JANNA VANDERVEEN

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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 song “Sailing.” What summer memories do you have? (Click on thumbnail for high-resolution image)

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. This image reminds me of Charles Martin’s novels, whose main characters live or escape to their boats at harbor.  If you need a summer read, these would be a great choice. They come highly recommended by our book club. (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)  

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 a watercolor tutorial by John Lovett and used my new birthday present, a paper stretching board by Ken Bromley, to ensure an unbubbled surface. Both the board and the tutorial worked well. I am happy. (Click on thumbnail for high-resolution image)

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 realized, after the fact, that I should have applied the same amount of detail to his clothing as I did his face. As it is, the vagueness of the background and shirt don’t quite match the detail of the head.  But it… Read More

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 why). Note the cockled marks lining my photo.  BLEECH!  I also found that painting a tutu skirt is a lot easier said than done and that very few instructional video’s exist on the subject. But it’s finished and I can brag that I… Read More

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 myself into another creative outlet – watercolor painting – in the hopes that someday I’ll be able to use the skill to illustrate my own children’s books.  Here is my watercolor attempt #6. (Click on image for full-resolution image)

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 Vanderveen (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)

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 million art rules in the process,  but had a blast. (Click on the thumbnail for a high-resolution image)

Hatchlings birth On the longest night When three moons align At the peak of twilight An immediate pairing Hatchling and sprite Two minds for sharing If the melding’s done right. ~ Janna Vanderveen (Click on thumbnail to see high-resolution image) Photo Credit: http://www.fanpop.com

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)

Chain mail and fire Nightmare or desire Soft feathers of flight Hardened scales of might Violent energy in hands Sizzling violet strands Of power For this hour Foreseen and foretold In prophesies of old Shout, woe is the day Wail, woe is the way Of black dragon and nightrider And the vengeance inside her. ~ Janna Vanderveen (Click on thumbnail to see high-resolution image) Photo Credit: http://www.pageresource.com

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 while I snapped their photo. It was stunning. Well…OK, maybe their view didn’t look quite like this. I may have gone a little photo-editing crazy. I love to take the ordinary and turn it into the extraordinary. Happy Sunday! (Click on the thumbnail to… Read More

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Proverbs 31:10 – A wife of noble character, who can find?  She is worth far more than rubies. This Bible verse in Proverbs has had an enormous positive impact on my life.  In a society where we as women often struggle to find self-worth by measuring ourselves against the standards of the world, we instead find ourselves lacking in both self-esteem and confidence.  But the Bible teaches us that our worth is far more than rubies, that true beauty… Read More