Art Expectations 376 Same Dreams

Same Dreams by Julie Flandorfer

{Day 376 Page 402}  Can you believe I only have about ten pages to go?! And I’m having a hard time doing these last few pages. Do I not want it to end? It can’t be that. Just busy I suppose. I am ready to move on to other things… other projects. Maybe do another book? NO!

As I read this page of Dickens’ Great Expectations, I couldn’t help but think of all the violence against American police officers and the unnecessary deaths of black people. Is there violence on this page? No, but he tells how Pip is having the same dreams that he had when he was rich. He is also being treated differently since having lost his great expectations. So, no matter who we are, rich or poor, black or white, great expectations or no expectations at all… don’t we all want the same things? We have the same dreams. We all have feelings, love for our children and want to see them grow up to succeed. Fathers, who happen to be policemen or black men caught by police maybe doing something illegal, often not, want to provide for their children, love their wives and live a long safe life. Hopefully this madness will end soon. Here’s my take on page 376…

Pip is still making his plans to go back home, confess all to Joe and his love for Biddy. He hopes he can work at the forge. Or maybe he and Biddy can go away to live and work elsewhere. He’s assuming she still pines for him. I feel more heartbreak coming for Pip!
(Chapter 58) Pip has traveled back home and is staying at the Blue Boar Inn. He realizes that news of his diminishing fortune has preceded him. The Boar staff are cool to him. And they don’t have his usual room available, the finest in the Inn. He sleeps instead in a room off the yard with the carriages and pigeons. He makes a surprising discovery. He sleeps just as well in this room and has the exact same dreams as he did in the finest room and when he was rich! In the morning he walks over to Satis House, Miss Havisham’s old home. (She passed away after being burned when her tattered gown caught fire from her fireplace several months ago.) He sees an auctioneer marking up her home. Items are to be sold and the house torn down. He feels like a stranger looking on.

I did this watercolor sketch pretty quickly on Sunday, July 17 after hearing about the shooting of the policemen in Baton Rouge that morning. It’s one of those where I had no doubt what to do, just had to get it out of my head and onto the paper! Sorry for the long mini-novel today. Next day will be shorter. And on to the end…..

 

Art Expectations – A Short Break

Sharing with you the work I’ve been doing in the Ever After online class. It’s been fun! I’m three weeks in on this four month class. It’s not my usual subject matter (fairy tales) or my usual way of working (painting in someone else’s style).  BUT, I’ve learned a lot about myself and how I do like to work. Take a look below and see the online class if you’re interested. (See link below my pics)

FlandorferMermaidFinal

beauty beast final

Snow White in progress:

snow white in progress

Check out the class:   http://www.willowing.org/ever-after-2016/

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Art Expectations 374-5 Best Buds & Biddy

Joe and Pip

Biddy Revisited

Quick sketches! I’m rounding the bend. In the final stretch!

{Day 374 Page 400}  Pip tells Joe one day while out walking that he’s now strong enough to walk back on his own without leaning on Joe. Joe says to not overdo it but that he’ll also be happy for Pip to be fully recovered. Pip is annoyed by his response. So Pip walks a short distance and then pretends to be weak, needing Joe’s help again. He debates about telling Joe of his dire financial situation. But he knows Joe will try to help him with his meager savings. Pip decides that on Monday morning, he’ll talk to Joe, confessing everything. He tells Joe that he’ll never forget this time they’ve had together. He’s glad he fell ill for this to happen. To bring them back together.

{Day 375 Page 401}  That night, Sunday night, Joe asks Pip if he’s still feeling strong. Pip says yes. Then, “good-night!” In the morning Pip wakes refreshed and ready to set everything straight with Joe. He’ll do it before breakfast even. But he finds that Joe is gone. He left a short note. Basically stating that he wished to not intrude on Pip’s life. Pip will be better off without him. It’s signed “P.S. Ever the best of friends”. With the note is a receipt for Pip’s debt and the cost of the arrest. Joe had paid it. Pip decides there is nothing left to do but to follow Joe back home and explain everything to him there. And he wishes to speak with Biddy. He hopes she’ll forgive him and that maybe she still likes him. She liked him once, right? Hopefully she can again. I think Pip is in for a big surprise!

Art Expectations 372-3 Tickler Strong

Art Expectations illustration

Sketch by Julie Flandorfer

Two days! Can’t believe I am getting so close! To. The. End.

{Day 372 Page 398}  Back in London, Pip is starting to feel better. He asks Joe how much he knows. Pip wonders if he knows about Magwitch, his death, Estella and Miss Havisham. He asks Joe if he knows who the true patron of Pip’s Great Expectations is. (WAS!) Joe admits that he knows. Pip decides to set in on the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Confessing all to Joe. But before he can even start, Joe starts talking about Pip’s sister, Joe’s former wife. He tells Pip he always tried to protect Pip from her and her “Tickler”. (The wooden stick that she used to whack Joe and Pip on the head, to keep them in line.) He discovered though that when he intervened, her punishment was even harsher. So he backed off. He wanted Pip to know that it wasn’t because he didn’t care.

{Day 373 Page 399)  Joe talks more about Pip’s sister and how he wanted to protect Pip. He tells him there is no reason to discuss unnecessary subjects like past regrets, including the recent troubles Pip has had. He understands why Pip left and didn’t come back. All is forgiven and forgotten. Biddy helped Joe in his realization of this. Pip wonders if Joe knows how poor he is now. His Great Expectations have dissolved like the “marsh mists before the sun.” As Pip becomes stronger he notices Joe starting to back off. Pip has been enjoying the sweet care Joe has given him. They had fallen into their old ways. He believes it’s all his fault. Pip had written Joe off when he was rich and strong. Maybe Joe is afraid Pip will do it again. Or that Pip does not need him any more.

Art Expectations 371 Country Joe

371 GreatExp Country Joe 150

I created this quick sketch on six pages from the book glued onto cardboard scraps. (At this point, they are ALL quick sketches!) I used my 30 year old Derwent colored pencils along with my very new Pan Pastels. Playing around some more with those. I really should watch a video on how to use them!

{Day 371 Page 397}  Joe is still nursing Pip to health. He tells Pip he caught the laundress stealing feathers from the feather beds. She was also stealing wine and coal. She was sneaking the wine out in Pip’s Wellington boots! So Joe fired her and hired another lady to help with the household chores. So far so good. Pip feels like a child again, with Joe taking charge. Joe helps him with the abundance “of the wealth of his great nature.” Once Pip is finally healthy enough, they go out for a drive to the country for some fresh air. Pip observes the world as if through a child’s eyes. There is rich summer growth on the trees and grass. Sweet summer scents fill the air. Pip feels not thankful enough. He was in a very bad place and now things are starting to look up with Joe’s help. In the carriage, he lays his head on Joe’s shoulder. They go to the old Battery, lie in the grass and talk like they used to when Pip was a young boy.

Art Expectations 370 Mr P Stuffed

Stuffed by Julie Flandorfer

For my birthday I received some  pan pastels! It’s an introductory set of just five colors. I had fun playing with these on this piece. I need to practice more with them. But I love how smooth and creamy they are!

{Day 370 Page 396}  Pip finds out that Miss Havisham is dead. He asks about her property. Just being curious. Before she passed, she wrote out an amendment to her will, adding 4,000 pounds to go to Mr Mathew Pocket. Pip is pleased at this. Matthew is the father of his roommate and friend Herbert. Matthew has never squabbled about her money with the other relatives. Joe goes on to tell how much money was left for those other relatives. Considerably less than what Matthew got. Changing the topic, Joe tells Pip that Orlick robbed poor Mr Pumblechook, the corn and seedsman. Orlick and his partner in crime (no name mentioned) drank his wine, took his till, his cashbox and ate his food. They tied up and beat Mr P, stuffing flowers in his mouth to keep him from screaming for help. But Mr P knew who Orlick was and now Orlick is sitting in jail. Good!

