Two Timing My Easel

The sun is finally shining this week and it has motivated me to not only work on one painting, but to do two paintings at once.  Actually, I do this often.  It is a creative process I enjoy. I like to work on a large painting and a smaller painting at the same time.  I have a floor easel that is my main easel and a smaller table easel that I put on a pedestal next to it to work on smaller canvases.

working on two paintings in the studio by janell Mithani

It is fun for me to hop between the two and also practical to work on one when I am waiting for the other to dry or if I need to take a break and, you know…  think! 🙂

Do you ever work on two projects at once?  Does this type of process work for you?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Have a wonderful, creative day, Janell

 

 

Happy New Year from Bella!

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season.  We had our daughter home from school which was a gift in itself and had some wonderful visits with family and friends.  As usual, time certainly flew by and now it’s 2017!

A few weeks before the holidays, I created this painting “Bella.”

painting of dog Bella by artist Janell Mithani

Bella is my sister’s dog and the painting was her Christmas present.  I visited my sister last February and got to know Bella.  We went for a few walks and she kept me company while my sister was at work.

When I began the painting, I had a few concerns about painting a “white” dog.  But I was in luck, as my painting process worked great for this type of painting.

I work from dark to light, starting with a dark under-painting and then getting lighter as the painting progresses.  I also work back to front, laying in the background and then moving forward getting lighter and more detailed, thinking of my painting in “parallel planes” or chunks of parallel space that stack up as I move forward towards what is closest to me.

For this painting, I started with a deep gray background to compliment the grayish undertones in her fur.  I then blocked in a slightly smaller shape of the dog with grayish white.  Then I added hair and details, with each layer getting lighter and lighter, and I refined the shape of the dog with each layer.  For her features, I did the same process dark to light, adding details to the nose and eyes. The final steps were adding highlights to the eyes and her whiskers. It was hard to not paint the whiskers in earlier as I really wanted to paint them! 🙂

I do enjoy painting animals, the hair and fur are especially fun to paint.  But of course, my favorite part was painting the eyes! (I know, those of you who are familiar with my art are not surprised.)

A few more animals are sure to make it to my easel this year.  Along with more “Wildish Spirits” and a new series of feminine vintage memories that I began working on over the holidays.

I look forward to hearing what all of you have planned for the new year and wish you a wonderful, creative, year, Janell

 

It’s Beginning to look a lot Christmas…

It’s been a few busy weeks around here. I’ve been finishing up a couple of commissions and some holiday gifts… all surprises, so I will have lots to share in January.  🙂

I hope you are having a lovely holiday season. 

We made a quick trip to Oregon to visit family for Thanksgiving. And we got to see snow! (A nice change from our Southern California 70 degree weather.) 

We’ll, I’d better get back to the painting on my easel. 

Have a wonderful, creative, day, -Janell 

Angel Paintings

I’ve been thinking of angels a lot lately, so I created a couple of paintings with sweet little angels. 🙂  I hope you enjoy them!

painting of sweet angel

This one reminds me of a sweet little red-headed doll that my grandmother gave me when I was a little girl.  And I still have the doll. 🙂

painting of angel by Janell Mithani

The next couple of weeks are going to be super busy with the holiday and spending time with family, so I want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and hope you all have a wonderful week.  I am truly thankful for all of you who take the time to read my blog.  Hugs across the miles to you!

Have a wonderful, creative, day!  –Janell

 

 

A Sketch of a Sweet Bull Dog

A little bull dog sketch I made last week.  He is so sweet!

bulldogsketchbyjanellmithaniweb

Have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell