Monthly Archives: February 2014

Art Expectations 224 Peeping Orlick

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{Page 242}  Still out for a walk with Biddy on the night of his mother’s funeral, Pip asks her what she knows about Orlick. (He still thinks Orlick is responsible for the attack on his mother, which ultimately killed her.) Biddy says she saw Orlick right there (on the path they are walking on) the night his mother finally passed away. In fact, she says she just saw him again, a few moments earlier as they walked, peaking from behind a tree at them. Creepy! Orlick has apparently been pursuing Biddy. Pip is angry at that. He tells her he plans to come visit more often, now that Joe is all alone. Biddy replies with “Are you quite sure, then, that you WILL come to see him often?” Pip is taken aback by her harsh tone. Well!

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Art Expectations 223 Nightwalking

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[Page 241: Pip & Biddy walk after dinner]  Pip asks Biddy what she plans to do now since she will not need to care for Mrs Joe. She plans to get the mistress position (teacher) at the new school in town. He asks her how his sister died. (No one has bothered to tell him yet!) Mrs Joe passed away quietly in Joe’s arms while Biddy looked on to offer assistance. Mrs Joe says just three words “Joe….. Pardon….. Pip”. Biddy cries as she tells Pip. She’s grown fond of the family. Pip admits that “the darkening garden, and the lane, and the stars… were blurred” for him as well.

Art Expectations 222 After Funeral

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After the service, Pumblechook drinks all the sherry and Mr Hubble drinks all the port. Pumblechook brags about being responsible for Pip’s advancements. This really bothers Pip, as if he had nothing to do with it! Pumblechook did introduce Pip to Miss Havisham and Estella though. Biddy, Pip and Joe have a quiet dinner in the good dining room after everyone has left. Pip decides to sleep at home (not in town at the Blue Boar Inn) in his boyhood bedroom upstairs. Before bedtime, Pip and Biddy go out for a walk. Pip tells her he wishes she had written to him about the state of his mother.

The weather has been so nice here in Texas lately that I moved my art-creating outdoors. Seems that Spring is here!

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Art Expectations 220&1 Mourning

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Two days again! {Page 238}  Pip approaches his home, now taken over by the funeral company, Trabb & Co. Once inside, he sees Mr Trabb wrapping everything up in black cloth. Pip asks Joe how he’s doing. They clasp hands. Biddy is there too, keeping busy helping out. Pip sitting next to Joe, notices Pumblechook by the refreshments, stuffing his face and trying to get Pip’s attention.

{Page 239}  Pumblechook “breathing of sherry and crumbs” comes to sit beside Pip. Mr Trabb continues to tie everything and everyone up in ridiculous black bundles. With handkerchiefs to their faces (Trabb’s orders) they file outside and watch the six pallbearers drapped in black carrying Mrs Joe’s casket. The villagers come out to look on as the procession continues. Pip is annoyed by Pumblechook who keeps fussing over him. They arrive at the very same church in the marshes where our story began. Mrs Joe is laid to rest beside their parents. Pip describes the scene as this:  “…the sails of the ships on the river growing out” of the marshes while “larks sang high above”. A light wind blew and there were “beautiful shadows of clouds and trees” on the gravesite. Very nice!

Art Expectations 219 Clover & Beans

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{Page 237}  Pip receives a letter stating that his sister, who raised him along with Joe, has passed away. She had been sick for a while after being attacked by someone in their home. (It was never proven who this attacker was or even investigated!)

Chapter 35    Even though Pip has not seen his sister lately or even thought of her, he feels a strong emptiness now that she is gone. Perhaps he should seek revenge on her attacker, he thinks. (He has always believed it to be Orlick.) Back home now, Pip checks into the Blue Boar and starts to walk toward the funeral. He remembers the bad times with Mrs Joe, his sister, and her Tickler (the wooden stick she rapped him on the head with). As he walks on, in the sunshine in the beans and clover, he realizes his ill feelings toward her have softened.

I first painted a pretty little watercolor landscape with clover in the foreground and beans sprouting up beyond. I then scanned this and cut it into the shape of a walking young man. It came out nicely! Well, my plan to do four posts a week this year is not panning out. Oh well, it’s still fun, so why rush it!

