JANNA VANDERVEEN

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Watercolor Painting | Barn on a Hill Welcome to my wonderland, where even the barns whisper of stories untold. (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image) A Peter Woolley exercise in watercolor painting.

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)

Mixed Media | 3 Minute Sketch Imaginative friends are a wonderful treat! Today I indulged my creative side by spending time with my great friend, Debi. We discussed book writing, story development, and practiced drawing people. What a blast! This particular sketch took me less than 3 minutes to craft. I love its loose lines and whimsy. Supplies Used: Sketch Paper, Elegant Writer, Derwent Inktense Pencils, Overlays (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)

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

Mixed Media | Portrait of Flower Princess She speaks with love And lets compassion guide her way. (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)

Mixed Media Painting | Riverside Birch By the beach I linger For you, my spark, my tinder You are my delight For your words alight My tired heart of cinder. (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)    

Watercolor and Mixed Media Portrait | Wild Love “Wild love dares to lose, seeks to refind, rethinks what was lost, and embraces transformation.” (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)

Watercolor and Mixed Media Painting | Woman in Polka Dot Dress For Christmas this year, I received a lovely tutorial by Jane Davenport from my wonderful in-laws, on figure drawing.  After watching several of her classes, I’ve determined that it will probably take some time to master the human shape. However, it looks like a fun process. Here is my first watercolor and mixed media painting (thank you card) from Jane Davenport’s I Heart Drawing class. Woman in… Read More

Mixed Media | Collage Girl “Her skin holds the key To a world of mystery. Foretelling hidden secrets And a life of beauty.” (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)

Watercolor Eiffel Tower | Pray for Paris As our prayers rise like incense Let peace fall like rain Saturating the hearts Of all who ache and despair. ~ Janna  (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)

Watercolor Illustration | Character Design Fancy Franny has pizzazz. She dresses to the nines, wears her hair in elaborate styles, and lives the high life. Over the last month, I completed an on-line course by Danielle Donaldson called Creative Girls. Since then, I’ve worked to develop my own characters using the techniques I’ve learned (creative practicing). I enjoy hiding heart shapes in my designs (hair, mouth, head shape, etc), a small tribute to my original… Read More

Watercolor Illustration | Heart Girl (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 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

The Robin The north wind doth blow, And we shall have snow, And what will poor robin do then, Poor thing? He’ll sit in a barn, And keep himself warm, And hide his head under his wing, Poor thing! ~ Mother Goose (Click on thumbnail for high-resolution image) Watercolor: Robin in Snow

Watercolor Attempt #21 I cannot help but contemplate the work of God’s hands, while writing Lumen, the second book in my Eden’s Gate series. Psalm 19:1 comes to mind and lingers… “The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.” ~ Psalm 19:1 (Click on thumbnail for high-resolution image)