JANNA VANDERVEEN

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Mixed Media Painting | Bokeh Girl I almost…almost threw away this painting. It’s ugly stage lasted way too long, and I thought it was not salvageable, especially since I was trying out some new art supplies to go along with an art course, She blooms in Ink, by Tamara Laporte. Refusing to give in, I doggedly persisted. I have to admit, I like how she finally turned out. For this painting, I… Read More

 I cannot begin to tell you how much fun it is to paint freely and forget all the rules.  This abstract painting was inspired by Juliette Crane’s, “Wild and Free” course. It makes me think of winter, traveling, and the colors of Christmas. 

Acrylic Painting | Magical Forest I recently stumbled across Canadian painter, Melissa Mckinnon’s artwork.  I have long-loved incorporating finger-painting into my artwork, as evidenced by my previous paintings, and felt inspired to try and paint my own birch/aspen tree.  I completed this painting on an 8 x 10″ piece of 140 lb. watercolor paper and used a variety of acrylic paints as well as modeling paste for texture.

Watercolor Painting | Visions Unseen  Be though my vision When I cannot see. Whether waking or sleeping Reveal yourself to me. (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)

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… Read More

Mixed Media | Collage Girl “Her skin holds the key To a world of mystery. Foretelling hidden secrets And a life of beauty.” (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)

Watercolor Rhododendrons Glazing washes of watercolor (the art of grisaille) involves layering translucent colors to create a range of values that glow. If that sounds easy, guess again.  There are days that I feel blind, like a child trying to make sense of letters on a page while learning to read. In truth, I am training my brain to see beyond the obvious, in hopes of interpreting the shadows and tones to enhance the light. Oh to attend a watercolor… Read More

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 style of backward painting, or painting outside the lines/edges of a picture. Another way to describe it is coloring in the negative spaces, using multiple layers. This technique fosters an impressionistic or fantasy  feel. My watercolor painting was inspired by Sydney Harper’s, “Rooftops.” (Click on thumbnail for high-resolution image)