[Day 344 Page 368]
Dickens describes a beautiful sunrise over London as viewed by Pip out his window. The winking lights on the bridges are dimming, the rising sun like a marsh of fire, the river still and dark, clustered rooftops and church spires shoot into a clear sky and a veil of mist seems to rise up from the river revealing a million sparkles of sunlight. Upon seeing this magical scene, Pip feels suddenly re-energized, strong and well, ready to make his trip down the river with Provis, Herbert and Startop.
It’s a typical March day in London; hot sun but cold wind. “When it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” As they leave their home, Pip looks back and wonders when he’ll be home again, if ever. They set off in the boat, with Herbert in the bow and Pip steering. It’s about 8:30 a.m.
I know my meager painting does not do this London sunrise justice! I did a quick watercolor sketch, placing down loose blobs of paint, then defining the city shapes with ink on top. At the rate I’ve been going, this project will take me another whole year! Anyway, I hope everyone is having a Happy March and a “warm sun-cool breeze” Spring!