A Fairy Painting on Wood

A sweet fairy with her woodland friend.

Wood is becoming my favorite surface for painting pieces of my “Wildish Spirit” series.

It is also interesting to work with more organic shaped surfaces.

I have a stack of burl’s and slices of wood that I found in my dad’s shop that I am sanding and prepping to paint. I also have a few arborist friends who have cut me some slabs from dead trees they removed.

So, it looks like I will be exploring this substrate a lot this year. I am looking forward to creating lots of paintings in 2019.

Have a wonderful, creative, and joyful day, Janell

Happy Creative Holidays!

Happy New Year!

It seems I have been celebrating non stop lately.  We have quite a few birthdays in our family during November and December that take us right up to Christmas.  So it is a busy time of year for me.  But I do enjoy all the celebrations and time spent with family.  I created this snowman painting for my sis for her birthday.  She loves snowmen and having a November birthday is perfect timing.

I hope you are enjoying the holiday season and wish you a wonderful New Year filled with lots of creativity!

One of the fun things I enjoy this time of year is painting holiday windows.

Reindeer window painting by Janell Mithani

Gnomes and reindeer were two of my favorite characters this year.

I’m looking forward to a new year filled with lots of new paintings and creative projects.  January is one of my favorite months, I do a bit of reflecting on what I created in the last year and make a few lists of new or continuing projects for the new year. I enjoy the process and the feeling of a fresh start to new creative endeavors.

I hope you have a wonderful, creative, and joyful New Year! Janell


Woodland Fairy Painting in Process

I have been working on this large 6 foot painting for the past few months.  I am still far from finishing it, but I thought I would share a few photo’s of my process and how this painting is progressing.

The canvas was so large, it wouldn’t fit on my easel, so I hung it on the wall.  I put paper behind the painting to protect my wall as I am a very messy artist! 🙂


I am now blocking in all the little fairies and sprites that the fairy is protecting under her cape.


I went back and re-worked some of the background and trees.

An angled view…

The little ones are starting to look like fairies and sprites! 🙂  I am enjoying creating all of their little faces and personalities.

I still have a lot more to paint. My goal is to finish by the end of the year.  That gives me about two more months. I have been working on smaller paintings while I am creating this one, and will probably continue with that schedule.

I hope you are enjoying this fall weather and have a Happy Halloween!

Have a wonderful, creative, and joyful day, Janell




What’s on my Easel Today

It has been a busy summer, and I haven’t shared much of what I have been doing in the studio.


These are a few smaller paintings I have created.


And this new painting from my Nostalgia series.


I also finalized my sketch and began working on a 3 x 6 foot painting from my “Wildish Spirit” series..

PrintofSketchesWL I combined about 25 drawings from my sketchbook of all the children under her cape.  I then tile printed it out on my 8 1/2″ x 11″ printer and taped them all together. I’ll just say it took me a while! 🙂 I am really excited about this painting, it has been a long thought process to create it.

WorkInProgressLW Here is the painting in progress, The canvas was too big to fit on my easel, so I hung it on the wall.  I am still working on the background, but I am going to start adding the figures this week.  (That big mess on my table is a fairy garden in process.)

With my Achilles tendon surgery this spring, I had gotten behind on varnishing my paintings. The good thing about this is if I do a few paintings all at once, I don’t have to wash my varnishing brush so often. 🙂

Varnishing A Mermaidl


I also have a video of my varnishing process on my Facebook page if you are interested in seeing how I do this process.  It is of my “Carousel” painting. Here is the link to the video: https://www.facebook.com/JanellMithaniArtist/videos/10155436508417021/

I hope you are having a productive summer, too!   I would love to hear what you have been doing.

Have a wonderful, creative, joyful, day! Janell



Posted in Art

Flowers on my Canvas

This painting began during a painting workshop as my demo painting. A few weeks later, I finished it in my studio.

I do love Painting flowers.

I hope you are having a fun summer.

Have a wonderful, creative, joyful, day! – Janell

Posted in Art

Woodland Animals to Decorate a Nursery

A few years ago I created a group of woodland animals for my niece’s baby. She was decorating his nursery in baby animals, so I created some art for her walls. I also loaded them to the website Redbubble.com and ordered some really cute t-shirts and onesies.


I didn’t think much about it at the time, but I went ahead and made the account public so that other people can order these sweet little animals on t-shirts, bags, phone covers, and even stickers. I have had quite a few orders and I am thinking of adding some new animals to the group.


The porcupine is the most popular, followed by the fox.

My favorite, is the baby moose. He is Soooo cute! 🙂


Which is your favorite?

Do you have any suggestions of an animal I should add?

Are you on Redbubble? If yes, let me know and I will follow you. 🙂

Have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell

Posted in Art