Multi Man

Series

About ten years ago, or so, can’t remember… I was driving down a street in my neighborhood. I passed a man in front of his house, leaning over into the trunk of his car. What was he doing? Getting something out? Or putting something in? I imagined him all over the world, doing different things. And also traveling in time. Maybe he is a caveman carving up his dinner. Or a composer from Austria in the 1800s sitting down to his piano. Maybe he’s on a strange planet far from Earth in the year 5307. Possibly he’s just committed a crime, stabbed someone. We are all, no matter who we are, and where we come from, and what time we’ve lived in (are living in) been in this position, doing SOMETHING. But what? I have stewed over this idea all these years since seeing this man, a stranger on the street. This image has been stuck in my head. So I’m finally doing something about it! I’ve started a new series. Here are the first ones. I have SO many plans for this dude, this man, the multi man….

Multi Man Mowing by Julie Flandorfer
Multi Man Cooking by Julie Flandorfer
Multi Man Being a Caveman by Julie Flandorfer
Multi Man Gardening by Julie Flandorfer
All artwork ©2019 Julie Flandorfer

Emerging Artists

Experiments

My daughter was selected to present her work at the Cottonwood Arts Festival in Richardson Texas! She’s one of 11 high school students in the area chosen. Go to this link to see her artwork and all the other kids work. And then vote for Lily please! She’d love your vote. Thanks and come out to the event May 4-5! (This is an experiment because neither of us has ever done an art or craft fair! Yikes, wish us luck… mostly Lily. But I’m here for moral and monetary support.)

Click Link. Select Page then Emerging Artists. Scroll down to vote. Thanks!

https://www.cottonwoodartfestival.com/

https://www.cottonwoodartfestival.com/

Work in Progress

Color Fun

I never quite finished this one. Started it about five years ago. Do you sometimes feel you have no free time? At all. I know I do have small pockets of time to create. I just need to plan my days better. Less Netflix lol. And Hulu and HBO and Prime Video. It’s so important to me, to take time for myself, I should schedule it on my To Do list. Tomorrow. I’m doing that!

I was lucky enough recently to tag along as a chaperone with some advanced art high school students on a field trip to The Warehouse gallery. They had an activity of building sculptures with random everyday objects using no glue or tape. Just balancing! It was fun to watch their creative minds at work.

Here is my attempt later at home using much smaller objects, shot in black and white on my phone. It’s much harder than it looks to balance these objects!

Color Phases

Color Fun

Do you go through phases with colors? We’ve all heard of Picasso’s blue phase and other artists who’ve used color as a main theme. I recently went through a neon phase. (Very alarming colors… not sure what inspired me to use those) Followed by a stint of using very cool, deep blues and pinks. I think I needed these peaceful quiet colors after the neon phase!

ArtExpectations A New Path

Abstracted Figures

I took a little break after completing the novel art project based on Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. But I’ve been busy! Creating art and teaching a few classes at my day job. It’s been a rough summer with all the hurricanes, earthquakes and then the shooting in Las Vegas last week. So sad. It’s prompted me to be looser in my work. Life’s too short! Here are two recent abstracted figure paintings. Hope you are all well and welcome back to my site.Reconnections

Lily Luna

Art Expectations The End! (not really)

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YES! I have finally finished Dickens’ Great Expectations and my art-per-page project. I do want to keep this blog going, but as of now, unsure what I will tackle next. I’ll think of something soon! My reasons for creating this blog and this particular project:

  • Re-read Great Expectations:  DONE! (I enjoyed it in high school and it’s as good and timeless as it has ever been.)
  • Experiment with new materials:  DONE! (Pan Pastels, alcohol inks, distress inks, Gelatos, stencils, sprays, marbling, gelli plate printing, stamp carving, altered books, collage, 3D printing, clay, various paints, inks, markers, pens and substrates)
  • Experiment with different styles:  DONE! (I have my own “look” but I wanted to branch out and try different styles. So it may look as if I have multiple personalities! That may be true anyway  :0)
  • Admired Matt Kish’s Moby-Dick and Heart of Darkness projects. I borrowed this idea from him. So I want to give credit to his ingenious idea and amazing work. Check him out here: http://www.matt-kish.com/

Thank you to everyone who has followed, commented and critiqued along the way. Till next time, let no shadows part between us!

