Art Expectations Day 133

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Page 148. Only 264 pages to go!

Pip and Wemmick arrive at Barnard’s Inn where young Mr. Pocket lives. Pip is NOT impressed. (He had high expectations of London – hoping it all to be more grand than his simple village back home.)

He describes the Inn as the “dingiest collection of shabby buildings ever squeezed together in a rank corner as a club for Tom-cats.” Love this description! Sounds pretty bleak – dismal trees, dismal sparrows, dismal cats and houses.

Very colorful language from Dickens on this page 148: “dry-rot and wet-rot” and “rot of rat and mouse and bug”. They find Mr. Pocket’s room up some creaky stairs and Wemmick makes to leave Pip. They shake hands good-bye. Pip will be seeing Wemmick much more, especially since Wemmick is the keeper of his funds.

I created this acrylic painting/collage incorporating some of the dismal, bleak colors used to represent Pip’s first impression of London. Hope you like it! I will soon get back to my sculpture heads and finish those up. So glad Spring is almost here. I’m tired of the bleak, dismal winter weather!

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