Because I’m Tall…

Niya Christine Painting/Collage. Copyright

#118/365 Paintings

Because I’m tall, I see the insects up high.

I make other canaries jealous. But they shouldn’t feel that way. My knees are always scuffed up and it’s really hard for me to get a date during mating season.

Still, I keep my head up high, ready to sing with the dragon flies and ladybugs. The storks laugh at me—call me “shrimp.” I quietly gloat for not being ginormous like they are. I’m me.  A canary on stilts, with diversity, quality and character.


Note to my subscribers: Thank you all for your well wishes. The antibiotics have kicked in today and I’m feeling much better. Also, welcome new subscribers. It’s a joy to have such a high quality art audience.


Canary Fashion Bazaar

Collage/Painting by Niya Christine.Copyright

#113/365 Paintings

Canaries know they are pretty. I’m convinced of it. So when I found some special papers and copper screens this weekend, I thought they’d appreciate the gesture. A couple of them insisted upon the Target logo for their ‘super-cool’ contact lenses.

“Target is cool — fun bird toys! Besides, all the birds are doing it,” they reasoned with their exacerbated but amused artist. I had to congratulate the bird with the purple shoes and pink mohak, as he insisted upon dressing himself. I just realized the blue one with the gold feathers and short legs looks like he/she has a diaper on. Oh well, it’s a fashion bazaar (bizarre). Those canaries!


Painting dedication: When I think of fashionista’s Carolyn Maso comes directly to mind. Her taste is exquisite, expansive and very worldly. She’s a culture maker. Check her out and say hello. She will brighten your day. This is for you Carolyn!

Bovine Bliss

By Niya Christine. Copyright

#110/365 Paintings

I like my salad but I couldn’t eat greens for 8 hours a day like cows do. Still, is there any better feeling than hanging out near cows on a sunny afternoon watching them peacefully chew grass? They seem to understand that every thing good in life is embedded in a blade of green grass.

No wonder this group of jazz musicians knew how to pick their audience. Note, at the end of the video how jealous the people are watching this. I would have been too!

* Thank you Dave for sending this wonderful video in the spirit of cow painting month.

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.