Interview with Carol McQuaid for the : 2 artists walk into a bar podcast

2 artists walk into a bar podcast


Two artists walk into a bar is the podcast produced by artist Carol McQuaid. In that case it was two artists walk into a Greek restaurant 🙂
You can listen to the podcast on iTunes, Carol is a great interviewer and this is episode number 4 of the series

Our Guest Artist: Sandrine Pelissier

Our Host Artist: Carol McQuaid

Our Bar: Anatoli’s on Lower Lonsdale in North Vancouver

Originally from France, North Vancouver artist Sandrine Pelissier has built a thriving career around creating art, initiating awesome community projects and finding innovative ways to share her knowledge with artists and art students around the world.

In this episode we’ll talk about:

* The realities of pursuing a career in art

* the benefits of sharing studio space, and how that community inspired Sandrine, together with artists Norman Vipond, to start the North Shore Art Crawl

* Organizing and hosting life drawing sessions in her studio. Watch for the group’s annual show each June

* Sandrine’s online art classes

* The Big Picture Art Project – started by Sandrine and Sophie Babeanu as part of North Vancouver’s annual Culture Days, where artists from around the world collaborate on a giant interactive digital mosaic

* Working on “balancing being an introvert working by myself in the studio with reaching out to the community. Social Media makes it easier for people like me”.

* Creating a rounded art career that combines creating art with various passive streams of income, such as her classes, books, licensing images, selling downloadable prints

* Falling in love with relief printmaking “Basically everything I like to do is condensed into this one art form”.

Thank you to all the studio visitors!

It was great to meet with visitors last weekend for the North Shore Art Crawl and let them see my working space, new art works and ask questions about my process.

sandrine pelissier studio in North Vancouver

I had a little hand-son activity set up for the crawl where you could make a 8 pages booklet from one sheet of paper.

visitors in my North Vancouver studio

Earlier this month, I also had the pleasure of showing a large group of home-schoolers how to make a no-phone selfie  for the Big Picture Art Project.

visitors to my North Vancouver studio for the Big Picture Art Project visitors to my North Vancouver studio for the Big Picture Art Project visitors to my North Vancouver studio for the Big Picture Art Project

Finally this week I had the pleasure of giving a studio tour to  a group registered to the: Exploring the North Vancouver Art Scene tour from the West Vancouver community arts council. They also visited : Lorn Curry, Susanna Blunt and Marcus Bowcott

New post on the Artist Network: No idea what to draw? Relax and let your subconscious do the work

let your subconscious do the workClick here to read more about the subconscious drawing technique.

This technique has been developed with The Big Picture Art Project in mind. The Big Picture Art Project is a collective art work where artists from all over the world are sharing stories in drawings.

the big picture art project

Here are some other posts that can give you some ideas and inspiration to participate in this one of a kind art project:




New video for Radio Canada BC for the Big Picture Art Project

This is a new video shot for the television of Radio Canada British Columbia by Monia Blanchet Radio-Canada, in French. This video is about The Big Picture Collective Art Project, the collective art project we designed with Sophie Babeanu. Anyone can participate from anywhere in the world and share the stories that are important to them.

Une nouvelle video en Français pour la television de Radio Canada par Monia Blanchet Radio-Canada, a propos de The Big Picture Collective Art Project. C’est un project d’art collectif organise en collaboration avec Sophie Babeanu. Vous pouvez participer de partout dans le monde dans n’importe quel langage et partager les histoires qui sont importantes pour vous.

To translate in English:

Click on CC

Then Click on the wheel and select subtitles

Select “auto-translate”

Then “English”


New video from CBC Radio Canada television

Monia Blanchet came last week to my studio to shoot a short video for CBC Radio Canada. It is in French but you can see the studio and some of my paintings 

To translate in English:

Click on CC

Then Click on the wheel and select subtitles

Select “auto-translate”

Then “English”


New drawings available on my online store

I have been re-working some of my favourite life drawings recently for a new series of drawings made available on my online store.
Some drawings are heavily patterned:
life drawing with patterns by North Vancouver artist Sandrine Pelissier

You can see a video of the making of that drawing here:

I also worked with fluid acrylic on a series of life drawings:


Culture Days 2017- Thank you to all the participants!

drawing stations for Culture days in North Vancouver

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

open studio in North Vancouver

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

drawing with your non dominant hand technique in sandrine pelissier studio

Like drawing with your non- dominant hand

culture days 2017

Or finding a drawing from random scribbles on paper

culture days in Vancouver

no phone selfie

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

uploading drawings for 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 !

Culture days activity in my studio: Everyone can draw for The Big Picture Art Project

Culture days are coming up and I will host and activity in my studio with Art therapist and Big Picture co-founder Sophie Babeanu:

Everyone can draw for the Big Picture Art Project.

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


free demo at Opus North Vancouver for the Big Picture art proejct


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 drawings. 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:

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.