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…


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




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.

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




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

Fairy Sketch #2, #3, #4, and #5

This post is continuing with my 10 Fairy Sketches challenge.  I got motivated over the weekend, so here are Fairy sketches #2, #3, #4, and #5.

Fairy #2, “Dream”

Sleeping Fairy sketch by Janell Mithani

Fairy # 3.  I’m having a hard time coming up with a name for her.  What do you think?

fairy sketch #2 by Janell Mithani

Fairy # 4, “Laurel”

fairy sketch Laurel by Janell Mithani

Fairy #5, “Young One”

Fairy sketch of child fairy by Janell Mithani

I sketched all of them in my bound sketchbook (which is filling up fast) with a pencil.  I took a break from sketching today to paint.  So I will get back to sketching tomorrow.

Have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell


Finished Manga Painting From Last Week

I finished the painting that I shared “in-process”on my blog post last week.  I named her “ICE.”  She must have waved her magic fairy wand, because we are finally having some cooler weather. Yippee!

Manga Painting ICE by Janell Mithani

“ICE” 16″ x 20″, Acrylic on canvas

I finished this painting just in time!  I have an exhibit at the Alhambra City Hall Gallery that goes up on Monday, November 3rd.  I am exhibiting 12 paintings and 6 pieces of my jewelry along with aerial art photographer, Renee Rusak Strouse, who will be exhibiting 12 of her photographs from her “Chroma” series.  We will be having a reception at the gallery on Monday evening, November 10th from 6:00-8:00 PM.  If you live in the Los Angeles area, feel free to stop by.  I’d love to meet some of my blogger friends in person. 🙂

Have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell

A Meloncholy Sketch

I’ve been sketching some more and I just began working on another painting.  This sketch seems a little melancholy and her eyes seem a bit sad.  Hmm… possibly due to the fact that my daughter is heading back to college next week…all they way in Chicago?  I know she will have a great year, but I can’t help thinking of how much I will miss her.  It is interesting how my thoughts and emotions seem to be expressed in the characters I draw.


Well, I am going to think about all the Skype sessions, emails, texts and phone calls we will share while she is away.  That should cheer me up!  Thank goodness for technology. 🙂

Have a wonderful, creative day, Janell

A Masculine Face in My Sketchbook

I rarely draw boys or men.  Not sure why, I suppose I am just drawn to female faces.  But, since I teach manga drawing and inking workshops and many of my students draw men, I occasionally sketch a male character to keep familiar with it.


Have a wonderful, creative day, Janell