Monthly Archives: June 2014

Art Expectations 253 Herding

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[Day 253, Page 273] We are still in Pip’s new high apartment, during the storm, with Pip and the convict. The convict found Pip’s address by writing to Wemmick. He tells Pip he is indeed the person who has made a gentleman of him. Pip is so taken by this news (having thought it to be Miss Havisham all along) that he has to sit down. This has been very generous of the convict! He admits he worked hard and did without so that Pip wouldn’t have to. The convict is so proud of what he has accomplished with Pip. (Pip is still repulsed by the man.) The convict tells of how he lived in a hut, herding sheep, all alone, thinking only of Pip. Pip recoils from his touch.

I rolled some acrylic paint onto a phone book and did some painting and drawing on top of that. Here is the convict in his hut, in America, I believe. He called it the new country. I didn’t think you could make that much money from herding sheep, but what do I know about herding sheep?!

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Art Expectations 252 Realization

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Pip gets out his purse (wallet) intending to give the two one-pound notes BACK to the convict, thinking he could use the money again. And also probably hoping to not get robbed! The convict gently folds the money and burns it in the lamp-fire! He asks Pip exactly HOW he has done so well. Pip says he was chosen to succeed to some property. “What property, from whom, and how much?” the convict wants to know. But then he starts to guess at the answers…
– “5 since coming of age” CORRECT
– a guardian, a lawyer, name starting with a “J” CORRECT

WHAT?! It looks like the convict has perhaps been the source of Pip’s success all this time. But what about Miss Havisham? What has been her part in all this? Pip struggles for his breath. Wow, I kind of saw this coming. Or maybe it was that I had a vague memory of it from when I read it many years ago. Exciting! Wow, glad something finally happened though!

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[Day 249, Page 268]
Pip lets the man he found on his staircase during the stormy night in to his apartment. He does not recognize the older, balding, browned, weathered man. But the man seems to know him well. And glad to see him, reaching both his hands out to Pip. Pip does not take them. He does let the man sit by his fire to warm himself. {Here’s a peak at the stormy sea outside Pip’s door at the bottom of the stairs.}

[Day 250, Page 270] Page 269 contains an illustration of Pip on the stairs along with the outstretched hands of the older man in the book. As Pip studies the weathered man more, he comes to the sick realization that he is the CONVICT from many years ago! As a boy, Pip was threatened by this man and helped him by bringing him some drink, food and money while he was hiding from the law. Now, many years later, the convict takes Pip’s hands in his and kisses them. He tells Pip he shall never forget Pip’s noble act. Pip says there’s no need for a thank-you and he hopes the criminal has changed his ways. I am sure Pip is more than a little scared for his life and belongings right now! {I did a quick sketch of the convict’s weathered all-knowing (all-seeing) hands.}

[Day 251, Page 271]
Pip offers the weary and wet convict a drink but makes clear that he can’t stay the night. The man becomes teary-eyed which softens Pip. He apologizes for being so harsh to him and asks what he has been up to all these years. He tells Pip he has done very well as a sheep-farmer, a stock-breeder and various other trades in the new world. Pip recalls how he had given the convict 2 one-pound notes long ago. And then he was re-paid this amount from the convict by a messenger. {A quick sketch with paint-pens and acrylic. I was going to paint the mushroom red, but decided I liked it chalky white. I gave myself a limited palette of 3 colors, plus the black of the background. It’s refreshing to sometimes limit yourself!}