Violet and Grey, A New Painting

I finished another painting in my ‘Wildish Spirit’ series.  This painting is in honor of my daughter and her love of horses and I titled it “Violet and Grey.”  She took a lot of horseback riding lessons when she was young, so when I decided to paint one of my FAE characters based on her, I felt a wild horse needed to be part of the painting.

painting Violet and grey by janell Mithani

She left a couple of weeks ago, returning to Chicago for her last year in college.  I miss her SO MUCH!  I used her favorite color palette — purple, grey and black. It is a very cool toned palette and very different from my usual warm tones.  I did give her bangs and a bit of a wild hair-do to go with the horse’s wild mane.  I plan to hang the painting in her room, so when I walk by and glance in, I will see her in the painting, instead of her empty bedroom.

Of course, I am counting the days until Christmas break and I get to hug her again! 🙂

This is a close up picture to show the details of their faces.

Violet and grey painting detail by Janell Mithani

I didn’t do a sketch this time, I just worked from photographs I took of her in the garden last December.  And the horse is a merging of about 4 different horses I looked at as reference, definitely a fantasy breed… with my usual big eyes. 🙂

Here are a few pictures of my process…


I painted the background in and then did a charcoal sketch on top of it.




Here is a picture from the side of the gallery wrapped canvas.  I don’t think I have shared the sides of my paintings before on my blog.  It’s a little hard to see in the picture below, but  I painted the name of the painting along the thick edge of the wrapped canvas.

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




27 thoughts on “Violet and Grey, A New Painting

  1. What a lovely surprise for your daughter to come home and find a beautiful painting from you in her room! And I’m glad you can enjoy it as a reminder of her. It’s SO hard when they leave, isn’t it?


  2. Hi Susan, Yes it is hard when they leave. She was home for about 2 1/2 months this summer so we really enjoyed our time with her. She brought her sweet little cat with her, and of course we fell in love with him and now we miss him, too! 🙂


  3. Thanks, L’Adelaide! i hope you are doing well. i seem to be missing your posts in my reader, lately, so I am hopping over to your blog to check out what you have been up to and what art you have been creating.


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