You can find my work at the Vancouver Art Gallery Art Rentals and Sales program or visit my studio, located in North Vancouver and open by appointment.
It is finally there!
My Book, Painting Imaginary Flowers: Beautiful Blooms and Abstract Patterns in Mixed Media is now available online.
Forgo reference photos and discover a more organic and joyful way of painting! With its friendly step-by-step format, Painting Imaginary Flowers features a simple, three-stage approach to creating flowers only you can make …
Ten demonstrations show the versatility of this approach—from large-format pieces, to work in a series and even Zen doodle landscapes. Never again will you be stuck for ideas or dependent on a photo. Every flower you paint will be unique, personal, and fresh from your imagination!
Let your imagination blossom!
Wondering how painting from imagination look like? Check this time lapse video and see the process from start to finish.
The idea of a crawl based on the North shore originated from a discussion with Norman Vipond’s. He was very convincingly making the point that the North Shore is one of the places with the highest concentration of artists in North America and that we should have a crawl.
He was looking for someone to help him with the technical side to this enterprise so we started working together on this project.
The crawl was modest in size the first year but most participants enjoyed it and thought it should become an annual event. We organized the crawl for 3 more years and it grew bigger and bigger. Since its beginning the number of participants kept growing as well as the variety of art disciplines represented. It takes a few years for such an event to be known in the community and I can see the difference every year.
After those four years, the crawl was beginning to be too much work for a team of 2 volunteers and we looked for an organization with more resources to take on the project. We were very happy that the Arts Council took on that task and kept the original ideas of inclusiveness and accessibility very much at the heart of that annual festival.
I met Anna du Bois and Michael Gordon while renting a studio at 195 Pemberton. Together we set up a weekly life drawing group. Other the years we moved locations a few times and now our group meets in my studio every Thursday evening.
It is a very friendly group where you can practice life drawing in a relaxed atmosphere. We also organize a yearly exhibition for our class members with a great selection of figure drawings and paintings.
As we wanted to keep our life drawing models listings up to date and also give the opportunity for more artists to work with models and for models to find job opportunities, Anna and I designed a website to help models connect with artists:
The website is steadily growing as we have more than 100 models living in the Vancouver area listed on the website.
For a few years, Sophie and I have collaborated on projects and activities held for Culture Days. (Click here to read in more details about our Culture Days activities.)
The Big Picture Art project is our latest collaboration.
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 and stories.
This project will probably take a few years to complete and we have many exciting ideas that we are working on for its future!
I have spent the last year mooching through the 26 weeks of stimulating assignments from Sandrine – each one building cleverly on the last – a faster drawing task slotted neatly between a more demanding bigger painting assignment. I am so sad that the course is complete. Feedback from Sandrine usually agreed with my own critical inner self, but always positive balanced with ‘could do better’ pointers, and always constructive. The course is excellent value for money, one of the best online, and I have enjoyed every moment.
The only con has been the website and the form – sometimes it was hard to log in or send the form in. But Sandrine always responded to an email very promptly. Thank you so much for your teaching Sandrine.
I had been looking forward to retirement for a long time so I would have time for my art. But I found I just couldn’t get it started again, I thought it had been too long working in the corporate world. Then I happened to come across Sandrine’s website, and signed up for the 26 week class. Which not only offered creative ideas but feedback as well. Her feedback was right on target and made me think and create again. Thank you so so much.
This class was exactly what I was looking for. 26 weeks of trying new media and techniques. I especially liked that you could do the lessons at your own pace and pretty much decide for yourself what your subject would be. The feedback from the teacher was very valuable and that, combined with trying all the different things, made this a very, very good class.
Après avoir suivi avec plaisir le cours « Painting flowers from imagination in mixed media » je viens de terminer « 26 weeks of Inspiration and Training » et j’en ai été également extrêmement satisfaite.
Les 26 projets proposés sont motivants et bien détaillés.
Sandrine propose plusieurs pistes de recherche et chacun peut y trouver son compte, de l’artiste chevronné au parfait débutant.
Elle fournit de nombreuses illustrations visuelles en photos ou vidéos.
Les médiums proposés sont variés ainsi que les techniques dont certaines sont étonnantes !
En outre, Sandrine propose, sans l’imposer, un commentaire critique, toujours bienveillant mais jamais complaisant et ceci offre vraiment un plus pour progresser.
