The deadline for our next giveaway is November 30th

prizes to win in collective art project

Upload your drawings before November 30th and you will be automatically entered to win.

On November 30th  we will select 7 of the most interesting contributions to the Big Picture for our fourth giveaway and they will win prizes by our sponsors. If you already participated in the project, you don’t need to do anything,  you are automatically eligible to win a prize.

Our giveaway prizes

2 Pan Pastels sets with 5 colors of your choice, a tray and a soft tools starter set

 

1 Strathmore Vision sketchbook 5.5 x 8.5 inches and a Copic Multiliner set of inking pens

 

1 Strathmore Vision sketchbook 7 x 10 inches and 1 Copic Multiliner set of inking pens

1 Speedball Sketching  Set

1 Speedball Artist Set

1 Speedball fountain pen

If you already uploaded you drawings, you are automatically entered for the giveaways

Each participant can upload up to 4 pictures

Good luck !

Culture Days 2017- Thank you to all the participants!

For Culture Days Sophie Babeanu (art therapist in North Vancouver) and I, Sandrine Pelissier (visual artist in North Vancouver) have arranged a few drawing stations in the studio with simple instructions.

culture days 2017 north vancouver

At each station, you could try a different drawing technique.

drawing with your non dominant hand

Like drawing with your non- dominant hand

drawing from random scribbles

Or finding a drawing from random scribbles on paper

drawing from random scribbles

no phone selfie monoprint technique

Or drawing a self portrait with a mirror monoprint easy technique.

participants to the big picture art project

Once the drawings were made, participants had the opportunity to have their drawings scanned and to upload them to the Big Picture Art Project 

Thank you to all the participants!!

We had some awesome participations to the big picture from our Culture Days visitors. Here are a few:

 

See you next year !

We are encouraging art teachers and artists to use our project as the starting point for any drawing or writing activities they would like to organize. So let us know and we will be happy to help promote your activity!

Congratulations to the winners of our third giveaway !

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

There were so many good stories and drawings that we really wished we had more prizes to give. 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.

The Artist Network Prize :Venita Salian

 

Drawing by Venita Salian

Country: Canada

The Story behind my drawing:

Before I reached the age of 12, we moved about 5 times in India due to my parents jobs and plans. Even though I made friends easily, moving made me feel lonely, but it also helped me develop a vivid imagination, which brought out the creative side in me. This happy memory/imagination was after it rained in Bombay, India. Puddles make great mini oceans to float paper boats.

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

I live in Canada, Ontario now and I still have a lot of places in Canada I need to visit. I would like to visit Vancouver to see the Canadian Rockies.

 

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

Venita wins a  one year subscription to artistsnetwork.tv by the Artist Network

One year subscription to the artist network tv

Copic Prize: Darrell Wilson

 

Drawing by Darrell Wilson

Country: United States

The Story behind my drawing:

There are many things that have inspired me over my lifetime. Seeing older men from my neighborhood having a beard as a child was one. I was always intrigued seeing these guys as they would interact on the block and at the local barbershop while getting them groomed. It just seemed so cool. Not only did they look good, but each person’s beard embodied their self-expression and shaped their personality. I have had a beard for seven years and it has given me a sense of freedom. So, I created this picture to ask the question, “What does your beard say about you?”

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

I would love to visit Vancouver one day. It looks so beautiful.

 

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

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

Strathmore Prize: Krista Wells

Drawing by Krista Wells

Country: Canada

The Story behind my drawing:

I drew this from a photo I took at a café in Lagos, Portugal. There are many dogs and cats in need of rescuing in Portugal, but there are dedicated people who volunteer to make their lives better by running shelters and adoption events. My friends Robin and Diana always have a soft spot for dogs in need. They had a very old dog who had recently died. When I ran into them at the café, they had just picked up their new dog from the dog shelter. Robin is caressing his newly rescued pooch. The dog is soaking up the love. This will be a happy life filled with surfing, yoga, and romping on the beach.

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

When I was a child, I visited my uncle who was an architect in a Vancouver. He was a small man, about 5″4″. He wore a pith helmet and a bow tie. He drove a Morgan convertible. My strongest image is of him behind the wheel, barely able to see over the dash, and beside him in the passenger seat, sitting very tall, is his Great Dane.

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

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

 

PanPastel Prize #1 : Medha Karandikar

Drawing by Medha Karandikar

Country: USA

The Story behind my drawing:

The title of this picture is “Memory post-it’s”. I try to remember ideas for drawings and writings. Sometimes they do not stick in my memory unless I write them down. I have a little box of post-it’s on which I write a few lines to describe what I hope will eventually become a short story or a lovely painting. Dementia in the family is a constant reminder that a good memory is a gift to cherish. Post-it notes are my way to make my memories last.

