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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 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!

Art Expectations 379 Windy Donky

Windy Donkey & Lark

Pip describes Mr Pumblechook as a windy donkey. He can’t believe Mr P has the gall to speak to him this way! They argue some more about whether Mr P was a benefactor of Pip’s or not. Mr P leaves angrily, telling the Blue Boar staff that they are free to tell the whole town of Pip’s ungratefulness. As Pip heads home to see Joe and Biddy he passes by Mr P’s shop in town. Mr P and other townsfolk gathered around give Pip the stink-eye. He doesn’t care. Joe and Biddy will understand. He feels “a sense of increasing relief” as he draws nearer to them, leaving arrogance and untruthfulness behind him. (I think he’s referring to Mr P and not his own arrogance and lies.) It’s June, the sky is blue and larks soar over the green corn. Pip notices the beauty of the countryside. It’s been a long time since he’s walked this path. He passes Biddy’s schoolhouse hoping to see her there. But it’s all closed up. He continues his walk.

I’ve been doing some art journaling. Was having trouble getting into it. I’m not a writer! I don’t “journal”. But I’ve kept at it, working on three recycled (upcycled) old books at once. I keep telling myself that it’s just a sketchbook. I can write if I want to, but it’s not necessary. I am enjoying it. The pressure of doing something good on a big, blank, white (expensive) canvas is off! So it is freeing to work this way. I hope I can keep it up! This page is from one of those art journals. It’s on the inside cover of a discarded hard bound book. More to come!

Art Expectations 376 Same Dreams

Same Dreams by Julie Flandorfer

{Day 376 Page 402}  Can you believe I only have about ten pages to go?! And I’m having a hard time doing these last few pages. Do I not want it to end? It can’t be that. Just busy I suppose. I am ready to move on to other things… other projects. Maybe do another book? NO!

As I read this page of Dickens’ Great Expectations, I couldn’t help but think of all the violence against American police officers and the unnecessary deaths of black people. Is there violence on this page? No, but he tells how Pip is having the same dreams that he had when he was rich. He is also being treated differently since having lost his great expectations. So, no matter who we are, rich or poor, black or white, great expectations or no expectations at all… don’t we all want the same things? We have the same dreams. We all have feelings, love for our children and want to see them grow up to succeed. Fathers, who happen to be policemen or black men caught by police maybe doing something illegal, often not, want to provide for their children, love their wives and live a long safe life. Hopefully this madness will end soon. Here’s my take on page 376…

Pip is still making his plans to go back home, confess all to Joe and his love for Biddy. He hopes he can work at the forge. Or maybe he and Biddy can go away to live and work elsewhere. He’s assuming she still pines for him. I feel more heartbreak coming for Pip!
(Chapter 58) Pip has traveled back home and is staying at the Blue Boar Inn. He realizes that news of his diminishing fortune has preceded him. The Boar staff are cool to him. And they don’t have his usual room available, the finest in the Inn. He sleeps instead in a room off the yard with the carriages and pigeons. He makes a surprising discovery. He sleeps just as well in this room and has the exact same dreams as he did in the finest room and when he was rich! In the morning he walks over to Satis House, Miss Havisham’s old home. (She passed away after being burned when her tattered gown caught fire from her fireplace several months ago.) He sees an auctioneer marking up her home. Items are to be sold and the house torn down. He feels like a stranger looking on.

I did this watercolor sketch pretty quickly on Sunday, July 17 after hearing about the shooting of the policemen in Baton Rouge that morning. It’s one of those where I had no doubt what to do, just had to get it out of my head and onto the paper! Sorry for the long mini-novel today. Next day will be shorter. And on to the end…..

 

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 353-5 They’re Sunk

Struggle in the River

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Pleading to the Crown

{Day 353 Page 378}  Pip and his gang are on the river in their small boat hoping to get Magwitch on a steamer out of London. Just as they approach the steamer, another small boat pulls up to them demanding that Magwitch surrender himself to be arrested. This is getting exciting! The other small boat bumps into their boat, blocking their way. The steamer now sees them and someone calls out to them. They stop their paddles and the crew all run to look overboard down at the two small, scuffling boats. Everything happens very quickly; one of the men from the other boat climbs on board Pip’s boat and grabs Magwith. They struggle. Magwitch reaches into their boat and grabs the other man. Pip sees that it is Compeyson, the other convict from a long time ago. (The man whom Magwitch fought with in the marshes. They had been in business together. But enemies ever since. Compeyson is the man who jilted Miss Havisham at the altar and took some of her fortune. ) During this shuffle, Pip’s boat begins to sink. Magwitch and Compeyson go down into the water, still fighting. Pip, Herbert and Startop climb onto the other boat with the police. I believe he’s a policeman of some sort since he plans to arrest Magwitch. Magwitch eventually comes up alone. He os shackled and pulled on board the only boat left floating. Pip’s boat and Compeyson are long gone. They wait for a long while to see if Compeyson surfaces, but he does not. Meanwhile both the steamers pass them by and head up the river without them. They head back to the tavern they had stayed at the night before. They were received “with no little surprise” being that they were up to no good all along. And perhaps the tavern and Jack knew about the policeman and Compeyson plans.

