JANNA VANDERVEEN

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Mixed Media | Portrait of Flower Princess She speaks with love And lets compassion guide her way. (Click on thumbnail for full-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.

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

Battle weary Morale dreary The war won But not done Insane Is the pain For loved ones slain Grief falls like rain Crashing Lashing In roiling waves Drowning graves In sorrow For a better tomorrow. ~ Janna Vanderveen (Click on thumbnail to see high-resolution image) Photo Credit: http://www.wallpaperhere.com

He’s coming. Awake, awake O sleeper He’s coming. He’s alive. Jesus of Nazareth. The Son of David. The slain lamb. He was born to be a king. He’s alive. The Jewish Man. He’s alive. Prepare the way. People get ready. Surely He is not a man that He should lie. He said He would come again. He will come again. People get ready. Some said a carpenter. Some said a teacher. Some… Read More

Moons Runes Muttering buffoons A sordid lot, my crew Torn sails Broken rails The thorn of my travails A beastly ship, this canoe Rotten health Dwindling wealth No pride or stealth Given in search of you. ~ Janna Vanderveen (Click on thumbnail to see high-resolution image) Photo Credit: http://www.widewallpapers.us

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

Inside autumn’s dream A pixie popinjay Weaves golden leaves as one Into a grand toupee. With wings so very sheer Your dance a grand ballet And preen before the crowd In an extravagant sort of way. ~ Janna Vanderveen (Click on the thumbnail to view a high-resolution image)

Faerie and pixie, Both wearing green, Frolic beside, A blue-flowing stream. Both tiny and large Sprinkling star-dust with glee Proving size doesn’t matter. Where there’s inner beauty. ~ Janna Vanderveen (Click on thumbnail for high-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

Waters blue Cold oceans deep Dark roiling clouds Watch mermaids sleep Awaken light Fling starlight fair Revive the dead And answer prayer. ~ Janna Vanderveen (Click on thumbnail for high-resolution image) Photo Credit: http://wakpaper.com, Karimdell Digital Art

Verdant green Is the space between Where hidden vale And forgotten tale Boasts sprites and gnomes With tree-built homes (Photo Credit: http://www.wallpaperpin.com) Click on the thumbnail for high-definition image.

Dragonrider queen With plumage ever fair Your dragon ate my cow And now I’ve none to spare. Your beauty is unworldly Your exploits told in song Your dragon’s legendary So please don’t take this wrong. Fly high above the clouds You’ve overwhelmed your stay And leave this precious valley Forever and a day. ~ Janna Vanderveen Click on the thumbnail for a high resolution photo. Photo Credit: http://fantasyinspiration.com

Can you imagine? A city built-in the middle of an ocean. An airport,  fountains, and lush gardens all in one massive skyscraper. Oh the stories this place could tell…

A woman and her steed – an enormous majestic lion, have finally come face to face with the power that will save their world from disaster. What stories does this fantasy artwork evoke in your mind? (Click on the thumbnail for a larger image)