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

The Art Gallery is what will draw me to Vancouver. I will love to spend an entire day at the Vancouver Art Gallery. My niece has just moved to Seattle, and I plan to visit her and make a road trip to Vancouver for a couple of days. I want to experience the cultural diversity that they say Vancouver is known for.

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

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

PanPastel Prize #2 : Jenn Ashton

Drawing by Jenn Ashton

Country: Canada

The Story behind my drawing:

This year I had a very bad shoulder injury from too much painting, for months I had to use my nondominant hand. It was actually fantastic, I learned how to draw using only my left hand – which is what this picture was drawn with. This picture is me and the dogs in bed, at the start of my injury, when it was still very painful.

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

I love Vancouver! My G3x Grandfather was one of Vancouver’s first 100 Pioneers, and my Gx3 Grandmother was indigenous from WhoiWhoi (Stanley Park). This is my home and the home of my ancestors:-)

 

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

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

 

Speedball Prize #1:Gaëlle Vejlupek

Drawing by Gaëlle Vejlupek

Country: switzerland

The Story behind my drawing:

I have a very strong connection to nature, and even more to the swiss forests and mountains, and what I draw most of the time represents that link.
My drawings are related to stories that I imagine once I take my brushes and inks, and the characters living in my imaginary world.
This is one of those characters living in my imaginary world. He is planting seeds and taking care of the forest

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

I loved Vancouver, and Vancouver Island . I spent some time sleeping in the forest there, saw a bear and many dears, it was a very nice, refilling and peaceful time

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

Gaëlle wins a Speedball Sketching Artist Set

 

Speedball Prize #2:  Ngoc Hong Hong

Drawing by Ngoc Hong Hong

Country: Viet Nam

The Story behind my drawing:

When I was little I went to Hang Ma market with older sister every year to celebrate the Full-moon Festival. I remember roaming the street all night long under the glittering light and colorful lanterns. We used spent all of our ‘saving’ for toys or treats and soon to feel regretful for our ‘irresponsible spending’ in the next day…
This is the drawing of the little store that me and my sister used to come over in Full-moon festival. Every time I look at this drawing, it brought me back to the old day when I was hand in hand with my big sis, strolling around the street in the red lantern night.

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

I have only seen Vancouver through photos and stories from friends. Vancouver is a beautiful city and I would like to have a chance to visit Vancouver in the future!

 

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 Ngoc Hong Hong wins a Speedball fountain pen

 

 

Once again congratulations to all participating artists, we could select only 7 winners and this was a difficult tasks as many of you shared stories and drawings that did touch, interest and amazed us 🙂

2 more weeks to enter our giveaway

Upload your drawings before September 30th and you will be automatically entered to win.

On September 30th  we will select 7 of the most interesting contributions to the Big Picture for our third giveaway and they will win prizes by our sponsors.If you already participated in the project, you don’t need to do anything,  you are automatically eligible to win a prize.

Our giveaway prizes

One year subscription to the Artist Network .tv

One year subscription to the artist network tv

2 Pan Pastels sets with 5 colors of your choice, a tray and a soft tools starter set

 

1 Strathmore Vision sketchbook 5.5 x 8.5 inches and a Copic Multiliner set of inking pens
1 Strathmore Vision sketchbook 7 x 10 inches and 1 Copic Multiliner set of inking pens

1 Speedball Sketching Artist Set

1 Speedball fountain pen

If you already uploaded you drawings, you are automatically entered for the giveaways

Each participant can upload up to 4 pictures

Good luck !

Culture days activity in North Vancouver: Everyone can draw for The Big Picture Art Project

Culture days are coming up and Sophie and I will host an activity in my North Vancouver studio.

Everyone can draw for the Big Picture Art Project.

September 30th and October 1st
10 am to 4 pm

125 Garden avenue in North Vancouver

 

You want to participate in the project and:

– The idea of drawing sends chills down your spine?
– You have an interesting story to share?
– You could not use a computer if your life depended on it?
– What on earth is a scanner?
– Last time you drew something was in elementary school
– Your dog ate your drawing
– You feel like having a conversation with two heavily french accented ladies.

Come and see us, we can help !

 

Sandrine and Sophie will show you some simple drawing techniques: line contour drawing, line and cross hatching, cross contour drawing, scumbling technique, drawing with twigs. You will also have the chance to try for yourself some fun techniques like continuous drawing, blind continuous drawing, and drawing with your non dominant hand.

Supplies will be provided.

 


Sandrine Pelissier is a North Vancouver-based visual artist and the author of Fearless Watercolor for Beginners. Her work has been published in many books and magazines.

