Watercolor Painting | Peace amidst Chaos I took some time to paint this weekend, amidst the stress that broken bones and too much time spent in an emergency room creates. After things settled, I contemplated the beauty of the setting sun, the majesty of towering mountains, and my thankfulness for the life we have. This painting is a reflection of that moment.
Watercolor Painting | Pink Fairy Scribbles and scratches. I’ve reopened my children’s books and am editing like crazy…always editing it seems. For me, taking a short break from writing often means doing something else creative, like watercolor painting. The activity seems to feed the ideas that swirl though my mind. This girl is scribbled and scratched, almost as an afterthought, but within her there is light, love, and a little magic. Stories,… Read More
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
Watercolor | You are not Alone Truth is the sorrow which lingers in my tears. Love is the compassion Which erases all your fears. You are not alone. You are not forgotten. (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)
Mixed Media Card | So Thoughtful It’s spring break, the kids are home from school, and writing is NOT happening. I should be throwing myself into book 2, but have decided to instead show myself grace by giving myself permission to do a few other creative things, like catching up on thank you notes. I followed a Danielle Donaldson tutorial to create this card, which combined my creative hobby loves – watercolor painting, sewing, and mixed media layering. It was… Read More
Watercolor Painting | Galaxy Girl She holds galaxies in her gaze and dreams life into existence. My muse…Qinni. (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image) If you click on the word Qinni (or the one above) and follow the link, you will be taken to the artist’s YouTube page where you can watch a speed drawing of how the original artist drew this painting. This painting on my page, is my study of… Read More
Watercolor Painting | Love with Abandon Let truth reside in your heart, wisdom on your lips, and compassion in your arms. May you love with abandon. (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)
Mixed Media Painting | Girl Falling in Love She fell in love and marveled At the beauty of it all. (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image) A Jane Davenport exercise in Wonderland.
Watercolor Painting | Barn on a Hill Welcome to my wonderland, where even the barns whisper of stories untold. (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image) A Peter Woolley exercise in watercolor painting.
Mixed Media | 3 Minute Sketch Imaginative friends are a wonderful treat! Today I indulged my creative side by spending time with my great friend, Debi. We discussed book writing, story development, and practiced drawing people. What a blast! This particular sketch took me less than 3 minutes to craft. I love its loose lines and whimsy. Supplies Used: Sketch Paper, Elegant Writer, Derwent Inktense Pencils, Overlays (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)
Mixed Media Portrait | Ocean Nymph Rooted in the tree of life, she flourished. (Click on thumbnail for full resolution image)
Mixed Media Painting | Riverside Birch By the beach I linger For you, my spark, my tinder You are my delight For your words alight My tired heart of cinder. (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)
Watercolor and Mixed Media Portrait | Wild Love “Wild love dares to lose, seeks to refind, rethinks what was lost, and embraces transformation.” (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)
Watercolor and Mixed Media Painting | Woman in Polka Dot Dress For Christmas this year, I received a lovely tutorial by Jane Davenport from my wonderful in-laws, on figure drawing. After watching several of her classes, I’ve determined that it will probably take some time to master the human shape. However, it looks like a fun process. Here is my first watercolor and mixed media painting (thank you card) from Jane Davenport’s I Heart Drawing class. Woman in… Read More
Watercolor Painting | Tulips in Blue Vase My tulips are red In this vase of blue With petals so sweet They blossom for you. (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)
Mixed Media Painting | Magical Girl She breathed hope like fairy dust And danced On the wind. (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)
Watercolor Eiffel Tower | Pray for Paris As our prayers rise like incense Let peace fall like rain Saturating the hearts Of all who ache and despair. ~ Janna (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)
Watercolor Illustration | Children’s Book I am having a fun time developing a new set of characters for another children’s book. Sheep has a bad day and learns to use healthy language to express his feelings. (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)
Watercolor Illustration | Fairy and Sprites Rainbows and pearls Adorn fairies and sprites Who dust imaginations With magic and light. ~ Janna Vanderveen (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)
Watercolor Character | Halloween Hyacinth (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)