Monthly Archives: May 2015

Art Expectations Don Draper Sidetrip

drawer front


May is always a crazy month. Almost as busy as December with the holidays. Well, I guess it’s only super busy for parents of school-age children in America. All special activities, field trips and projects happen this month, after the standardized testing is all done. We are so ready for school to be out!

I have taken a little side trip away from my Great Expectations blog to work on two projects. The first was my Wildflower guitar. If I didn’t post pics of that I will. The most recent project is an altered, upcycled kitchen drawer for an auction for the group Chartreuse in Richardson Texas. Here are two pics of my work-in-progress. It’s not finished! I have been a huge fan of the TV series Mad Men since day one. I worked in advertising from the 90s through 2012 so this was a treat and real eye-opener for how agencies were run in the 50s and 60s. Especially for how women were treated, how smoking was considered healthy and an after lunch cocktail was a normal part of the work day. I decided to do my drawer based on this TV show. So this is more of a pop culture themed artwork. I printed out a draft of the first show’s script (the pilot) and will add that in somehow, along with an ashtray I printed on a 3D printer. Let me know what you think!


Art Expectations 296 Sea Worthy

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Pip is still wandering, a little bit lost, among the old boats in repair sand rusty anchors at the shipyard. He finally comes upon his destination, the Mill Pond Bank. (not a money bank but a bank of the river) He finds a door labeled Mrs. Whimple and gives it a knock. Herbert quickly and silently pulls him in. So this is where Herbert is hiding out, his finance’s family home. He tells Pip that she is upstairs with her ill father. He’s ill and apparently drunk, growling loudly.

Here is another doodle from the online class. I’ll do probably one more from the class and then get back to filling up the little accordion book I started a few weeks ago. Have a great day!

Art Expectations 295 Hiding

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Wemmick tells Pip he can go visit Herbert at his secret hideout by the river. And he can go back home to his apartment at the Temple one last time. I assume to gather his belongings. He warns Pip to “lay hold of his portable property. You don’t know what may happen to him.” Meaning, try to get ahold of Magwitch’s money before Magwitch gets knifed or sent to prison and hanged! Wemmick tells Pip to hang out at his house (the handmade castle) for the day until dark. Pip stays and naps on and off all afternoon with the Aged in front of the fire. Remember, he has had very little sleep and found out just yesterday that Estella plans to marry Drummle, his arch-enemy. And Magwitch has disappeared. Oh, and someone has also been watching and following him. His money supply may be coming to an end. So, it’s not looking good for the young Pip. At about 8 pm, he heads out toward the shipyards.

Here are two more sketches I created in the online Diane Culhane class I’ve been taking. They are watercolor and ink, some watercolor pencils mixed in. Pip and Herbert are hiding out, scared and unsure of the future. Not sure what the animals are… they just came out of my pen!

have a wonderful mother’s day to all the mothers out there