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Art Expectations 381 Extinct

Art Journal Art Expectations by Julie Flandorfer

{Day 381, Page 407} Pip recovers from the shock of finding out about Joe and Biddy’s marriage. He says he’s very happy for both of them. And that they couldn’t have done better. He thanks them for paying off his debt which kept him out of prison. He is planning to leave in an hour (change of plans since he will no longer be courting Biddy). He plans to go abroad and work to repay them. He hopes that they have children to love. Perhaps a little boy like himself to sit by the fire with Joe, as Pip had once done. He asks that they not tell the child that Pip had been ungenerous and unjust. Joe would never think of it. He asks for their forgiveness. Joe says there is nothing to forgive. Biddy says yes. Pip goes up to look at his old little room upstairs. He informs them that after dinner and drinks he’ll be on his way. Of course if Joe and Biddy hadn’t married, Pip would be staying longer. To win over her heart. Too late, Pip!

I found these pictures of the extinct Dodo bird and incorporated them into this art journal spread in an old book. (I was experimenting with my newest, latest, greatest art supply: Gelatos!) Pip must feel like they did, not extinct, but very, very lonely. Will he ever find love?

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Art Expectations 378 Pig Headed Pip

Pig Headed Pip by Julie Flandorfer

{Day 378 Page 404}  Mr Pumblechook steps back from Pip and the teapot. Talking to the waiter and landlord of the Blue Boar, but so Pip can hear, he says that Pip is the very same person that he played with in happy infancy. He attended the wedding of Pip’s sister and Joe. He watched as they raised him. He’s shaming Pip for having forgotten where he came from, his background. He goes on to claim having been Pip’s FIRST benefactor. But, yet he’s never received any thanks or monetary appreciation from Pip. Pip never shared any of his Great Expectations with Mr P. (Or for that matter, with Joe either.) Pip disagrees that Mr P was ever a benefactor of his. Mr P was the one who put Pip together with Miss Havisham. But, remember that she was not the true benefactor of Pip. The money never came from her. It came instead from Magwitch, the prisoner whom Pip helped out, in secret, as a child. Even though the monetary Great Expectations did not come from Miss H, Pip did benefit from having known her. After all, that’s how he met Estella, the love of his life. Mr P calls Pip ungrateful and pig-headed. It’s true that Pip should have kept in touch with his “roots” and helped his family out in some way. If not with money, then with visiting them from time to time.

Art Expectations 377 Mr P. Pours Tea

Art Expectations by Julie Flandorfer

{Day 377 Page 403}  Pip arrives back at the Blue Boar for his breakfast. He finds Mr Pumblechook waiting for him. He says he’s sorry to see Pip down-and-out. “But what else could be expected!” He makes a great scene of pouring Pip’s tea, pretending to be alarmed that “it has come to this”. He asks the waiter for salt for Pip’s tea because surely Pip can’t afford the sugar and milk that he once had with his tea. Back when he had “great expectations.” (It seems as if Mr P is rubbing it in. Almost gloating in Pip’s downfall.)  He asks Pip if he’ll be going to visit Joe while in town. Pip snaps back asking what does it matter to HIM where he’s going!? (Remember Pip has not been back to visit Joe since he moved to London and became wealthy. He has been back to his childhood town plenty of times in the past, but only to see Miss Havisham and Estella.) Pip snaps, “Leave that teapot alone.” He realizes right away that he shouldn’t have let Mr P upset him. But, dang it, Mr P was getting on his last nerve!

Played around with my new Pan Pastels! Watched a few You Tube videos for some technique tips. They are very smooth and creamy, less chalk dust than with normal stick pastels. Don’t quite have the hang of them yet. More playing needed!

Art Expectations 372-3 Tickler Strong

Art Expectations illustration

Sketch by Julie Flandorfer

Two days! Can’t believe I am getting so close! To. The. End.

{Day 372 Page 398}  Back in London, Pip is starting to feel better. He asks Joe how much he knows. Pip wonders if he knows about Magwitch, his death, Estella and Miss Havisham. He asks Joe if he knows who the true patron of Pip’s Great Expectations is. (WAS!) Joe admits that he knows. Pip decides to set in on the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Confessing all to Joe. But before he can even start, Joe starts talking about Pip’s sister, Joe’s former wife. He tells Pip he always tried to protect Pip from her and her “Tickler”. (The wooden stick that she used to whack Joe and Pip on the head, to keep them in line.) He discovered though that when he intervened, her punishment was even harsher. So he backed off. He wanted Pip to know that it wasn’t because he didn’t care.

{Day 373 Page 399)  Joe talks more about Pip’s sister and how he wanted to protect Pip. He tells him there is no reason to discuss unnecessary subjects like past regrets, including the recent troubles Pip has had. He understands why Pip left and didn’t come back. All is forgiven and forgotten. Biddy helped Joe in his realization of this. Pip wonders if Joe knows how poor he is now. His Great Expectations have dissolved like the “marsh mists before the sun.” As Pip becomes stronger he notices Joe starting to back off. Pip has been enjoying the sweet care Joe has given him. They had fallen into their old ways. He believes it’s all his fault. Pip had written Joe off when he was rich and strong. Maybe Joe is afraid Pip will do it again. Or that Pip does not need him any more.

Art Expectations Day 362-3 Sorrowful Souls

Herd of Accused

Judgement Day

Did I use that title already??? This project has taken so long, I’m sure I am starting to repeat myself. I look back at some of the artwork I did at the beginning and don’t even recognize them! No recollection of doing them. Scary. Anyhoo…

{Day 362 Page 387} Chapter 56:  Magwitch is so ill (two broken ribs and a punctured lung) that he is moved from the prison to the infirmary while waiting his trial. Pip’s daily short visits see him wasting away, growing worse every day. When attendants made comments about his dire condition, Magwitch just smiled.  He looks to Pip with trust and hope that Pip sees some redeeming qualities in him. At last the “Sessions come round” – trial starts. Pip is allowed to sit right next to Magwitch, holding his hand. The trial is short and very clear. He’s found guilty. On sentencing day, 32 men and women are put before the judge all together to receive their sentences at once.

{Day 363 Page 388} On that April day, raindrops glitter in the rays of sunlight on the courtroom windows. Some of the 32 accused appear stricken with terror, sobbing. Some are defiant, some stare gloomily around. A large audience looks on as if at a theatre. The judge singles out Magwitch, not calling him by name, but we all know who he is talking about. He lists out Magwitch’s crimes, his escapes, his quiet peaceful honest life and then his return to London and his killing of Compeyson. The judge says he “must prepare himself to Die.” A broad shaft of sunlight cuts between the 32 accused and the Judge. Magwitch rises and accepts his sentence of Death.

Two more quick car sketches in the paper sample book. I’m also doing art on the outside of this little book and those will be posted soon. I can see the end!

Art Expectations 356-8 Fortunes & Loves Lost

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 353-5 They’re Sunk

Struggle in the River

Floating Wardrobe

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 339 Pounce

Great Expectations sketch

Orlick is still threatening Pip’s life as he’s tied to the ladder. Pip watches his every move. Orlick is like a tiger waiting to pounce on his prey. He does spring forward toward Pip with the candle in his hand. He tells Pip that he was the person hiding on his stairs outside Pip’s London house the night that Magwitch/Provis showed up with his “good” news. (The night that Magwitch told Pip that HE was the benefactor, not Miss Havisham.) So Orlick has been following Pip around London. He’s been waiting for the right moment to get him. Over the years, after leaving Satis House (Pip got him fired from there, I believe), Orlick has worked for other people and made some friends. As Orlick talks on and threatens, Pip sees the “swift stream” of his “life running out to sea.” Orlick discovered that Pip had an uncle. (Not really, Pip told everyone that Magwitch was his uncle to avoid questions.) Orlick also realized that this “uncle” was the same criminal in the marshes long ago. Orlick had helped Joe file the leg-iron for this criminal. It’s all coming around! I wonder if Orlick knows that Magwitch gave Pip all his money, the Great Expectations?

I’ve been learning to marble paper! It’s been fun. I bought a kit from Marble Art in Oklahoma. Everything to get started was included, except paint, which I purchased separately. I did the sketch above on a piece of experimental marbling on an old dictionary page. Below are some other marbling samples. My 14 year old daughter has been doing them with me, so some are hers. It’s been fun learning this ancient technique together with her!

Marbled paper by Julie Flandorfer Marbled paper by Julie Flandorfer Marbled paper by Julie Flandorfer Marbled paper by Julie Flandorfer Marbled paper by Julie Flandorfer Marbled paper by Julie Flandorfer

 

Art Expectations 336 The Big O

Great Expectations Sketch by Julie Flandorfer

It’s not what you think! OR, who you may think! [Day 336, Page 359]
Pip has been tied up, captured, by someone in the sluice-house in the marshes.

So, what is a sluice-house? I was wondering that myself. Here is what I found out at dickens.stanford.edu: “A sluice-house is a building named for, because near or associated with, a sluice. A sluice is a mechanism for regulating the flow of water — “A structure of wood or masonry, a dam or embankment, for impounding the water of a river, canal, etc., provided with an adjustable gate or gates by which the volume of water is regulated or controlled” 

Eventually a small flare of candlelight flashes up and Pip sees that his captor is Orlick! (Remember him? He worked for Joe, the blacksmith. Joe was married to Pip’s sister and the two of them were raising Pip. Pip always believed Orlick was the one who attacked his sister, eventually leading to her death. Orlick later worked for Miss Havisham. I believe Pip had a hand in getting Orlick fired from that job. Pip never liked or trusted the man.) ORLICK?! With the little bit of light now, Pip sees that he’s been strapped to a ladder that leads up to a loft in the little house. Orlick sits at the table in front of him. He repeats, “Now, I’ve got you!” Pip screams back, “Unbind me. Let me go!” Orlick says something about one person keeping a secret better than two. He calls Pip an enemy and pulls out a gun. He claims Pip came between him and a young woman he liked. Is he talking about Biddy? Or Estella?

Here is the last of the quick little sketches I did in the car while on the road. I thought we’d seen the last of Orlick. But here he is again, to cause problems for Pip, and possibly end his life!

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!