JANNA VANDERVEEN

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Watercolor Painting | Diving Deep No matter how deep you fall, or to what depths you dive, I am there. I descended to the depths to be with you, but I didn’t stay there. On the third day, I rose and took you with me.

Digital Art | Freedom This morning I wish you freedom and life. May your day reveal the sweet surprise of unfettered kindness as you walk in love with all you meet.

 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.

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

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

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’s a west wind blowing…. (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image) Watercolor attempt number 4.

Today I dabbled with some watercolors, just for fun. I love the whimsical, mysterious, and elusive quality of this art. It evokes the imagination into telling untold stories. I probably broke a million art rules in the process,  but had a blast. (Click on the thumbnail for a high-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

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)

Proverbs 27:9

I am thankful for all of my wonderful friends. They are genuine, honest, intelligent, and gracious… Sweet incense indeed! (Click on thumbnail to see a high-resolution photo)

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

Sigrid Estrada / FSG / AP

“Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet:  You’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself. – Mrs. Whatsit”  ~ Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

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)

“I would rather be what God chose to make me than the most glorious creature that I could think of; for to have been thought about, born in God’s thought, and then made by God, is the dearest, grandest and most precious thing in all thinking.”  ~ George MacDonald

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

“And I say also this.  I do not think the forest would be so bright, nor the water so warm, nor love so sweet, if there were no danger in the lakes.” ~ C.S. Lewis, Out of the Silent Planet 

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