DOE painting in process

I am still working on my painting, “DOE.” but I thought I would share a few pictures of my progress.

Here is the final sketch from my sketchbook. It is 8″ x 10″.

Doe Sketch

Here is my sketch enlarged on a copy machine and pieced together.  I wanted to paint this one pretty big, so I bought a 24″ x 30″ gallery wrapped canvas.


Here is the canvas with the last coat of tinted gesso.   I was thinking I wanted to go with a lighter background, but you will see that I changed my mind…

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And here is the painting with the main subjects blocked in.

Doe blocked in

Now I started feeling the Fall weather and began getting some darker shades worked into the painting.  I always rotate my canvas around on my easel when I am painting certain parts.  I especially like to paint the tips of my hair sideways.  Anybody else do this when they paint or draw?


Here is the whole painting sideways on my easel.  I darkened up the background and added texture that gave me the feeling of bark on a tree.


And here it is, right side up with the my progress, so far.

painting Doe holding a fawn in process by Janell Mithani

Hope you have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell



19 thoughts on “DOE painting in process

  1. Watching a painting progress like that always thoroughly mystifies me! It boggles my mind how you see backwards from the finished painting you want, knowing what other colors to layer under it and how to build them up. It’s fascinating! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Love this work in progress style approach, first time I see it and is wonderful to see how you work! Love the turn on side technique, I do it too when I sketch, my working sheet finds all kind of awkward positions. Love the fall colors, the many brown, green, yellow shades but my favorite part is always your eyes, they are always magical just as fairies are! Wonderful post Janell, looking forward to see the finished painting!
    Have a most wonderful weekend!

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