My Whale


#313/365 Paintings

So possessive… me and my whale! Well, when I was in Kauai HI some years back I had an experience meeting my whale. I was woken by the sounds of whales singing loudly close by. It was the deepest sound/harmonic sound I’ve ever heard. I stayed awake to hear all that I could that night. And I knew I’d paint her someday.

Also, I was reminded of the beauty of whales today as I viewed the photography of Don Baccus, nature photographer (amongst other things). Just amazing what he captures. I encourage to check out his FB page.

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.


Coffee ♥’s the NY Times — The NY Times ♡’s Coffee

Niya Christine's 365 Paintings Per day #10/365_NYTimes+Coffee. Copyright 2013

#10/365 Paintings for 2013

Why does the sight of a cup of coffee and the New York Times give me such nostalgia? A fertile ecosystem of intellectual invention in this pair. The New York Times, in turns out is a bit of a rugged individualist in it’s pattern to set to appeal to a cultured, intellectual readership. Born in 1851, it was intended to be a penny paper that would avoid mass media appeal and report the news objectively. It failed. They had to increase the price and they still lost approx. 1k per week. Luckily, It was saved in 1896 and the price went back to a penny and coverage went worldwide. There are several historical highlights like the coverage of the Titanic—yet, still a strong focus on quality editorial strength. Well, all this fabulousness of inventive strengths and strong values makes a strong cup of coffee the completion of the New York Times experience for me.


Project Notes: Oh, I fussed and fussed with this painting. Such a tiny thing for so much grief! Definitely exceeded my 45 minute max. today. The reason? Well, at first it was going to be a painting with Q-Tips. You can see it’s beginnings in the wood of the table top. The morning go full with business calls etc. and things spun out of control. That’s okay, I have 355 more paintings to go to get this right. Right?