Monthly Archives: December 2013

Art Expectations DAY 200!


Finally! [page 217]  The audience joins in the fun of the play. (Is it supposed to be a comedy or a drama?!) When an actor asks a question, members of the audience yell out funny answers. Mr Wopsle himself gets many laughs. He wipes his hands on a white napkin from his pocket after handling a skull. At this, the audience yells, “WAITER!” When one actor is about to play a little black flute, someone yells out “…don’t you do it neither; you’re a deal more worse than him” pointing at the orchestra! At least everyone is having a grand old time.

I hope that 2014 brings many belly-laughs for us all! I plan to do about FOUR posts a week in 2014. If I do, that would put me at about the end of the book by this time next year. HAHAHAHAHA! We’ll see if I can do it!


Art Expectations Day 199!


See my art above. Is it a masterpiece? NO! Is it the best work I’ve ever done? NO! Did I do it in less than 30 minutes? YES! AND it pertains to Page 216 of Great Expectations. Let me explain…

Herbert and Pip hurriedly put out the candles, the fire, shake hands on their mutual confidences (just discussed: Pip’s love of Estella and Herbert’s engagement to Clara) and they head out to the theatre to see Wopsle perform.

Chapter 31 starts with some confusing language from Dickens. But here is what I gather:
– the play has something to do with Danish nobiiity
– Wopsle’s character stands off to the side of the stage with his arms folded
– one actor has a bad cough, even while dead
– another actor has the script hanging around his body and refers to it regularly
– the buxom Queen’s character wears a lot of brass  
So, not exactly a perfect performance. Wopsle is not perfect and often my art is not perfect. I created the piece above using some irregular Jelly Belly jelly beans sent to my family by my sister-in-law Leslie. (Thanks Leslie!) These jelly beans, called Belly Flops (hilarious), taste as good as the normal pefect ones, but didn’t make the cut. I love them! So yummy… and who cares what they look like?!

Art Expectations Day 198


Counting down… or UP – almost to the end of 2013 and almost at Day 200!

{page 215}  Herbert is engaged! (I find it hard to believe that Herbert has never mentioned his engagement, or even that he has a girlfriend to Pip before now. Strange.) Her name is Clara and she has an invalid father. Herbert laughs as he talks of her father and his terrible screaming fits. He plans to marry Clara as soon as he makes more money. While Pip listens to Herbert talk of her and her father, he finds a folded piece of paper in his jacket pocket. Why, it’s the flyer from Joe about the play starring Wopsle! And the show is that very night!

Art Expectations Day 197


Herbert tells Pip to think of how Estella was raised and by whom (the bitter, jilted Miss Havisham). “Think of what she is herself” says Herbert. Pip says he cannot detach himself from her. “Impossible!”

Herbert then shifts the conversation, asking Pip if he thinks children of unhappily married parents “are always most particulary anxious to be married.” He lists off all of his Pocket siblings as already being engaged – all except the baby, of course!

Happy Holidays to all! It’s Christmas Eve here in the States and my two kids are in their rooms making little gifts for each other. How sweet!

Art Expectations Day 196

196 GreatExp Estella on Coin 150
Herbert tells Pip to bide his time. Once he turns 21, perhaps he’ll receive further enlightenment about his future. He then tells Pip he has something disagreeable to discuss, “positively repulsive.” He asks Pip if Estella was ever mentioned as part of the endowment… his Great Expectations. Pip says no. So, since Pip is not legally bound to her, why, then not detach from her, asks Herbert. (Try to forget her!) Well, I think Pip is too far gone for that!
Merry Christmas to all and Happy Holidays!

Art Expectations Day 195

Sun & Moon Spinning
Sun & Moon Spinning

{five more posts until 200!}
[Page 212]  Herbert Pocket asks Pip if Estella feels the same adoration toward him? Pip shakes his head gloomily. Nope.

Pip opens up more to Herbert, telling of his uncertainty and confusion about the future. Who is his benefactor? What will become of him (not being allowed to obtain any skills or education)?  Will Estella ever love him? He is solely dependent on Jaggers and the benefactor. His future lies in their hands. He is “exposed to hundreds of chances”. And Miss Havisham is molding him like putty! (assuming she is the benefactor) Poor Pip (again). But these are typical thoughts of teenagers. However, Pip did come into a lot of money, from someone who has control over him, so he has that added challenge.

