Happy Holidays!

Wishing all of you a Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

I hope to do more blogging about my art process next year and I am really looking forward to creating, teaching, and collaborating in the new year! I am hopeful I will be able to teach some art workshops in person next year as well as share my art in-person. I have missed that in-person human connection! 🙂

This is a sweet painting named “STAR.” She reflects my feelings of simple hope that I have for the new year. I created her for a Holiday challenge on IG the first week of December and I wanted to share her with all of you.

I hope you are finding safe and fun ways to celebrate this holiday season. We are having a very quiet Christmas and New Years. I am so looking forward to 20201! As I am sure many of you are, too! 🙂

Happy Holidays and I wish you a wonderful, creative, day filled with JOY, 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 

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