Je ne regrette pas mon investissement et je recommande vivement les cours de Sandrine.
Je suis très heureux de participer à cet atelier.
Malgré ca, Je suis un peu préoccupé par le fait de ne pas être capable d’atteindre une discipline de travail. Je suis en train de déménager et, aussi, il m’a fallu un certain temps pour le faire.
Je crois que mon enthousiasme me poussera à le faire.
Encore une fois, beaucoup de plaisir!
I’m really enjoying this class! Because the assignments are quit brief, it forces you to think outside your comfort zone, and to try out new mediums and approaches. The instructions are clear and accesible, and I really like the feedback Sandrine gives, it’s very helpfull . I really recommend this course to anyone wanting to explore new art forms!
Painting Flowers from Imagination was a really fun course. The technique is very stress free. I did one painting and I thought it was way too dark and was going to gesso over it. (Normal stressing) However, Sandrine tells you how to use pastels, watercolor or acrylic to work the painting and bring out color or change color and make it what you want. Sandrine takes you through the process step-by-step and I found all my questions answered as I went along in the course. I would recommend this to anyone from beginner to experienced painter. If you like to draw, the patterns are really fun to work out and to see how they transform your paintings.
So far I have found the class very thought provoking. I am having to look at everything in a more structured way rather than my usual way of diving into everything and ending up producing nothing.
I am very much looking forward to feedback as I love being involved in art and want to improve my skills.
I am not a formally trained artist and was looking for a class that would give me a broad exposure to the things I might have learned had I gone to art school. This class fits the bill and is just what I was looking for. I have found the exercises, examples and tutorials so far to be excellent and I’m learning from them. The teacher’s insightful comments about my work, and the ability to see what others in the class are doing, are added bonuses.
I find this fun and exciting even though I’m behind the schedule. The assignments we get are quite different from my experience from the drawing classes I know. I might even try other classes.
Just finished this online class. It is a very fun class and I learned a lot of techniques I would have not chosen to learn myself. The class opened me up to a variety of different approaches while guided by Sandrine. The description and supporting videos are clear and easy to follow. Sandrine’s feedback is very much to the point and is very kind. Now I feel ready to explore more and am ready to take the next steps. Would highly recommend this class to anybody who wants to improve.
Thank you Sandrine, you are an inspiration for many of us!!!
Love this course because it pushes me to create and think of different ways to do art. I need challenges. Sharing views and ideas with other artists is awesome. Sandrine is an excellent teacher and communicator. Very helpful and generous with her comments and her blog. She gives so many tips and explain so many of her techniques than it’s very easy for us to try and succeed sometimes. She gives us all the tools we need to achieve our goals.
So far I am loving the class, it is challenging me in new directions, that I may not otherwise take. My art before this class has been, drawing, acrylic and a little watercolour. I have had to think for myself instead of copying other artists. Your critique is most valuable and I can immediately see the reason for your comment, so I must inherently know what I need to do to improve.
I think the class is making me a better artist already. I am enjoying learning to use different media. Highly recommend Sandrines class to all.
In this course it is both relaxing and thrilling to not have to preplan your artwork. Instead you get to play with paint for awhile and then discover the flower shapes you want to bring out. No pressure. No critic saying you can’t do this because you start out with no plan or expectation; just play. It is also great fun to find flowers that don’t have to resemble any from nature. You can’t really fail when you make up a flower. I find it fun and freeing to paint this way, and the results are rewarding, too.
J’ai beaucoup aimé ce cours.Cela a été une expérience à la fois relaxante et instructive.Ce qui m’a plu, c’est qu’il ne s’agit pas de reproduire quelque chose de figé mais plutôt d’avoir des informations sur le “comment faire” tout en étant libre de sa propre interprétation.D’ailleurs, en partageant sur Facebook avec les autres élèves, je me rends compte que, bien que les instructions données aient été les mêmes au départ pour tout le monde, tous les bouquets sont très différents au final.Ce qui signifie que la créativité de chacun n’a pas été bloquée par une simple copie.Tous les artistes, du débutant au plus avancé peuvent s’y retrouver et même aller plus loin et tout changer.Que demander de mieux ? J’ai d’ailleurs tellement aimé faire ces fleurs pleines de poésie et de liberté que j’ai continué avec Sandrine pour le “26 weeks”! J’étais un peu “bloquée” dans ma pratique et les cours de Sandrine m’apportent quelque chose de neuf et de joyeux.
