Art Expectations 371 Country Joe

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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.

Art Expectations 370 Mr P Stuffed

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Stuffed by Julie Flandorfer

For my birthday I received some  pan pastels! It’s an introductory set of just five colors. I had fun playing with these on this piece. I need to practice more with them. But I love how smooth and creamy they are!

{Day 370 Page 396}  Pip finds out that Miss Havisham is dead. He asks about her property. Just being curious. Before she passed, she wrote out an amendment to her will, adding 4,000 pounds to go to Mr Mathew Pocket. Pip is pleased at this. Matthew is the father of his roommate and friend Herbert. Matthew has never squabbled about her money with the other relatives. Joe goes on to tell how much money was left for those other relatives. Considerably less than what Matthew got. Changing the topic, Joe tells Pip that Orlick robbed poor Mr Pumblechook, the corn and seedsman. Orlick and his partner in crime (no name mentioned) drank his wine, took his till, his cashbox and ate his food. They tied up and beat Mr P, stuffing flowers in his mouth to keep him from screaming for help. But Mr P knew who Orlick was and now Orlick is sitting in jail. Good!

Art Expectations 368 Biddy

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Biddy Bides Her Time

Here’s another scratchy painting using horrible brushes. It’s really not my style, but I enjoyed doing these. The whole reason for doing this project was to try new media and styles. And to reread this great book! Very, very slowly… I’ve made a mockery of this 365 Day Art Project, doing a post a day  🙂

{Day 368 Page 394}  Apparently the debt collector men are not successful in taking Pip because he remains in his bed at the Temple, tossing and turning. He is still seeing Joe in his dreams. One day he gets the courage to ask, ‘Is it Joe?’ It is! Pip asks Joe to yell at him for being so ungrateful. Joe just lies down in bed with him, putting his arm around him. Pip’s parents died when he was young. His sister and Joe were married and together they raised him. Joe was always so kind to Pip. His sister, not so much. She never recovered from a bad attack (by Orlick) and died. Around this time, Pip was offered his Great Expectations and moved to London to become a gentleman. He soon forget (or tried to forget) Joe, Biddy and his childhood life. Joe tells Pip that he had received a letter about Pip’s illness. Biddy had said ‘Go to him without loss of time.’

Art Expectations 369 Wilted

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Wilted by Julie Flandorfer

Not dead. But not alive either. I used some new stencils along with Dylusions ink sprays. Fun playing around!

{Day 369 Page 395}  Joe is still at Pip’s bedside helping him recover from his illness. Pip watches as Joe starts to write a letter to Biddy. Biddy has taught Joe to write! And also to read. He’s very slow at it but finally stands up to admire his letter. Pip asks Joe how Miss Havisham is doing. Joe says she didn’t recover. Pip asks if she is dead. Joe beats about the bush by saying that she isn’t living. So Pip has lost Magwitch and Miss H. The person who was his benefactor and the person whom he believed for so long to be the source of his Great Expectations.

Art Expectations 367 Fuzzy Pip

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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 364-366 Fever Dreams

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Dreams

She's Alive!

Great Expectations Sketch

It’s a lot to take in, three pages at once. These three sketches are also from the road. Getting closer to the end!

{Day 364 Page 389} The 32 accused are all formally doomed, sentenced to death. Some need help walking out, some saunter out with haggard bravery and some shake hands with others. The audience looks down on them, pointing and accusing. Pip prays that Magwitch will die on his own before the sentence is carried out. In the meantime, Pip spends his time writing appeals, explaining that Magwitch came back to London on his behalf. He reaches out to men of authority, the Home Secretary of State and even to the Crown. He is restless and wanders the streets at night, hoping his letters of appeal are working. He is not able to visit Magwitch as much now. The guards are not hard on him or on Magwitch. What would be the point? They chat with Pip about Magwitch’s worsening condition.

{Day 365 Page 390} Magwitch lies in his cell looking placidly at the ceiling. Sometimes he is unable to speak. Ten days have passed since his sentencing. He thanks Pip for not deserting him. Pip lays his hand on Magwitch’s chest and tells him there is something he must tell him. ‘You had a child once, whom you loved and lost.’ Magwitch squeezes Pip’s hand in acknowledgment. ‘She lived and found powerful friends. She is living now. She is a lady and very beautiful. And I love her!’ Remember that Magwitch is Estella’s father. Her mother is the maid for Jaggers. Wow. It’s a little confusing.

{Day 366 Page 391} After Pip tells Magwitch that his daughter is alive and well, Magwitch raises Pip’s hand to his lips and then back on his chest. A placid look comes again to his face and he passes away. Hopefully he died happy. Pip says, ‘O Lord, be merciful to him, a sinner.’  Chapter 57 starts. Pip gives notice of his plan to leave his home at the Temple. He won’t be able to afford it much longer. He starts to look seriously at his debt (finally!) and becomes alarmed. He has ignored his own health while caring for Magwitch. And the stress has taken its toll on him.  He falls into a fitful sleep, having feverish dreams. He dreams of groping for his boat in the dark (it’s sunk at the bottom of the river), someone coming up the stairs after him and seeing Miss Havisham burning in his fireplace. Horrific!

Art Expectations Days 359-61 Wemmick’s Unusual Plans

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Great Expectations sketch

I do! A Dickens Wedding

Wemmick is Married

Three days, three pages, three quick sketches!

