Friday, May 20, 2016

How do I cut Silhouettes?

Whenever I cut silhouettes at an event people are always asking me how I learned to cut a likeness of a person in under five minutes. 


It's hard to answer that in the few minutes I have with the people I do silhouettes of. 

So I usually just say that I've been drawing faces my whole life, and when I learned from watching a documentary in 2009, that the art of the silhouette was still sought after, I  just went online and looked up the few other silhouette artists still working, and taught myself by looking at their methods. 

So with a very sharp pair of scissors( mine, which I got from Walmart and aren't fancy, but are very sharp) and black silhouette paper, (black on one side, white on the other) which I now order from an Etsy shop, I sit in a chair a little ways away from the subject, and cut their silhouette just by looking at their profile. No pre-drawing, no tracing a shadow, no lights. 

My figure drawing class in art school was probably the best class I ever took in terms of preparing me for what I do now- cutting silhouettes and drawing caricatures. It's because I learned to use something called sighting, which is a process that artists use when drawing. Sighting is a way of measuring parts of a drawing, one to another; comparing one visual element to another and correcting as you go in order to obtain accuracy. 

Learn more about sighting here:

Art: Sighting with a Viewfinder and Sighting Sticks - Donna Young


Somersworth International Children's Festival,
Somersworth, NH 20014

Same girl as above
Somersworth International Children's Festival,
Somersworth, NH 2014

Spencer-Peirce- Little Farm,
Newbury, NH
2012

Same fella as above
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm
Newbery, MA 2012


Me at Strawberry Festival, South Berwick,Me



Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm,Ipswich Festival, Newbery, MA


Shaker Hill Apple Fest.




York Village Harvest Fest.





Sunday, April 3, 2016

Salt River Performs in Wells, April 9th!

Salt River consists of:
(left to right) Cathy King on bass, Mike Rogers on blues harmonica, guitar and vocals, Bev Rogers on vocals, Leona Hosack on guitar and vocals.
I'm so glad that I am still performing original and traditional folk-blues music with Salt River. This is our 17th year together!

We will be performing this coming Saturday, April 9th, 2016 at Alfredo's Restaurant in Wells, Maine.(corner of Rtes.109 and 1 ) We start around 6 pm. No cover charge , great food and great music. Hope you can make it!