Hot Air Balloon, A Bird, A House, A Prairie

Painting by Niya Christine. Copyright

#82/365 Paintings

I would imagine that houses every hundred years or so might want to go on walk about in the sky. Yesterday’s painting as Will so aptly put it was like a hot air balloon traffic jam. So true. Those houses must have been very excited for an adventure. And hot air balloons don’t have much of a reputation for self control. The two houses on the right hand side there? They are waiting their turn.

H A P P Y  S A T U R D A Y folks. Have a wonderful weekend. I have a couple of wood paintings coming your way next I’m excited about.

Project notes: This is from parts of another wild and crazy painting from this past week. And… well, I needed to have mercy on you (and me). This is a combination of that painting, a vintage stock photo and my digital kitchen {Photoshop}.


Bees Gone Bad


"Bees Gone Bad" Gouache + Digital by Niya Christine. Copyright


Generally, bees are true blue honey workers. But every so often one or two go astray and indulge in the bean for that ‘extra’ buzz. Beans aren’t known for their balanced approach to life. It’s an understatement to say that they get obsessed. Now, the queen bee knows she’s making a fool of them. But she’s too far along in drinking the kool-aide (coffee) herself to do anything constructive for the colony.

We might shake our heads sadly for the bees. But how unhappy could they be? They are buzzed, working hard to bring in the beans and keeping their queen very happy.


Project notes: The ingredients of this painting are: Gouache, watercolor, digital manipulation and Balkan Beat Box Music to keep me ‘buzzin.’ Thanks for lookin at another version of the secret lives of bees.