Another New Chapter in My Art Life – Update 2022


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Thanks, Janell

2021 update

I have also decided to focus all my writing, teachings, and art news information into my newsletters, so I no longer blog. I will occassionally write a news announcement and post it here. If you are interested in continuing to follow my art journey, please subscribe to my Enewsletter.

I have enjoyed this journey and getting to know everyone in the WordPress and blogging community! Thank you all for your encouragement, advice and friendship over these past ten years!

I wish you all a wonderful, creative, day, filled with JOY! -Janell

Janell Mithani with her recent paintings, April, 2021

A New Painting of Tall Trees

painting of tall trees by Janell Mithani

“Growing Tall” Acrylic on canvas, 12″ x 36″

This painting of trees growing in the forest is inspired by the trees I have seen on my trips driving through California and Oregon to visit my family.  I used a narrow, tall canvas on this piece to emphasize the height of the trees.

I am busy working on three new paintings. Yes, I am working on them all at the same time. ūüôā ¬†I do this sometimes as one painting will need some drying time, so I switch to another one. ¬† I also think I create more pieces when I work this way.

Do you ever work on more that one project at a time?

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

Le Lapin, (Bunny) Painting

I finished this painting a few months ago and just realized I hadn’t shared it on my blog. ¬†The title is “Le Lapin, Bunny” and it is acrylic on canvas, 20″ ¬†x 24.”

Le Lapin Bunny painting by Janell Mithani

My dearest girlfriend, Carolyn, was visiting me in the studio just after I had finished the painting, and she titled the piece for me. ¬†Hence the French… I don’t speak French, but I love the title! ¬†Thank you, Carolyn!!


This is the¬†youngest “Wildish Spirit” I’ve painted. It’s interesting how they sometimes change a bit or look older from sketch to paint. ¬†i suppose, it is just part of my creative process and the difference in mediums that I used. ¬†Here is the original sketch that I created last summer.

Manga Girl Sketch by Janell Mithani

I hung the painting at the end of our hallway so I can look at it while I walk down the hall. ūüôā

It is my favorite place in our home to hang a painting as I walk by it a hundred times a day.  It is also the place where I swap pieces out the most.  Throughout the year, I change the paintings depending on my mood, seasons and what I have created in the studio.  Since we have such mild weather year-round, I often hang a painting that reminds me of the current season. 

I hope you are having a wonderful end to your summer and wish you 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! ūüôā

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


Wings and a Different Style of Painting

I have been working with a limited palette lately.  This painting is more abstract than my usual paintings. I have been studying birds and wings in particular, lately.  So as a result, I have a lot of wing sketches.  I really felt compelled to paint this with a limited palette.

wings painting by Janell Mithani

Heart Wings, Acrylic on Canvas, 11″ x 14″

I just used three paint colors:  titanium white, burnt umber and paynes grey.  I worked on it for three different days, finishing it within a week.  Much faster than my more detailed Fae paintings.  I would love to hear what you think about it and the different painting style.

Have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell

A Look Into My Art Studio

December Greetings,

I’ve been away from my blog for a bit as I have been super busy, lately. ¬†In ¬†November, I was ¬†finishing paintings and getting ready for our Open Studios Tour for the first weekend of December. ¬†After that, ¬†I became super busy with decorating the house before my daughter got home from school, getting Christmas gifts wrapped and in the mail, and finishing up a painting commission. ¬† Well, things have finally settled down a bit and I have turned on my laptop for the first time in weeks! ¬†OpenStudiosDec2015_3

I hope you have been enjoying the holiday season. I’ve seen a few blog posts via my phone, but I look forward to catching up with everyone over the next few weeks.

We are certainly enjoying having our daughter home for the holidays.  Just something about having her under the same roof brings a smile to my face.OpenStudiosDec2015_5

These are a few pictures from the December Open Studio’s Tour. ¬†It went really great! ¬†I had quite a few people¬†come¬†through on both days and met a lot of new art enthusiasts. ¬†On Sunday, I even had a bit of a crowd at one point and people were elbow to elbow in my little studio. ¬†Thanks to everyone who stopped by and all those who purchased my art. ¬†I am so thankful!

Take a good look at these pictures as my studio will not be this clean and organized EVER AGAIN! ¬†And no peeking under that table-cloth! ūüôāOpenStudiosDec2015_6¬† I have been doing larger paintings this year and I am really enjoying working on a bigger canvas. As someone said during the tour: “Your big eyes are getting bigger.” It was really fun to watch people’s reactions to my work. ¬†Especially when they spotted the fairy among all the birds in “Morning Chit Chat.” It’s pretty cool to hear people discuss your art and observe aspects that you are not fully aware of or that come from your subliminal or intuitive thoughts. ¬†I enjoyed discussing my paintings and explaining my art process with everyone.

