In Memory of My Mom, Janie Sills, 1942-2019

I’ve been taking a few months off from social media and my blog as my mom passed away on May 8th, and I have been busy with family, and quite honestly, I just haven’t felt up to writing or painting.

I took a three month break from painting, but I am back in the studio again and feeling inspired. I know my mom would want me to continue to create art as she was one of my biggest fans. I miss her so much. She lived in Oregon, and I live in Southern California, so I would text her pictures at the end of each painting session so she could see my progress. She would always respond with words of encouragement.

One of my favorite photo;s of the two of us – And we are in our nightgowns! πŸ™‚

Another favorite, just a few years later πŸ™‚ at my Niece’s wedding.

She was born in December on the family farm in Nashville, Arkansas. This is is the first picture of her, she is about 3-4 months old.

She was the youngest of four children and was definitely the baby of the family. Just like I was… πŸ™‚

She was quite the little farm girl. You should have seen all the pictures of her with cows that I saw while I was looking for this family photo. πŸ™‚ She named all of the animals on the farm.

I believe she is 11 in this next picture. She is holding her first “store bought” doll that her sister, Jo bought for her.

 

She was a blonde when she was a little girl. She is the little one in the front with the black ribbon in her hair.

Her teen years, the 1950’s.

She graduated from Ashland High School in 1959, Ashland, OR.

She loved animals, especially cats!

She married my dad, the love of her life on her 18th birthday. They were married for 58 years.

Our family… I am the redhead on the left in both pictures. My sis and I are 11 months apart, and we had the greatest childhood, growing up in a small town (Hilt, Ca) right on the border of Oregon and California.

This picture of the four of us was from a couple years ago.

My Mom was a secretary and could type faster than I could talk! I used to dictate my term papers for high school and college to her. She was the secretary for the First Baptist Church while I was growing up and then she worked at the hospital and for a radiologist office before retiring.

She loved social media, especially Facebook. If I didn’t check for her posts during the day, within a few hours, she would be calling me to say… Did you see what I posted? πŸ™‚ I really miss all of her posts and comments.

My mom had an incredible singing voice, she sang alto and could harmonize with anyone and really enjoyed singing in church. We grew up singing in the car, even if it was just a short five minute trip, we managed to sing at least one song. This is her performing in a musical at church.

Purple was her and my dad’s favorite color. It became our families favorite (especially their granddaughters), so there was plenty of it around!

She had four grandchildren and was a wonderful grandmother. This is her with my daughter, baking her wonderful chocolate chip cookies.

I took this photo on a visit to Oregon. My grandmother is pictured here with my aunt and mom. My mom is holding my nephew, Brandon and my aunt is holding my daughter. Their cousin Rachel is down in front.

After a long day of shooting (with film), I had a few shots left on the roll. Mom and dad were visiting, so my husband took this picture of the three of us,

With her two oldest grandkids when they were little, they now have young children.

At the Oregon beach with her oldest granddaughter

With my sis…They color coordinated in this one! πŸ™‚

She had four grandchildren, five great grandsons and the sixth great grandson was just born a few weeks ago. We were fortunate to have our mom with us for many years, even though we wish she would have stayed with us a lot longer.

Here she is having fun playing with one of her great grandson’s.

And snuggling with another.

Below is a copy of the last page of her memorial service announcement. The Oregon coast was one of her most favorite places and she spent many summer vacations at Harris Beach, in Brookings, OR, with family and friends.

Our mom’s voicemail message always ended with “I probably love you.”

Thanks for reading and indulging me with my memories. I am looking forward to getting back to blogging about my art process and catching up on reading everyone’s posts on WP.

Have a wonderful, creative, day, –Janell

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.Β  We have quite a few birthdays in our family during November and December that take us right up to Christmas.Β  So it is a busy time of year for me.Β  But I do enjoy all the celebrations and time spent with family.Β  I created this snowman painting for my sis for her birthday.Β  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.Β  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.Β  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.Β  I put paper behind the painting to protect my wall as I am a very messy artist! πŸ™‚

 

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! πŸ™‚Β  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.Β  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.

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These are a few smaller paintings I have created.

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And this new painting from my Nostalgia series.

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

PrintofSketchesWLΒ I combined about 25 drawings from my sketchbook of all the children under her cape.Β  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! πŸ™‚ I am really excited about this painting, it has been a long thought process to create it.

WorkInProgressLWΒ Here is the painting in progress, The canvas was too big to fit on my easel, so I hung it on the wall.Β  I am still working on the background, but I am going to start adding the figures this week.Β  (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. πŸ™‚

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

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

Have a wonderful, creative, joyful, day! Janell

 

 

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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

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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.

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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.

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

My favorite, is the baby moose. He is Soooo cute! πŸ™‚

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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. πŸ™‚

Have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell

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