She writes the popular blog: www.paintingdemos.com
http://www.sandrinepelissier.com/

Sophie Babeanu is a certified Expressive Arts Therapist. She graduated from Langara College in Vancouver. She has hundreds of hours of practice with children, seniors and adults from all walks of life.

http://www.expressiveartsvancouver.com/

What are people talking about in the Big Picture? part 3

Here are a few new examples of subjects that can be a source of inspiration for you to participate in the Big Picture:

Your travel journal

Drawing by V Tan
See it on the Big Picture

Gender equality

Drawing by Rosa Martinelli
See it on the Big Picture

Music

Drawing by Darrell Wilson
See it on the Big Picture

Where you grew up

Drawing by Carolyn Watson
See it on the Big Picture

 

How you are feeling

Drawing by alison mcbride
See it on the Big Picture

From your imagination

Drawing by Gabriella Wirasendy
See it on the Big Picture

A scene from your life

Drawing by Danny Maltais
See it on the Big Picture

People in waiting rooms

Drawing by Sharon Rigsby
See it on the Big Picture

Participate in the Big Picture before September 30th and you will entered to win prizes in our next giveaway

On September 30th  we will select 7 of the most interesting contributions to the Big Picture for our third giveaway and they will win prizes by our sponsors.

If you already participated in the project, you don’t need to do anything,  you are automatically eligible to win a prize.

 See the winners of our past giveaways here:

Our giveaway prizes

One year subscription to the Artist Network .tv

One year subscription to the artist network tv

2 Pan Pastels sets with 5 colors of your choice, a tray and a soft tools starter set

 

1 Strathmore Vision sketchbook 5.5 x 8.5 inches and a Copic Multiliner set of inking pens

1 Strathmore Vision sketchbook 7 x 10 inches and 1 Copic Multiliner set of inking pens

1 Speedball Sketching Artist Set

Speedball sketch set prize giveaway for the big picture art project

1 Speedball fountain pen

If you already uploaded you drawings, you are automatically entered for the giveaways

Each participant can upload up to 4 pictures

Good luck !

 

CLICK HERE TO UPLOAD YOUR DRAWING

Join us for a free drawing demo at Opus North Vancouver on August 12

free demo at Opus art supplies store for the big picture art project

Anyone Can Draw! The Big Picture Collective Art Project with Sandrine Pelissier & Sophie Babeanu

North Vancouver
Sat, August 12, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Sat, August 12, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Space is limited and registration is required.
Please visit Opus North Vancouver or contact them at 604‑904‑0447 to register.

The Big Picture is a collective art project where people in our local area and around the world are collaborating to create a big mosaic picture from thousands of smaller drawings.

    If you would like to participate in this exciting project and agree to any of the following:

  • The idea of drawing sends chills down your spine
  • You have an interesting story to share
  • Last time you drew something was in elementary school
  • Your dog ate all your drawings (we won’t ask…)
  • You want to try some simple exercises for yourself
  • You feel like attending a demo by two heavily French accented ladies

Then this is the demo for you!

Sandrine and Sophie will show you some simple drawing techniques: line contour drawing, line and cross hatching, cross contour drawing, scumbling technique, drawing with twigs. You will also have the chance to try for yourself some fun techniques like continuous drawing, blind continuous drawing, and drawing with your non dominant hand.

Attendees are asked to bring along a sketchbook and a pencil or pen to sketch along with Sandrine and Sophie.

 


Sandrine Pelissier is a North Vancouver-based visual artist and the author of Fearless Watercolor for Beginners. Her work has been published in many books and magazines.

She writes the popular blog: www.paintingdemos.com
http://www.sandrinepelissier.com/

Sophie Babeanu is a certified Expressive Arts Therapist. She graduated from Langara College in Vancouver and is also a member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA). She has hundreds of hours of practice with children, seniors and adults from all walks of life.

http://www.expressiveartsvancouver.com/

Congratulations to the winners of our second giveaway !

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

There were so many good stories and drawings that we really wished we had more prizes to give.

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.

The Artist Network Prize : Rose (Roszay) Kapp

Drawing by Rose (Roszay) Kapp

Country: Canada

The Story behind my drawing:

Mischka was a dog with a history before I rescued her. Born in Edmonton, survived on the streets of Vancouver and then given up to the SPCA. Tough as nails, stubborn as all get-out, this little keeshond dame was the perfect match for me. She saw me as a like-minded soul and we bonded immediately. What a character! Thirteen years old when I found her, she stayed with me for 3 years before her soul left for paths unknown. I promised her a forever home, so her body rests in my garden.

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

Vancouver has personality. I like wandering its streets, checking out the various unique neighbourhoods and finding cool shops and cafes. I’m inspired to create and generally take a sketchbook with me when I venture downtown.

 

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

Rose wins a  Summer Sketch Kit by the Artist Network

giveaway price for the big picture art project

 

 

Copic Prize: Mary Rouncefield

 

Drawing by Mary Rouncefield

Country: UK

The Story behind my drawing:

This is the last drawing in a series of four. I am being pushed along on a hospital trolley out of the operating theatre and back to the hospital ward. I real life I was wearing a hospital ‘gown’ – but I feel toally naked! I have has a hip replacement operation . The anaestheic is still working and I cannot feel the pain – yet.

