Monthly Archives: April 2015

Art Expectations 294 Hiding Out

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Pip and Wemmick are still discussing where he and Herbert should hide out. Pip is told that Herbert plans to go to his fiancé’s family home to stay with her ill father. Pip neglects to tell Wemmick that he has never met his best friend’s fiancé. She disapproves of him, calling him an “expensive companion.” Of course, she’s not aware that Pip is who has been providing the funds for Herbert’s business all this time. (money which came from Magwitch) This house where Herbert will hide out is on the river, which makes for an easy escape on a foreign packet-boat, if need be. They will tell everyone that Herbert has been called away on business in Dover. Wemmick gives Pip this address and tells him there is no harm in Pip going to visit Herbert there.

I expanded on the previous sketch (doodle) of the modern day Pip. I made this in the Diane Culhane online class I’m taking right now. It’s so much fun! I’m getting a little behind, but that’s no problem because I can work at my own pace and have up to a year to finish. Here’s the link in case you are interested:


Art Expectations 293 Modern Day

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{I’m almost at Day 300! Day 293, Page 314}
Pip is still at Wemmick’s finding out what the heck is going on…. why he can’t go back to his home at the Temple. At least this is taking his mind off Estella! Pip asks Wemmick if he’s heard of Compeyson and if he knows if he’s still in London. Wemmick nods yes. (Compeyson is the bad guy who swindled Miss Havisham out of her money and left her at the altar, breaking her heart. This is the reason why she is still in her wedding gown and has the moldy cake on the dining table.) Wemmick tells Pip that he found Herbert Pocket and also warned him to not go home. (They’re being watched by someone.) Herbert makes a plan to stay at his finance’s family home with her ill father. He advises Pip to lay low also.

I created this very quick doodle of some modern day Great Expectation’s characters while taking an online doodle class offered by Diane Culhane. It’s two weeks long and started last week. I’ve been having fun creating lots of doodles, sketching and putting them on backgrounds I wouldn’t have thought of on my own, elevating the doodle to a higher level! You can find out more about this wonderful class here:

Another doodle I did:

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Art Expectations 292 Being Watched

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In very vague terms, Wemmick explains that he heard that a certain uncolonial person with property had made a scene in a place where lots of people go, not for their gratification, possibly at the government’s expense. (So, uncolonial = non-American? Portable property = has money. A non-pleasurable place paid for by the government = prison or the courts?) This man has disappeared and not been seen or heard from since. That was about two nights ago, I believe. Wemmick also heard that Pip has been watched at his home in the Temple. Wemmick then proceeds to give the Aged his breakfast while Pip mulls over this information. Being watched, by who?

I did a painting of a very large eye from a sea creature. Pip does live by the river! But I am guessing he is being watched by someone looking for Magwitch, possibly being paid by Jaggers himself.

Art Expectations 291 What’s Home?

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[Day 291 Page 312]  Pip leaves the miserable hotel room at 7 am and heads straight for Wemmick’s Walworth home, the handmade castle. (Wemmick wrote the note warning Pip to not go home the night before. This is the morning after Pip found out Estella plans to marry Drummle.) He has to find out what Wemmick meant by that note! He arrives just as Wemmick is making breakfast (tea, sausage and toast) for the Aged, his father. He asks Pip to join in and help by cooking the sausage, which he proceeds to burn. Wemmick then starts to tell Pip what he knows. He left similar notes at the other Temple gates and will go gather them up and destroy them later that day. They are “evidence”. He tells Pip he accidentally overheard something yesterday morning. What???

Art Expectations 289 & 290 Sleepless

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I first created the flat limited-color landscape of Pip walking all the way back to London for page 310. But it was lacking something. So I added in the many-eyed Argos monster mentioned on page 311. And wha-la! That was it. So here you go, two pages in one piece of work.

{Day 289 Page 310} After finding out about Estella’s impending marriage to Drummle, Pip walks all the way back to London! It must not be too far because he arrives just after midnight. He’s weary and muddy. The night watchman at the gate to his flat stops him, handing him a note. Pip is informed that he must read it right then and there. It’s from Wemmick and states, “Don’t go home.” Scary! (Chapter 45) He immediately leaves, rents a hackney chariot and heads to a hotel in Covent Garden. He is checked into a tiny room at the back, which contains an enormous bed, almost protruding into the hallway. There’s a sorry excuse for a night-light: a candle placed in a tall tin tower with holes punched in it. It makes a “staringly wide-awake pattern” on the walls. I take it Pip does not get much sleep this night!

{Day 290 Page 311} It’s true, Pip doesn’t sleep much. “I could no more close my own eyes than I could close the eyes of this foolish Argus.” (the Greek mythological creature with many eyes) He imagines hearing noises all night and bugs falling on him. He drifts off to a fitful sleep with the phrase “don’t go home” playing over and over in his head. His mind drifts between his unhappy parting with Estella earlier in the day and why he can’t go home. That has something to do with Magwitch most likely. “Do not thou go home, let him not go home, let us not go home, do not ye or you go home… I might not, could not, would not and should not go home.” Poor Pip.