Art Expectations 284 Be Kind

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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

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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….)

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Art Expectations 282 Grey Matter

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[Day 282 Page 302]  Still stubbornly standing at the fire in the Blue Boar, Drummle asks Pip if he has been back to the Grove. (The Finches of the Grove is the secret men’s society that they both belong to in London. They got in a bit of an argument at the last meeting Pip attended when Drummle announced to all that he, Drummle, was courting Estella. Words were said, tempers were lost, glassware was flung.) Pip says No, he’s had quite enough of the Finches. Drummle keeps remarking to the waiter that the “lady” will not be riding today, due to bad weather, and that he’ll be dining at her house, not at the Blue Boar. (What a jerk. He’s really rubbing it in Pip’s face!) They are finally obliged to turn over the fire to three farmers coming in from the cold.

Quick sketch, Sharpie and white and brown gouache. (I have so much trouble spelling gouache. Too many vowels!) Have a great weekend. Enjoy the Super Bowl if that’s your kind-of-thing. I watch for the commercials and the half-time show. And the football party food!

Art Expectations 281 Stand Off

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{Day 281 Page 301} Drummle and Pip continue their confrontation in front of the fire at the Blue Boar. They are summing each other up, starting with their boots. Pip imagines throwing Drummle into the window! Drummle remarks on all the marshes around town. Pips says basically, “So, what of it?!” The stable guy brings round Drummle’s horse. Drummle plans to explore the little public-houses, villages and smithies around the town. So, now Drummle’s horse is ready at the door and Pip’s breakfast is ready on the table. But neither backs down to give up his post at the fireplace. Stubborn!

Here is a very quick ink sketch inside the book on pages 302 and 303. Page 303 contains the illustration by F.W. Pailthorpe of the two gents holding court at the fireplace. It’s chilly this morning in Texas and I wish I were standing in front of a roaring fire!

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!

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