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Art Expectations 374-5 Best Buds & Biddy

Joe and Pip

Biddy Revisited

Quick sketches! I’m rounding the bend. In the final stretch!

{Day 374 Page 400}  Pip tells Joe one day while out walking that he’s now strong enough to walk back on his own without leaning on Joe. Joe says to not overdo it but that he’ll also be happy for Pip to be fully recovered. Pip is annoyed by his response. So Pip walks a short distance and then pretends to be weak, needing Joe’s help again. He debates about telling Joe of his dire financial situation. But he knows Joe will try to help him with his meager savings. Pip decides that on Monday morning, he’ll talk to Joe, confessing everything. He tells Joe that he’ll never forget this time they’ve had together. He’s glad he fell ill for this to happen. To bring them back together.

{Day 375 Page 401}  That night, Sunday night, Joe asks Pip if he’s still feeling strong. Pip says yes. Then, “good-night!” In the morning Pip wakes refreshed and ready to set everything straight with Joe. He’ll do it before breakfast even. But he finds that Joe is gone. He left a short note. Basically stating that he wished to not intrude on Pip’s life. Pip will be better off without him. It’s signed “P.S. Ever the best of friends”. With the note is a receipt for Pip’s debt and the cost of the arrest. Joe had paid it. Pip decides there is nothing left to do but to follow Joe back home and explain everything to him there. And he wishes to speak with Biddy. He hopes she’ll forgive him and that maybe she still likes him. She liked him once, right? Hopefully she can again. I think Pip is in for a big surprise!

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Art Expectations 364-366 Fever Dreams

Dreams

She's Alive!

Great Expectations Sketch

It’s a lot to take in, three pages at once. These three sketches are also from the road. Getting closer to the end!

{Day 364 Page 389} The 32 accused are all formally doomed, sentenced to death. Some need help walking out, some saunter out with haggard bravery and some shake hands with others. The audience looks down on them, pointing and accusing. Pip prays that Magwitch will die on his own before the sentence is carried out. In the meantime, Pip spends his time writing appeals, explaining that Magwitch came back to London on his behalf. He reaches out to men of authority, the Home Secretary of State and even to the Crown. He is restless and wanders the streets at night, hoping his letters of appeal are working. He is not able to visit Magwitch as much now. The guards are not hard on him or on Magwitch. What would be the point? They chat with Pip about Magwitch’s worsening condition.

{Day 365 Page 390} Magwitch lies in his cell looking placidly at the ceiling. Sometimes he is unable to speak. Ten days have passed since his sentencing. He thanks Pip for not deserting him. Pip lays his hand on Magwitch’s chest and tells him there is something he must tell him. ‘You had a child once, whom you loved and lost.’ Magwitch squeezes Pip’s hand in acknowledgment. ‘She lived and found powerful friends. She is living now. She is a lady and very beautiful. And I love her!’ Remember that Magwitch is Estella’s father. Her mother is the maid for Jaggers. Wow. It’s a little confusing.

{Day 366 Page 391} After Pip tells Magwitch that his daughter is alive and well, Magwitch raises Pip’s hand to his lips and then back on his chest. A placid look comes again to his face and he passes away. Hopefully he died happy. Pip says, ‘O Lord, be merciful to him, a sinner.’  Chapter 57 starts. Pip gives notice of his plan to leave his home at the Temple. He won’t be able to afford it much longer. He starts to look seriously at his debt (finally!) and becomes alarmed. He has ignored his own health while caring for Magwitch. And the stress has taken its toll on him.  He falls into a fitful sleep, having feverish dreams. He dreams of groping for his boat in the dark (it’s sunk at the bottom of the river), someone coming up the stairs after him and seeing Miss Havisham burning in his fireplace. Horrific!

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 Days 359-61 Wemmick’s Unusual Plans

Great Expectations sketch

I do! A Dickens Wedding

Wemmick is Married

Three days, three pages, three quick sketches!

{Day 359 Page 384}  Wemmick is still visiting Pip at Pip’s home. He says there was really no way to save Magwitch from Compeyson going after him. But perhaps the portable property could have been saved. (Again with the portable property!) Wemmick asks Pip to go on a walk with him on Monday morning. He’s being very vague as usual. Pip doesn’t really feel up to it but decides to go, knowing he owes Wemmick for helping him all these years. On Monday morning Pip goes to Wemmick’s home, the Castle. Pip notices that the Aged (Wemmick’s father) is not there. Weird. They have a quick snack of rum with milk and biscuits. As they head out, Wemmick grabs a fishing pole. Also unusual.

{Day 360 Page 385}  As they walk along through town, they come upon a church. Wemmick seems surprised, even though it’s not uncommon to see a church here. The next few minutes go like this (verbiage from Wemmick):
Look a church!
Let’s go inside!
Why, here’s a pair of white gloves. Let’s put them on!
(The Aged then appears from a side door with Miss Skiffins, Wemmick’s girlfriend. She also puts on a pair of white gloves.)
Hello! Let’s have a wedding!
Look, a ring! (pulled from Wemmick’s pocket)
(Pip and Wemmick struggle to get gloves on the Aged. A clerk and clergyman appear and start the wedding ceremony. Apparently Pip is to be best man!)

