Participate in the Big Picture before February 28th and you will entered to win prizes in our next giveaway

Upload your drawings before February 28th and you will be automatically entered to win.

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On February 28,  we will select 7 of the most interesting contributions to the Big Picture for our fifth 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

 

 

art prizes to win

 

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

 

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 PARTICIPATE

Congratulations to the winners of our fourth giveaway !

Congratulations to the winners of our 4th giveaway

We selected the winners of our fourth 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.

Copic Prize:  Laurence Caron C.

Drawing by Laurence Caron C.

Country: Canada

The Story behind my drawing:

I always considered that drawing someone’s portrait is an intimate act, a way to enter the most secret and truthful part of somebody’s soul. As a transgender, I’ve lived a disrupted link to my body. During my transition from male to agendered person (using They, them singular pronoun) I deconstructed the binary gender system and it influenced my art. While Iwas getting a bachelor degree in the field of art I concentrated my work around realism and surrealism, but those styles didn’t seem to fit me, because I kept on asking questioning the conformity to beauty and aesthetics standards. I realised that pointillism and strokes were a way to deconstruct the image and that it fits with my way of understanding the body aesthetic. I kept tracks of the moments I was the less dysphoric to realise that it was only while I was naked. Afterward, it’s really logic, because while I’m naked, I look at my body for what it is, nothing more, nothing less, instead of looking at it through a social constr

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

Vancouver is something I don’t know yet. The only thing I can say is that Vancouver is bigger than every city I’ve ever been to. Maybe this city could be a nice destination for a futur trip… who knows..

Find my work at:
https://laurencecarts.wordpress.com/

 

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

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

Strathmore Prize: Rey Daoed

Drawing by Rey Daoed

Country: USA

The Story behind my drawing:

I am 15. I am an artist with disabilities. I can’t speak. I use the iPad or hand write to communicate. I am young but I had my first exhibition and sold my artwork. Since then, I was selected for more art opportunities, art fair and exhibitions. I have progressed so much and am able to go beyond expectation.
I am living in Washington state and often travel to Canada.

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

This painting is about my visit to Capilano Suspension Bridge. That was fun!

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

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

 

PanPastel Prize #1 : Rory Fehr

Drawing by Rory Fehr

Country: Canada

The Story behind my drawing:

My childhood is littered with memories of visiting my great grandparent’s house in Silver Valley, AB. These memories mostly consist of quading to the river, searching for Gypsum in the washout near by, and lots of chats around their dinning table. Opa’s stories and old memories still make me laugh, and while I observe Nana’s amazing knitting skills, I ponder how they are able to store so much energy in their old, fragile bodies. As they pass their sixty-seventh anniversary, with four children, eight grand children, and eleven great grand children, the whole family, their friends, and their neighbors and both proud and surprised that they are still living on their own. My sketch represents those memories of sitting around the table, in their miss-matched chairs, playing Scrabble, and those of trying to play Pool in their basement. Such times I wish to hold forever, but will have to satisfy with the memories instead.

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

I live in Dawson Creek, BC, and I have never been to Vancouver, though I would really enjoy it. I would love to see the Pacific Coast and bike through Stanley Park.

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

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

PanPastel Prize #2 : Karima H

Drawing by Karima H

Country: Mexico

The Story behind my drawing:

When I moved from Mexico to Canada the cultural shock was difficult. One difference in particular was the lack of hugs. This drawing is talking about this new environment and how I am adapting to it. Moving to another country involves meeting lots of new people, everyone is a stranger at first. In Mexico when we say hello to someone we know or don’t know we hug them, here in Canada they usually don’t. This pandas are not afraid of hugging.

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

I moved from Mexico to Canada to study Fine Arts and Body & Mind Therapy. Vancouver became a special place that exposed me to a completely different live that I had in my country. Despite being a growing city, Vancouver encourages the conservation and protection of the environment which I found fascinating. The multicultural experience of the city is a great opportunity to know other cultures and expand the interpretation of reality.

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

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

 

Speedball Prize #1: Katya Bozukova

Drawing by Katya Bozukova

Country: United Kingdom

The Story behind my drawing:

As a woman doing martial arts, I often get comments about how un-feminine I am: that I am a ‘brute’, ‘scary’, ‘terrifying’. This is so much part of my experience, my nickname at my local club is ‘pitbull’. While martial arts accepts women of all stripes, temperaments, and body types, I sometimes feel like a witch because of the way I choose to represent myself. However, I chose not to let these comments become hurtful, and I embrace them instead of turning them away. I am proud of my work and I am proud of my scars and I am proud to be who I am – even if it does not fit in with what society says women should be like.

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

Vancouver makes me think about freedom and success. Travelling there would be amazing, because it would mean I have enough money to afford the ticket, and enough clout so that I am not turned away at the border. (As a Bulgarian living in the UK, the reality of internationalism is made clear to me every single day.)

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

Katya wins a Speedball Artist Set

Speedball Prize #2: Sue Wellington

Drawing by Sue Wellington

Country: Sweden

The Story behind my drawing:

This is a pine tree that I see basically every day in my daily walk through the forest in our outer suburb of Stockholm. I moved here 8 years ago from Melbourne, Australia for a relationship. I’m still here! Though it’s been challenging on every level. But exciting too.

I find that those trees, especially the pines, make me feel at home. So they’re really important to me emotionally. I see them as my friends and I try to render their individuality. It pains me that many of them appear to be dying. I feel people take pine trees for granted, so I try to honour them in my drawings and paintings. A memorial.

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

One of my favourite tv shows is Smallville, which was filmed in Vancouver. As a result of this I always think of Vancouver fondly, as well as being on my list of places I’d love to visit.

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

Sue wins a Speedball Artist Set

Speedball Prize #3: Su Leng Han

Drawing by Su Leng Han

Country: Singapore

The Story behind my drawing:

This is me in my happy place, taking time to do the things that make my soul happy. I am currently on a 6-month break from work and am thankful for this timeout to rekindle my love for drawing, painting and crafting.

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

I haven’t had the chance to visit Vancouver and would love to do so one day.

Find my work at:
https://paperwindows.wixsite.com/paperwindows

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

Sue 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 🙂

You can now add a link to your website or your social media page on the Big Picture!

We are improving the Big Picture, and though it would be great for participating artists to have the opportunity to display a clickable link to their work on the project.
This is now possible!
The link will appear on your drawing individual page, like on this exemple:
https://thebigpictureartproject.com/see-the-big-picture/#12/-1.4940/-35.2441
It can be a link to your website, Facebook page, Instagram account…

To update your already published work, please fill out the contact form by clicking on the link bellow.
I just need to know your email and the link you would like me to publish.

 

Let me know what link you would like to publish here

 

Depending on the number or requests we will get, updating your entry might take a bit of time but you will get an email when your drawing page has been updated with a link to its location on the Big Picture.

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