JANNA VANDERVEEN

Watercolor Window and Roses “One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some...

Meet Violet Dahlia Princess, pixie, fairy, sprite, or heroine… I haven’t decided yet. I had a tremendous amount of fun sewing this whimsical character, with her purple hair and big eyes....

UPDATE: AMY O’NEAL is the winner!!! Congratulations. Stay tuned for more giveaways in the future. I have an AGENT!!! It is official. I’ve signed a contract with Credo Communications, who will...

A Tonal Watercolor Study: Farmhouse in the Dell Fingers of fog, Desecrate lightly The farmhouse in the dell Where silence walks And stone walls talk And darker stories dwell. ~ Janna Vanderveen This watercolor painting...

(Watercolor: Girl with Red Umbrella) A Poem of Thankfulness Your love is everlasting Your arms reach far and wide You carry me in splendor You never leave my side Upon your...

The Robin The north wind doth blow, And we shall have snow, And what will poor robin do then, Poor thing? He’ll sit in a barn, And keep himself warm, And...

Craft day is always fun, especially when Grandma is involved. She researched ways to create cabochon/pendant necklaces, purchased all the supplies, and set up the creative day for her grandchildren to attend. I suggested that...

“When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my...

This is what happened when I tried a new brand of watercolor paper (ProArt 140# Watercolor 6″x12″)…. 1. The paper sloughed off when I ran my paintbrush over the center of...

I made a thank you card today for my mother-in-law who blessed me greatly over the last two days. I used a painting technique involving calligraphy ink and watercolor paints, having learned of...

Watercolor #24: Watercolor Hot Air Balloon: Reflections “Now we see things imperfectly as in a poor mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now...

Sailing somber seas Soft skies encroach muted trees Heavy with sorrow Striving, always striving… Tear drops driving A repeat of tomorrow. ~ Janna (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)

Watercolor #22: Watercolor Matryoshka Doll   The beauty of the Lord is like a Matryoshka doll. At first glance it is stunning, but a closer look reveals a magnificent mult-layered gift, full of even...

Penelope Bloom dressed up as her favorite bunny for Halloween. Cute or creepy. You tell me. (Click on thumbnail for high-resolution image) Handmade by Sweetheart by Janna

Watercolor Attempt #21 I cannot help but contemplate the work of God’s hands, while writing Lumen, the second book in my Eden’s Gate series. Psalm 19:1 comes to mind and lingers… “The heavens...

The unhindered imagination of children produces the cutest things. Yesterday, my five-year-old daughter created this drawing of herself, with brown hair (she’s convinced that’s the color it will be when she’s older), and a...

Kathryn leaned close until her lips were next to Eden’s ear. “Your beauty is taken from you, Eden. You have whored yourself out to sin and you will be a vile...

Storybook characters really do come to life! At least Snow White’s 7 Dwarves did at Walt Disney world. Wait…is that Sneezy plugging his nose? Is it possible that I stink? Considering it was late...

The Neverending Story was one of my favorite movies as a child. In it, a bullied boy named Bastian, flees to his school attic to escapes the worries of his life. He enters a...

My daughter has been asking for a rainbow and pink Penelope Bloom Bunny for over a year.  Yesterday, I decided it was time to fulfill on my promise and make her one....