As you can see from the picture below, I finished the¬†Fae character and fawn painting I have been working on over the past few months. ¬†She is called “DOE,” and “FAWN” will be my first painting in 2016. ¬†I will photograph my “DOE” painting next week and share more pictures in January.¬†OpenStudiosDec2015_4

The bright green bins on the upper shelf are my way of organizing all the art workshops I teach. ¬†I have a bucket¬†for each type of workshop supplies. ¬†The system seems to be working and it got a ton of things off the floor of my studio. ¬†A good thing since I was always tripping over something. ūüôā¬†OpenStudiosDec2015_2¬†I did sell my most favorite assemblage jewelry piece, but I know it went to someone who loved it as much as I did! ūüôā I also introduced prints of my Woodland Animals series that I created for my niece’s baby last year. ¬†It was a busy few days and it looks like I will have lot’s to¬†do in January!


I wish you a wonderful holiday season and will see you in 2016!


Have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell


A Sweet Little Painting…

Fairy Painting, Tending Her Garden by Janell Mithani

Tending Her Garden, Acrylic on canvas, 8″ x 10″, by Janell Mithani

This sweet little fairy painting is a smaller size than I usually create. ¬†It is just 8″ x 10″ and I usually work in 16″ x 20″ size or larger. ¬†I had bought these new fun “twinkle” acrylic paints from ColourArte to use in some of my art workshops, so I needed to do some painting with them to see how they worked on canvas. ¬†I also¬†wanted to see if they would mix with my regular acrylic paints. They worked great! I loved the iridescent shine they have and how it is just enough to not overwhelm the painting. ¬†You can find them at ¬†The little fairy was added in right at the last-minute. ¬†I decided she needed to be “Tending Her Garden.”

Have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell


Painting in Cambria

While we were in Cambria over the holidays, I got a chance to paint the view from the deck from the house we were renting.¬† I just about finished the painting on site, now it is sitting on my easel … patiently waiting for a few finishing touches.¬† I just loved the beautiful view we had and the peaceful sound of the ocean as I painted.

painting of Cambria by Janell Mithani

Oh, and here is a visitor that showed up to watch me paint. ūüôā

photograph of deer by Janell Mithani

Have a wonderful creative day, Janell

Holiday Getaway and Photographing my Daughter at the Beach

The past few weeks have been busy with family, friends, celebrations, traveling and a bit of time for reading. We had a chance to run off to Cambria for a few days right before Christmas and had a wonderful time.¬† We walked the beach, hiked the trails at Fiscalini Ranch, took a tour of Hearst Castle, enjoyed fish and chips, barbecue… and I got a chance to do a quick photo shoot of my daughter at the beach.

Portrait by Janell Mithani Portrait by Janell Mithani

I loved the beautiful light at sunset, but you have to work fast! We were running and chasing the light at the end. I fill flashed her in on the second shot as the light was pretty much gone.

We found both vintage dresses at thrift stores.¬† One of our favorite mom and daughter outings is to look for beautiful vintage dresses at thrift stores and vintage shops.¬† She found the purple dress while we were visiting with family in Oregon in August and the green and black dress here in the Los Angeles area in October.¬†¬† I am pretty sure I had a dress similar to the purple dress when I was a teenager… guess that make me “vintage”. ūüôā

Have a wonderful creative day, Janell

A Caribou Painting – Because I love Reindeer!

Painting Gentle Reindeer by Janell Mithani

November and December are busy months.¬† We have eight family members that have birthdays between November 1st and Christmas. ¬†I always say I am going to get ready for Christmas early, but by the time I get done with Halloween, Thanksgiving, and all our birthdays, it is the middle of December. ¬†And when it comes to sending out Holiday cards… well, I always have great intentions, but usually get about five sent out.

But I LOVE getting holiday cards!  I look forward to hearing from friends and family so I want to send out cards and keep in touch.  I am just like my grandmother, I count all the cards I receive every year and I hang them up and display them as soon as they come in the mail.

Well, this year I have a plan. ¬†I decided to take a break from creating my regular body of work and create a painting just for me. ¬†I have always loved Caribou (I fondly think of them as gentle reindeer) and I really miss the snow from my childhood now that I live in Southern California.¬† So I painted “Gentle Reindeer” to hang in our home during the holidays.¬† It reminds me of the wonderful snow filled days I spent as a child.¬† I grew up in a small¬† town of about 80 families.¬† The sledding hill was right next to our house and my mom made the best hot chocolate for all of the kids in the neighborhood.¬† My sister and I would stay out all day sledding and playing in the snow.

Once I finished the painting I realized I could photograph it, add some text, and make it into our Christmas card.  (And I could even share it here with all my blogger friends.)

Yippee! ¬†I have the painting and the layout for the card finished and now, all I have to do is get the cards printed.¬† Which I am doing today, right now, this very moment…

Reindeer Christmas Card by Janell MIthani

I wish you a wonderful holiday season and a spectacular new year.¬† Thank you again for taking the time to stop by my blog during this busy time of year.¬† I so appreciate it.¬† Have a wonderful, creative day¬† — Janell