{Day 361 Page 386}  The weird wedding ceremony between Wemmick and Miss Skiffins is complete. They are married! The small wedding party heads off to a pleasant little tavern for breakfast. They have an excellent time, eating good food and toasting the happy couple. Pip notices that Miss Skiffins (now Mrs Wemmick) no longer pushes Wemmick’s hands away as he tries to hold her. Everyone seems very happy. Pip takes his leave, shaking hands with Wemmick and wishing him happiness. Wemmick whispers, “this is altogether a Walworth (where Wemmick lives) sentiment, please.” Meaning, keep it to yourself, Pip. He does not wish Jaggers and his coworkers to find out about the events of the day. He is afraid Jaggers will think his “brain was softening”.

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 351-2 Spies

Spies in the NIght

Caught

{Day 351 Page 376}  At the hotel on the river…  Pip sends Provis (Magwitch) up to bed. He and the other two men go outside to have a meeting to decide what to do next. Should they leave first thing in the morning? Or wait until about 1:00 just in time to catch the next steamer? They decide on the latter and head up to bed. Pip awakens after a few hours by the banging of the hotel sign outside. He goes to look out the window and sees two men starring into their boat! In the middle of the night! Pip watches until the men walk away into the darkness. He eventually falls back to sleep. In the morning he tells the others what he saw. As usual, Provis is the least concerned. A change of plans: Pip and Provis will head out on foot immediately after breakfast, not telling anyone at the hotel. They’ll walk down the river bank and later meet up with Herbert and Startop in the boat, around noon.

{Day 352 Page 377}  Pip and Provis start out on foot as planned. They walk quietly along the shore staying out of sight. Provis still seems very content and untroubled. He seems to console Pip, even though he’s the real one in trouble (running from the law). They reach the meeting point and eventually Herbert picks them up in the boat. The continue on the river. They soon spot smoke from the first steamer. Then they see both of the steamers. The first one is headed toward Hamburg. As they proceed toward this one, Pip spots another small boat pulling up next to their boat. It seems to have been hiding, waiting for them. Two men are on this boat. One tells them he knows who the man hiding in the cloak is. It’s Abel Magwitch also known as Provis. He plans to apprehend him and he should go ahead and surrender. Oh no, they’ve been caught!

Art Expectations 295 Hiding

295 GreatExp hide1 150

295 GreatExp hide2 150

Wemmick tells Pip he can go visit Herbert at his secret hideout by the river. And he can go back home to his apartment at the Temple one last time. I assume to gather his belongings. He warns Pip to “lay hold of his portable property. You don’t know what may happen to him.” Meaning, try to get ahold of Magwitch’s money before Magwitch gets knifed or sent to prison and hanged! Wemmick tells Pip to hang out at his house (the handmade castle) for the day until dark. Pip stays and naps on and off all afternoon with the Aged in front of the fire. Remember, he has had very little sleep and found out just yesterday that Estella plans to marry Drummle, his arch-enemy. And Magwitch has disappeared. Oh, and someone has also been watching and following him. His money supply may be coming to an end. So, it’s not looking good for the young Pip. At about 8 pm, he heads out toward the shipyards.

Here are two more sketches I created in the online Diane Culhane class I’ve been taking. They are watercolor and ink, some watercolor pencils mixed in. Pip and Herbert are hiding out, scared and unsure of the future. Not sure what the animals are… they just came out of my pen!

have a wonderful mother’s day to all the mothers out there

Art Expectations 287 & 288 Bad News

287&8 GreatExp 150

{Days 287 & 288, Pages 308 & 309}

Pip is confronting Estella about Drummle. She admits that he is in town and pursuing her. In fact, she plans to marry Drummle! (This must truly break Pip’s heart.) They are still at Satis House, with Miss Havisham watching on, seeing Pip in all his misery. He tells Estella he knows he is lost to her but begs that she not marry Drummle. ANYONE but Drummle! He says Miss H has forced her to do it. Estella says it’s her decision and the wedding arrangements are already being made.

She tells Pip, “Say no more. We shall never understand each other…. you’ll forget me in a week.” Here Dickens writes a beautiful paragraph, having Pip describe the depth of his love for Estella: “You have been in every prospect I have ever seen since – on the river, on the sails of ships, on the marshes, in the clouds, in the light, in the darkness, in the wind, in the woods, in the sea, in the streets.” Crying, Pip kisses her hand good-bye. He wanders the streets, not ready to face Drummle at the Blue Boar or head back to London.  Not yet. I just wish he’d go visit Joe and Biddy while he’s in town!

Here are two more panels of the little accordion book. Each panel is only about 2.5 inches square, pretty small. These are very quick sketches, teeny little paintings. There are 14 total panels, front and back. I’ll keep on until I fill all of them. Have a great weekend!

Art Expectations 283 Knitting

283 GreatExp knitting150

Pip looks out the window at the Blue Boar. He sees Drummle mounting his horse then receiving a light for his cigar from a strange man. Could that man be Orlick? Pip thinks maybe, but he has more important things on his mind to worry about than that right now. He starts heading toward Satis House, wishing he’d never ever set foot in that wretched place.

He enters the neglected room where he finds Miss Havisham with Estella busy knitting. They both seem surprised to see him. I’m sure they’ve known all along that Pip’s benefactor was not Miss Havisham, but did they know who was? Sitting in the ruin of the room, it seems a fitting place for Pip. He tells Miss H that he’s as unhappy as she intended him to be.

Here is a quick ink sketch. I’m glad to be back to the story of Pip and to have my taxes done!