Summer Residency: A Day in the Park

July 20, 2009

One in a series of occasional dispatches from Aimée van Drimmelen, an emerging artist and illustrator from Montréal, Canada, who is taking part in SVA’s Summer Residency Program in illustration.

On our last location drawing session with [faculty member] Greg Crane, we went to this canal in Brooklyn by the elevated subway where there was a huge refuse pile being picked over by ugly yellow machines—great material. Then we popped in to visit his friend (and former SVA student), who does art under the name Elbow Toe, at his studio next door. He was preparing a bunch of stuff to bring to London, including elaborate portraits made of collaged magazine clippings and huge hand-painted woodcut prints (that will be wheat pasted). Very nice work.

After this we went to Prospect Park, one of the most beautiful parks ever—or maybe it just feels like that because you can breathe and things smell good (as opposed to not wanting to breathe and everything stinking). I drew this tree, which may or may not be a “plane” tree. Doesn’t look plain to me…

Image: Aimée van Drimmele, 2009.

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