I immensely enjoyed the course. It was full of new techniques and materials. A big exploring adventure. Sandrine is a great teacher. Her comments are spot-on. Firm and gentle at the same time and always constructive. It was a great learning experience and above all a lot of fun.
Being half way through this class I really enjoy all the projects very much. It helped me so far to learn to explore different approaches and inspires me to try out new art making. The projects are very well explained and anybody can follow and learn as well as improve as an artist. I welcome Sandrine’s feedback as it is very encouraging and gives me more ideas on how I can improve.
Thank you Sandrine for creating this class!!!
I have thoroughly enjoyed this class from Sandrine! It has spurred on my intuitive paintings and I look forward to taking more online classes.
After admiring Sandrine’s art for quite some time, constantly pinning her artwork and wishing I had talent like her! I took the plunge and and I’m so glad I did! Sandrine makes art fun and her techniques are very easy to follow. Before I knew it I was creating beautiful mixed media floral art! And for the first time I actually loved what I painted! Sandrine is not only very talented, she is also very kind and generous with her time. She’s quick to answer any questions you have and always does so with a sweet disposition.
She gave me confidence in myself, which is priceless! I learned so many techniques and I was exploring different mediums I’ve never heard of let alone used before! I’ve used some of the techniques I learned in this class on other types of art, not just florals. My eyes were opened up to so many different things by this one class.
There are not enough words to explain how grateful I am to Sandrine, she put a little spark of light into my art and I’m forever thankful for her generosity.
I want to share with everybody about the experience I had taking 3 online classes an a book from Sandrine Pelissier.
I first bought the book of Fearless Watercolor for beginners. I highly recomemd this book for those who want to learn how to paint in watercolors. It teaches you step by step how to use watercolors and how to apply the different kind of techniques you can use. It also explains you the types of watercolor papers as well as the brushes. With this book it gives the energy to start painting with watercolor and the inspiration to learn more about it.
Once I read the whole book and made all the techniques from the book, I wanted to keep practising not only in watercolor but also with other medium, I took painting Imaginary Flowers. This online class was fun, beautifull, and the most important, relaxing class! Here you put in practice your imagination and creativity! There is no wrong or right here, you just need to have a grest time doing this!!
Also, I took 26 Weeks of Training and Inspiration. This is another of her online classes that I was addictived! I learn a lot here. It gave me the discipline to do it every day for 26 week. Of course, you can do it at your own pace, but I was hooked with this class. I highly recommend it!! If there were a second part, with my closed eyes I would do it!!
Lastly, I took the Express yourself, creative well being class. It was another class that helps you know yourself through your paint. This was fun. I enjoyed a lot!!
Not only did I buy “Fearless Watercolor,” I bought “Painting Flowers From Imagination,” the DVD. I love the way Sandrine guides one through the painting process from start to finish, and makes it fun, unique and easily understandable. There’s always a piece to feel great about when you complete the process.I can’t wait to get my hands on “Painting Patterned Trees.”
I can promise that anyone interested in watercolor or mixed media will love her style as well as the way she teaches.
I loved Sandrine’s Imaginative Flower paintings the first time I saw them. I signed up for her course and have successfully created several of my own Imaginative Flowers, thanks to her clear, concise explanations and video examples. I have purchased the 26 Weeks course and have not yet had time to start it, but I am looking so forward to it! Besides the fact that I really love Sandrine’s art and teaching, I really like and respect that she makes her courses available for a lifetime!! That has not been true of most online courses I have taken, but it’s definitely something I look for and seals the deal for me when I do. A great artist, a great teacher and material for life!! I couldn’t ask for more.
I have included one of my paintings that I created following my Imaginative Painting course. The Imaginative Florals have been among my very best selling paintings, too.
Thank you, Sandrine, I appreciate you more than you know!
I enjoyed this class immensely. I learned how to use materials I already had more effectively and in new, exciting ways. I especially liked the layering process…the building of design and “discovering” flowers, stems & leaves in the random mish-mash of shapes and colors. I highly recommend this class for those wanting to break out of the traditional floral-painting mode.
LOVED THIS CLASS, made me realize how “tight” I get with a painting. Trying to relax and go with the flow, and cannot come close to these beautiful creations……will keep trying!!!!
