FAWN Painting – A Fairy Holding a Baby Deer

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


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


DOE, My Last Painting in 2015

DOE is the last painting I did in 2015, and she is here to wish you a wonderful, lovely, prosperous and creative New Year!

DOE painting by Janell Mithani

DOE, Acrylic on Canvas, 30″ x 24″

She is the oldest of two fae sisters who lives in the woods and loves animals, especially sweet little fawns who have strayed away from their mothers.  She gently brings them back to their mother’s side.

If you would like to see a post with pictures of my process on this painting, visit this post:


Have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell

DOE painting in process

I am still working on my painting, “DOE.” but I thought I would share a few pictures of my progress.

Here is the final sketch from my sketchbook. It is 8″ x 10″.

Doe Sketch

Here is my sketch enlarged on a copy machine and pieced together.  I wanted to paint this one pretty big, so I bought a 24″ x 30″ gallery wrapped canvas.


Here is the canvas with the last coat of tinted gesso.   I was thinking I wanted to go with a lighter background, but you will see that I changed my mind…

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And here is the painting with the main subjects blocked in.

Doe blocked in

Now I started feeling the Fall weather and began getting some darker shades worked into the painting.  I always rotate my canvas around on my easel when I am painting certain parts.  I especially like to paint the tips of my hair sideways.  Anybody else do this when they paint or draw?


Here is the whole painting sideways on my easel.  I darkened up the background and added texture that gave me the feeling of bark on a tree.


And here it is, right side up with the my progress, so far.

painting Doe holding a fawn in process by Janell Mithani

Hope you have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell