Born of Dreams

Digital Art | Born of Dreams

She materialized to life
From the shadowland’s hold.
Filled with color and light
And visions untold.


Digital Art Painting | Born of Dreams

Mixed Media: Warrior Girl

Mixed Media Painting | Warrior Girl

She ruled, not with an iron fist,

But with an iron-clad mind,

For her identity found footing in love,

And her compassion could not be shaken.native-girl-with-spear6

Pixels and Pixies

Mixed Media Painting | Pixels and Pixies

Where science and fantasy meet,

Imagination abounds.

From the pixels,

Pixies emerge,

And beauty astounds.


Fantasy Creatures

Mixed Media | Fantasy Creatures

Sometimes  I splash inks, watercolors, and acrylics onto paper just to see what happens. Within the chaos an image usually forms, and in this case, I found fan adorable little fantasy creature. What is she? A who’s it, or what’s that, or whatchamacallit? You tell me. Regardless, I fell in love with her flower filled hair and tail puff, her tiny fairy wings, and her big eyes.


Finger-painted Beauty

Mixed Media Painting | Finger-painted Beauty

Vivid, colorful, and full of light, this young woman surfaced on my page as I coaxed her to life with my fingers and brushes.  I painted her on a 4″ by 6″ piece of watercolor paper (140 lb.) using acrylics, oils pastels, and inks.

Janna Vanderveen Finger painted Lady


Mixed Media Painting | Girl in Moonlight

I completed this 12 1/2″ by 19 1/2″ painting of “A girl in moonlight” using watercolor paints for her face, a variety of inks and watercolor crayons for her hair, modeling paste over ephemera to create textured clothing, and oil crayons over a layered background to create a dreamy sky. I love how she turned out.



Acrylic Painting | Groovy Volkswagen Campervan

This 20″ by 20″ acrylic painting on canvas of a Volkswagen Campervan was a blast to paint. I loved working with several bright acrylics and a random assortment of ephemera. It made for a fun, colorful, and GROOVY, painting which is perfect for any room.


My Little Pony

Maltese | Lily Belle as My Little Pony

I giggle. Seriously. This poochini brings me tremendous joy and laughter. When my daughter and I picked her up from the groomers yesterday and discovered her ombre ears/tail and green painted toenails, you can only imagine our wide smiles and peels of laughter.

“My little pony!” said my daughter with obvious admiration.

“Yup, we have a live one!” I responded.


I can hardly take the cuteness of my Lily Belle.



Mixed Media Painting | Refiner's Fire

Recently, I lay awake in bed, convicted of a thought which would not release me to sleep. In the darkness of my bedroom, I slipped on a pair of headphones and began to listen to the song, Join with the Angels, by Planet Shakers. As the music played, I embraced the thought, and it embraced me. These words etched into my heart and inspired the painting, which I’ve titled, Refiner’s Fire. Maybe it will provide comfort to someone else today.

I AM an all-consuming fire. You are gold. Just as gold is made pure in fire, so are you. In my refining-presence you are restored. You believe my fire is punishment and you fear me. But do not be afraid, for my fire is love, and my flames heal. And I’ve promised to make all things new.  That includes you. All knees will bow, not in fearful submission, but in wonder at my goodness.  For just as nothing of value is ever thrown away, you will not be discarded, for your value is greater than rubies. Oh that you would see this and know it to be true. You see yourself as coal, but I see you as the treasure you are. For just as refined gold reflects light, so you reflect me.

Butterfly Painting Acrylics

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 Watercolor Painting | Girl Holding Lantern at Night

I completed a second watercolor painting for a friend, in my series, “Be Thou My Vision.” I envisioned a girl holding a lantern, which cast light to dispel the shadows.

Be thou my vision,
Thy presence my light.
Guide me through sunshine,
And the darkest of night.


