Monthly Archives: September 2015

Art Expectations 314 Forgiveness

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{Day 314, Page 336} (Pip is with Miss Havisham at her home discussing money, as usual. It was always money or Estella!)
He begins to explain his relationship with Herbert and how he secretly came about setting up the business for him. The money used was of course from Magwitch, although Pip had thought it to be from Miss H. He still owes 900 pounds to complete the transaction. Miss H says she’ll give him this money. But he has to keep her secrets as well as she’ll keep his. He agrees. She asks if he is still unhappy. He tells her yes, but there are other causes of this unhappiness of which he cannot speak of. She asks if there is anything she can do for him, not just for his friend. Pip answers on the next page.

Since starting this project in January 2012, I knew I wanted to not only try new materials, but also play around with different styles. To challenge myself to work differently. It’s been fun, but not always with successful results. Perusing the internet (Pinterest) I have been influenced by some wonderful artists and illustrators. I know some of my work reflects this but also with some of myself mixed in. Here is a piece I whipped out yesterday using collage papers, some with gelli plate printing, bits of an old Sears Roebuck catalog, paint markers and gel pens with acrylic painting. This is one of my favorites so far!

Art Expectations 313 Lonely Bells

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{Day 313, Page 335} (Pip has traveled back home to visit Miss Havisham.) Once in town, he walked a different route to get to Satis House. He walked by abandoned refectories and gardens, all very bleak. (Maybe it was just his mood though.) The cathedral bells sounded like funeral music. He knew that Estella was lost to him forever. He found Miss H alone seated in front of the fire. The place was still in disrepair. She didn’t seem to hear or see him so he walked to stand in front of her. He thought how he too had become “part of the wrecked fortunes of that house”. She said she wanted to honor his request to help out his friend, Herbert, financially. To finish the business deal with Herbert’s business partner.

Here is the second sketch I did with the Art Graf graphite sticks. I got smart and did this one on watercolor paper. Much better!

Art Expectations 312 Molly & Estella

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{Day 312, Page 334}
continuing with the murder trial of Molly…
Jaggers “found” proof that the scratches on Molly’s hands were from a thicket of brambles (not from the murdered woman’s fingernails due to a struggle). Bits of Molly’s dress were found on the brambles and bits of brambles were found in Molly’s scratches. This was Jaggers’ first real big case. The opposition claimed that Molly had a three year old daughter by the murdered woman’s husband. But the child was no longer around and they claimed that Molly killed her to revenge the man. Jaggers was able to argue against this… it wasn’t a murder case for the child. In the end, Jaggers and Molly won. She was acquitted. But she’d lost her daughter and was under the employment of and debt to Jaggers for the rest of her life.

After Pip learned this story, the story of Molly, from Wemmick, Wemmick tells him that he got Pip’s letter about seeing Wopsle at the theatre and about being followed by Compeyson. The next morning (Chapter 49) Pip goes to visit Miss Havisham at her request.

I bought some ArtGraf water soluble graphite sticks. These are really cool! You can draw with them, shading and lines. Adding water with a brush turns them into graphite washes. Decided to give them a try and do this sketch of two women. I am assuming that Molly hasn’t seen her daughter, Estella since she was a young child. This was when Molly was tried for murder, then went to work for Jaggers, giving Estella up to be raised by Miss Havisham. I did two sketches. This is the first on very thin sketchbook paper (mistake). The paper warped and even tore in one place. That’s OK though. I still like how it turned out.

Art Expectations 311 Molly’s Strength

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{Day 311 Page 333}  As Pip and Wemmick continue walking after dinner, Wemmick begins to tell Pip the story of Molly, Jaggers’ maid. (Pip is starting to suspect that Molly is Estella’s real mother.) Many years ago, Molly was tried for murder. She was beautiful so this caused quite a stir around London town. This was also Jaggers’ first big case, early in his career. The murdered person was a woman about ten years older than Molly. Molly, the woman and the dead woman’s husband all “led tramping lives”. I’m guessing they were all gypsies. This was a love triangle. So I am thinking Molly was having an affair with the husband, or maybe the wife was just jealous, suspecting something. There was a fight between the two women in a barn. Molly won the fight, and strangled the woman to death with her bare hands. (Pip recalls Jaggers pointing out Molly’s strong wrists and hands at a dinner party years earlier.) At the trial, Jaggers had her dress very daintily with her arms covered. The scratches on her hands were said to be from walking through a thicket of brambles.

I finally had time to sit and work on the next page. I did a painting of Molly in acrylic. This is larger than what I have done recently (all those car-sketches!) I was ready to do something more detailed. I got some new pencils in the mail (addicted to art supplies!) earlier this summer so I think my next one will be a pencil sketch. Back to the basics!