Congratulations to the winners of our sixth giveaway !

We selected the winners of our sixth giveaway. Congratulations to all the talented artists and story tellers!

As it happened with our previous giveaways, it was very challenging to select only 6 winners in all the last 2 months uploads. We were often moved, interested or amazed by the stories you shared, thank you 🙂

We will let you know soon the deadline for our next giveaway, with even more prizes by our sponsors. You are entered automatically by participating in the Big Picture.

Copic Prize: Nicolas Grégoire

Drawing by Nicolas Grégoire

Country: Canada

The Story behind my drawing:

Oscar the old man who didn’t want to hear a thing.
This evening, every sound is irritating Oscar. It’s as if his upstairs neighbour is proud of his drum & bass and wants to share it with everyone. The melody is hazy and indistinct. All Oscar hears is the blasting bass and its repetitive beat. He’s not in the mood. Even the very thought of going to ask is neighbour to turn it down is burdensome. He’s fed up and grumpy. Might as well be alone tonight.
People usually avoid solitude by filling the sound of silence. But sometimes we just need to be alone in a quiet place. I guess it depends on our mental state.

My connection to #Vancouver or what Vancouver evokes to me:

I have a client who lives near Vancouver, on Victoria Island. Our country is vast, the world is immense and so is my family.

Find my work at:
http://www.nicolasgregoire.ca/

 

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Nicolas wins a  Strathmore Vision sketchbook  7x 10″ and a Copic Multiliner set of inking pens

Strathmore Prize: Christie Zwick

Drawing by Christie Zwick

Country: Canada

The Story behind my drawing:

This is my beagle, Nile, checking to see if I have forgotten about him. He does this when is am drawing.

My connection to #Vancouver or what Vancouver evokes to me:

I love visiting Vancouver. It is such a change from Calgary. The atmosphere just feels more creative…

Click here to read more about the Big Picture Art Project:
http://thebigpictureartproject.com

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Christie wins 1 Strathmore Vision sketchbook 5.5 x 8.5″ and 1 Copic Multi-liner set of inking pens

 

PanPastel Prize #1 : Suzanne Borowicz

Drawing by Suzanne Borowicz

Country: USA

The Story behind my drawing:

A few years ago, my husband underwent surgery to remove a cancer. Luckily, we live near an internationally acclaimed cancer institute, so I felt confident that my husband was receiving the best care. We had the support of family, friends and prayers.
However, cancer brings a distinct isolation with it that cannot be avoided. While my husband slept after his surgery, I peered out the window imagining the bustling lives of the people in the city outside, all unaware of the terror in my heart and the loneliness in my soul.
Without realizing it, I sketched my perspective and my emotions.
My husband recovered. He is now cancer free, and we have rejoined the active life of folks outside hospital windows.
This sketch is a reminder of cancer’s solitary confinement. My husband and I now make every effort to reach out to people with this terrifying diagnosis aware that all we can do is offer a knowing companionship until the loneliness lifts.

My connection to #Vancouver or what Vancouver evokes to me:

My connection to Vancouver is Sandrine Pelissier. I have followed her work for a number of years now, and she makes me believe that Vancouver is a beautiful nurturing place to live, work and create. I would like to visit Vancouver and experience its energy for myself.

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Suzanne wins 1 pan pastels sets with 5 colors of your choice, a tray and a soft tools starter set

PanPastel Prize #2 : Daniel Pincham-Phipps

      

Drawing by Daniel Pincham-Phipps

Country: UK

The Story behind my drawing:

After my late father made me a cup of tea. He stood watching out the window, he used to feed the birds, mum does it now.

This drawing is of my late father, he had dementia and wanted to make me a cup of tea. He was standing in his pyjama’s and slippers, half hour later I got my cup of tea and it was perfect.

My connection to #Vancouver or what Vancouver evokes to me:

Love, love, love and life and art.

Find my work at:
https://www.facebook.com/dppartist/

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Daniel wins 1 pan pastels sets with 5 colors of your choice, a tray and a soft tools starter set

 

Speedball Prize #1: Priyanka Dhar

Drawing by Priyanka Dhar

Country: United Kingdom

The Story behind my drawing:

I was few months away from motherhood when a strong desire for Madhubani art settled into me. My son, who is my love and inspiration, and finds his best friend in me playfully takes away my brush and rushes into the backyard on his scooter. I chase him with a candy so that I can divert his attention from my paint brush.

This piece of art is a reflection of me juggling between my passion and my love. It is a snippet of my daily life – me with my art brush in one hand and a candy in the other that my 2 year old relishes.

I am balancing between my artistic career and the naughty toddler whose arrival into this world reinforced my focus and dedication towards Madhubani art when there were bleak chances of me being able to manage my motherhood and my career.

Here I have tried to give a touch of folkart form called Madhubani art to this sketch. Madhubani art originated in India, the country I belong to. All smiles while i draw this. Its an interrelated story of my love & passion.

My connection to #Vancouver or what Vancouver evokes to me:

I have never been to Vancouver. How i feel connected to Vancouver is through The Vancouver Art Gallery, which i have heard about and seen in pictures.

Being an budding artist art galleries do make me feel great. I hope to visit this gallery one day may be as a visitor or may be as an exhibitor.

Hope to see Vancouver soon!!!

Find my work at:
http://www.instagram.com/madhubanianand

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Priyanka wins a Speedball Artist Set

Speedball Prize #2: S JAYARAJ

Drawing by S JAYARAJ

Country: India

The Story behind my drawing:

My city Chennai is blessed with many heritages, monuments of Dravidian culture, British culture and much more. Living in the city helped me to understand stories of a different era and inspired many of my artworks. Due to the nature of my job, a major part of my life was dedicated for the upliftment and empowering of fishermen community. In these drawings, you can see 7th-8th-century shore temple on the Coromandel coast of Bay of Bengal and traditional fishermen community living around it.

My connection to #Vancouver or what Vancouver evokes to me:

I believe it is the heart of people which makes a city beautiful. Many of the famous influential people call Vancouver their home. This city not only raised many actors, activist, musicians and writers but also is blessed with beautiful mountains and wonderful people. To me, Vancouver is not just a beautiful city, it represents Art, music theatre and Literature –some of the finer things which give meaning to the life.

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S wins a Speedball Sketching Set

 

Once again congratulations to all participating artists, this project would not exist without you !