Visions Unseen

Watercolor Painting | Visions Unseen
 Be though my vision
When I cannot see.
Whether waking or sleeping
Reveal yourself to me.
Visions Unseen
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Blossoms of Crimson

Watercolor Painting | Tulips in Recycled Glass Vase

Like the tulip which lifts its head in silence,

Revealing blossoms the color of crimson,

Your beauty also shines forth,

Revealing your value and worth.

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Peace amidst Chaos

Watercolor Painting | Peace amidst Chaos

I took some time to paint this weekend, amidst the stress that broken bones and too much time spent in an emergency room creates.  After things settled, I contemplated the beauty of the setting sun, the majesty of towering mountains, and my thankfulness for the life we have. This painting is a reflection of that moment.

Studious Girl Watercolor


Pink Fairy

Watercolor Painting | Pink Fairy

Scribbles and scratches. I’ve reopened my children’s books and am editing like crazy…always editing it seems. For me, taking a short break from writing often means doing something else creative, like watercolor painting. The activity seems to feed the ideas that swirl though my mind. This girl is scribbled and scratched, almost as an afterthought, but within her there is light, love, and a little magic. Stories, stories, stories….

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Mixed Media | An Ode to Nice, France

Sorrow fills the silence
When love’s sweet iris falls.
Come gather scattered blossoms,
And cradle petals strong.
Let’s raise our valiant banners,
And paint our tower’s tall.
For Marianne, oh sweet Marianne,
We’ll remember freedom song.

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Watercolor Painting | Blue-haired whimsical Girl

I quickly watercolor painted this whimsical girl on a bus ride home from my son’s Mackinaw Island class trip. It was a challenging experiment, considering the frequent sway and bump of the road. I loaded my seat with my carry on luggage, made a makeshift table, balanced my watercolor paints, and sketched fast. Using an Elegant Writer and a little water, I shaded her face, then colored in her features with an inexpensive travel set of Koi watercolor paints.

It was the first time I ever painted in a moving vehicle. She turned out fine, all things considered. BusRideGirl3(Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)

Lily Belle

Maltese | Lily Belle

Lily Belle casts a ray of sunshine in our family. She soothes tears, inspires laughter, and spreads a whole lot of love with her unwavering loyalty and wet doggy kisses.  She boldly sports hot-pink tipped ears as well as a matching fuzzy matching hair bow.

Just looking at her makes me smile.

May she brighten your day as well.

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Stained Glass Tree

Watercolor Painting | Loretta Grayson Inspired Stained Glass Tree

My son Gabriel came home from middle school last week with an art assignment; to paint a Loretta Grayson style color theory tree. The project seemed a little daunting, so I offered to do one alongside him. Together we looked up Loretta Grayson’s web page and discovered that she had an on-line tutorial explaining how to complete this project.

We’d been told to use water medium paints for our own project, versus the Caran D’ache oil pastels used by Loretta, and soon discovered that it was much harder to create clean crisp squares with watercolor paints. However, we decided to embrace the difference, believing that our fluid lines would make our work unique. Intrigued by Loretta’s use of Zentangles my son asked if he could also incorporate them into our trees. I thought that was a great idea. After four hours of painting, my son’s project was  complete.


He did an amazing job! I am so proud of him. I love his use of vibrant colors and fun Zentangle patterns!

My own project took a little longer to complete since I painted it on a considerably larger piece of 140 lb. watercolor paper.  It reminds me of the stained glass windows which decorated my childhood church, and that makes me feel a little nostalgic.

All in all, it was a fun day.  I enjoyed the art lesson, but most of all, I loved spending time with my son.

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Peace Lingers

Fine Art Photography | Peace Lingers

Peace lingers in the valley

Which was once filled with fear.

Your oasis of beauty

Holds my heart dear.

Janna Farmland2

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Watercolor | You are not Alone

Truth is the sorrow

which lingers in my tears.

Love is the compassion

Which erases all your fears.

You are not alone.

You are not forgotten.

Manga Boy

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