Italian Canaries

Painting by Niya Christine. Copyright

#121/365 Paintings

Have you ever noticed how fat (on average) Italian birds are? I’m pretty sure they hang out in the crevices of every baker, chef, Saturday market vendor’s routines every single day. Sleuth’s of the almighty CRUMB.

On one of my trips to Italy, I was seeking an outlet, something mindless to do as I recovered from a break up. I decided to take black and white photographs of birds for a full week. The pigeons were the fattest. Little rolly-polly, billiard ball looking creatures. They looked at you like ‘feed me or really bad things will happen’ — I fed them, of course. But even the canaries in the pet store were on the pudgy side. I love Italy. Everything in mass amounts of appetite, beauty and in deep reverence of the almighty crumb.


Project notes: This is the final painting of April. It’s my make up painting from the sick day last week. Bunnies & Bicycles next, oh my!

Canary on Vacation

Canary Painting by Niya Christine. Copyright 2013

#99/365 Paintings

After her last baby finished flying lessons and was catching worms on his own, she decided to leave her daily routines and go on vacation. How was she to keep her feathers colorful and her eyes bright if her life was only routine? She imagined the town had an assortment of colorful seeds that her competitors had no idea about. They were too busy in their own routines.

So this is our canary giving us a proud look, a slightly secret look only for us. The look says: Today, I’m walking, not flying like birds usually do.


Clarabella — the chromatically gifted pig

Watercolor by Niya Christine. Copyright

#42/365 Paintings

Some pigs have all the fun.

Clarabella was a heartbreaker from birth. Her superpower is that when she giggles her body lights up in moving colors akin to that of a discotheque. It leaves the boy pigs bewildered; stupified by love. Their tails curl up tightly and they leave the scene before she sees her power over them.

I’ll have what she’s having. ; )


Project notes: I love sundays because all the palettes get cleaned and refreshed with new color mixes for the week. It’s a day for rough sketches and wild ideas. This week I look forward to learning from Carla Sonheim’s class: Imaginary Animals. She’s a subscriber here. I love her work and philosophy the Art of Silliness.