JANNA VANDERVEEN

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Acrylic Finger Painting | Girl in Forest I had a vision of a girl standing between the trees with her bunny, staring out at the world. She was neither happy nor sad. Accepting, I think. Maybe somewhat lost and alone. But ultimately, I knew that she belonged in this forest of light, where peace, love, and beauty abound. Girl in Forest, Janna Vanderveen 2017

Watercolor Painting | Nomad She wanders alone, Exploring a world not her own, Seeking someone to love, And a place to call home.

Mixed Media | Fantasy Creatures Sometimes  I splash inks, watercolors, and acrylics onto paper just to see what happens. Within the chaos an image usually forms, and in this case, I found fan adorable little fantasy creature. What is she? A who’s it, or what’s that, or whatchamacallit? You tell me. Regardless, I fell in love with her flower filled hair and tail puff, her tiny fairy wings, and her big eyes.

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 | Dreaming of Nebulas With the final edits of “The Shrouded Planet” finally around the bend, I’ve begun to dream of nebulas and the worlds of wonder that they contain. Lumen is calling, and the story of Daeryn burns through my veins. I’ve never been more excited to start writing a second book. Here’s to hoping that the last six chapters of my first novel fly by with ease. (Click on… Read More

Mixed Media Portrait | Ocean Nymph Rooted in the tree of life, she flourished. (Click on thumbnail for full resolution image)

Watercolor of Open Window at Night with Two Moons She rose from her bed, Cobwebs in her head, And studied the light in her room. Through windows it played Pale fingers that splayed Dispelling the darkness and gloom. Like a fairy it called And she followed, enthralled Ensnared by its enticing tune She peered through her blinds Astonished to find Bright stars and the face of two moons. Two moons glowing pale As if hung on a scale… Read More

Our desire to create is fueled by the power of our imagination. We only need to observe a child playing to see that this is true. Take my daughter’s artwork as an example. Within this picture exists a story that only she can explain. If she’d sit still long enough, I’d pick her brain and unravel it, just to share it with you all. But she’s only five and wants to play outside. As a fantasy writer, I… Read More

UPDATE: AMY O’NEAL is the winner!!! Congratulations. Stay tuned for more giveaways in the future. I have an AGENT!!! It is official. I’ve signed a contract with Credo Communications, who will represent me to publishing companies. My agent has asked me to create an email list for sharing book release information. This list will be used very infrequently, only when I have important book-related news. If you would like to enter a drawing… 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)

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)

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

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)

There is something about reading and writing science fiction and fantasy literature which stirs my heart to worship. I am repeatedly drawn into magnificent worlds of wonder inhabited by heroes and heroines who conquer their fears as they overcome great obstacles in their search for both love and restoration. Full of rich history and complex struggles, the characters wade through life, seeking salvation from the tyrants who terrorize and destroy their land. They seek absolution from their own… Read More

I love what-ifs. What-if’s drive my creative thinking and fuel my love for writing. They push me past the mundane “box” of my thinking and force me to consider things I wouldn’t, under normal circumstances.  What-if’s stretch my mind, test my faith, enlarge my imagination, and grow my understanding of God. This morning, after my children left for school, a “what-if“ popped into my mind. I’d been thinking about why I’m so drawn to … Read More