FAWN Painting – A Fairy Holding a Baby Deer

I just finished a new painting in my Fae Series.  This painting is titled “FAWN.”


FAWN, Acrylic on canvas, 30″ x 24″

She is the little sister of “DOE”, who I finished painting in January. Here is DOE.

DOE painting by Janell Mithani

DOE, Acrylic on Canvas, 30″ x 24″

I thought it was very fitting that I name her FAWN since she had “spots,” too.  I created the sketch last summer.  You can see my original post from last summer with the original sketch here.


I created the sketch for DOE this past fall and then added the fawns to both of the sketches and began planning the paintings.


Next, I enlarged the sketch to the size of my canvas so I could transfer my drawing.   I wanted the painting to be big, 30″ x 24,” so I had to copy sections onto different pieces of paper and then tape them together. I transferred a soft outline of the drawing to the canvas once I had painted the background by rubbing charcoal on the back of the enlarged photocopy and tracing over my sketch.

Enlarged sketch of Fawn painting by Janell Mithani

Here are a few pictures of my painting process…

Blocking in shapes and under-painting.


I decided to add wings and a bit more work on the background.

Photo pf Fawn painting in process by Janell Mithani

More work on the wings, Darkening the under-painting on the fawn and the beginning of details on the hair.


Adding details to skin, hair and starting to work on the eyes…


Added more details on the deer and started working on fine details.


The last thing I added were some dogwood blossoms, they are my mom’s favorite.  🙂  Here is another look at the finished painting…


I hope you have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell


24 thoughts on “FAWN Painting – A Fairy Holding a Baby Deer

  1. Oh Janell it turned out beautiful! ❤ I remember your sketch isn't amazing to see the transformation? Sure it is… and I loved to see the step by step process great work! 😉 Thank you for sharing and keep up with your lovely creations!

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  2. Thank you, Marsha. Yes, I do teach art workshops and I also teach art to teens at our local libraries. No, I haven’t ever illustrated a children’s book, but I did publish a photography book a few years ago when I switched back to painting. It was quite a project. A children’s book would be really fun!

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  3. After I asked that, I read your bio. How impressive. You went to school in a beautiful setting. I bet you have some amazing work. I’m following you, and hope to get better acquainted over the next few weeks and months. 🙂 I have several children’s books written, as does a friend of mine. We both lament that we can’t draw! 🙂


  4. Marsha, thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to read my bio. That is awesome that you have written several children’s books. Are you publishing them? I read your bio, too. You’ve done awesome things and I look forward to reading more of your blog posts. And I feel the same way about those who can write that you feel about those who can draw! 🙂

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