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Daily Objects

Collection by Marie-Hélène Brohan Delhaye

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Drawing daily objects as part of the narrative of my life

Marie-Hélène Brohan Delhaye
Foundations - Lesson 1 - My homework Urban Sketching, My Passion, Sketchbooks, Homework, Opera, Beast, Buildings, Foundation, Objects

Foundations - Lesson 1 - My homework

Back to school time! I decided to sign up for Foundations by Liz Steel. I am sketching more and more, and I am quite interested in Urban Sketching, so I thought it would be a good fit. Plus I love Liz's style of urban sketching, and of course her tea cups! So I've got Lesson 1 under my belt now - all about knowing your materials. I found it useful because, like a lot of people I guess, I've accumulated a lot or art supplies over the years. Too much choice can be nice. But most of the time…

MHBD's Blog: Brush pens - quick sketches Quick Sketch, Urban Sketching, Brush Pen, Pens, Objects, Sketches, Drawings, Blog, Painting

Brush pens - quick sketches

Doodling at home. A good way to fill in blanks in the day without investing too much time! He moved three times while I was trying to sketch this, hence the strange lines criss-crossing the drawing! (Pentel brush pen) My favourite tea pot. (Marabu watercolour brush pen - I got these in Lidl - I wonder where else I can find Marabu supplies in Ireland? I would love to get my hands on the white Art Crayon!) Our growing gherkin plant. I might try to add a dash of water to this sketch and see how…

006 - Draw a stack of books Stack Of Books, Urban Sketching, My Passion, Of My Life, Objects, Draw, Blog, Board, My Crush

006 - Draw a stack of books

I am sticking at it - I get the feeling that this week won't be so good, but I've done quite well through the month of August so far. I'm intent on getting to the end of this sketchbook - it's a nice size - about A4. But the paper is not very strong, so not ideal for mixed media and definitely not suitable for wet media. I used it with gouache and it was lovely for that, though. Here I had drawn a square with a yellow Montana acrylic marker and I drew my stack of books - more or less…

MHBD's Blog: Lost Urban Sketching, Inktober, Objects, Lost, Drawings, Painting, Painting Art, Sketches, Paintings

Lost

Why is this ink sketch called lost? Because summer is lost Because my flowers look lost Because the background is lost Because I feel lost In space Because my mind goes wandering around Generally not very deep Just because that was the prompt for the day And I had fresh flowers to paint Orange Pretty And I had always wanted to draw that vase And these flowers are still standing

MHBD's Blog: Hungry Urban Sketching, Inktober, Objects, Drawings, Blog, Painting, Painting Art, Sketches, Blogging

Hungry

I'm skipping the odd day in InkTober, but overall, I'm trying to stick to it - just 10 minutes every day. I am enjoying finding things to draw around me, without having to think too much about it. Mostly I am using a Lamy Safari pen and I use a waterbrush to create the blended greys. I am using the prompts from the InkTober website, but only fairly loosely. Well, in this case, it was appropriate enough for the subject I picked. And in case you're wondering, it's a tiny little plate, with…

MHBD's Blog: InkTober 1 Urban Sketching, Inktober, Objects, Drawings, Blog, Painting, Painting Art, Sketches, Blogging

InkTober 1

I'm not sure if I'm committed to this yet. I would be much happier to have InkTober in February, when life is not quite so busy. But I'll try a few and see where we go. Mugs are my nemesis, so maybe it wasn't a good idea to start the month with one. But there was a downlighter right over it, and the shadows were interesting. Unfortunately, I didn't think of taking a photo, and now I can't remember which shadow was dark and which was light. I can always try it again. Why did I not think of…

MHBD's Blog: Foundations Lesson 4 Constructing Volumes Urban Sketching, My Passion, Opera, Buildings, Foundation, Objects, Blog, My Crush, Opera House

Foundations Lesson 4 Constructing Volumes

It's a couple of weeks since I got a chance to work further on my assignments for this online course. We're now getting into the more technical stuff, and that's slightly intimidating - maybe that's another reason for my procrastination! The whole idea is to draw with a light touch (or a light watercolour pencil if, like me, you're incapable of a light touch) but confidently, looking at every line and every angle carefully and drawing what you see. And then to draw what you actually can't…