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

I would like to travel to Vancouver by train and then explore your city port by boat!

 

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

Marie wins a  Strathmore Vision sketchbook 5.5 x 8.5 and a Copic Multiliner set of inking pens

 

Strathmore Prize: Vicky Paton

Drawing by Vicky Paton

Country: Canada

The Story behind my drawing:

My drawing represents the primal connection that we all have to the Mother Earth. We are all conceived of her and therefore, have interconnectedness with all that breathe her oxygen. She is the center point for all life; plant, animal and human. I have a strong connection to the coast of Vancouver, it pulls me. Being there excites my soul. However, for the time I live in the Interior of BC. My roots are both Salish and Okanagan. I am not sure how long I will remain here in the interior. I have no idea as of yet when this stage of my life’s purpose will come to an end here. I want this drawing to be a reminder not only me, but to you as well that no matter where life takes you, you will always be connected to your roots, and we are all connected to each other.

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

I am from the Salish Nation. My ancestors are a few of the ones who chose to migrate to the Okanagan. Throughout the generations the siren call of the ocean still haunts me. One day, my family and I will call Vancouver our home again.

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

Gwen wins 1 Strathmore Vision sketchbook 7 x 10 and 1 Copic Multiliner set of inking pens

 

PanPastel Prize #1 : Amol Saraf

Drawing by AMOL SARAF

Country: United States

The Story behind my drawing:

I am a visual artist and I work range of mediums and materials and create works of art in every style. I am specialised in illustrations and have worked with top newspapers in India as an illustrator and I specifically love creating illustrations for children books and articles.This is created on the concept of the situation of a female artists struggling to survive her art career at the same time taking care of family.

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

I enjoy visiting new places and travelling is my passion. I aim to visit all the best places in the world and Vancouver is one of them. The city considered as one of the top five cities that have livability and quality of life is a must to visit on my list. With a healthy lifestyle, beautiful nature, mountains and water around its really be the one of the best places around the world to live

 

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

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

PanPastel Prize #2 : Imelda Fagin

Drawing by Imelda Fagin

Country: United States

The Story behind my drawing:

I’ve lived in NYC my whole life. This is 38th St. and 8th Avenue at 5:30 P.M. I was taking a dance class and the windows overlooked this intersection. I watched the crowds of tormented souls passing by, heading home. Watching them, an idea began to form in my head: it’s time to get out of New York. And that’s what I’m doing.

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

When I read Vancouver, I immediately thought of the wonderful bug museum I visited there, where you could pet the bugs. No wait, that was Victoria. Which maybe is part of Vancouver? Very confusing.

 

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

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

 

Speedball Prize #1: Balaji Venugopal

Drawing by Balaji Venugopal

Country: India

The Story behind my drawing:

I live in Chennai, in Southern India. This is a sketch of the Kapaleeswarar Temple at Mylapore which is said to be a 7th century CE temple, although there are references to it even in literature of earlier periods. The structure which is seen in my sketch was probably built in the 15th or 16th century. The temples in various parts of the country have their own distinct architectural character. The Kapaleeswarar Temple is a very fine example of Dravidian Temple architecture. In 2014, in its annual list of “52 places to visit”, NY Times had listed Chennai in 26th place and had also identified Kapaleeswarar Temple as one of the major tourist attractions.

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

I always associate Vancouver with the Vancouver Winter Olympics which I followed closely over TV from my home in Chennai, India. While the games were very interesting I also found all the shots and snippets of Vancouver, the city, fascinating.

 

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

Balaji wins a Speedball fountain pen

 

Speedball Prize #2: Alex Hillkurtz

Drawing by Alex Hillkurtz

Country: France

The Story behind my drawing:

I am currently living in Paris and this is the view from my balcony. As I sit and draw, I can hear the clink of silverware from the café across the street as people enjoy their dinner. It’s been rainy this week, so this drawing took a little longer than normal, I had to keep ducking back inside between rain showers. This is a view I’ve sketched a few times now, and each time is different depending on the light, the time of day, the mood of the clouds. I’ve done a lot of watercolor paintings around Paris, it’s such a beautiful city to sketch, but it’s nice to do away with color and just concentrate on black and white, pen and ink. I might have to go down to that café for a coffee now!

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

I spent a summer in Vancouver a number of years ago working on a film, and have good friends there. I would cycle around Stanley Park on the weekends, and learned to kayak in Deep Cove. I absolutely love the city!

 

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

Alex wins a Speedball Sketching Artist Set

 

Once again congratulations to all participating artists, we could select only 7 winners and this was a difficult tasks as many of you shared stories and drawings that did touch, interest and amazed us 🙂