has more important things on his mind to worry about than that right now. He starts heading toward Satis House, wishing he’d never ever set foot in that wretched place.

He enters the neglected room where he finds Miss Havisham with Estella busy knitting. They both seem surprised to see him. I’m sure they’ve known all along that Pip’s benefactor was not Miss Havisham, but did they know who was? Sitting in the ruin of the room, it seems a fitting place for Pip. He tells Miss H that he’s as unhappy as she intended him to be.

Here is a quick ink sketch. I’m glad to be back to the story of Pip and to have my taxes done!

Duck a l’Orange!

I have taken a two week break from my postings in order to get an early start on my taxes. And, hooray, I’m almost finished! At least it’s not April 14 at 2:00 am, as usual. Here is an illustration I did last year of a recipe for Canard ‘A L’Orange. An ode to Julia Child! (Back to Pip, very soon….)

duck a la orange 150


life fashion & more

el espacio creativo de nora

Sitio para crear, compartir ideas de pintura, ilustración, manualidades y más.

My Happy Hats

Discover yourself and your infinite possibilities.

Mama Cormier

.... my journey to a healthy life, making new memories and so much more

G. E. Gallas

Writer and Illustrator

erin hill sketching

Finding beauty in the everyday through sketching.


my journey through art..

Global Art Junkie

A curated serving of the visual arts

"My thoughts are stars I can't fathom into constellations"


A writer who designs & a designer who writes

The Sprightly Writer

Each society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers ~ Mignon McLaughlin

Two Busy Brunettes

two brunette sisters busy with crafting, cooking, teaching, reading and living


The source for what's happening in Illustration.

Nonoy Manga

Manga, Hand Drawn, Animation, Drawing Lessons.

The Urban Plush Project


Must Come Hungry

Are You Hungry Yet?


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 223 other followers

%d bloggers like this: