How to Easily Transfer a Sketch to a Painting Surface

I had a fellow artist ask me about how I transfer my sketches to my painting surfaces. After trying to explain it, I decided to make a little video.

There are many ways to do this, but during these times of staying home, this low-tech process is easy to do with just a pencil, piece of charcoal and paper.

Click on the link below to watch the short video:

I think it’s so interesting how everyone has a different creative process. Some things I have changed over the years, either to utilize new technology or work smarter, but many of my processes have stayed the same.

I am sure I am not alone when it comes to adapting your creative process to your environment and tools the tools at hand.

Have a wonderful, joyful and creative, day – Janell

Fire Painting

This is my newest painting in my Wildish Spirit series. I was inspired to paint this after all of the fires in California and Australia.

I started thinking about it when we had fires here in California last year. Then a friend of mine, who lives in Australia, had to evacuate from her home twice this last Fall. So I thought I would create a painting of one of my forest spirits rescuing animals from both Australia and California to honor all the animals that were lost in the wild fires.

This is my original sketch for the painting. I enlarged it on a copy machine.

Animal rescue from fire painting by Janell Mithani

This is the background of the painting.

Here are a few in-process photographs.

Almost complete…

Fire in california and Australia painting by Janell Mithani

And here is a close up of the character and animals in the painting.

Sweet Animal Paintings

In February, I had an event where I had a display of my art and fairy gardens for sale. Since I had recently had a couple commissions for baby animal paintings, I thought it would be a good idea to create a few small animal paintings for the event.

Do you have a favorite animal?

Here they are all together.

I have really enjoyed creating these sweet little animal paintings. I hope they brought a smile to your face.

Have a wonderful, creative, and joyful day! Janell

Art Design for Business and Professional Women’s Conference

I was so happy to be asked to create a piece of art for the California Federation of Business and Professional Women’s conference. It was really fun to work with the women on their board and to create this piece. They wanted a leaping woman since their meeting was on February 29th, Leap day.

bpw leaping woman art by Janell Mithani

This is the front of their conference program.

bpw program wiht art by Janell Mithani

Well, I better leap back to work! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

Have a wonderful, creative, and joyful day, Janell



New Tea Bag Paintings

I really love to drink tea. I started recycling my teabags and painting on them shortly after my mom passed away last May.  It started out as my art therapy, and turned into something I really love to create.  It also gives me a chance to create smaller pieces while I am working on my large paintings.

Tea bag paintings by artist Janell Mithani

I decided to adhere them to canvas and set them on wood easels.

Many of these paintings are of dresses and I have created a new series: Every Size, Shape, Color, and Age.  I am titling them after suffragettes.

I have created so many, they now have their own page in my online portfolio. I am also working on creating an online store for my paintings, these  will be my first to add to the store.  I have been selling locally and have shipped my art all over, so I think it is time to set up an online store, you know, in my spare time.  🙂

This is a set I created of flower paintings.  A collector stopped by the studio the other day and purchased the set. They are on a thick, wrapped, 3″ canvas. I can’t wait to see how she displays them.

This is the first one I created. It reminds me of a dress I had when I was a little girl.

Are you a fan of drinking tea?  Herbal or black tea?  I’m having a cup of herbal cherry tea at the moment.  The pink stain on the tea bag is giving me an idea for a painting…

Have a wonderful, creative, joyful day!  Janell



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New Tea Cup Fairy Gardens for Spring!

I am ready for spring!  I’ve been feeding my spring fever by creating these adorable tea cup fairy gardens. It’s amazing how much time it takes to create each little garden and get everything set just right.  It seems I am a fairy perfectionist! 🙂  Hmm… and I have no idea how moss got all over my studio!

My kitchen is blue and white, so I am not surprised one of my blue and white teacups became a place for fairy’s to play.

blue and white tea cup fairy garden by Janell Mithani


Here is a close up of the sweet bunny.

And a little butterfly perched on the blue flower.

Of course, we had to have a fairy having tea in a tea cup.

Here is a closeup of the fairy having tea.

This little fairy garden popped up in a shoe. 🙂 I sculpted the little house from clay.

Fairy garden in a shoe

This is a little fairy mushroom farm in a vintage milk glass dessert cup.

Fairy garden in a milk glass dessert cup by Janell Mithani

This horse themed fairy garden sits in a Thomas Kinkade tea cup and saucer. I just love the little trees I made out of moss “rocks.” After I took this photo, I added more moss and another horse to the saucer.

Horse fairy garden in Thomas Kinkade tea cup and saucer by Janell Mithani

And last but not least, my sweet little dragon friend needed a little house and garden.

dragon fairy garden by Janell Mithani

I hope my fairy friends and their gardens brought a smile to your face.

Have a wonderful, creative and joyful day!  Janell




New Fawn Paintings on Wood

I have finished another painting in my “Wildish Spirit” series ,”Yearling.”

It is a mixed media, mostly acrylics on a wood burl.  My dad gave me the burl when we were cleaning out his shop a few years ago.  I sanded it smooth and put a couple of coats of clear gesso on it to prep it for painting.  I am really enjoying painting on the natural wood and keeping the wood grain as a part of the painting.

fairy and deer painting on wood burl


Here is a close up of the face so you can see the wood grain.


I also painted this sweet deer on a wood slice for my niece for Christmas.

fawn painting on wood slice by Janell Mithani

I did a quick little sketch on paper.

sketch of deer by Janell Mithani

And then I transferred it to the wood slice or “cookie” to paint.

fawn painting Janell Mithani

I hope March is off to a great start for you.  It is raining here today, so I am getting lots of ‘catch-up” work done in the studio.

Have a wonderful, creative, and joyful day!  Janell