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

 

Happy New Year!

Happy 2015!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and fun New Year’s celebration.  I have been enjoying time with family and friends and haven’t posted for a few weeks.  I thought I would share a few pictures of some of the gifts I gave to family for Christmas.  Now that they have received them, I can show them off a bit. 🙂  These are two sketches I made of my grand nephews for their parents.

Sketch of boy

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They are such cuties!!  And so much fun.  They live far away from me, so I don’t get to see them that often.

Well, now that all that celebrating is behind me, I am back to my usual schedule of posting once a week. I am looking forward to catching up on all my blogger friends posts, too.

Have a wonderful, creative day, Janell