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Art Expectations 371 Country Joe

371 GreatExp Country Joe 150

I created this quick sketch on six pages from the book glued onto cardboard scraps. (At this point, they are ALL quick sketches!) I used my 30 year old Derwent colored pencils along with my very new Pan Pastels. Playing around some more with those. I really should watch a video on how to use them!

{Day 371 Page 397}  Joe is still nursing Pip to health. He tells Pip he caught the laundress stealing feathers from the feather beds. She was also stealing wine and coal. She was sneaking the wine out in Pip’s Wellington boots! So Joe fired her and hired another lady to help with the household chores. So far so good. Pip feels like a child again, with Joe taking charge. Joe helps him with the abundance “of the wealth of his great nature.” Once Pip is finally healthy enough, they go out for a drive to the country for some fresh air. Pip observes the world as if through a child’s eyes. There is rich summer growth on the trees and grass. Sweet summer scents fill the air. Pip feels not thankful enough. He was in a very bad place and now things are starting to look up with Joe’s help. In the carriage, he lays his head on Joe’s shoulder. They go to the old Battery, lie in the grass and talk like they used to when Pip was a young boy.

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Art Expectations 367 Fuzzy Pip

Art Expectations pic by Julie Flandorfer

I know my last several posts have been very long, covering 2-3 pages at a time. So, here is just one post. Just one painting. This is on the outside cover of the little paper sample book. I picked out my oldest, scrubbiest, worn out brushes to do this with. Sad brushes. Sad Pip. But I love how this turned out!

{Day 367 Page 392}  During Pip’s illness, two men come into his bedroom to collect him to settle a jeweler’s debt. They tell him he is being arrested, but I’m pretty sure they aren’t police. As they try to take him, Pip thrashes about. He is hallucinating about being a brick stuck in the wall and a steel beam in an engine. He sees common people whom he believes are murderers, but they are there to help him. All the people he imagines start to meld together into the face of Joe!

Art Expectations 356-8 Fortunes & Loves Lost

Fortunes Sketch

Sketchbook Pip Alone

Love Lost Sketchbook

Here are three days and three more quick sketches done while in the car on a 12-hour road trip! Not always easy to do: cramped, don’t have proper materials, using finger to paint with. But I do like how this little sketchbook is turning out as a whole. Continuing with Pip’s story…

{Day 356 Page 381} Back in London, Magwitch cannot stand trial until an officer of the prison ship, of which he had escaped from many years ago, comes to identify him. This officer comes after three days. Pip requests help from Jaggers with his case. He does not want Jaggers to tell Magwitch that Pip will no longer be a gentleman after Magwitch is convicted. He’ll lose all his belongings and money to the Crown. Compeyson’s body is finally found. On it they find a small case containing knowledge of all of Magwitch’s fortunes: a bank balance and land he owned (perhaps in America). It seems as if Compeyson had plans to get ahold of Magwitch’s money and land after having him caught and convicted. Magwitch’s trial will be in about a month. So Pip waits and visits him daily. In the meantime, Herbert tells Pip he must leave immediately on business to Cairo. He and his partner have a “fine opportunity”.

{Day 357 Page 382} Herbert has just told Pip he’ll be leaving on business. He’s worried about leaving Pip at this most vulnerable time, awaiting the trial of Magwitch. He asks Pip if he’s thought about his future. Pip says he’s too afraid to think about it. He’d better start! Herbert offers for Pip to come live with him and Clara after they are married. Clara will try to convince Pip that he is her friend too. Pip says he’ll consider it. They shake on it.

{Day 358 Page 383} Herbert plans to leave on his business trip at the end of that week. Clara will be fine waiting by her ill father. Herbert thinks he’ll pass away soon. He says he’s lucky she has no other family. No other in-laws that he’ll have to deal with! Pip finds Wemmick waiting for him at home one day. Wemmick apologizes and explains that he’d heard that Compeyson was out of London. That’s why he picked that date for Pip to travel down the river to get Magwitch out of town. He’s sorry that the trip was thwarted and also at the inevitable loss of Pip’s portable property. Pip says he’s only sorrowful for Magwitch, not at his losses.

Art Expectations 353-5 They’re Sunk

Struggle in the River

Floating Wardrobe

Pleading to the Crown

{Day 353 Page 378}  Pip and his gang are on the river in their small boat hoping to get Magwitch on a steamer out of London. Just as they approach the steamer, another small boat pulls up to them demanding that Magwitch surrender himself to be arrested. This is getting exciting! The other small boat bumps into their boat, blocking their way. The steamer now sees them and someone calls out to them. They stop their paddles and the crew all run to look overboard down at the two small, scuffling boats. Everything happens very quickly; one of the men from the other boat climbs on board Pip’s boat and grabs Magwith. They struggle. Magwitch reaches into their boat and grabs the other man. Pip sees that it is Compeyson, the other convict from a long time ago. (The man whom Magwitch fought with in the marshes. They had been in business together. But enemies ever since. Compeyson is the man who jilted Miss Havisham at the altar and took some of her fortune. ) During this shuffle, Pip’s boat begins to sink. Magwitch and Compeyson go down into the water, still fighting. Pip, Herbert and Startop climb onto the other boat with the police. I believe he’s a policeman of some sort since he plans to arrest Magwitch. Magwitch eventually comes up alone. He os shackled and pulled on board the only boat left floating. Pip’s boat and Compeyson are long gone. They wait for a long while to see if Compeyson surfaces, but he does not. Meanwhile both the steamers pass them by and head up the river without them. They head back to the tavern they had stayed at the night before. They were received “with no little surprise” being that they were up to no good all along. And perhaps the tavern and Jack knew about the policeman and Compeyson plans.

{Day 354 Page 379} Back at the tavern, Pip helps Magwitch with his injuries from the scuffle with Compeyson in the river. He has a very severe chest injury and a cut on the head. Magwitch believes that after his fight with Compeyson under water, he came up for air and was struck by the steamer, which caused his injuries. The policeman gives the same account of the events. He allows Pip to purchase some dry clothes for Magwitch. Pip will be allowed to return to London on the same boat with the officer and Magwitch. But Herbert and Startop have to find their own way back. The Jack at the tavern is told to search for Compeyson’s body. Jack is very excited to do this task, especially once he finds out that Compeyson was wearing stockings. Jack gets his whole wardrobe from drowned, washed ashore men! His clothing does appear to be in different stages of decay. Pip realizes his distaste for Magwitch has disappeared. He had only meant to help Pip, as gratitude for Pip helping him out in the marshes. Pip was a child and Magwitch was a hungry, escaped convict.

{Day 355 Page 380} On the small policeman’s boat back to London, Pip tries to comfort Magwitch, who is not only badly injured but heading to jail. He can’t help thinking it’s best that he just die now. There were a number of people who could identify him. He’s escaped from prison twice. And he may have killed Compeyson. The court would not be lenient.  “…the stream of our hopes seemed all running back.” Magwitch does not regret coming back to see Pip as a gentleman even though he risked his life to do it. Pip now realizes that if Magwitch is convicted, he’ll lose all his fortunes and probably all his belongings. Both of them will. Everything will be “forfeited to the crown”. Pip doesn’t care. He tells Magwitch he’ll stand by him until the end, through the trial.

Above are three days worth. I know that’s a lot to read. I’m getting close to the end though. Whatever will I do next?! I have plenty of ideas. First of all I signed up to take another online art class: http://www.willowing.org/ever-after-2016/
  That should be great fun! Check it out if you’re interested enjoining me.

 

Art Expectations 348 Setting Sun

River Sun by Julie Flandorfer

{Day 348 Page 372} Sun Setting on the River
As the tide is strong, they make good time down the river. They pass Gravesend. Since Provis is hidden in his cloak, Pip bravely passes close to the floating Custom House, near two emigrant ships and under the “bows of a large transport with troops on the forecastle looking down” at them. The tide turns and they try to stay out of the way as a fleet of ships crowd around them. The take a short break to eat on the muddy shore. As Pip looks around, he notices that this part of the river looks like his childhood home in the marshes. “Flat with a dim horizon”, a winding river. Everything (slimy stakes, shiny stones, red landmarks and tidemarks, a roofless building) seems stagnate and stuck. Stuck in the mud. Stuck in time. They start off again. It’s much harder now going against the tide. Herbert and Startop row and row until sundown. (Pip can’t help because his hands and arms are still injured from the fire at Satis House.) There is a purple haze around the red setting sun. All black except for a “melancholy gull”. They decide that they’ll stop at the first lonely tavern they spot.

