February 17, 2015 § Leave a comment
It feels like it’s been forever and ever since I’ve done anything new artistically. Most of my time over the past couple years has been taken by illustration/design job jobs and The Backhomes, which is great because there’s lots of creative output in both of those areas, but I’ve been craving freeform experimentation and the freedom to work on my own stuff. Like crazy. So that’s just what I’ve been doing on the off hours lately. I even scored a new tiny studio just for this type of thing (more on that later)… Here are some teaser shots from a new series, I hope to show more soon!
May 8, 2014 § Leave a comment
In the cadre of my SPRING FLING ART SALE I’m excited to announce the opening of my first Drumskin Pop Up Shop, now up at AIMEEVANDRIMMELEN.COM! A selection of unsold drumskin paintings dating all the way back to 2008 are now available for sale, and at great prices (up to 50% off, including framing). I can’t wait to frame these pieces up and ship them out to new homes. I invite you to head on over and take a look while the shop is open. Who knows, maybe you’ll find the perfect piece for your home!
Sale ends May 18 2014. 10% of proceeds will go to benefit local environmental organizations. Please get in touch if you’ve got any questions!
December 1, 2013 § Leave a comment
As you may know I have been hosting an Open Studio and holiday sale all weekend, and it’s been great meeting everyone who has come by. I know you can’t all come by in person so I wanted to let you know that today and tomorrow (“cyber Monday” coincidentally) I’ll be offering a selection of framed prints for up to 50% off to my online community. Please visit the facebook event or my Instagram to see what is available, and claim a piece!
October 24, 2013 § 2 Comments
Two of my original drumskin paintings are available for sale for the first time at Mammoth & Company. I Thought They Knew Where They Were Going A & B are painted with ink on 28″ marching band drumskins. These photos were shot in my studio by Troy Moth. Click the images to visit the Mammoth site! Questions? Drop me a line anytime! Prints of these images are also available. See more drumskins here!
August 9, 2013 § Leave a comment
I’ve been continuing to sneak in some visually creative work while on the road. This drumskin was commissioned by a talented percussionist based on the east coast of Canada. I was quite happy to get the ink out and paint this skin for his bass drum during a break from tour. The bird is a turkey vulture, a scavenger with a huge wing span that is built for gliding on thermals in search of food. Here are some process photos…
February 19, 2013 § Leave a comment
My latest ink drawing “Broken Feather” will be on display at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s Massey Gallery until March 4. (Read more in the previous post ☺)
February 7, 2013 § 9 Comments
As mentioned in my previous “Do Shit Right” post, I tried a third and final method in my quest to keep watercolour paper flat. I wanted to write about it because I think it’s the one I like the best, especially as my most recent attempt at stretching sheets the old fashioned way caused me to almost ruin a piece when I accidentally glued it to the table…
I wouldn’t have bought myself a watercolour paper stretcher because they look complicated, and I’m cheap. But it just so happens that my lovely aunt had one she wasn’t using. And this particular stretcher is pretty cool. The guy who makes them (yes, it’s a guy, not Walmart) is an artist named John Weins. He used to live in Victoria and is now based in Portland.
They come in several sizes. This one fits a half sheet of watercolour paper (15″ x 22″). I ripped one of my sheets in half and gave it a soak. You remove the aluminum rims that run along the edges, slap the paper on there, and secure the rims back in place. This pushes the paper tight against the wooden base to dry. The coolest part is that these rims actually press the edges of the paper lower than in the inner platform, which creates this awesome relief. While the instructions on John’s website suggest to cut the edges off, I think they actually add a lot of value to the final piece.
When I framed this piece I sized the matte (a nice thick one, maybe I’m not that cheap) so that the raised part of the paper fits inside. The frame is 18″ x 24″, a standard size that should be easy to find pre-made at good art supply shops. I love the results and I’m now considering getting two more sizes of stretchers so that all of my works on paper can have this same relief. They don’t cost too much either. Read all about it on John’s website www.mywatercolorpage.com.
[*Update: March 22 2013 – John was nice enough to let me know that although similar, this stretcher was made by someone else. Please see his note in the comments section. If you happen to know who manufactured this stretcher let me know 🙂]
This piece, called Broken Feather, and three other pieces of mine are in an ink & watercolour exhibition that opens at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s Massey Gallery this Saturday (2pm).