507 Year Old Clam and a Barking Snail


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This is how I imagine Ming the clam  lived before researchers meddled. The snail takes her job seriously. As innocent and peaceful as the fish on the right look, she’s ready to defend the oldest living animal in the world. At least she was, until forces larger than herself took over.

Thank you WM Rine for bringing this to my attention. I generally can’t accommodate requests, but this one tugged too hard on my heart strings.

REQUEST: “Your fish have been enlivening my mailbox each day this month. Before we’re done with the month, I’d like to make a request for your lovely art on behalf of Ming the clam, who, until some researchers got to poking around it to see how old it was, was the oldest living animal on earth. I’m sure your magic would make this less upsetting.”

I Like You

Watercolor. I LIKE YOU. By Niya Christine. Copyright

#108/365 Paintings

She really does… like you. And her painter likes you too.


Project notes: Every month seems to bring about various moods. In the beginning it’s fun and exciting, flirting with the many subject matter possibilities in the new theme. Around mid-month I seem to find something that I need to paint over and over again. The wildflowers from last month, for instance. This month, it’s the colorful cows with big eyes (sketched from black and white photos). So expect a few more of these. Also, welcome to new subscribers recently. So happy to have you for our morning art and coffee communion.