I’ve completed all 26 weeks and have learned a lot. Not only some techniques, but, basic approaches to planning works and critiquing my own work when completed. A big huge thank you for making 26 Weeks of Inspiration and Training available at a very affordable price. And, another huge load of thanks for taking the time to offer thoughtful and helpful critiques whenever requested. You have a gift for being both supportive and direct, and I’ve appreciated that.
It took a bit longer than 26 weeks for me to complete all the projects, still, I’m sad it’s coming to an end.
It has been a pleasure taking these classes. The weekly tasks are very interesting and Sandrine’s feedback on the works is always constructive and very motivating. I guess these classes are important for both beginners and experienced artists, as you can learn and practice new techniques and find new ways for your work. I believe joining these classes has been of great importance for my art and I thank Sandrine for her guidance and kindness.
It was a great voyage of discovery this 26 weeks class. The lessons, the tutorials were clear and to the point, as well as Sandrine’s feedback. The feedback gives so much added value. I went through all sorts of emotions during the assignments, but it pushed me in a certain direction. I can recommend everyone to follow this class of inspiration and training, because a lot is happening!
I absolutely LOVE this way of painting! It opened up a whole new way for me to express myself.
I wish I had more time to do more…but here’s one that came out of my endeavors while watching one of Sandrine’s online videos. I ended up purchasing a video because of it.
I’m now also recreating one of a kind Artfits – The Art to Be on Etsy. Someday, I’d like to somehow do paintings on cloth, or transfer papers – so that it can cross over from painting to textiles. www.etsy.com/shop/thearttobe
With the online classes “How to sell my art online” I am working on the tips Sandrine gives me.
As I presumed it is a lot of work, but her classes are coaching me step by step to reach my goal.
The result will be shown in my web shop to realise in 2018.
Doing the work myself is a lot cheaper than hiring a professional and through these classes I will
be able to update the site myself any time necessary.
I joined Sandrine’s Figure drawing group in North Vancouver for a session last year after recovering from hand surgery, as well as after a 15 hiatus from drawing. Sandrine was welcoming and encouraging, and that helped me overcome my fear and anxiety about making art. I jumped in and entered pieces in the annual exhibition which was a first for me. I have continued on to explore in lots of different media over the last 18 months, and always get a boost when I get her newsletter!
I loved the on line workshop “painting flowers from imagination “ learnt heaps about the value of different layers, colours that work well together. Very well presented and great price ❤️
This class is exactly what I needed to jump start me back into drawing and painting after many years of working creatively on a computer only. The lessons flexibility and guidance are very helpful. Sandrine’s personal advice and helpful critiques have opened my eyes to another way of seeing. I feel a true sense of advancement in my skills and a widening of perceptive ability in my art.
Thank you Sandrine!
This is a great opportunity to try so many different techniques, with Sandrine’s gentle guidance and encouragement. I love this class..I have learned so much and I can see my artwork developing. I was so put off making art by an unsympathetic teacher in school, I just wish he had been like Sandrine!
Now art is something I do every day…I feel I have set out on an exciting journey…I would recommend ’26 weeks ‘ unreservedly.
Thank you for a very complete class, now I have to get started on my website !
Sandrine, I loved this class and am in the process of creating and continuing to learn more…You are a generous and giving teacher. I continue to read and follow your blog and advice. Thank you,
What a fun and spontaneous way to paint! Loved learning some new techniques. Even though I have been creating and teaching art for so many years I always feel there is more to learn. Great instructions and inspiration!
Thanks for your useful and beautiful lessons. Sorry can´t travel to participate of your classes and workshops.I´m very far, but enjoy your articles and lessons on line. May be one day, ´ll have this opportunity.
Thank you very much for your flower class. It was so good for me and I think my art work will be very different now because you showed me the artful process from start to finish.
Your techniques are very honest and practical and more importantly… beautiful.
I just bought your watercolour book from amazon so look forward to that.
I wish i could do a class in person but I am in Australia…..so hopefully you will do more classes online.
Many thanks again
I am enjoying the drawing class very much. It has really pushed me to try new methods and actually enjoy the experience. I also liked having an online drawing experience. I have never done that and it opened a whole new facet of creating to me.
The 26-weeks-of-inspiration course was so much fun. Each unit brought me new enjoyment, and I learned so much. I tried many many types of painting and artwork, so many I would not have thought to do on my own. I recommend this course to anyone who is stuck in a rut with one type of medium, or who is timid and afraid to get started in the world of making art.
