Last week I totally forgot writing a blog, sorry about that! I was really busy working on a
commission that has to remain a secret for now.
So here are some hazelnuts instead

These are from my 'Drawing a Day' project on my Instagram account, you can follow me at:

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The last couple of weeks I didn’t spend any time on my larger drawings. I was back at cleaning
my home (as in throwing things out) so it would be a better home studio. Almost ready.

After that I had two weeks of vacation which I spend with my boyfriend and his 4 year old son.
During this time I only did my Drawing A Day which I’m managing to do so for almost a
month now.

For a large part my vacation consisted of doing things a 4 year old enjoys, mostly very active
things and the boy asking a lot of attention. Perfectly normal for a 4 year old.

What I noticed was that these small drawings I did every day formed a much needed ‘me-time’.
They drowned all the noise of the day and brought me back to myself.

So just in a few weeks these daily drawings changed from a daily task, or ‘should’ as
Elle Luna calls them, to a daily necessity or ‘must’.

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A day late but here is the result of a week (and a day) of my Drawing a Day project.
So far so good.

I try to post all my drawings (and more) on Instagram.
You can find me at: melissa_halley

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March 2013 I started my Drawing A Day sketchbook. My plan was to make a small
drawing every day that would take about 15 to 30 minutes. The idea was to draw every day
especially when I couldn’t spend that day entirely drawing or on other art related business.

It’s also a really good way to get your drawing-juices flowing.
After a month I abandoned the sketchbook, started again and so on until the beginning of
this year.

For some reason I couldn’t stick to it, every day I had more important things to do, no time and
after a while I would just forget.

I got quite upset with myself that I could not even do this little 15 minute thing.
A few months ago I made a daily plan and the Drawing A Day was part of that plan but still I
would somehow ‘forget’.

Until today…

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Sometimes kids (temporarily) come back to live with their parents again. Last weekend 3 of my
‘kids’ returned home. These drawings were sold in 2003 and 2006 and I hadn’t seen them since.
It was actually nice to see them again.
The circumstances were less fun. The man that bought them in the past recently passed away,
there were no family members who showed interest in them and that’s how they were
returned to me. Feels weird…

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