JANNA VANDERVEEN

The windows of my soul I throw Wide open to the sun. ~John Greenleaf Whittier Watercolor Attempt #12 (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)

My friend Debi and I attempted John Lovett’s tutorial on painting boats. We spent a great deal of time mixing paint colors and even more time laughing. It was a great day....

Blue shutters and bright red geraniums…I can envision this window along the busy streets of Paris or perhaps the narrow streets of old Quebec.  To make this watercolor painting, I followed...

My drawings are always hit or miss, especially when learning new techniques. For this painting, I used a fine line waterproof marker to assist with my character drawing, prior to filling it in with watercolors. I...

Watercolor attempt #8. This painting was not so easy. Even though I taped the paper down onto a board, the paper warped in ways that my previous paintings didn’t (I’m not sure...

My sister came to visit me  from Canada, and we practiced watercolor washes. This is my first attempt at doing a wash “correctly.” It was fun.(Click on thumbnail for high-resolution image)

I have been procrastinating from writing my Writer’s Journey outline for book number 2 in my Eden’s Gate series.  It’s an enormous mental task which requires both brain power and uninterrupted time. Lacking both, I’ve thrown...

Waves and Storms Such fickle thorns Which billow and blow Shouting, “GO! NO! GO!” You staunch threadbare wings Ensnaring the one who sings Fly fairy, flee Find your victory. ~ Janna...

There’s a west wind blowing…. (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image) Watercolor attempt number 4.

Today I dabbled with some watercolors, just for fun. I love the whimsical, mysterious, and elusive quality of this art. It evokes the imagination into telling untold stories. I probably broke a...

This is the good news… Christ died once and for ALL because of his great love. “It is finished!” (Click on thumbnail for high-resolution image)

Proverbs 27:9

I am thankful for all of my wonderful friends. They are genuine, honest, intelligent, and gracious… Sweet incense indeed! (Click on thumbnail to see a high-resolution photo)

You are Beloved You are loved You are a flower among thorns A precious blossom Cradled in the hands of a God who cares. (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)

Several summer’s ago,  my husband and two lifejacket-clad sons swam to a tiny island off the shore of Lake Huron. They stood on a branch which jutted out the water and soaked in the view...

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The one snack my children can’t live without is a fruit smoothie.  When time permits, I prepare an all-natural fruit concoction for my children’s evening snack.  This one is their favorite treat. Five Fruit Smoothie...

Rip Esselstyn Engine 2 Lasagna is the most delicious, healthy, fiber filled vegetable lasagna that I have ever found.  Made.  Eaten.  Anywhere!  Having watched the documentary “Forks over Knives”, and it’s spin-off “Engine2Diet,” I was...