As I was thinking about what to draw for this page, I was listening to The Avett Brothers. The lines below from the song “The Once and Future Carpenter” made me think about what Pip is going through:

“Once I was a carpenter (blacksmith), and man, my hands were calloused
I could swing a metal mallet sure and straight
But I took to the highway, a poet young and hungry
And I left the timber (ashes) where they lay”
“And when I lose my direction, I’ll look up to the sky”
“Hopes and fears go with it, and the moon and the sun go spinning”
Beautiful words… check out The Avett Brothers if you haven’t. My friend Sumaya recommended them to me last year. Thank you Sumaya!

Art Expectations Day 194

194 GreatExp oysters150Another quick sketch:  ball-point pen on notebook paper, scanned and enhanced in Photoshop. I love to draw! Guess that’s obvious…

When Pip first arrives back in London, he feels guilty for not visiting Joe when he was back home. (He only visited Miss Havisham and Estella.) So he sends a codfish and a barrel of oysters home to make up for that.
He wishes to confide in Herbert back at Barnard’s Inn. Wanting some privacy he sends his servant (the Avenger) off to see a play. He again admits he has little for the Avenger to do and sometimes sends him to Hyde Park Corner just to see what time it is! Very serious-like, Pip tells Herbert that he is in love with Estella. Herbert replies, “Of course I know that.”

Art Expectations Day 193

193 GreatExp backtoLondon150

Winding down 2013 and only seven more posts! Here’s a quick drawing done while sitting in the driver’s seat of my car, waiting for my daughter, as usual, driving around and waiting. (I’m a taxi driver lately!)

Page 210:   Pip decides to ignore Trabb’s boy (the tailor’s helper) as he approaches him on his walk about his hometown. BIG mistake! Trabb’s boy will have none of that. He makes a huge spectacle of himself three times in front of Pip and all the lookers-on! He flops about in the dirt, over-exaggerating his fear of Pip. Strutting about, pulling up his shirt-collar, smirking, and saying, “Don’t know yah! Don’t know yah!” He basically chases Pip out of town, back up the road toward London. Pip decides that nothing he could have done would have changed the situation. Oh, no Pip. You could have not acted so high and mighty! Maybe Pip IS better off in London where he blends in more, lost in the crowd… where no one knows his name (or sooty background).


Art Expectations Days 191 & 192

191 & 192 GreatExp150

TWO days in one! I have accepted the fact that I may not make it to Day 200 by December 31. However, I am still trying! (These last few posts may have to be mostly sketches.)
[pg.207]   After dinner, Sarah Pocket disappears and Pip and Jaggers meet back up with Estella and Miss Havisham. Miss H has added the most beautiful jewels to Estella’s hair, bosom and arms. Pip notices that Jaggers raises his eyebrows when he sees Estella like this. Pip is having trouble dealing with his warm feelings about Estella vs. Jaggers’s cold feelings about her. Back at the Blue Boar Inn, Pip lies in bed in the room next to Jaggers, repeating to himself, “I love her! I love her! I love her!” Will she ever feel the same way about him?

[pg.208]   Pip tells Jaggers that Orlick is not to be trusted and is the wrong person for the job guarding Miss H and her property. Jaggers states that he’ll promptly have Orlick fired! (Uh oh… watch your back Pip!)  In the morning, before heading back to London, Pip goes out for a walk around his old town. (He still hasn’t even told his family that he is there.) He knows he is being recognized and stared at by the townsfolk. He continues walking on as if he doesn’t recognize them. He runs into Trabb’s boy (the tailor’s shop-worker). He’s going over in his head how to react as he approaches him… to ignore or acknowledge… hmmmm….

Art Expectations Day 190, Page 206

190 GreatExp winePip150

HALF-WAY THROUGH THE BOOK! When I started this project, almost two years ago, I marked the half-way point, page 206. I really thought I’d have reached that page sooner! But, here I am, two years later. Doesn’t matter. It’s been great fun and I will see it through until the end, the very last page, page 412… even if it takes another two years!

Page 206:   Jaggers tells Pip that since the jilting at the altar, no one has seen Miss Havisham eat or drink. Pip also finds out that Estella’s last name is Havisham. (She was adopted by Miss H.) Jaggers and Pip join Estella and the green-with-envy Sarah Pocket at the dinner table for a very nice meal. During dinner Pip notices that Jaggers goes out of his way to NOT look at Estella. He answers her questions but will not look at her. Odd. He also goes out of his way to make Sarah Pocket even more jealous of Pip’s great expectations (fortunes). Pip and Jaggers leave to go have a drink – ladies not invited. During this man-time, Pip is very uncomfortable, as Jaggers stares into his wine glass and makes it clear that he does not wish to converse with Pip. (Was there something between Jaggers and Estella?)