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.


Elder People Love…

Watercolor by Niya Christine. 365 Paintings

#38/365 Paintings

You know what I think? The dog is a boy and both these fellas really, really love the beautiful woman in the sleeping bonnet. The dog watches over her… while her hubby inches closer and closer to her all night until she is almost off the bed. In the morning she says, “Harv… you did it again!” The dog kisses her face, she giggles while Harv snores on. She got used to the snoring years ago. It’s like the sea coaxing her to sleep every night now. Ah… they are so cute I want to adopt them.

Reusable Tea Bags

Watercolor by Niya Christine. Copyright

#30/365 Paintings

Her family loved tea. All kinds of tea: Ceylon, Jasmine, Green Tea, Blue Tea, Camomile, Chai Tea. At first she hung out the bags on the line because she wanted to squeeze out every last drop of flavor in the leaves and conserve their bank account. Tea wasn’t cheap and the extra special teas had to be ordered. She stopped re-using the tea bags when her husband got ill. They lived in Indiana so it could have been from a number of pathogen carrying insects. “Kind of gross” her daughter said.

But she loved hanging those bags. The way they dangled on the line like Christmas ornaments. The soft sounds had comforted her through the years. She didn’t want to stop. She decided to dry them, empty them of their herbs, dye them and sew them together in gauzy sheets. She then made dresses that billowed up like storm clouds. Soon the theatre company asked her to design and sew costumes for the stage. These days she is the one being served tea as she creates stunning, dramatic tea bag sourced costumes for the stage.

Sleepy Time Girl

"Sleepy Time Girl" Watercolor by Niya Christine. Copyright 2013

#22/365 Paintings 2013

This will be a very short story…

…about a girl who drank Sleepy Time tea and fell into a luxurious afternoon nap with her cats. The cats didn’t need herbal tea to become the lumps you see in this painting. Nope, not these cats.

By the way, this is the packaging label I want on my Sleepytime tea box. I would buy a lot of it and maybe take more much needed naps. ; )