JANNA VANDERVEEN

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...

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...

Watercolor Attempt #20 This week, I viewed several YouTube tutorials on “negative watercolor painting.” I was intrigued by the title, learning quickly that it’s not a reference to one’s attitude. Instead, it ‘s a...

My five-year-old daughter drew this village picture, with a house, pink cotton candy tree (her most favorite snack), garage, car, dog, and flowers. We added a few trees to fill in...

Now that the kids are back on school, I have plunged back into editing and writing. It is always a challenge to keep life balanced when I immerse myself into my...

Watercolor Attempt # 17 I didn’t want to post this latest watercolor painting. At all! Except my husband reminded me that I should be posting my epic fails and disappointments alongside my successes,...

Watercolor attempt #16. “Volkswagen Camper Van” Our family camping trips are complete for 2014 and school planning has begun. Change is in the air. It’s been a good summer filled with...

Watercolor attempt #15 Art day is always fun with my children. We pile the kitchen table high with markers, papers, crayons, pencils, paints, etc…and go to town creating. My kids hunker around me and...

Watercolor Attempt #14 Painting keeps me thinking creatively, a necessary skill for both writing and editing. It forces me to visualize light and dark, shadows and colors, and imagine the what-if’s in the picture. When I tried to...

Watercolor Attempt #13 This painting reminds me of my childhood which was filled with days of life guarding, Saturday’s at swim meets,, camping with family, and snapping green beans with the radio blaring Christopher Cross’s...

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...