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..

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. 🙂

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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.  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

 

 

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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! 🙂

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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. 🙂

Have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell

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My View Lately…

It appears I will be off my feet for a few weeks, recuperating from surgery on my Achilles tendon.

Fortunately, my sketchbooks are close by and I hope to fill them up with lots of drawings.😃

I wish you a Happy Easter and hope the Easter Bunny brings you a fun surprise. I am doing lots of hopping around, just on one foot.🐰

Have a wonderful, creative day, Janell

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Painted Dresses for the Fairies

I have spent some time, trying to woo the fairies that live in my garden and studio into doing a bit of cleaning for me. Recently, I have even painted them some beautiful dresses.

Vintage Romance painting by Janell Mithani

Oh, but to no avail…they just aren’t interested in sweeping up my messes. Unfortunately, I share their disposition! 🙂

But, the Altadena Open Studios Tour is quickly approaching, and someone needs to get busy!

Do you have any ideas to motivate my fairy friends? Or me? 🙂

dress form painting by Janell Mithani

Dress Form 1, 10″ x 8″ acrylic on canvas

Well, I am off to find a broom and dustpan…

Have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell

Carousel Painting

I always felt riding on a carousel was magical…

Carousel painting by Janell Mithani

This colorful Carousel painting is the latest in my fae character series, Wildish Spirits.  It is a bit different as the setting is not in a forest.  It is a convergence of  my dreams and childhood memories.  I have loved clowns since I was a little girl.  (Not the creepy kind.) The more feminine, Pierrot clowns are my favorite and I had a collection of clown figurines and masks, until fairies kind of took over. 🙂

This painting was created in quite a few layers, with the tiny horse on her shoulder added towards the end of the painting.  The sketch of the fae character is from my sketchbook, created a couple of years ago.  It took me a while to complete this one, about two months instead of my usual one month.  I found myself taking long breaks between the layers, even painting a few small canvases in-between, and thinking a lot about placement, texture, and color selection.

This painting is 16″ x 20″, acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas.

I would love to hear your thoughts…

I wish you a wonderful, creative, day, Janell