Here comes February ~ LOVE & CHARACTER

Project 365. Niya Christine

Theme: Love & Character

Now that Coffee & Tea is up, I had to do a bit of review. What a whirlwind month. I’m delighted by the results. I have to admit when I started this I had no idea where it would take me. I only had 2 things stubbornly in mind. To paint daily. To paint fast. To type whatever silly ol thing came to my head and hoped that by the end of the month I hadn’t lost friends/subscribers in the creative chaos.

So many surprises. The project has exceeded my expectations entirely. So has my audience. I’ve been emotional more than once reading an email, poem or share note tossed around on Facebook. And ideas from subscribers, like this one:

“…clouds sipping or pouring their drinks, either adding fluff to one’s latte or possibly a barista cloud caught conversing/not paying attention while frothing the milk, which inevitably overflows into more clouds…” ~ Lené Gary

We’ve been on some fun adventures together in the coffee and tea world. From Buddhist eyelash creation tea stories to whale and teapot steam spout activities in the Atlantic Sea—and the simple pleasure of painting a slice of Seattle to learn the exact date the Public Market was born. The stories went back and forth between tea and coffee but also between non-sensical wild whacky fiction to fact finding creative non fiction. Who knew? I sure didn’t. Also, ripples have occurred. Leah Armstrong in Italy via Italian Reflections wrote a review titled, Vivid, Fun, Fanciful, Paintings – a nice surprise. And Diana Dawn hosts a radio show in the Bay Area. For those of you who missed that, here is the recording {Some Like it Hot}. I’m the queen of non-sequitors in this guest appearance. Listen at your own risk. 😉

While January was all about getting habitized and efficient. February will call for a different kind of concentration. To capture the essence, gesture, soul, love in a scene or face, costume or kiss (do you have any idea how hard it is to draw two faces smooshed into each other?). January’s theme was very concrete, Coffee & Tea, February’s theme is a tad more dramatic and challenging for yours truly. But what did Gretchen Rubin say so eloquently? “Challenge and novelty create expansion and happiness.” I have found that true so far. I’m excited. To be drawing, painting, thinking and imagining again at this intensity is a big ol life-kick-in-the-butt. It’s like I’ve just had a baby and getting very little sleep. Exhausted, but happy as a clam.

Thank you again subscribers. I didn’t know how much I needed your creative energy, support and insight until I got into this.

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  • Leah January 31, 2013   Reply →

    Thank you for the mention 🙂
    I can’t wait to see next month’s series. My sister is my best friend and my cat is my best companian. I tease my husband all the time and tell him I love her more than him!
    Ciao, abbraccia, Leah

  • Nina Hansen Machotka January 31, 2013   Reply →

    Once again, such beauty and whimsical imagination. I’ve added you to blogs I follow on my blog :-). xo.

  • WM Rine February 1, 2013   Reply →

    Thanks for a great and inspiring month. I might have given up through the flu and traveling if I didn’t get an email each morning with yet a new work of your art. And always interesting and worth pondering — and that’s before I even read the attached story.

    This one made me smile — it reminds me of those sorts of drawings from Dr. Seuss, Green Eggs and Ham or Fox in Socks were lots of stuff is balanced precariously on heads or on top of umbrellas on elbows on people balanced on bouncing balls. Maybe that crazy balancing act is how your month felt.

    In any case, thanks for sharing with us.

    • niya christine February 1, 2013   Reply →

      WM: It did. The month did feel like that-crazy balancing act. I forgot that when you pour on the creative output you can fall down from pure clumsiness – right brain disequilibrium. And I might have given up had I had a month like you did too. In fact, I’m driving this weekend 22 hours. It forced me to do 2 paintings per day to prepare. What if I get the flu? You caught up admirably. One little trick is that I draw a couple of concepts I know will only take 10 minutes. It doesn’t matter whether I spend 40 minutes or 10 minutes on a painting, it always lifts me up.
      I wonder how your writing life is changing or how you might be changing with your amazing showcase of character sketches this month. I’ve so enjoyed reading them. You are such a natural.

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