A Busy Day in the Studio

I spent most of the day in the studio working on about five different projects.  I had a pretty productive day!

Here is one of the paintings I worked on, I am feeling the ocean today…

in process painting of mermaid in water by Janell Mithani

And this is another painting, I have just started building up the shadows and starting to form the shapes of the flowers.  I actually sketched in 5 flowers, but decided to make the one flower larger and more dominant, so I just did three flowers.

in process painting by janell mithani

I seem to be really loving pink lately and had some fun with my hair.  I snagged some of my daughter’s Manic Panic hair color and did a stripe down the side of my hair.  It will wash out with a few shampoos.  My girlfriend Carolyn, who is a wonderful makeup artist, added in some Fuchsia Hair Bling, so I am ready for some summer fun! 🙂


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

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

Snow Day

After a winter visit to Oregon, I felt inspired to paint a snow scene with trees.  I am still thinking of a title…

Oregon Bliss

I am thinking “Oregon Bliss” as the trees around my sister’s cabin were my inspiration.  She certainly lives in a blissful place!

I had a wonderful time on my trip, visiting with family and enjoying all the beautiful scenery. I came home to 80 degree weather, here in Southern California.  It’s amazing the difference in weather with just a few hours plane ride. 🙂

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


Pansy Flower Painting

Pansies were my favorite flower when I was a little girl.  They had such large petals and wonderful rich colors.  My Aunt  Helen, who worked at a greenhouse, introduced me to them.  She brought a large pot full of their showy blooms to set on my grandparents porch.  I thought they were so pretty and instantly fell in love with them.

Pansy, A Little Girl's First Love, Acrylic on canvas, 20" x 20"

Pansy, A Little Girl’s First Love, Acrylic on canvas, 20″ x 20″

Now I have many favorite flowers, but pansies will always remind me of being a little girl and the first flower I discovered.  Painting this pansy was such a fun walk down memory lane. The paint just flowed onto my canvas.

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