I adore silhouettes. Especially silhouettes by Clay Rice, a renowned silhouette artist from Isle of Palms South Carolina. A second generation master of his trade, Mr. Rice travels the country cutting these delightful little memoirs.
On both occasions that I've had to meet Mr. Rice, I was not only awed by what he can do with a black piece of paper, a pair of surgical scissors, one minute's time and a wriggly, giggly baby, but at his gentle demeanor and the kind words he had for both of my pretty "active" boys.
I had John's silhouette done at age 2 and just couldn't wait to have Mr. Rice back in Atlanta to do Cookie's at the same age. And, with that I have now completed a collection that's been about thirty years in the making!
While getting Cookie's silhouette done, I was just thrilled to learn of Mr. Rice's new children's book The Lonely Shadow. I promptly purchased two copies and had them signed for the boys (he even pasted in their silhouettes on the first page.) I especially love the low country feel of the book - from the moss on the trees to the wildlife the lonely boy shadow meets while searching for a playmate.