This class has been a great experience. I have gotten to play with different styles, and moving outside my comfort zones. The class allows for setting your own pace which worked wonderfully for my job and other commitments. I have also gained new insight for the constructive comments from Sandrine.
I look forward to finishing the assignments and maybe another class from Sandrine.
Tonality, group show at the Ferry Building Gallery (March 12-30)
North Shore Art Crawl : March 2&3 2019 10 am-5 pm
Subjective Reality at Liquid Amber Tattoo and Art Collective
Ensemble show at the ACT in Maple Ridge
Solo show: Garden Dream at the Pitt Meadows Art Gallery
ArtSpeaks Showcase Exhibition for the Harmony Arts Festival at the Ferry Building
Venus rising, exhibition at the Vancouver Italian Cultural Center
Bark exhibition at the VanDusen botanical garden
Painting on the Edge at the Federation of Canadian Artists
Painting on the edge at the Federation of Canadian Artists- Award third place
National Crossing Boundaries Arts Exhibition at the International Arts Gallery and the Federation of Canadian Artists gallery.
First Western Canadian Artists Portrait Exhibition at the International Arts Gallery
Works on paper at the Federation of Canadian Artists- 2nd place Award
Organized chaos, group exhibition of abstracts and semi abstracts works at the International Arts Gallery.
FCA medal show at the Federation of Canadian Artists gallery
Tactile Forest , group show at the North Vancouver Cityscape Community Art Space
FCA 75th Anniversary Signature Celebration and Exhibition show
Painting on the edge 2016 at the Federation of Canadian Artists- Award third place
Harmony Showcase Exhibition at the Ferry Building Gallery
“Going in Circles” has been selected as one of ten honorable-mention winners in the 2015 Shades of Gray Competition by Drawing magazine.
Invitational Exhibition of Prominent Female Artists by International Arts Gallery; International Research and Study Arts Center.
Harmony Art Festival group exhibition “Exploring balance in art: Harmony and Discord”
Cityscape Art Gallery: The boat show
Painting on the Edge 2015 at the Federation of Canadian Artists- Award second place
Solo exhibition at Nou’Art Gallery, France, Auch
Solo exhibition at the Silk Purse gallery, West Vancouver
Spilsbury Medal Show at the Federation of Canadian Artists – Bronze medal Award
Foliage and Flowers at the Federation of Canadian Artist – Second prize Award
Landscape show at the Federation of Canadian Artists
Works on paper show at the Federation of Canadian Artists
Active members show at the Federation of Canadian Artists
Finalist, International Artist Magazine
Winner of the Artist Magazine All media Art Competition in the mixed media category.
Exquisite Landscapes, group exhibition at the Cityscape Community Art Gallery.
Spilsbury Medal Show at the Federation of Canadian Artists
Still life exhibition at the Federation of Canadian artists
Landscape Show, at the Federation of Canadian artists- FCA Second Prize Award
Spilsbury Medal Show at the Federation of Canadian artists
3 paintings selected for the Twitter/Art+Social Media Exhibition in the Diane Farris gallery-Vancouver.
New video for Radio Canada BC i n French for the Big Picture Art Project
New video in French for CBC Radio Canada television
Sophie and I got interviewed for the French station ici Radio Canada for the Big Picture Art Project
1 painting selected for AcrylicWorks 5: Bold Values!
2 paintings published in AcrylicWorks 4: Captivating Color.
“Fearless watercolor for beginners” is available in simplified Chinese.
“Going in Circles” featured in the spring 2016 issue of Drawing
Four paintings published in Incite, the best of mixed media: Incite 4: Relax. Restore. Renew.
Acrylic Artist, Winter 2015 Feature
Fearless Watercolor for Beginners: Adventurous Painting Techniques to Get You Started by Sandrine Pelissier (Author)
Acrylic Artist Magazine- Fall 2015 issue
AcrylicWorks 3: Celebrating Texture!
Splash 17, Inspiring subjects
Just add Watercolor” by Rotovision editors
Acrylic Works 2 book: Radical Breakthroughs from North Light Books.
Princess Park finalist in the Landscape competition of the Aug-Sept issue of International Artist Magazine:
First place winner of the all media art competition by the Artist Magazine in the mixed media category
Incite, Dreams Realized: The Best of Mixed Media
Splash 11, the best of Watercolor series: New Directions
Feature Article in Watercolor Artist magazine August issue