Monthly Archives: August 2016

Art Expectations 378 Pig Headed Pip

Pig Headed Pip by Julie Flandorfer

{Day 378 Page 404}  Mr Pumblechook steps back from Pip and the teapot. Talking to the waiter and landlord of the Blue Boar, but so Pip can hear, he says that Pip is the very same person that he played with in happy infancy. He attended the wedding of Pip’s sister and Joe. He watched as they raised him. He’s shaming Pip for having forgotten where he came from, his background. He goes on to claim having been Pip’s FIRST benefactor. But, yet he’s never received any thanks or monetary appreciation from Pip. Pip never shared any of his Great Expectations with Mr P. (Or for that matter, with Joe either.) Pip disagrees that Mr P was ever a benefactor of his. Mr P was the one who put Pip together with Miss Havisham. But, remember that she was not the true benefactor of Pip. The money never came from her. It came instead from Magwitch, the prisoner whom Pip helped out, in secret, as a child. Even though the monetary Great Expectations did not come from Miss H, Pip did benefit from having known her. After all, that’s how he met Estella, the love of his life. Mr P calls Pip ungrateful and pig-headed. It’s true that Pip should have kept in touch with his “roots” and helped his family out in some way. If not with money, then with visiting them from time to time.

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Art Expectations 377 Mr P. Pours Tea

Art Expectations by Julie Flandorfer

{Day 377 Page 403}  Pip arrives back at the Blue Boar for his breakfast. He finds Mr Pumblechook waiting for him. He says he’s sorry to see Pip down-and-out. “But what else could be expected!” He makes a great scene of pouring Pip’s tea, pretending to be alarmed that “it has come to this”. He asks the waiter for salt for Pip’s tea because surely Pip can’t afford the sugar and milk that he once had with his tea. Back when he had “great expectations.” (It seems as if Mr P is rubbing it in. Almost gloating in Pip’s downfall.)  He asks Pip if he’ll be going to visit Joe while in town. Pip snaps back asking what does it matter to HIM where he’s going!? (Remember Pip has not been back to visit Joe since he moved to London and became wealthy. He has been back to his childhood town plenty of times in the past, but only to see Miss Havisham and Estella.) Pip snaps, “Leave that teapot alone.” He realizes right away that he shouldn’t have let Mr P upset him. But, dang it, Mr P was getting on his last nerve!

Played around with my new Pan Pastels! Watched a few You Tube videos for some technique tips. They are very smooth and creamy, less chalk dust than with normal stick pastels. Don’t quite have the hang of them yet. More playing needed!