New “Wildish Spirit” Sketches

Here are a couple of new sketches I did over the summer months.  It was quite a busy summer, with lots of traveling and teaching art workshops.  

I am taking a break from teaching this Fall so my torn Achilles tendon will hopefully heal.  ( According to my Dr. I have not been staying off if it  enough.)  The best part is, I will get more time in the studio to paint!  Yippee! 

Have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell


Le Lapin, (Bunny) Painting

I finished this painting a few months ago and just realized I hadn’t shared it on my blog.  The title is “Le Lapin, Bunny” and it is acrylic on canvas, 20″  x 24.”

Le Lapin Bunny painting by Janell Mithani

My dearest girlfriend, Carolyn, was visiting me in the studio just after I had finished the painting, and she titled the piece for me.  Hence the French… I don’t speak French, but I love the title!  Thank you, Carolyn!!


This is the youngest “Wildish Spirit” I’ve painted. It’s interesting how they sometimes change a bit or look older from sketch to paint.  i suppose, it is just part of my creative process and the difference in mediums that I used.  Here is the original sketch that I created last summer.

Manga Girl Sketch by Janell Mithani

I hung the painting at the end of our hallway so I can look at it while I walk down the hall. 🙂

It is my favorite place in our home to hang a painting as I walk by it a hundred times a day.  It is also the place where I swap pieces out the most.  Throughout the year, I change the paintings depending on my mood, seasons and what I have created in the studio.  Since we have such mild weather year-round, I often hang a painting that reminds me of the current season. 

I hope you are having a wonderful end to your summer and wish you a wonderful, creative, day, Janell

New Jewelry With a Bit of Whimsy

It’s time for some FUN and WHIMSY!  I’ve been enjoying making these whimsical pieces of jewelry.  I believe my fairy friends in the garden have been directing my thoughts lately.  🙂

I also thought my sweet fairy friends would like a bicycle their size… I could swear I left this necklace on my beading table when I left the studio last night, and here it is this morning, over on my desk… Hmmm….


Have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell



A Self Portrait Painting

A couple of weeks ago, I taught a “Self Portrait Painting” workshop.  This is my sample painting.

Actually, it’s my first painted self-portrait.  I’ve done a few self-portrait photographs when I needed to update my headshot, but never a painting.

I worked with a limited color palette that was influenced by the beautiful paintings by Leonardo Da Vinci. It was a bit different approach than my usual colorful palette.

We had a great time in the workshop and it was so fun to see all the different paintings.

Have you worked with a limited palette lately?

Or created a self-portrait?

Have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell

A Sweet and Fun Loving Puppy Snuck into My Sketchbook

Look who snuck into my sketchbook! 🙂  I sketched this sweet little dog for my girlfriend, Sue.  His name is Oscar and he is dachshund.  Isn’t he just adorable?

Oscar drawing of dog by Janell Mithani

I started out with a light sketch, adding shading and highlights as the drawing progressed.  I used 2B, 4B, 6B pencils with a little charcoal at the end for my deep shadows.  I also used a 1/4″ blending stump and a gum eraser.


Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Hope you have a wonderful, creative, day!  Janell



A Sweet Fairy With Flowers in Her Hair

A flower or two in your hair…. isn’t that the perfect way to wear your hair?

sweet fairy with flowers in her hair by Janell Mithani

I do believe she has a bit of a pinkish cast that is not in my sketchbook.

Have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell 

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A Wary Fairy Sketch

A sweet, but wary fairy sketch, not sure what she is thinking…

sketch of fairy with branches crown by Janell Mithani

I am at a loss for a name for this sweet little fairy.  This doesn’t happen that often and I usually pick a one word name as the title to my pieces. But I am drawing a blank on this one, maybe because I began this sketch at home while I was watching TV with my honey and then worked on it while I was traveling and then sitting with my dad in his hospital room.  Lots going on while I was sketching… Hmmm… She seems a bit protective and wary.

Any names come to mind?  I would love to hear what you feel when you look at her.

Thanks and have a wonderful, creative, day!  Janell

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