New Musical Mermaid Painting

WooHoo! I finished my mermaid painting!

The title of this piece is “Viola,” 24″ x 36,” acrylic on canvas.

This is one of my large scale paintings and it took me about three months to complete it. It is the first painting in my new series, “Musical Mermaids.” 

A close-up view.

I have been working on sketches for a while, and decided on this one for the first painting in the series. I was inspired from a discussion I had with a sweet little four year old girl who came with her mom to one of my fairy garden classes. After we discussed fairies for a bit, she asked me if I believed in mermaids. I said Yes! And I whispered to her that I think I AM one. Her reaction was priceless. 💖

I’m so excited to finish this painting!

I got started with painting the background .

I made a few changes through the process of sketch to painting as well as some changes mid-painting. Below are a few pictures of my painting process and the different stages of the painting.

I add pastel chalk to the back of my sketches to transfer the drawing into my painting once I have the background painted.
I transferred the sketch with light pink and white pastel chalk so I could see it on the dark ocean.
The beginning of blocking in the shapes of the mermaid.
I had fun with the sea shells in her hair. 😁

I am excited about this new series. I love music and listen to all types when I’m painting. I even played the violin for a few years in school. Fortunately for everyone’s eardrums, I gave it up in high school to have more time for visual arts. 😁

I worked on the sky and ocean more and changed up the waves.
I have to admit I’m loving turquoise skin!
I paint the title on the sides of my large paintings that are on gallery wrapped canvas. My daughter (my word girl) helped me with the title. I use one word titles most of the time.
A last look at the finished piece.

Thanks for sharing my art journey with me.  Are you a fan of mermaids?  Are you going to wear sea shells in your hair today?

Here’s a quick little video of my sketch and finished painting in my studio.

Have a wonderful, creative, day filled with joy! Janell

Happy International Fairy Day!

I just had to paint a fairy today of all days!


I hope all your fairy friends are treating you well today. If you watch closely, you may see them out celebrating.

I’ve left a few tiny treats around the studio for all my fairy friends to celebrate today. 🧚‍♀️

I hope you have a wonderful, ✨magical✨ day, filled with joy, Janell

A New Mermaid Painting

This is a video I created and posted to my Instagram account of me painting. It is a new painting I have been working on for the past few months, “Viola.” It is the first painting in my new series, “Musical Mermaids.” I’ve actually been creating sketches for this series for about a year, but this is the first chance I have had to create one as a painting.

I sped up the video with the app InShot. Ha! I wish I painted that fast! 🙂

Here is the original sketch, although it has changed a bit through the painting process.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog and view my art process. I hope to finish this painting this week, so I will post a photo of the final painting next week.

Have a wonderful, creative day filled with joy, Janell

New Online Art Store Open and Giveaway on IG

YAY!!  Today is the day!

My online art store is OPEN! You can find it under the SHOP link on my website.

If you would like to visit, please do and let me know what you think!

“Veronica,” 4″ x 4,” Mixed media on canvas (Giveaway Contest on Instagram)

To celebrate the opening, I am running a giveaway for my painting “Veronica” over on Instagram. The Giveaway lasts from today thru Tuesday, June 9th, 2020.  I will announce the winner on Wednesday, June 10th on my Instagram feed.  Head over to IG for my instructions on how to enter.

veronica tea bag painting by janell mithani

“Veronica,” 4″ x 4″ Recycled tea bag and mixed media on canvas.

About my Tea Bag Paintings:
I love tea. My mother-in-law taught me to drink tea shortly after I met her. I usually have a cup as soon as I wake up and an afternoon cup between 3 and 5 pm. And maybe a few in between…:) I also love to recycle, so about a year ago I started saving my tea bags to use in my art.

Shortly after my mom passed away, I started painting a tea bag a day as a relaxing therapy in the mornings. Once I painted one, I was totally hooked! My subjects are mini dresses in “Every size, shape, color, and age,” fairy dresses, and other whimsical subjects that move me. My dress paintings are named in honor of strong women in my life who made an impression me and suffragettes. Once I have finished the tea bag painting, I paint a canvas to match, including all four sides of the canvas, and add the tea bag. All my paintings have a final UV protective coating. Each painting comes with an easel or you can easily hang it on the wall for display.

Thanks so much for your support and interest in my art.

Have a wonderful, creative day filled with joy, Janell

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

Online Art Store is Opening Soon!

I have been working on adding an online gallery store to my website these past few months and I am getting ready to open it this week on, Friday, June 5th! YAY!

If you have browsed my website lately, you will have seen a new button “Shop” with a notice that says “Coming Soon!”

Well, soon is almost here!

“Mary Helen,” Tea Bag Paintings Series, 4″ x 6,” Mixed Media on canvas, $59


I will be announcing new art on my Instagram and my monthly newsletter.  If you enjoy my art and you haven’t signed up for my newsletter, now would be the time to do it! 😁

grace three vintage dresses painting

Grace, acrylic on canvas, 10″ x 10,” $235

I have been showing my art at brick and mortar galleries, gift shops, and art shows, but this will be the first time I have my fine art paintings for sale online. I am so excited to be making my work more easily available.

So, what will be available in my online gallery store?

Lush Trees, acrylic on canvas, 10″ x 10,” $235

I will have original paintings on canvas, paintings on natural wood slabs and burls, my new mixed media recycled tea bag paintings, and maybe a few surprises!

tea bag painting of vintage dress by Janell Mithani

Betty, mixed media on canvas, 4″ x 4,” $39.99





I will be adding new paintings every week and I will continue to post about my art process here on my blog.

fairy and deer painting on wood slab by janell mithani

Friends, Acrylic on wood slab with natural bark edge, 8.5″ x 9,” $189

To celebrate, I am planning a giveaway of a painting on Instagram over the weekend. If you would like to follow me on Instagram and Facebook , click on these links.

Well, I better get back to painting. Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and read about my art journey.

Have a wonderful, creative day filled with joy, 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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