Art Expectations 335 Captured


Pip is Caught! by Julie Flandorfer

[Day 335, Page 358]  Pip has approached the meeting place in the marsh and knocked on the door. He notices that there is light coming from inside the sluice-house but no one answers the door. He finds the door unlocked and steps inside. There is a candle burning on a table. He calls out and still, no one answers. By now it’s pouring rain outside. Should he wait longer inside the house or head back to town in the rain? Just as he has about decided to wait it out, a noose is thrown over his head from behind! “Now, I’ve got you!” The candle is blown out and Pip struggles to free himself in the dark, crying out for help. Oh my! Pip’s burnt arms are bound tightly to something at his sides causing great pain. He then sees a glimpse of a man trying to relight the candle with a flint and steel. He strains to see who it is. It’s getting exciting! Who is this man?

Here is a quick sketch done while on the road. These are very small doodles created with minimal materials. Before leaving for our trip, I created backgrounds with various media so that I could then add art on top easily in the car. This is watercolor on watercolor paper. Then I doodled on top with pen. Lastly adding watercolor pencils on top. It’s a cartoon Pip head being tied down in the marshes. Tune in to see who has captured him!

Art Expectations Day 300!


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[Day 300 Page 322] Finally! Close to the finish line… I can see the light at the end of this book!

Pip agrees to start rowing on a regular basis down the river and back so it will look like a normal outing when he finally goes to take Provis down the river, out of town. No one will suspect anything unusual. Should Provis spot him while he’s out on his practice river trips, he should not acknowledge him. Herbert and Pip leave Provis in his upstairs room at the Barley’s home and head back downstairs where Clara and Mrs. Whimple are seated at work. (knitting, mending, washing, polishing?) Herbert tells Pip that Provis is staying under the assumed name of Mr. Campbell. Despite the growling Mr. Barley, Pip leaves thinking fondly of this place in the shipyards, Clara’s family home. There’s the motherly Mrs. Whimple, the sweet, doe-eyed Clara, his good friend Herbert and Provis, whom he now feels responsible for.

And, yes, again, another doodle sketch from the online class. It’s the jumble of the shipyards with Clara’s home on the river in the top right with Pip rowing by in an orange skiff. Provis taking flight as a man-bird and a rugged, bearded, solemn-faced Pip. He has a lot of decisions to make and he’s no longer a child being taken care of by someone else.

To my fellow Americans, Happy Fourth of July!

Art Expectations 294 Hiding Out


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Pip and Wemmick are still discussing where he and Herbert should hide out. Pip is told that Herbert plans to go to his fiancé’s family home to stay with her ill father. Pip neglects to tell Wemmick that he has never met his best friend’s fiancé. She disapproves of him, calling him an “expensive companion.” Of course, she’s not aware that Pip is who has been providing the funds for Herbert’s business all this time. (money which came from Magwitch) This house where Herbert will hide out is on the river, which makes for an easy escape on a foreign packet-boat, if need be. They will tell everyone that Herbert has been called away on business in Dover. Wemmick gives Pip this address and tells him there is no harm in Pip going to visit Herbert there.

I expanded on the previous sketch (doodle) of the modern day Pip. I made this in the Diane Culhane online class I’m taking right now. It’s so much fun! I’m getting a little behind, but that’s no problem because I can work at my own pace and have up to a year to finish. Here’s the link in case you are interested:

Art Expectations 293 Modern Day


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{I’m almost at Day 300! Day 293, Page 314}
Pip is still at Wemmick’s finding out what the heck is going on…. why he can’t go back to his home at the Temple. At least this is taking his mind off Estella! Pip asks Wemmick if he’s heard of Compeyson and if he knows if he’s still in London. Wemmick nods yes. (Compeyson is the bad guy who swindled Miss Havisham out of her money and left her at the altar, breaking her heart. This is the reason why she is still in her wedding gown and has the moldy cake on the dining table.) Wemmick tells Pip that he found Herbert Pocket and also warned him to not go home. (They’re being watched by someone.) Herbert makes a plan to stay at his finance’s family home with her ill father. He advises Pip to lay low also.

I created this very quick doodle of some modern day Great Expectation’s characters while taking an online doodle class offered by Diane Culhane. It’s two weeks long and started last week. I’ve been having fun creating lots of doodles, sketching and putting them on backgrounds I wouldn’t have thought of on my own, elevating the doodle to a higher level! You can find out more about this wonderful class here:

Another doodle I did:

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