Balloons Flying Off with Kitchen + Coffee Bean Characters

Painting by Niya Christine. Copyright

#85/365 Paintings

Apparently, I’m obsessed with hot air balloons going off with things: Houses, teapots, coffee beans, old vintage stoves and coffee bean characters amongst other things. It reminds me of a conversation I had with a friend about moving for an opportunity in another city. I loved my home. I wanted to hitch my house it up to a powerful flying machine and simply move it from one town/city to the other. Flying houses. I hope it can happen in the future.

Project notes: How this digital/watercolor collage came to pass. I was cleaning this weekend and found a painting (see image below) I began last fall for a book in progress (some of you will recognize the bean characters from previous paintings). The painting was unfinished because at the time I was trying to achieve some effects that only now I can achieve from all this painting practice and Carla Sonheim inspirations and techniques. I finished up the painting today. I took a good long look at it and decided I want an old stove like this in the future. Flying houses. Voila! The image above is a vintage stock image with parts of the watercolor below. Those beans!

Watercolor by Niya Christine. Copyright

Original Watercolor of Stove

Perhaps the earth can teach us

As when everything seems dead

And later proves to be alive.

—Pablo Neruda


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One comment

  • WM Rine March 26, 2013  

    This is wonderful, Niya. I am dying to read the book that these mixed-media images and collages come from.