JANNA VANDERVEEN

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  Mixed Media | Hallowed Night   When the rocks cry out And animals sing They boast of love And peaceful things. Each hallowed night With reverent tone They linger in the embrace Of their Holy Unknown. This 16″ x 20″ painting was completed using Golden acrylics, FW inks, a variety of ephemera, chalk pastels, Derwent Inktense pencils, Caran D’ache watercolor crayons, and Luminance Pencils.

Mixed Media Painting | Blossoms of Light   Kindness intoxicates, its aroma smelling of unconditional love while its beauty rivals the most verdant of blossoming flowers. May we choose today to be intentional in our thoughts and actions as we live out lives of kindness.

Acrylic Mixed Media Painting | Lilacs and Roses You flourish beneath my wings and your beauty shines. I call you my greatest treasure and I name you wonderful, for you are my beloved and your worth knows no bounds. This 16″x20″ painting was completed using Golden Acrylic paint, FW acrylic inks, Caran D’ache Neocolor II and Luminance Pencils, Derwent Inks, Tombow Markers, Ephemera, and Alcohol Inks.  

Acrylic Mixed Media Painting | Rose Garden As I was placing the final details on this painting, I had tears leaking down my cheeks. I’d been listening to a song on repeat for several hours and its words touched my heart, awakening a new vision of love in a powerful way. “No lie, no fear, no tragedy, could keep you from loving me. From the mountain, to the earth below, your mercy… Read More

Mixed Media Painting | French Roses There are moments when I layer prose into my paintings. Amidst the layers of ephemera, inks, watercolors, and acrylics, I nestle words of encouragement, whispers of hope, and expressions of gratitude. I like the idea of hiding within each piece of art, a secret letter of love, that maybe some will see and others will feel. I scrawl my thoughts in French, since it’s considered the… Read More

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

Watercolor Painting | Impressionistic Girl I recently completed a Fancy Lassies art class by Kate Thompson. This is my first attempt at painting a fancy lassies whimsical girl. It was fun to lay down paint in an impressionistic style.  

Mixed Media Painting | Tamara Laporte Style “Flower and Ink Girl” One of my favorite on-line art teachers is Tamara Laporte from willowing.org in South England. An accomplished artist and soon to be author, she has mastered the craft of creating whimsical characters on paper. She recently completed a series of paintings using only a few Tombow markers and some Caran d’ache neocolor crayons. I was intrigued by the simplicity of her supplies and the complexity of her pieces, and thought… Read More

Watercolor Painting | Tulips in Recycled Glass Vase Like the tulip which lifts its head in silence, Revealing blossoms the color of crimson, Your beauty also shines forth, Revealing your value and worth.

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 | 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)

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 Hydrangea in Blue Vase Grander earth has quaked before Moved by the sound of His voice Seas that are shaken and stirred Can be calmed and broken for my regard Through it all, through it all My eyes are on You Lord Through it all, through it all It is well with me. ~ Kristene DiMarco (Click on thumbnail for high-resolution image) Reference Photo Inspiration: Heidi from One Girl Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/onegirlphoto/4525231113/in/album-72157623382989087

Watercolor Attempt # 17 I didn’t want to post this latest watercolor painting. At all! Except my husband reminded me that I should be posting my epic fails and disappointments alongside my successes, as part of my blogging experience. Groan…. And he’s right. So here it is. The colors are blocky and the lines rigid. I splattered paint in areas I shouldn’t have. I didn’t capture the essence of wet in wet painting, which bleeds, disperses, and merges into… Read More

Watercolor attempt #15 Art day is always fun with my children. We pile the kitchen table high with markers, papers, crayons, pencils, paints, etc…and go to town creating. My kids hunker around me and we bond. 🙂 My middle-born son drew Pixel World. My daughter illustrated a heart with her best friend Bella on it, and her cousin. In a sad twist of fate, we lost it. However, she’s not let that get her down, promising to… Read More

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)