{Day 359 Page 384}  Wemmick is still visiting Pip at Pip’s home. He says there was really no way to save Magwitch from Compeyson going after him. But perhaps the portable property could have been saved. (Again with the portable property!) Wemmick asks Pip to go on a walk with him on Monday morning. He’s being very vague as usual. Pip doesn’t really feel up to it but decides to go, knowing he owes Wemmick for helping him all these years. On Monday morning Pip goes to Wemmick’s home, the Castle. Pip notices that the Aged (Wemmick’s father) is not there. Weird. They have a quick snack of rum with milk and biscuits. As they head out, Wemmick grabs a fishing pole. Also unusual.

{Day 360 Page 385}  As they walk along through town, they come upon a church. Wemmick seems surprised, even though it’s not uncommon to see a church here. The next few minutes go like this (verbiage from Wemmick):
Look a church!
Let’s go inside!
Why, here’s a pair of white gloves. Let’s put them on!
(The Aged then appears from a side door with Miss Skiffins, Wemmick’s girlfriend. She also puts on a pair of white gloves.)
Hello! Let’s have a wedding!
Look, a ring! (pulled from Wemmick’s pocket)
(Pip and Wemmick struggle to get gloves on the Aged. A clerk and clergyman appear and start the wedding ceremony. Apparently Pip is to be best man!)

{Day 361 Page 386}  The weird wedding ceremony between Wemmick and Miss Skiffins is complete. They are married! The small wedding party heads off to a pleasant little tavern for breakfast. They have an excellent time, eating good food and toasting the happy couple. Pip notices that Miss Skiffins (now Mrs Wemmick) no longer pushes Wemmick’s hands away as he tries to hold her. Everyone seems very happy. Pip takes his leave, shaking hands with Wemmick and wishing him happiness. Wemmick whispers, “this is altogether a Walworth (where Wemmick lives) sentiment, please.” Meaning, keep it to yourself, Pip. He does not wish Jaggers and his coworkers to find out about the events of the day. He is afraid Jaggers will think his “brain was softening”.

Art Expectations 356-8 Fortunes & Loves Lost

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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 351-2 Spies

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Spies in the NIght

Caught

{Day 351 Page 376}  At the hotel on the river…  Pip sends Provis (Magwitch) up to bed. He and the other two men go outside to have a meeting to decide what to do next. Should they leave first thing in the morning? Or wait until about 1:00 just in time to catch the next steamer? They decide on the latter and head up to bed. Pip awakens after a few hours by the banging of the hotel sign outside. He goes to look out the window and sees two men starring into their boat! In the middle of the night! Pip watches until the men walk away into the darkness. He eventually falls back to sleep. In the morning he tells the others what he saw. As usual, Provis is the least concerned. A change of plans: Pip and Provis will head out on foot immediately after breakfast, not telling anyone at the hotel. They’ll walk down the river bank and later meet up with Herbert and Startop in the boat, around noon.

{Day 352 Page 377}  Pip and Provis start out on foot as planned. They walk quietly along the shore staying out of sight. Provis still seems very content and untroubled. He seems to console Pip, even though he’s the real one in trouble (running from the law). They reach the meeting point and eventually Herbert picks them up in the boat. The continue on the river. They soon spot smoke from the first steamer. Then they see both of the steamers. The first one is headed toward Hamburg. As they proceed toward this one, Pip spots another small boat pulling up next to their boat. It seems to have been hiding, waiting for them. Two men are on this boat. One tells them he knows who the man hiding in the cloak is. It’s Abel Magwitch also known as Provis. He plans to apprehend him and he should go ahead and surrender. Oh no, they’ve been caught!

Art Expectations 349-50 Starry Soggy River

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Starry River

Soggy Shoes

TWO days! I recently got back from holiday. (See what I did there – trying to sound British 🙂 )
We were on the road for two long days. During this time I created some sketches en route.
In the car. So don’t expect anything outstanding. Just some quick sketchy sketches!
I found an old paper sample book to create in. I love these little books with various papers. They are like flip books. (I’ll include a picture at the end showing the whole thing folded up.) Now back to Pip and his story…

{Day 349 Page 373}  It’s very dark and cold on the river. The only light comes from stars reflected on the water. They (Herbert, Startop, Pip and Magwitch) all start to become paranoid of every sound they hear, thinking that they are being followed. After a long while, Pip spots a public-house (hotel). It’s a dirty place and Pip imagines it has been frequently visited by other “smuggling adventurers”. But there’s a fire, and eggs and bacon and liquor. Plus two rooms, each with two beds! Just the place to hide out for the night. A slimy-looking assistant (they call him Jack), helps them bring up their boat. The bedrooms are filthy but Pip is appreciative that the place has no other guests. Around the fire after dinner, Jack tells them how he got his swollen shoes off a drowned seaman who’d washed ashore.

{Day 350 Page 374}  Jack continues to tell about his shoes. The boat (that had held the drowned seaman before he was drowned) pulled ashore at their hotel to get some beer. Jack had his suspicions that “they was, what they wasn’t”. The landlord and Jack go back and forth arguing about this crew. Jack is very confident. He saw the men were up to no good. This conversation makes Pip and his crew all uneasy. Being that they are also up to no good!

Here’s what the whole book looks like folded up:

whole sample paper book 150