Art Expectations 368 Biddy

Biddy Bides Her Time

Here’s another scratchy painting using horrible brushes. It’s really not my style, but I enjoyed doing these. The whole reason for doing this project was to try new media and styles. And to reread this great book! Very, very slowly… I’ve made a mockery of this 365 Day Art Project, doing a post a day  :)

{Day 368 Page 394}  Apparently the debt collector men are not successful in taking Pip because he remains in his bed at the Temple, tossing and turning. He is still seeing Joe in his dreams. One day he gets the courage to ask, ‘Is it Joe?’ It is! Pip asks Joe to yell at him for being so ungrateful. Joe just lies down in bed with him, putting his arm around him. Pip’s parents died when he was young. His sister and Joe were married and together they raised him. Joe was always so kind to Pip. His sister, not so much. She never recovered from a bad attack (by Orlick) and died. Around this time, Pip was offered his Great Expectations and moved to London to become a gentleman. He soon forget (or tried to forget) Joe, Biddy and his childhood life. Joe tells Pip that he had received a letter about Pip’s illness. Biddy had said ‘Go to him without loss of time.’

Art Expectations 369 Wilted

Wilted by Julie Flandorfer

Not dead. But not alive either. I used some new stencils along with Dylusions ink sprays. Fun playing around!

{Day 369 Page 395}  Joe is still at Pip’s bedside helping him recover from his illness. Pip watches as Joe starts to write a letter to Biddy. Biddy has taught Joe to write! And also to read. He’s very slow at it but finally stands up to admire his letter. Pip asks Joe how Miss Havisham is doing. Joe says she didn’t recover. Pip asks if she is dead. Joe beats about the bush by saying that she isn’t living. So Pip has lost Magwitch and Miss H. The person who was his benefactor and the person whom he believed for so long to be the source of his Great Expectations.

Art Expectations 367 Fuzzy Pip

Art Expectations pic by Julie Flandorfer

I know my last several posts have been very long, covering 2-3 pages at a time. So, here is just one post. Just one painting. This is on the outside cover of the little paper sample book. I picked out my oldest, scrubbiest, worn out brushes to do this with. Sad brushes. Sad Pip. But I love how this turned out!

{Day 367 Page 392}  During Pip’s illness, two men come into his bedroom to collect him to settle a jeweler’s debt. They tell him he is being arrested, but I’m pretty sure they aren’t police. As they try to take him, Pip thrashes about. He is hallucinating about being a brick stuck in the wall and a steel beam in an engine. He sees common people whom he believes are murderers, but they are there to help him. All the people he imagines start to meld together into the face of Joe!

Art Expectations 364-366 Fever Dreams

Dreams

She's Alive!

Great Expectations Sketch

It’s a lot to take in, three pages at once. These three sketches are also from the road. Getting closer to the end!

{Day 364 Page 389} The 32 accused are all formally doomed, sentenced to death. Some need help walking out, some saunter out with haggard bravery and some shake hands with others. The audience looks down on them, pointing and accusing. Pip prays that Magwitch will die on his own before the sentence is carried out. In the meantime, Pip spends his time writing appeals, explaining that Magwitch came back to London on his behalf. He reaches out to men of authority, the Home Secretary of State and even to the Crown. He is restless and wanders the streets at night, hoping his letters of appeal are working. He is not able to visit Magwitch as much now. The guards are not hard on him or on Magwitch. What would be the point? They chat with Pip about Magwitch’s worsening condition.

{Day 365 Page 390} Magwitch lies in his cell looking placidly at the ceiling. Sometimes he is unable to speak. Ten days have passed since his sentencing. He thanks Pip for not deserting him. Pip lays his hand on Magwitch’s chest and tells him there is something he must tell him. ‘You had a child once, whom you loved and lost.’ Magwitch squeezes Pip’s hand in acknowledgment. ‘She lived and found powerful friends. She is living now. She is a lady and very beautiful. And I love her!’ Remember that Magwitch is Estella’s father. Her mother is the maid for Jaggers. Wow. It’s a little confusing.

{Day 366 Page 391} After Pip tells Magwitch that his daughter is alive and well, Magwitch raises Pip’s hand to his lips and then back on his chest. A placid look comes again to his face and he passes away. Hopefully he died happy. Pip says, ‘O Lord, be merciful to him, a sinner.’  Chapter 57 starts. Pip gives notice of his plan to leave his home at the Temple. He won’t be able to afford it much longer. He starts to look seriously at his debt (finally!) and becomes alarmed. He has ignored his own health while caring for Magwitch. And the stress has taken its toll on him.  He falls into a fitful sleep, having feverish dreams. He dreams of groping for his boat in the dark (it’s sunk at the bottom of the river), someone coming up the stairs after him and seeing Miss Havisham burning in his fireplace. Horrific!