Here is the third in my little series of small abstract acrylic paintings. I’m on a roll this week. Hopefully I can keep it up!

Art Expectations 347 Beer on the Boat!

Jug O' Beer by Julie Flandorfer

{Day 347 Page 371} Provis continues to talk about freedom. They are all four on the boat cutting through the shipyards on the Thames River, getting the heck out of dodge (London). Provis tells of his life as Magwitch in the States. He could come and go as he pleased, working and getting rich. In London though, he’s seen as a criminal, an escaped convict. Pip tells him he will soon be free and safe again. If all goes well. Provis says that they can no more see through the next few hours as they can see to the bottom of the murky river. He claims he’s not despondent, just relaxed by the quietness of the flowing river and perhaps, he’s just getting old. After a bit, they pull ashore to get some “beer in the boat”. Very important. Provis starts to climb out with them. Pip suggests he’d be safest staying in the boat, Provis sits back down. Either he’s become too comfortable with his situation or he is getting old, forgetful.

Here is a nice big jug of beer for the boys! In the way of a small acrylic painting. Can’t wait to find out what happens to all of them!

Art Expectations 345 Starting Off

Great River Thames watercolor

[Day 345 Page 369]
Pip, Startop and Herbert start out rowing at 8:30 am on a Wednesday in March. They plan to row all day and into the night, after picking up Provis of course. They’ll stop along the banks at a public-house to rest and dine that night. They plan to catch one of two steamers the next day. Headed where? No one really knows yet.

There are many other boaters on the Thames that day. But that was normal and not a problem. Pip names off the landmarks as they pass down the river: Old London Bridge, Old Billingsgate Market, White Tower, Traitor’s Gate and shipyards where steamers are unloading and loading. They are now approaching Mill Pond Bank and the stairs where they’ll take Provis onboard their little rowboat.

Here is a small quick watercolor of the river. You can just see their boat off to the left coming into view. I knocked off FOUR pages and artworks this morning! I’ll try to get all of them posted soon. I’ve gotten behind (so what’s new?!). Mainly because I’ve been working on some other projects. (Plus also been binging on Mr Selfridge, the PBS series starring Jeremy Piven. So good. Hey, I needed something to fill the Downton Abbey hole in my schedule!) The other things I’ve been working on are an art guitar for the Wildflower Festival in Richardson Texas, lots of marbling practice for a workshop and also paper flower making for another workshop. So, as you can see, I’ve been very busy!

Art Expectations 325 Misfortune

Misfortune

[Day 325 Page 348]   After telling Jaggers and Wemmick about the Satis House fire and then receiving the money for Herbert’s business, Pip proceeds to talk about the third (MAIN) reason he is there. He tells them he knows who Estella’s mother is. And not only that, he also knows who her father is! Jaggers seems surprised, a rare emotion for him. But he gets himself under control very quickly. He admits that he does not know the father. When Pip tells him the father is Provis (Magwitch) Pip notices another slight sign of surprise from Jaggers. He tells Jaggers and Wemmick, who is listening silently, that Provis does not know that his daughter is even still alive, much less know who she is. Pip alone has put all this together from what he’s been told by Provis, Miss Havisham and Wemmick.

Here are two panels in the accordion book for this one page. I felt it needed two panels. Plus I was ready to work a little bigger! I first coated the panels with a heavy gel medium so that they would accept some paint. Then used acrylic and Inktense watercolor pencils to finish it off. Fall is finally here in the south, a little cooler and had some rain. But still green leaves! Hopefully we’ll see some pretty orange, red and yellow soon!

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 Day 306 – 100 Doors

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[Day 306, Page 328]   The man Wopsle saw in the audience at the theatre seated behind Pip was Compeyson, the convict Magwitch was beating up in the ditch way back when Pip was a child. He is the very one who jilted Miss Havisham at the altar, leaving her heart-broken and wallet-broken. Pip tries to act surprised when Wopsle tells Pip who the man was. Inwardly, he felt as if he “had shut an avenue of a hundred doors to keep him out, and then found him at his (my) elbow.” Pip gets back home at The Temple between midnight and 1:00 am. He saw no one following him. He tells Herbert about Compeyson and the theatre. He then writes to Wemmick with the news and reminding him that they still await instructions from him.