Leaving Home. Acrylic on wood, approx. 3 1/4" x 5 1/4". Private collection.
I just finished re-reading Great Expectations. It was my favorite Dickens novel back in 9th grade, but that was pretty much all I remembered of it, outside of creepy Miss Havisham waving about like a ghost in her rotting wedding dress. This painting has little to do with the novel, but I like the idea of leaving home and taking along nothing but great expectations. Like Pip, this bird is leaving home. Unlike Pip, this guy's only expectations are in his dreams, as nobody's given him a pile of money. He's the lucky one.