Copyright, Niya Christine

#129/365 Paintings

When Molly was a baby and in training to go to her house on command… she decided to show me who was boss. The second the word, “Go…” came out of my mouth she ran around the living room — up on the couch, down to the floor at lightening speed. Her last act was to go under the papazion chair (above) with a look of defiance that said… absolutely no way! I do what I want, I’m Molly! Don’t even think for one second you will win this game. The other expression, for another painting was to tease like it was all a hilarious game and she was WAY smarter then any silly ol’ redhead bossing her around. She seemed to amuse herself very easily. And then when I wearied of the whole thing and turned to go, she’d quietly go into her house and go to sleep like that was the plan the whole time. Charlotte Brewster said it today best, “She was a character.”


Notes: I feel a Molly series coming on. A complete surprise to me. But it makes me feel close to her… perhaps a delay of complete grief. So perhaps you’ll indulge me for a few more of these. It really helps. And thank you all for your sweet condolences today. I feel so delighted by the people in my life.


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  • Nina Hansen Machotka May 9, 2013  

    Oh Niya, she is so beautiful. You’ve caught that “stubborn” look so well in this painting! I can just see her daring you to boss her around! So glad you’ve decided to do a Molly series. We’ll all be much richer for it! Love and kisses. Nina.

  • Sage Cohen May 9, 2013  

    I love Molly! Her face has always just completely opened me up. And now this painting: extraordinary. I am holding you both close, dear Niya.

  • Carolyn Maso May 9, 2013  

    I welcome a Molly series and feel you’re not delaying the grieving process but going through it. Writing and painting are therapeutic and sharing your experiences with this beautiful little bun are joyful… you go girl… work it! Sending you love and a (((BIG HUG)))

  • Carolyn Maso May 9, 2013  

    Btw, adorable painting and charming story… she was a little “character”…

  • Charlotte Brewster May 9, 2013  

    Oh, Niya, this is SO beautiful! Thank you. I love how the bright colors match your description of her personality. She sounds like a FORCE! Of course, even forces are eventually summoned to return to the elements… I for one vote for a Molly series!

  • niya christine May 9, 2013  

    Thank you all. Wow. What would I do without the wise, loving, insightful and bursting with life friends for me and for what she meant to me. And I’m learning to the ones she met and touched. Really enjoying your comments. They help so much.