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Those who know our family will recognize (I hope!), Helene, my mother in law in this portrait. I used watercolors and a little bit of gouache in the background.

The challenge in this portrait was the picture I was working from, I liked very much the picture but it had a very bad resolution. I tried to use this drawback as an opportunity to loosen up my style a little bit. I had no real definition of the eyes for example, so they are more a suggestion than a really define area, which is nice .


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I grew up in France but have been living in Canada for the last 12 years, I am currently located in North Vancouver and work from a studio on Pemberton Avenue.

I have two passions:
- Painting the effects of light with watercolor on paper through portraits and cityscapes
( and )
- Building complex textures and edges with acrylics and mixed media on canvas (

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  • eoconnor
    eoconnorabout 4 years ago

    lovely ,soft and like you said a suggestion in the eye area lovely LIZ

  • Thank you Liz :-)

    – Sandrine Pelissier

  • Lora Garcelon
    Lora Garcelonabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful, loose portrait. I really like the lighting.

  • Thank you Lora :-)

    – Sandrine Pelissier

  • Ken Powers
    Ken Powersabout 4 years ago

    Incredible work Sandrine!

  • Thank you Ken, I really appreciate it!

    – Sandrine Pelissier

  • brianaelizabeth
    brianaelizabethabout 4 years ago

    thank goodness for bad quality photos, it translated so nicely to a beautiful, loose painting. well done.

  • Thank you Elisabeth :-)

    – Sandrine Pelissier

  • Elisabeta Hermann
    Elisabeta Hermannalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent piece! Please consider our Challenge, HERE

  • Thanks, I will

    – Sandrine Pelissier

  • Cynthia Lund Torroll
    Cynthia Lund T...almost 3 years ago

    The style here is sumptuous. The colors are fabulous. What a great painting.

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