Art Expectations 252 Realization

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Pip gets out his purse (wallet) intending to give the two one-pound notes BACK to the convict, thinking he could use the money again. And also probably hoping to not get robbed! The convict gently folds the money and burns it in the lamp-fire! He asks Pip exactly HOW he has done so well. Pip says he was chosen to succeed to some property. “What property, from whom, and how much?” the convict wants to know. But then he starts to guess at the answers…
– “5 since coming of age” CORRECT
– a guardian, a lawyer, name starting with a “J” CORRECT

WHAT?! It looks like the convict has perhaps been the source of Pip’s success all this time. But what about Miss Havisham? What has been her part in all this? Pip struggles for his breath. Wow, I kind of saw this coming. Or maybe it was that I had a vague memory of it from when I read it many years ago. Exciting! Wow, glad something finally happened though!

Art Expectations Day 145

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The Pockets, all except for the Mr, are romping around in the garden. This gives Pip time to observe the Pocket family dynamics. It apprears that Mrs. Pocket does not want to be bothered with the children. (Hint: she has two nurses to help her with them.) In her defense, there are SEVEN little Pockets tumbling around the garden! Not including Herbert, whom I assume is the eldest. Mrs. Pocket awkwardly bounces the baby on her lap briefly and then sends them all off to nap.

Mr. Pocket finally comes out of the house, looking as perplexed and befuddled as Mrs. Pocket. I think I’d be in a dazed stupor also, if I had 8 children!

I am posting another gelli print I did last week during this online class taught by Carla Sonheim:
http://www.carlasonheim.com/intro-to-gelli-plate-printmaking/
There are 8 shapes to represent each of the Pocket children tumbling about their lovely garden by the river. I really like the textures on this one!

Art Expectations Day 143

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I am taking an on-line class (my first!) taught by the wonderfully talented Carla Sonheim. While working on her project yesterday I decided to “kill two birds with one stone” or “two arts with one gelli pad!” The piece above was done using her techniques and my brand-spanking new Gelli Printing Plate! You can see her class info here:
http://www.carlasonheim.com/intro-to-gelli-plate-printmaking/

It started yesterday, but anyone can sign up at any time and work at their own pace. This works great for me, because I’m busy, busy, busy. I still have dependants who depend on me! Young teenagers, who often don’t want to hear my opinions but still needy when it comes to rides, money and food!

Page 158 of Great Expectations finds Pip going for a late evening walk with Herbert Pocket then to see a Theatre show at half-price. This is still Pip’s first day in London, Saturday. In the morning they go to church at Westminster Abbey and then another walk in The Parks. There are many horses there which remind Pip of his step-father Joe, who helped raise him. (Joe is a blacksmith and often makes horseshoes.) He starts to feel sad about all he’s left behind, the country, Joe, Biddy too, I’m sure. It all seems so far away, even though he was there just this morning, saying his good-byes.

Monday morning arrives and Herbert starts his work-week. I think Pip is going to tag along.

My Gelli print is of Westminster Abbey. I had fun using this new mono-printing technique for the first time on this piece. I used acrylic paint. If you are interested in learning about it, sign up for Carla’s class!