{Day 354 Page 379} Back at the tavern, Pip helps Magwitch with his injuries from the scuffle with Compeyson in the river. He has a very severe chest injury and a cut on the head. Magwitch believes that after his fight with Compeyson under water, he came up for air and was struck by the steamer, which caused his injuries. The policeman gives the same account of the events. He allows Pip to purchase some dry clothes for Magwitch. Pip will be allowed to return to London on the same boat with the officer and Magwitch. But Herbert and Startop have to find their own way back. The Jack at the tavern is told to search for Compeyson’s body. Jack is very excited to do this task, especially once he finds out that Compeyson was wearing stockings. Jack gets his whole wardrobe from drowned, washed ashore men! His clothing does appear to be in different stages of decay. Pip realizes his distaste for Magwitch has disappeared. He had only meant to help Pip, as gratitude for Pip helping him out in the marshes. Pip was a child and Magwitch was a hungry, escaped convict.

{Day 355 Page 380} On the small policeman’s boat back to London, Pip tries to comfort Magwitch, who is not only badly injured but heading to jail. He can’t help thinking it’s best that he just die now. There were a number of people who could identify him. He’s escaped from prison twice. And he may have killed Compeyson. The court would not be lenient.  “…the stream of our hopes seemed all running back.” Magwitch does not regret coming back to see Pip as a gentleman even though he risked his life to do it. Pip now realizes that if Magwitch is convicted, he’ll lose all his fortunes and probably all his belongings. Both of them will. Everything will be “forfeited to the crown”. Pip doesn’t care. He tells Magwitch he’ll stand by him until the end, through the trial.

Above are three days worth. I know that’s a lot to read. I’m getting close to the end though. Whatever will I do next?! I have plenty of ideas. First of all I signed up to take another online art class: http://www.willowing.org/ever-after-2016/
  That should be great fun! Check it out if you’re interested enjoining me.

 

Art Expectations 340 Bad Scene

Hammer in da House by Julie Flandorfer

{Day 340 Page 364}  Orlick swings the candle so close to Pip’s face that he almost catches on fire! He still has Pip tied to the ladder in the sluice-house in the marshes. Pip is already badly burnt on his arms from the fire at Satis House. Orlick tells Pip that he knows about the fire and about Magwitch, aka Provis. His companions (Orlick has friends?!) will make sure Provis won’t live wherever he goes. He also mentions the name Compeyson. Uh oh, he’s hooked up with that scoundrel. As Pip hears Orlick speak of these things, he knows Orlick wouldn’t have told him all this if he planned on letting Pip live. Orlick drinks the very last drop of liquor, swears, then angrily gets up wielding a stone hammer. Pip decides to give one last attempt at screaming for help. He still has not begged Orlick for his life. He kicks his legs trying to make as much noise as possible. Will someone hear?

Here’s a fun little neon acrylic painting of the sluice-house. I made a light-hearted version, since surely it a dark and grim night for Pip.

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 333 Guilt

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[Day 333, Page 356]  Pip stayed on the coach. He didn’t bail. He’ll meet the mystery person (and maybe his maker) in the marshes at 9:00 that night. Once in town, he checks into a nondescript inn, not the usual Blue Boar Inn. He’s keeping a low profile. The first thing he does is to go visit Miss Havisham at Satis House. She is somewhat improved but still very ill. (She caught on fire in her tattered wedding gown from sparks from her fireplace. Pip saved her by wrapping his arms around her and putting out the flames. His arms and hands became badly burnt also and he’s still recovering.) He goes back to his inn for some dinner. He asks the landlord to help him cut his meat and they start chatting. The landlord knows Pumblechook. He also talks of a young man who is ungrateful and never visits those that made him and cared for him. Hmmm, wonder who he’s talking about? Pip becomes sullen, thinking about Joe and Biddy. He hasn’t visited them in a long while. He often goes back home, but only stops by to see Miss Havisham and especially Estella.

Here is a watercolor doodle. Very quick sketch. On the road still!

Art Expectations 325 Misfortune

Misfortune

[Day 325 Page 348]   After telling Jaggers and Wemmick about the Satis House fire and then receiving the money for Herbert’s business, Pip proceeds to talk about the third (MAIN) reason he is there. He tells them he knows who Estella’s mother is. And not only that, he also knows who her father is! Jaggers seems surprised, a rare emotion for him. But he gets himself under control very quickly. He admits that he does not know the father. When Pip tells him the father is Provis (Magwitch) Pip notices another slight sign of surprise from Jaggers. He tells Jaggers and Wemmick, who is listening silently, that Provis does not know that his daughter is even still alive, much less know who she is. Pip alone has put all this together from what he’s been told by Provis, Miss Havisham and Wemmick.

Here are two panels in the accordion book for this one page. I felt it needed two panels. Plus I was ready to work a little bigger! I first coated the panels with a heavy gel medium so that they would accept some paint. Then used acrylic and Inktense watercolor pencils to finish it off. Fall is finally here in the south, a little cooler and had some rain. But still green leaves! Hopefully we’ll see some pretty orange, red and yellow soon!