Sunday, November 15, 2009

Girls Day Part Two

I've been rediscovering my love of pen and ink. As much as I love seeing my little girls done in colour, in paints and pencils...doing them in black and white brings them even more to life for me. It brings back memories of being a little girl and watching my father at his drafting table working on pen and ink illustrations. I found it so fascinating to watch him create all these shades and textures with just this one thing. In his pen and ink work...everything was so fine and delicate.
Of course, I've also always loved the work of Edward Gorey. Not just for his dramatic pen and ink, but also for the wonderful names and titles he'd give his drawings and books.

I am so happy with the way these have turned out.

From the top they are: Ondine (still in progress), Hester, Alice and Arabella. These are the first things I've done where I am seriously considering having prints made...and maybe finally getting an Etsy shop underway.
I spent yesterday divided between these girls and my poppet dolls. I feel like I am finding my own 'voice' again and not just following every beautiful inspiration. I think the dolls and these girls are very connected with my inner world; the one that gets fed with books and romantic, old movies and fairytales and visiting amazing historic houses and places. I love the unusual, but I also love the simple and ordinary. I love to juxtapose one with the other and see what results.
Maybe magick, maybe a mess...but always something interesting.
This Girls Day In was wonderful. I spent time with myself and really listened to the directions my heart is giving me.


  1. Your detailing is so richly textured -- I love Hester's hat and Alice's hair, in particular!

  2. I have decided to have a Girls Day In next week. Would you like a phone call before I send my Groovy Ghoulies to stay with you or will the surprise of it be part of the fun! LOL just kidding....maybe!

  3. Wonderful post Kelly! Your pen and ink girls are magical. Their names are lovely. If I had to choose, I would say that Alice is my favorite. Wishing you great success in your upcoming Etsy shop!

    Thanks so much for your sweet visit! Have a fabulous week!

    Lisa :)

  4. these are sweet! I've been thinking of new mediums too....

  5. These are brilliant for prints! Love their faces and the big hair on the third one, my favorite! They all are very beautiful!