Painted Dresses for the Fairies

I have spent some time, trying to woo the fairies that live in my garden and studio into doing a bit of cleaning for me. Recently, I have even painted them some beautiful dresses.

Vintage Romance painting by Janell Mithani

Oh, but to no avail…they just aren’t interested in sweeping up my messes. Unfortunately, I share their disposition! 🙂

But, the Altadena Open Studios Tour is quickly approaching, and someone needs to get busy!

Do you have any ideas to motivate my fairy friends? Or me? 🙂

dress form painting by Janell Mithani

Dress Form 1, 10″ x 8″ acrylic on canvas

Well, I am off to find a broom and dustpan…

Have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell

Violet and Grey, A New Painting

I finished another painting in my ‘Wildish Spirit’ series.  This painting is in honor of my daughter and her love of horses and I titled it “Violet and Grey.”  She took a lot of horseback riding lessons when she was young, so when I decided to paint one of my FAE characters based on her, I felt a wild horse needed to be part of the painting.

painting Violet and grey by janell Mithani

She left a couple of weeks ago, returning to Chicago for her last year in college.  I miss her SO MUCH!  I used her favorite color palette — purple, grey and black. It is a very cool toned palette and very different from my usual warm tones.  I did give her bangs and a bit of a wild hair-do to go with the horse’s wild mane.  I plan to hang the painting in her room, so when I walk by and glance in, I will see her in the painting, instead of her empty bedroom.

Of course, I am counting the days until Christmas break and I get to hug her again! 🙂

This is a close up picture to show the details of their faces.

Violet and grey painting detail by Janell Mithani

I didn’t do a sketch this time, I just worked from photographs I took of her in the garden last December.  And the horse is a merging of about 4 different horses I looked at as reference, definitely a fantasy breed… with my usual big eyes. 🙂

Here are a few pictures of my process…

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I painted the background in and then did a charcoal sketch on top of it.

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Here is a picture from the side of the gallery wrapped canvas.  I don’t think I have shared the sides of my paintings before on my blog.  It’s a little hard to see in the picture below, but  I painted the name of the painting along the thick edge of the wrapped canvas.
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I hope you have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell

 

 

A Miniature Fairy Dress

One of the fairies who frequents my garden studio asked me to make her a pretty party dress.

foreverlovemini paper dress by Janell Mithani

I think both of our inner girlie-ness is what attracted her to my studio, in the first place.Forever love fairy dress by Janell MithaniForeverLoveDressbyJanellMithani7W
Since she has admired the painting I created that hangs over the window, I decided to make the bodice with paper made from prints of the painting.

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mixed media painting by Janell mithani

Forever Love, Acrylic on canvas, 20″ x 24″

To make the bodice, I shrunk a print of the painting in Photoshop to a couple of different sizes (2 to 5 inches in length) and printed out a sheet of them. Then I tore the pictures into a bunch of tiny pieces of paper that I modge-podged together to form the bodice.  (I used a $1 store doll covered in plastic wrap as a “pattern.”)  I glued about 3-4 layers, letting then dry completely in between and then added glitter to the last layer before it dried.

Bodice close up of mini fairy paper dress by Janell Mithani

 

To get my bodice off the doll, I simply cut it in half up the back.  Then I did some trimming until I had the shape I wanted for the bodice.  I used one of my beading tools with a sharp point to punch holes along each side of the back opening so I could lace it up like a typical corset.  I then sewed all of the trim to the bodice with embroidery thread.

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For the skirt, I dug around my fabric stash and found some sage green tulle and sewed it to the bodice as well.  Then I painted the tulle with some green and pink acrylics that I watered down a bit.  On the last layer of paint, I added in some glitter and some of the printed flowers from the painting.

Forever love back view of dress by Janell Mithani

To display the mini dress, I created a little stand by drilling a hole in a block of wood and gluing a small round wooden dowel into the hole.  I used wood glue to adhere the dowel to the block since it was wood to wood, but I used my trusty E6000 glue to adhere the top of the dowel to the inside of the dress.