Art Expectations 218 Pip’s Resumé

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When Herbert got discouraged by his mounting bills, Pip would say, “Look the thing in the face.” Herbert would give up, saying he was missing this bill or that bill from Cobb’s or Lobb’s or Nobb’s. (Dickens is too funny!) Pip tells Herbert to estimate those missing bills. Pip fancies himself a “first-rate man of business”. Satisfied with himself after their debt-tallying sessions, Pip would tie up his bundle of bills and do the same with Herbert’s. Ding-done. Oh, but this does not seem to stop them from over-spending OR paying off these debts!

Art Expectations 216&7 Flying Money & Drowning

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Two days in one! I took last week off from my blog. Just didn’t feel like doing it. My daughter was sick one day and that threw me for a loop. Plus it was so cold here in Texas (I know, I know, it was much much colder elsewhere) that I had trouble getting out from under my electric blanket! Now, back to business… er, fun….

{Page 216} Pip is now spending about half his time in Hammersmith to be closer to Estella in Richmond. He describes his life with Herbert more:
– they spend as much money as they can
– getting as little as possible for it
– and are all generally miserable (this includes their friends)

They appear to be constantly having the time of their lives. But Pip admits they really aren’t. Herbert goes in to his no-where job every day, looking about him for more opportunity and finding none. They are both getting deeper in debt. This surprises me because I thought Pip had plenty of money. I guess he’s charging things all over London before he has received any actual money from his guardian, Jaggers. And possibly he’s afraid to ask Jaggers for more.

{Page 217} Pip seems to be getting more stressed about his money situation. One morning he lifts the Avenger (his servant) up by his collar, shaking him so that he looks like a booted cupid! (WHY does he still have the Avenger?!) Every now and then Herbert and Pip decide to confront their money issues. They plan a special dinner (expensive food and wine, of course) and start to tally up their debts on paper. These meetings are very satisfying to Pip and just by writing down his debts he feels as if he has actually paid them! (Uh oh, doesn’t work that way!) I think most young adults have money troubles at some point early on. It’s very liberating to all of a sudden have money (first job salary or inheritance) to spend… on whatever you want. No adult or parent to tell you to watch your money or say “do you really need that?!” Hopefully Pip will figure it all out before he snowballs out of control!

Art Expectations 215 Chalkboard Finches

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Still spending foolishly, Pip and Herbert join a private gentleman’s club called The Finches of the Grove. These guys meet regularly to dine expensively, drink excessively and argue incessantly. Pip is not an official member, not until he becomes of age. He still gets to party with them for now though. Startop and Drummle (the tenants at the Pocket’s Hammersmith home) are also members.

Pip wants to pay Herbert’s way, but Herbert is proud. He doesn’t make much money at his current job, and is having trouble keeping up with Pip. Herbert “looks about himself” for ways to make more money. He remarks that maybe he should buy a rifle, move to America and hunt buffalo!

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I’m including a picture of my cat, Luna, “helping” me with my drawing. You can see that I first drew out my letters with black charcoal on white paper. I finished it off in Photoshop. You may also note that I misspelled Finch on my drawing. ARGH! I drew the missing “n” in the top corner then moved it into place once my art was on the computer. That’s the only drawback to hand-lettering… there is no quick Undo command!

Speaking of chalkboard drawings, I entered a drawing to be chosen for art on display at a restaurant in Dallas, Texas last fall. (The restaurant is Lark on the Park. It’s wonderful… great food, beautiful decor and the nicest staff I have ever had at a restaurant. Check them out: http://larkonthepark.com/aboutus.php) My drawing below Rhinoctopus got chosen! I went down on December 15 and recreated my sketch on a 12’x7′ chalkboard. What a great experience! If you’ve been there, let me know. If not, and you’re in the area, go!

[shows just a portion of the drawing and the scaffolding is a little in the way]

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Art Expectations 214 Conflicted

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[Day 214, Page 232]  Pip goes straight to Hammersmith (the Pocket’s family home) instead of back to London after dropping off Estella. Mr Pocket is out for the evening giving a lecture. Apparently he gives delightful speeches on domestic economy and the management of children and servants! WHAT?! When Pip first visited Hammersmith, the household was in a shambles, servants accusing one another of stealing, the children not watched properly (playing with dangerous items) and Mr Pocket had a melt-down!

Chapter 34 starts:  Pip admits to, on occasion, feeling guilty about his behavior towards Joe and Biddy back home. Maybe he’d have been better off to have never met Miss Havisham. He knows his lavish lifestyle and spending in London has been a burden on Herbert and his laid back, simple life.  

Here, I used a childhood favorite technique of coloring big blobs of bright color, painting over with black paint, then scratching the design on top, with the colors peeking through. This is always fun, no matter how old you are!