New “Wildish Spirit” Sketches

Here are a couple of new sketches I did over the summer months.  It was quite a busy summer, with lots of traveling and teaching art workshops.  

I am taking a break from teaching this Fall so my torn Achilles tendon will hopefully heal.  ( According to my Dr. I have not been staying off if it  enough.)  The best part is, I will get more time in the studio to paint!  Yippee! 

Have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell


New Gallery Representation at Xanadu Gallery

In the midst of all our holiday celebrations, I submitted my portfolio to Xanadu Gallery of Scottsdale, Arizona.  My art was accepted to their online gallery!  Yippee!  I am so thrilled to be associated with this wonderful gallery.  And they notified me and had my page set up within 24 hours.  (Even though their submission guidelines said two weeks.)  It was really nice of them to be so  prompt, it kept me from worrying and wondering for two weeks. 🙂

You can check out my page at

I am still in the process of loading my art to the site and I LOVE how the purchase button is all set up.  It takes you to a shopping cart that gives you payment options.  I haven’t had the time to figure out how to set this up on my Artspan website.  It’s so nice to have it all done for me.

Painting Serenity in a Daffodil Meadow by Janell Mithani

Serenity in a Daffodil Meadow, Acrylic on canvas, 16″ x 20″

I met Jason Horejs, the owner of the gallery a few years ago at a workshop he taught for artists.  His workshop was really helpful and he was so nice and gracious to all the artists that attended.  He has written some great books to help artists with the business side of their art.  Here is a link to the landing page with his books  He also writes a blog  which is a great marketing resource for artists.

If you are an artist and you are interested in submitting your portfolio, here is the link:

Have a wonderful creative day,  Janell

New painting: Serenity in the Daffodil Meadow

I finished a painting this weekend.  Another one for my cottage series… Serenity in the Daffodil Meadow.  This reminds me of my childhood.  My sister and I grew up in a small mountain town in Northern California named Hilt.  One of our favorite things to do during the summer months was go for long walks in the woods and meadows and look for wild flowers.  Oh, it was such fun!

Painting Serenity in a Daffodil Meadow by Janell Mithani

I even came up with the name Jasmine for my daughter on one of these walks.  Well, I was going to name her Jasmine Wildflower.  Wildflower didn’t quite get into her name 20 years later, but she knows she is and always will be my Wildflower.  

The painting is Acrylic on canvas, 16″ x 20.”

Have a wonderful creative day, Janell

Happy Earth Day!

A few years ago I joined a neighborhood fruit and vegetable swap group.  We meet once a month at the local park to “swap” all of our excess fruit and vegetables from our gardens.  If you have too many tomatoes, your neighbor may have too many cucumbers and you can swap.  This has also been a great opportunity to meet my neighbors and make some new friends.  We also have a lot of  neighbors who have their own chickens and even a few goats and a bee keeper.

RIPE logo created by Janell Mithani

I just love all of the “imperfections” of the natural looking fruits and vegetables and I have photographed many of them in my studio before they were eaten.  This is the logo I created from some of my pictures, stands for Residential In-season Produce Exchange.

To see more of my photographs, check out my Home Grown Gallery under my Portfolio page or click here.

Well, I am off to plant some seeds.  Have a wonderful creative day, Janell

Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library

Book BUD by Janell Mithani

Please join me for an artists reception and exhibit of my work.  I will be displaying images from my book BUD, A Collection of Baby and Floral Art.  I will also be providing a short talk on my experience creating my art and self publishing a book.  The reception is from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Today, Sunday, April 1st.  Stop by if you can make it.  The Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library is located at 318 S. Ramona Avenue, Monterey Park, CA 91754, for information or directions you can call the library at (626) 307-1368.  The exhibit will be on display in the entrance area of the library for the month of April.

I look forward to seeing everyone.  –Janell

Manga Workshop for Girl Scouts

I am really looking forward to teaching a Manga Drawing workshop for Girl Scouts of the Greater Los Angeles this coming Saturday at the LA Convention Center!  I am drawing a Brownie Girl Scout for the girls to draw with me.  I will post my drawings once we draw then in the workshop.