For a finishing touch, I glued the block of wood to an inverted votive candle holder.  Then I glued some gold rhinestone strips as well as three of the flowers from my prints to the candle holder so it matched the dress.

glass stand for mixed media mini fairy paper dress

I believe my little fairy friend is happy with the results…

Have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell

 

 

Finished Painting, “DANCING” and My Painting Process

This week I finished the dancing Fae painting that I have been working on for a few months.  She is dancing among the mushrooms. Being a big fan of one word titles, I named this painting, “Dancing.”

Painting Dancing by Janell Mithani

DANCING, 30″ x 20″, Acrylic on canvas.

I had a lot of fun painting a curvy redhead.  I wasn’t sure what color her hair was going to be when I began the painting, but as I painted, her hair just got redder and redder.  Hmm… wonder if I was looking in the mirror.  🙂

This is the original drawing from my sketchbook.

Flirty fairy sketch by janell mithani

Here are a few pictures of the progress of the painting.

In process shots of dancing painting by janell Mithani

And this is about 3/4 of the way finished, on my easel during the Open Studios Tour, June 3rd-4th.

Dancing painting by Janell Mithani, in process

 

Oh!  And I have my comments turned back on.  Thank you fellow blogger Susan for sending me an email to remind me!  If you don’t already follow her, You can check out her blog about her special Narnia room for her grandkids at https://mimiswardrobe.wordpress.com/  and her adventures at Zephyr Hill Farms at https://zephyrhillfarm.blogspot.com/.

Have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell

Rainbow Tulip Painting for Art Auction and Studio Tour

I am just finishing up this painting of a colorful rainbow tulip to donate to the art auction for the Open Studios Tour.  The art auction will be held on Friday evening to kick-off the weekend event.    The tour is on June 4-5, 11 Am – 5 PM and I will have my studio open on both days.

Rainbow Tulip Painting by Janell Mithani

 

The Friday evening event “An Evening of Art,” will be held at the Art Space gallery, 2605 N. Lake Avenue, Altadena, CA from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. It is sure to be a great evening with over 50 artists participating and we will all be at the event to visit with attendees and answer questions about our work.  You will also be able to pick up your Art Tour booklet and map.

 

The studio is beginning to clean itself… Well, a girl can wish!! 🙂  I pulled out a broom this morning and suddenly, all my fairy friends disappeared.  I suppose I will be sweeping up all those beads I dropped and cleaning off my beading table (beads just seem to multiply) as well as dusting off my easel, all by self.      I have finished a few paintings and I am hoping to finish another large size painting of one of my Fae characters.  Here is a picture of my progress… I still have a lot more to do!

In process shots of dancing painting by janell MithaniOn this tour, I will have two guest artists exhibiting with me at my studio.  If you live in the area (Altadena/Pasadena, CA)  be sure to stop by and say hello!  You can learn more about the tour at www.openstudios.gallery.

Have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell

 

FAWN Painting – A Fairy Holding a Baby Deer

I just finished a new painting in my Fae Series.  This painting is titled “FAWN.”

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FAWN, Acrylic on canvas, 30″ x 24″

She is the little sister of “DOE”, who I finished painting in January. Here is DOE.

DOE painting by Janell Mithani

DOE, Acrylic on Canvas, 30″ x 24″

I thought it was very fitting that I name her FAWN since she had “spots,” too.  I created the sketch last summer.  You can see my original post from last summer with the original sketch here.

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I created the sketch for DOE this past fall and then added the fawns to both of the sketches and began planning the paintings.

 

Next, I enlarged the sketch to the size of my canvas so I could transfer my drawing.   I wanted the painting to be big, 30″ x 24,” so I had to copy sections onto different pieces of paper and then tape them together. I transferred a soft outline of the drawing to the canvas once I had painted the background by rubbing charcoal on the back of the enlarged photocopy and tracing over my sketch.

Enlarged sketch of Fawn painting by Janell Mithani

Here are a few pictures of my painting process…

Blocking in shapes and under-painting.

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I decided to add wings and a bit more work on the background.

Photo pf Fawn painting in process by Janell Mithani

More work on the wings, Darkening the under-painting on the fawn and the beginning of details on the hair.

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Adding details to skin, hair and starting to work on the eyes…

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Added more details on the deer and started working on fine details.

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The last thing I added were some dogwood blossoms, they are my mom’s favorite.  🙂  Here is another look at the finished painting…

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I hope you have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell