In Memory of My Mom, Janie Sills, 1942-2019

I’ve been taking a few months off from social media and my blog as my mom passed away on May 8th, and I have been busy with family, and quite honestly, I just haven’t felt up to writing or painting.

I took a three month break from painting, but I am back in the studio again and feeling inspired. I know my mom would want me to continue to create art as she was one of my biggest fans. I miss her so much. She lived in Oregon, and I live in Southern California, so I would text her pictures at the end of each painting session so she could see my progress. She would always respond with words of encouragement.

One of my favorite photo;s of the two of us – And we are in our nightgowns! 🙂

Another favorite, just a few years later 🙂 at my Niece’s wedding.

She was born in December on the family farm in Nashville, Arkansas. This is is the first picture of her, she is about 3-4 months old.

She was the youngest of four children and was definitely the baby of the family. Just like I was… 🙂

She was quite the little farm girl. You should have seen all the pictures of her with cows that I saw while I was looking for this family photo. 🙂 She named all of the animals on the farm.

I believe she is 11 in this next picture. She is holding her first “store bought” doll that her sister, Jo bought for her.

 

She was a blonde when she was a little girl. She is the little one in the front with the black ribbon in her hair.

Her teen years, the 1950’s.

She graduated from Ashland High School in 1959, Ashland, OR.

She loved animals, especially cats!

She married my dad, the love of her life on her 18th birthday. They were married for 58 years.

Our family… I am the redhead on the left in both pictures. My sis and I are 11 months apart, and we had the greatest childhood, growing up in a small town (Hilt, Ca) right on the border of Oregon and California.

This picture of the four of us was from a couple years ago.

My Mom was a secretary and could type faster than I could talk! I used to dictate my term papers for high school and college to her. She was the secretary for the First Baptist Church while I was growing up and then she worked at the hospital and for a radiologist office before retiring.

She loved social media, especially Facebook. If I didn’t check for her posts during the day, within a few hours, she would be calling me to say… Did you see what I posted? 🙂 I really miss all of her posts and comments.

My mom had an incredible singing voice, she sang alto and could harmonize with anyone and really enjoyed singing in church. We grew up singing in the car, even if it was just a short five minute trip, we managed to sing at least one song. This is her performing in a musical at church.

Purple was her and my dad’s favorite color. It became our families favorite (especially their granddaughters), so there was plenty of it around!

She had four grandchildren and was a wonderful grandmother. This is her with my daughter, baking her wonderful chocolate chip cookies.

I took this photo on a visit to Oregon. My grandmother is pictured here with my aunt and mom. My mom is holding my nephew, Brandon and my aunt is holding my daughter. Their cousin Rachel is down in front.

After a long day of shooting (with film), I had a few shots left on the roll. Mom and dad were visiting, so my husband took this picture of the three of us,

With her two oldest grandkids when they were little, they now have young children.

At the Oregon beach with her oldest granddaughter

With my sis…They color coordinated in this one! 🙂

She had four grandchildren, five great grandsons and the sixth great grandson was just born a few weeks ago. We were fortunate to have our mom with us for many years, even though we wish she would have stayed with us a lot longer.

Here she is having fun playing with one of her great grandson’s.

And snuggling with another.

Below is a copy of the last page of her memorial service announcement. The Oregon coast was one of her most favorite places and she spent many summer vacations at Harris Beach, in Brookings, OR, with family and friends.

Our mom’s voicemail message always ended with “I probably love you.”

Thanks for reading and indulging me with my memories. I am looking forward to getting back to blogging about my art process and catching up on reading everyone’s posts on WP.

Have a wonderful, creative, day, –Janell

It’s Beginning to look a lot Christmas…

It’s been a few busy weeks around here. I’ve been finishing up a couple of commissions and some holiday gifts… all surprises, so I will have lots to share in January.  🙂

I hope you are having a lovely holiday season. 

We made a quick trip to Oregon to visit family for Thanksgiving. And we got to see snow! (A nice change from our Southern California 70 degree weather.) 

We’ll, I’d better get back to the painting on my easel. 

Have a wonderful, creative, day, -Janell 

Aqua, A Mermaid Painting

Aqua, a sweet little mermaid slumbering in the waves.  I love the colors of this painting.

mermaid painting by Janell MIthani I did some traveling in September, visiting family in Oregon.  I had a wonderful trip, and it took me a week or so to wind down and get back to work in the studio.  This week, I got back to my paintings and this painting was still sitting on my easel, almost finished.  She seemed to be calling to me… 🙂  Finish me, please!

Here are a few pictures of my creative process.
sleepingbMy original sketch waterfaeblogThe background is painted and then I sketched in the mermaid with charcoal.
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Finished painting with a bit of tulle that I had in the studio.

 

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! 🙂

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Have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell

Lines of Inspiration

While at Descanso Gardens a few weeks ago, I walked under this willow tree and was surrounded by lines and contrast.  photograph of weeping willow tree by Janell MithaniAs I slowly turned in a circle while looking up, It made me think about how lines create form and interest, inspiring me to explore lines in different ways when I paint.  When I sketch, I am very conscious of line, but when I move to the medium of paint, I find that I think in terms of color and shape.

My first thoughts are towards my liner brush, (one of my most favorite tools,) but I want to look at new ways to emphasize line.  I am going to see how I can use some of my other brushes in a different manner to create “lines” in my next painting.

It’s amazing how nature inspires us in so many different ways!

Have a wonderful, creative day, Janell

A Jewelry Gift Honoring Our Grandmother

My grandmother had a collection of thimbles that she gave me a few years before she passed away.   They have been in a drawer in my jewelry box for about 10 years.

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I was looking through them a few months ago and found one that had a hole in the top of it.   thimblecharmneck2B

I think my grandmother must have used this one so much that her needle went completely through the top of it.  I had seen a few thimble necklaces on Pinterest, so I thought it would be fun to make a necklace for my sis for Christmas.  I began with this thimble and then added other things that were special and sentimental to our family.

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I also have a wonderful vintage button collection, so I added some of them to the necklace and made a separate shorter necklace that could be worn with the thimble necklace.  I used one of my mother of pearl buttons.  (Beautiful button, but did not photograph very well…)

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I made another button necklace for my niece out of some fresh water pearls and a mother of pearl button from my stash.    MotherofPearlButton2B

For Christmas, My Aunt sent me one of my other grandmother’s thimbles, so I am going to make a thimble necklace for myself.   I just loved the one I made for my sis.  Now I am totally hooked on button and thimble jewelry!

Have a wonderful, creative day, Janell