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Art Expectations 385 Estella’s Portrait

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Estella's Portrait by Julie Flandorfer

LAST PAGE! {Day 385 Page 412}

Estella and Pip are sitting at dusk near the old Satis House property, which now belongs to Estella. This is the first time they’ve spoken or seen each other in about 15 years. (They are both single, by the way!) She asks if he still lives abroad. He tells her he works hard for a “sufficient living”. She tells him she has thought of him more and more lately. Over the years she has tried hard not to think of what she thew away. Meaning a happy life with Pip, accepting his love and friendship. She plans to leave him again, as before, but hopefully this time as friends. “We are friends,” Pip replies. They walk away from the ruined place holding hands. I must stop here and mention that there are two endings:

– Dickens’ original, somewhat unhappy, ending where Pip and Estella meet after about 17-18 years on a street in London, not at Satis House as mentioned above. She is married to a doctor (after Drummle died from the horse incident). They are not wealthy and there is no mention of her having had children. Pip sees sadness in her eyes and believes that she now understands how he felt about her. They part and that’s it. End of story.

– The second is a more favorable ending, as mentioned above, where they meet up at Satis House. This ending implies that they remain together for the rest of their days. The very last sentence ends with “…I saw no shadow of another parting from her.” He never sees her shadow because she never leaves his side again. Dickens did not go on and tell of marriage or children or even a happy life together. That is up to your imagination!

Although this is the last page of the book, this will not be my last post. I plan to do at least one more, sort of an overall piece to end this almost-five-year-long project. I want to thank everyone who encouraged me along the way. I welcome any and all critiques, good or bad!

 

Art Expectations 384 Magwitch

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Magwitch Portrait by Julie Flandorfer

ONLY ONE MORE PAGE TO GO! After this one, of course. I’ve been doing portraits of the main characters. So here is Magwitch.
{Day 384 Page 411}  Pip walks the old Satis House property, tracing the long-gone, crumbling walls in his mind. He notices a solitary figure there, a woman, also walking the property. He calls out, “Estella!” She says she is surprised he recognized her after all these years. (I’m guessing it’s been about 15 years.) Her youthful beauty is indeed gone, but she’s still regal and retains her indescribable charm. But now he sees sadness in her eyes. The touch of her hand is more friendly than it ever was. They both admit that this is their first time back to the old place. What a coincidence! As they sit on a nearby bench, Pip is thinking of his last words to Magwitch. As he lay dying, Pip told him he knew his daughter, Estella. She was alive and he loved her. (About to cry!) “The silvery mist was touched with the first rays of the moonlight…” Pip sees a tear drop from her eyes. She tells him this is the last thing she owns, this property. But it’s been sold and will soon be built upon with some other structure.

This portrait is bleak, I know. Even though I feel that Magwitch turned his life around, he lead a grey, sad, hard life of work, loss and prison. He did good by Pip. Cared deeply for him and truly missed his long-lost daughter. So sad that they did not see each other before he died. ONE more page!

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Art Expectations 383 Pip’s Portrait

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{Day 383 Page 410}  This is the third to last post on this project… three pages to go. Back to the book – let’s wrap this up…
Pip is visiting his childhood home after being away for eleven years. Joe and Biddy have two children, a boy named after Pip and a baby girl. The little Pip reminds big Pip of himself. He takes him out for a walk to the church graveyard in the marshes where his mother and father are buried. (Pip’s parents were Pirrip and Georgiana.) After dinner that night, Biddy tells Pip he should marry. He says he has become an old bachelor, living with Herbert and Clara. She asks him if he’s gotten over Estella. He says no, but it was all a poor dream. Through the grapevine he’s heard that she had a miserable marriage to Drummle. Drummle was cruel and abusive to her. He died two years ago in an accident with a horse. And Pip has not heard anything of her since. Later that night, Pip slips off to town to visit the location of the old Satis House, where he spent many hours tending to the old, frail Miss Havisham and pining over the beautiful, cruel Estella. The house and brewery are long gone. All that remains is the old crumbling garden wall and the ivy. It’s dusk and there is a silvery mist with stars shining in the sky.

Here is a large portrait of Pip, all green to represent his Great Expectations, the money he received from Magwitch. This money funded most of his adult life, allowing him to live well, buying fancy shoes and furnishings. It also funded his friend and roommate, Herbert Pocket’s business. Pip now works for Herbert at that business. Stay tuned to see whose portrait I do next!