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!

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)



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:

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


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 315 Forgive


Pip Forgives

{Day 315 Page 337}
Pip tells Miss Havisham that there is nothing more he wants from her, only the money to pay off Herbert’s business debt. She writes a note on ivory leaves that are tarnished with gold using a pencil pulled from a small case that hung around her neck. The note tells Jaggers to pay Pip this money with no mention of what it is to be used for. She asks Pip for his forgiveness if he can ever do it. He says he can forgive her now. He is not bitter. She drops to her knees before him, grasping his hand and sobbing. He is surprised by her actions, having never seen her cry before. He begs her to rise. Pip tells her it’s not her fault. He would have loved Estella anyway, without Miss H’s help. He asks her if Estella is already married (to Drummle). “Yes.”

I changed up the look of my blog. I’ve had the same look/design since I started this, almost four years ago! Time for a change. If you’re just seeing this for the first time, I am reading every page of Great Expectations, a novel I enjoyed in high school, and doing a very quick little piece of art per page. On page 337 now, my 315th piece of artwork. The reason the numbers don’t match up? There are some illustrations scattered throughout my copy of the book, so therefore I skip doing my own art for those pages. Thanks for looking and hope you are all having a great day!

Art Expectations 296 Sea Worthy


296 GreatExp shipyard 150

Pip is still wandering, a little bit lost, among the old boats in repair sand rusty anchors at the shipyard. He finally comes upon his destination, the Mill Pond Bank. (not a money bank but a bank of the river) He finds a door labeled Mrs. Whimple and gives it a knock. Herbert quickly and silently pulls him in. So this is where Herbert is hiding out, his finance’s family home. He tells Pip that she is upstairs with her ill father. He’s ill and apparently drunk, growling loudly.

Here is another doodle from the online class. I’ll do probably one more from the class and then get back to filling up the little accordion book I started a few weeks ago. Have a great day!

Art Expectations Day 101


Summer Sunset on the Marsh

I celebrated my 100th day by painting a ton of other (non-Great Expectations) art. I was thinking about doing some paintings for my etsy site and started pricing small, about 4×4 inch, canvases. I wanted to buy a bunch. Then, a flash light went off in my head! I’ve been wanting to do something with all those 3.5 inch computer diskettes taking up space in my office. So I primed about 10 of them and started painting right away.

The one above is for Day 101, page 110: (I’ll show you the rest at the bottom. They are on my etsy site: Check it out please and let me know what you think.)

Pip wishes he could fall in love with Biddy (he says this outloud to her!) and stop playing “beggar my neighbor by candlelight in the room with the stopped clocks.” I love the way Dickens phrased that! Biddy tells Pip he will never love her.

They walk on more through the marsh. Near the churchyard they come upon some “ooze” and amongst that ooze is Orlick. He says he’ll see them home. So off they go. I can’t imagine that they want to be escourted by that gruff, rough (probably smelly) fellow!

Art Expectations Day 98


Pip recalls turning to Biddy for help in his education and realizes he has taken her for granted. So he offers to take her on a long Sunday walk and talk. It’s summer-time, and beautiful weather, as they walk past the village, the church and out onto the marshes. They end up sitting on the banks of the river watching the sails go by. Pip confides in Biddy that he wants to be a gentleman. She says, “Don’t you think you are happier as you are?” He replies, “Don’t be absurd!”

I created this painting on an old board book panel. (That’s why it has a strange shape!) I first gessoed the panel (it’s left over from a workshop), and then started by painting the marsh scene in the middle. Little Biddy stands on top as Pip reads to her. He thinks he is smarter than her (all his studying has gone to his head… well, you know what I mean). This may be partly because she is a girl and girls often at that time in history didn’t receive an education. Or it could be that he has to study so hard and he never sees her studying.

I’m getting close to 100 days, 100 pages and 100 pieces of Great Expectations art!

ArtExpectations Day 97


Pip begins to take notice of Biddy, how now her shoe heels have become higher, her hair brighter, her hands cleaner. She’s not beautiful, like Estella. But she’s pleasant, wholesome and sweet-tempered – unlike Estella, Miss Havisham and his sister, the only other women he’s known.

He asks Biddy how she can seem to know as much as him. (How is she so wise?) He never sees her studying, as he does most nights after his work in the forge. Pip has been trying to increase his knowledge on his own and has become a little arrogant about it.

She reminds him that she was his first teacher. He believes he sees a tear from her as she continues her needlework.