Photographing A Garden Fairy

While my daughter was home over the holidays, I wanted to take some photographs of her in the garden.  It has been a while since we did a fun photo shoot and I wanted to capture the feel of a fairy in the garden, yet be true to her spirit.

This was one of my favorite shots.


Have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell




What Inspires you

One of the biggest inspirations for my art is my garden.  I love spending time gardening, painting and just sitting and observing what is happening outside my studio.  I just love the tiny bright red blooms on the plants just outside my door.  They seem so soft and fragile.  I image little fairy’s snuggling among them for an afternoon nap.

garden with birdhouse photograph by Janell Mithani

I am also inspired by yellow and purple color combinations, lately.  The bright yellow is so cheery next to the light purple of the lavender.

Photograph of lavendar and daisy by Janell Mithani

So… What inspires you?

Have a wonderful, creative day, Janell

Garden Cottage Painting

Happy New Year!  Here is a painting I made titled “Garden Cottage.”


I think I would like to escape to this little cottage and spend the day painting. 🙂  I am really enjoying acrylic painting again, I  just started again three months ago after about a 20 year break.  This is the second painting I did this past Fall.  I have done other mixed media work and I am still experimenting with the style and brushwork I like best.  But I think my style is emerging…

I didn’t get much painting done in December, although I did make a painting for my husband for Christmas.  Of course, I finished it the day before and popped it into a frame I had out in the studio just in time to tuck it under the tree.  I have switched to working in acrylics instead of oils and I like the faster drying time.  I have always painted fast a furious!  So working in acrylics goes along with my style and much easier cleanup.  I am really liking the full body acrylics, especially the ones by Golden.  And all the textures and mediums…

I also love to take pictures and have a huge library of images on my computer to choose from.  So I have no loss of subject matter, now… just need to make more time to paint in 2013!

I have been looking over art books and studying different techniques and brushwork applications as I work on developing my style.  I just love research, actually sometimes I think I get so wrapped up in research that I can’t seem to get time at my easel.  Below is the painting on my easel at about 2/3 of the way finished so you can see a bit of my process.  I did a lot of toning down of areas to bring the focal attention to the little cottage.  I also added some yellow and warmed up the tone of the painting.  The finished painting is on a panel with 3″ deep sides and is 11″ x 14″.

Cottage preliminaryL

Wishing you a wonder fun-filled creative year!    Janell