JANNA VANDERVEEN

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Mixed Media | When Starlight Dances When starlight dances, It bequeaths pure light, Empowering fireflies, And princesses alike. It whispers of magic, It resonates might, It sings in the darkness, And transforms the night.  

Fine Art Photography | Pool House in Sunset When my love slumbers Burns out brighter than umber It births starlight for you. (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)

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

There is always light in darkness and beauty in imperfection. The key is perception…. I almost didn’t complete this watercolor painting.  Almost. I was tempted to rip it apart midway, but I had a hard time wedging it out of my perfect paper stretcher. So instead, I walked away. I came back, begrudgingly, thirty minutes later, and decided to give it one more chance. The dark mood of the painting measured my own. But I also… Read More

Watercolor Attempt #14 Painting keeps me thinking creatively, a necessary skill for both writing and editing. It forces me to visualize light and dark, shadows and colors, and imagine the what-if’s in the picture. When I tried to put words to the feeling this picture evoked, this thought came to mind… I am a haven, a safe place. Even though trials may come, I promise rest and a place of peace. “‘For I know the plans I have for… Read More