Two Timing My Easel

The sun is finally shining this week and it has motivated me to not only work on one painting, but to do two paintings at once.  Actually, I do this often.  It is a creative process I enjoy. I like to work on a large painting and a smaller painting at the same time.  I have a floor easel that is my main easel and a smaller table easel that I put on a pedestal next to it to work on smaller canvases.

working on two paintings in the studio by janell Mithani

It is fun for me to hop between the two and also practical to work on one when I am waiting for the other to dry or if I need to take a break and, you know…  think! 🙂

Do you ever work on two projects at once?  Does this type of process work for you?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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! 🙂OpenStudiosDec2015_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. 🙂 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! 🙂 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


My Week Flew By…

We had a great time at our art gallery reception last week and time has flown by so fast, I forgot to do my weekly post!  I am still working on getting the pictures downloaded and posted to my blog, and I will share them soon.  Since I don’t have any new art this week, I thought I would share a funny story that happened to me a few weeks ago while I was putting away all my art and supplies after exhibiting in a Saturday art walk…


I was pretty tired when I returned home, so I waited until Sunday morning to unpack my van.

I left one of the french doors open (as I often do when I am painting) while I was loading everything back into my studio that is in our back garden.  About half way through unloading,  I walked into the studio with an arm-load full and found a little bird had flown in and was flying in circles around my studio.

I immediately dropped everything and started frantically running around the studio opening the windows and popping out the screens as I was so worried he would fly into a window or screen and hurt himself.  I tried everything to help him find the door!  I quickly opened the other french door so he would have a large open area to fly out, but he seemed to have forgetten how he came in.  I tried shooing him, going outside and calling him (Like he was going to come to me like a dog! HA!.)  I pointed at the door a hundred times, but he just didn’t seem to listen!  I am sure he was as panicked as I was and I was so afraid he was going to hurt himself before I could help him get outside.  I even had to duck a couple of times as he flew straight at me. (Could be my bright red hair was an attraction?)  He was so clever, I got him to land on the end of my ruler, my hand, a paintbrush, the end of a broom, but then he would fly back into the studio every time I got close to an open door or window.

After about thirty LONG minutes,  he decided to hide between a blanket that was draped over a chair and we both calmed down a bit.  After I caught my breath, I gently scooped him into the bottom of my shirt and headed towards the open french doors.  When I got close to the door, he flew off and landed on the door frame and then hopped out onto the porch.  A second later, he turned his head to look at me (I swear he raised his eyebrow) and then flew off into our lemon tree.  I watched him for a few minutes to make sure he was OK, he seemed to be fine, and then he flew off to the telephone wire to hang out with his buddies.

Whew! What a bizarre, worry-some few moments!

OK… I am laughing about it now and thinking how funny I must have looked running around while this little bird was flying around the top of my studio.  And I probably made it worse by running around to open all the doors and windows.  I am not sure what kind of bird it was. (Where were all my bird watching friends when I needed them!)  But I think it was a wren.  Possibly a house wren?  Because he flew into my “house”? 🙂

Have a wonderful,  creative day!