Woodland Fairy Painting in Process

I have been working on this large 6 foot painting for the past few months.  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.  I put paper behind the painting to protect my wall as I am a very messy artist! 🙂

 

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! 🙂  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.  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

 

 

 

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

Green, Trees, Painting, a Few of My Favorite Things…

I love green! I suppose then, it is natural that the color green just seems to appear in most of my paintings. In this painting, I was feeling the need to escape and relax. I love trees and painting them relaxes me.

Painting LUSH by Janell Mithani

 

The title of this painting is   “LUSH” 10″ x 10″, acrylic on canvas.  Thanks for stopping by my blog, I appreciate you taking the time to look at my art.

 

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

 

 

Violet and Grey, A New Painting

I finished another painting in my ‘Wildish Spirit’ series.  This painting is in honor of my daughter and her love of horses and I titled it “Violet and Grey.”  She took a lot of horseback riding lessons when she was young, so when I decided to paint one of my FAE characters based on her, I felt a wild horse needed to be part of the painting.

painting Violet and grey by janell Mithani

She left a couple of weeks ago, returning to Chicago for her last year in college.  I miss her SO MUCH!  I used her favorite color palette — purple, grey and black. It is a very cool toned palette and very different from my usual warm tones.  I did give her bangs and a bit of a wild hair-do to go with the horse’s wild mane.  I plan to hang the painting in her room, so when I walk by and glance in, I will see her in the painting, instead of her empty bedroom.

Of course, I am counting the days until Christmas break and I get to hug her again! 🙂

This is a close up picture to show the details of their faces.

Violet and grey painting detail by Janell Mithani

I didn’t do a sketch this time, I just worked from photographs I took of her in the garden last December.  And the horse is a merging of about 4 different horses I looked at as reference, definitely a fantasy breed… with my usual big eyes. 🙂

Here are a few pictures of my process…

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I painted the background in and then did a charcoal sketch on top of it.

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Here is a picture from the side of the gallery wrapped canvas.  I don’t think I have shared the sides of my paintings before on my blog.  It’s a little hard to see in the picture below, but  I painted the name of the painting along the thick edge of the wrapped canvas.
VioletNGreyInProcess2W

I hope you have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell

 

 

A Miniature Fairy Dress

One of the fairies who frequents my garden studio asked me to make her a pretty party dress.

foreverlovemini paper dress by Janell Mithani

I think both of our inner girlie-ness is what attracted her to my studio, in the first place.Forever love fairy dress by Janell MithaniForeverLoveDressbyJanellMithani7W
Since she has admired the painting I created that hangs over the window, I decided to make the bodice with paper made from prints of the painting.

PaintingandDressinStudioW  Here is a picture of the painting.

mixed media painting by Janell mithani

Forever Love, Acrylic on canvas, 20″ x 24″

To make the bodice, I shrunk a print of the painting in Photoshop to a couple of different sizes (2 to 5 inches in length) and printed out a sheet of them. Then I tore the pictures into a bunch of tiny pieces of paper that I modge-podged together to form the bodice.  (I used a $1 store doll covered in plastic wrap as a “pattern.”)  I glued about 3-4 layers, letting then dry completely in between and then added glitter to the last layer before it dried.

Bodice close up of mini fairy paper dress by Janell Mithani

 

To get my bodice off the doll, I simply cut it in half up the back.  Then I did some trimming until I had the shape I wanted for the bodice.  I used one of my beading tools with a sharp point to punch holes along each side of the back opening so I could lace it up like a typical corset.  I then sewed all of the trim to the bodice with embroidery thread.

ForeverLoveDressbyJanellMithaniBack2W

For the skirt, I dug around my fabric stash and found some sage green tulle and sewed it to the bodice as well.  Then I painted the tulle with some green and pink acrylics that I watered down a bit.  On the last layer of paint, I added in some glitter and some of the printed flowers from the painting.

Forever love back view of dress by Janell Mithani

To display the mini dress, I created a little stand by drilling a hole in a block of wood and gluing a small round wooden dowel into the hole.  I used wood glue to adhere the dowel to the block since it was wood to wood, but I used my trusty E6000 glue to adhere the top of the dowel to the inside of the dress.

For a finishing touch, I glued the block of wood to an inverted votive candle holder.  Then I glued some gold rhinestone strips as well as three of the flowers from my prints to the candle holder so it matched the dress.

glass stand for mixed media mini fairy paper dress

I believe my little fairy friend is happy with the results…

Have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell

 

 

A Busy Day in the Studio

I spent most of the day in the studio working on about five different projects.  I had a pretty productive day!

Here is one of the paintings I worked on, I am feeling the ocean today…

in process painting of mermaid in water by Janell Mithani

And this is another painting, I have just started building up the shadows and starting to form the shapes of the flowers.  I actually sketched in 5 flowers, but decided to make the one flower larger and more dominant, so I just did three flowers.

in process painting by janell mithani

I seem to be really loving pink lately and had some fun with my hair.  I snagged some of my daughter’s Manic Panic hair color and did a stripe down the side of my hair.  It will wash out with a few shampoos.  My girlfriend Carolyn, who is a wonderful makeup artist, added in some Fuchsia Hair Bling, so I am ready for some summer fun! 🙂

mypinkhair

Have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell