Another Sketch…A Sweet Face

We took a few trips to downtown Los Angeles and out to the San Fernando Valley while our daughter was visiting this last month, so I had some time in the car to do a few sketches.  This sweet little face is a bit younger than most of my wildish spirits, but she just emerged with a very innocent expression.

Manga Girl Sketch by Janell Mithani

I usually start my sketches with the eyes, nose and mouth and then get the shape of the chin and face; then I add the hair and fae shaped ears.  This drawing came together that way.  I sketched a few extra things around her as I was thinking about different ideas for the background and foreground when I get to the painting stage.

I am thinking of Aster(after the genus name Asteraceae from the aster daisy) for her name as I am sure some type of daisy will be in the painting.  Aster also means star and refers to the fallen tears of the Goddess Astraea, known as Virgo and September’s constellation.  I have a feeling her painting will be my September project.  I am also considering changing the pack of firewood she is carrying over her shoulder to a big bouquet of daisies when I create the painting.

Hmmm… seems like I have a bit to think about.  I would love to hear your thoughts.  🙂

Have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell

A Quick Fairy Sketch

In the midst of all this traveling to Oregon and Texas,  jewelry making, wedding preparations, and trying to beat strep throat and a sinus infection, I managed to get a few quiet moments with my sketch book.  I have missed my fairies!

Sketch of fairy by Janell Mithani

Whew!  I am so glad to be home!  August was like a roller coaster ride.  We had a wonderful time visiting with family, but it’s great to be back home and have life get back to normal. I am so ready to get back to painting and spending time in my studio.  We have our daughter at home for two more weeks before she heads back to college, so I am cherishing every moment with her.

I look forward to catching up with everyone’s blogs and finding out what has been going on in your lives.

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