Foundations - Lesson 2 - bottle and box Urban Sketching, My Passion, Opera, Buildings, Foundation, Objects, Bottle, Box, My Crush

Foundations - Lesson 2 - bottle and box

I need to do a few more of these, but I was happy with how the bottle worked out! Maybe I should practise my drawing when I wake up at 4:30 and I can't go back to sleep, which is not something that normally troubles me. Or maybe I should have had a drink from that bottle - Oh I remember, it's empty. Plus I don't drink. I did this drawing in a sketchbook I started well over a year ago, and it was the last page of it. Something really satisfying about finishing a sketchbook. I shouldn't start…

003 - pile of laundry Urban Sketching, Moose Art, Laundry, Objects, Mood, Drawings, Painting, Animals, Laundry Room

003 - pile of laundry

If you're in an art rut, draw a pile of laundry. As soon as it's in the wash, nobody will know whether the proportions and angles are right or wrong.

Still life with a painting Be Still, Still Life, Urban Sketching, Easy Paintings, Objects, History, Drawings, Blog, Inspiration

Still life with a painting

A painting with a still life setup. Day 9 - I found this one hard to do! The idea was to use a reproduction of a painting I like or admire or that inspires me, with a few items to make it part of a still life. Well, I really didn't feel up to copying a famous painting. So I decided to tackle (still watching the rugby IRE 3-7 ENG) one of my paintings instead, using some vases with a family history. This one proved more than I could chew though. I had chosen a portrait I had painted recently…

Still life with a painting Be Still, Still Life, Urban Sketching, Easy Paintings, Objects, History, Drawings, Blog, Inspiration

Still life with a painting

A painting with a still life setup. Day 9 - I found this one hard to do! The idea was to use a reproduction of a painting I like or admire or that inspires me, with a few items to make it part of a still life. Well, I really didn't feel up to copying a famous painting. So I decided to tackle (still watching the rugby IRE 3-7 ENG) one of my paintings instead, using some vases with a family history. This one proved more than I could chew though. I had chosen a portrait I had painted recently…

MHBD's Blog: Complementary colours September 28, July 25, Urban Sketching, Objects, Colours, Blog, Blogging, Urban Sketchers

Complementary colours

Day 7 - I chose red and green I do love orange and blue too, but I decided to try green and red instead. Favourite teapot and mug. Acrylic ink applied with a bamboo pen that doesn't really work, Neocolor, and a little watercolour for the background.

008 - Draw your art supplies Urban Sketching, Draw Your, My Passion, Art Supplies, Opera, Objects, Drawings, Blog, Painting

008 - Draw your art supplies

I extended the brief of this one to drawing a full corner of my art room. And what is it shouting out at me? DE-CLUTTER ME! It will be another few days before I do that, as I need to keep access to the radiator clear for another few days. So that means more clutter than less for the moment. But I won't let that stop me. I am determined to keep making art, maybe not Art with a big A, but anything that entails pens and paint will do for now! It was good fun, and I'm really happy with how it…

006 - Draw a stack of books - watercolour Stack Of Books, Urban Sketching, Watercolour, Objects, Drawings, Blog, Painting, Pen And Wash, Watercolor Painting

006 - Draw a stack of books - watercolour

I had enjoyed that little drawing so much that I decided to try it in watercolours. I used cheap watercolour paper (a block of 100 pages, Goldline, Watercolour Studio Pad, 200g/m2, cold pressed, about A4), but it worked out beautifully, with a Rotring ArtPen (not waterproof) and a new Sennelier travel set (isn't it so dinky?). I used very little water, as I didn't want the pen ink to bleed all over the lovely colours. I'm delighted with the shading and the little darts of colour.

005 - draw a scene in a restaurant Urban Sketching, Objects, Scene, Restaurant, Drawings, Blog, Diner Restaurant, Sketches, Blogging

005 - draw a scene in a restaurant

Is it OK to cheat? Not a big cheat. Just a little one. What I have in mind is using a drawing that I did while in Bruges two weeks ago for the 101 sketches series. It wasn't intended for that purpose. But I drew it. Let's face it, I don't often draw in a restaurant here. But while on our mini-break (it sounds so Bridget Jones!), I did take my little sketchbook out of my handbag and I drew a few items on the table in front of me while waiting for our food. Service was slow. But the sushi was…