Saturday, November 27, 2021

Pen and ink drawing of young woman with long black hair and red lips. She is braiding a “love knot,” an intricate design involving two plaits of hair with red ribbons wrapped around them, into her hair.

"Plaiting a dark red love-knot into her long black hair"

Will be at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke, MA, for the 4th Annual Small Works Exhibit.

Pen and ink, watercolor

5" x 7"

From “The Highwayman”by Alfred Moyes. I had this idea for Inktober day 4 “knot” but realized it needed a fair bit of research and preparation (like, what the heck is a love-knot?) and found a reference to a Celtic love-knot, which she is plaiting into her hair with red ribbons wrapped around the individual plaits. Later I discovered someone else had done the same subject, but pictured it as a probably more accurate and certainly simpler approach where she had tied the knot into a ribbon which she then braided into her hair.

You can read the poem here:

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