JANNA VANDERVEEN

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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 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 | Waning Sun Even when the sun wanes, You are not alone, For in darkness, My love shines brightest for you.

Mixed Media Painting | Refiner’s Fire Recently, I lay awake in bed, convicted of a thought which would not release me to sleep. In the darkness of my bedroom, I slipped on a pair of headphones and began to listen to the song, Join with the Angels, by Planet Shakers. As the music played, I embraced the thought, and it embraced me. These words etched into my heart and inspired the painting, which… Read More

 Watercolor Painting | Girl Holding Lantern at Night I completed a second watercolor painting for a friend, in my series, “Be Thou My Vision.” I envisioned a girl holding a lantern, which cast light to dispel the shadows. Be thou my vision, Thy presence my light. Guide me through sunshine, And the darkest of night.

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 | 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 Painting | Magical Girl She breathed hope like fairy dust And danced On the wind. (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)

Last night, I became God’s greatest cheerleader. I know that sounds cheesy, but if you’d been watching me in my backyard, you’d understand the statement, and probably have a good laugh at my expense. Clouds hung heavy in the sky. snuffing out the stars and moon in a blanket of greyness.  Two of my children bounced on our trampoline, their eyes glued to the East as if their attention would convince the moon to show. Another one of my children… Read More

A Message of Hope | Psalm 23 When darkness encroaches and death overshadows the valley, have no fear, for I am with you. The shadows are lies and death an illusion. But take heart, for I’ve torn the veil giving sight to the blind, hope to the hurting, and truth to the deceived. My mercies are new every morning. Just as I am the dawn and the new day, so am I with you always. (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)

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

This is the good news… Christ died once and for ALL because of his great love. “It is finished!” (Click on thumbnail for high-resolution image)

You are Beloved You are loved You are a flower among thorns A precious blossom Cradled in the hands of a God who cares. (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)

Where pictures stir the imagination, music tugs on heartstrings. This song is Monday’s Muse.

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? Have you given the mirror power to determine your self-worth? Who or what is your mirror? Who or what holds the measuring stick that determines your self-worth? Is it a person? Or do you measure your worth based on your wealth, beauty, fame, body image, prestige, influence, service, works, success, friends, family, or accolades? Fear hides authenticity.  It creates a very convincing lie which says we must appear or… Read More

Proverbs 31:10 – A wife of noble character, who can find?  She is worth far more than rubies. This Bible verse in Proverbs has had an enormous positive impact on my life.  In a society where we as women often struggle to find self-worth by measuring ourselves against the standards of the world, we instead find ourselves lacking in both self-esteem and confidence.  But the Bible teaches us that our worth is far more than rubies, that true beauty… Read More