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


Birds and Fairies…Finished Painting!

WOO HOO!  I finished my bird and fairy painting today!  I have had a lot of fun painting this piece. I giggled a lot when I painted the fairy and the birds next to her.  After much deliberation with a few girlfriends, mom and sis, I decided on a title:  “Morning Chit Chat”

Moring Chit Chat bird and fairy painting by Janell Mithani

We had quite a few really good titles texting back and forth, so it was pretty hard to decide.  Here are a few other names I considered: “Night out on the branch,” “Rumor has it…,” “Got any gossip?,” and “Any news from the fairy realm?”

Some were pretty funny, like “I thought we owned this branch, is she paying rent?”  or my mom remembered a line from a song “May the bluebird of happiness fly up your nose!” (I have to say that one gave me a whole new idea for another painting. ) 🙂

My second choice was “Birds of a feather flock together.”

Here is a picture of me finishing up the details on the fairy. Note the paint on my middle finger…it’s my “other brush” that I love to use.

Janell Mithani working on painting Morning Chit chat

Here is the painting on my easel. (Please ignore the messy studio surrounding it!)

Morning Chit Chat painting in studio of Janell Mithani

And another view…

Photo of Painting morning chit chat by Janell Mithani on her easel in studio

And here is another picture of the finished painting…

Moring Chit Chat bird and fairy painting by Janell Mithani

Morning Chit Chat, Acrylic on canvas, 18″ x 36.”

I would love to hear what you think of this painting and other title ideas. I finished it just in time to put in a group art show on Saturday. I also think I will make art prints since I love it so much.

Have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell


Birds and a Fairy In Process

“Excuse me, but this is our branch!”  I still have quite a bit to do on this painting, but I thought I would share my progress.  I have had a lot of fun with this piece and find myself giggling every time I look at the bird next to the fairy.

Painting in process of birds and fairy by Janell mithani

Life was being much too serious lately, so I decided my art needed to lighten things up.  🙂

This painting evolved from combining a group of sketches and then I drew in the branch.  Once I started painting, I decided the birds should all be the same kind.   I think the little fairy was thinking she would blend in with her blue hair and they wouldn’t notice her!  🙂

sketch of bird and fairy painting by Janell MithaniI was hoping to have it finished last weekend,  but I have been distracted by “stuff” that has to get done!   Hopefully, I will get time to finish it this weekend.

Have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell

A Pastel Sketch of a Fairy on a Mushroom

This is a sketch I made this week of a sweet fairy, sitting on a mushroom.  I haven’t sketched with soft pastels for some time.  It’s a medium I used to work in a lot, so it was fun to re-visit it between paintings.  I am still in the sketching phase for my next painting, so hopefully I will get started on the painting next week.   Oh…to have long purple hair! 🙂
Pastel sketch of fairy on mushroom by Janell Mithani

I am off to dust my daughter’s room.  She arrives home from college tomorrow for her spring break.  I can’t wait to giver her a great big hug!

Have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell

Lines of Inspiration

While at Descanso Gardens a few weeks ago, I walked under this willow tree and was surrounded by lines and contrast.  photograph of weeping willow tree by Janell MithaniAs I slowly turned in a circle while looking up, It made me think about how lines create form and interest, inspiring me to explore lines in different ways when I paint.  When I sketch, I am very conscious of line, but when I move to the medium of paint, I find that I think in terms of color and shape.

My first thoughts are towards my liner brush, (one of my most favorite tools,) but I want to look at new ways to emphasize line.  I am going to see how I can use some of my other brushes in a different manner to create “lines” in my next painting.

It’s amazing how nature inspires us in so many different ways!

Have a wonderful, creative day, Janell

Painting on Valentine’s Weekend

I’ve had a busy time painting.  But not painting on a canvas.  My husband and I painted our family room on Valentine’s Day!    Well, actually, he didn’t really have a choice.  We have been talking about doing this for a while, so I bought the paint and taped everything off on Friday while he was at work.  So when he got home…surprise!  Here is a picture of it all taped off and primed with a special primer for flaking paint.  We had it professionally painted about 15 years ago, and the painter didn’t prime before he painted water based paint over oil paint (although he told me he did), so we have been living with flaking off paint for quite a while.  Painting family roomActually, we were done by early evening.  For some reason, I am pretty fast and accurate with a paint brush.  🙂  And it helps to have someone who is 6′ tall around to paint all of the high spots I can’t reach. It was about 80 degrees that day so the paint dried quickly. (I am so sorry to all of you who have been buried in snow lately!  I have been thinking of you and sending you warm thoughts.)

It is now a beautiful blue room. We get lots of sunshine in this room and I love how light and airy it feels during the day.  This was our view out the window as we painted.

Blooming rose arch photograph by Janell MithaniI am headed back to the studio tomorrow as I’ve got a new idea for a painting that I am really excited about and I can’t wait to get it started. Feathers are on my mind.  I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s weekend. I am sure appreciating my sweet Valentine.

Have a wonderful, creative day, Janell