JANNA VANDERVEEN

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Craft day is always fun, especially when Grandma is involved. She researched ways to create cabochon/pendant necklaces, purchased all the supplies, and set up the creative day for her grandchildren to attend. I suggested that my kids draw a picture which I’d watercolor.  Of all the necklaces they created, these were my favorites! My daughter drew a doghouse with her puppy basking in the son. She also drew a self-portrait.  My son drew a hero character with… Read More

“When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul.” ~ Horatio G. Spafford For Christmas I received Peter Woolley’s Watercolor for Beginners DVD. The first assignment…learning how to paint with washes.

This is what happened when I tried a new brand of watercolor paper (ProArt 140# Watercolor 6″x12″)…. 1. The paper sloughed off when I ran my paintbrush over the center of the water-soaked picture. 2, The colors didn’t bleed together as they should have in a wash (the paper was soaked) and left streaks everywhere. 3. Any attempt to spread the streaks around resulted in torn paper. 4. The paper itself took over 5… Read More

Sailing somber seas Soft skies encroach muted trees Heavy with sorrow Striving, always striving… Tear drops driving A repeat of tomorrow. ~ Janna (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)

Watercolor #22: Watercolor Matryoshka Doll   The beauty of the Lord is like a Matryoshka doll. At first glance it is stunning, but a closer look reveals a magnificent mult-layered gift, full of even greater splendor. (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)

Watercolor Attempt #20 This week, I viewed several YouTube tutorials on “negative watercolor painting.” I was intrigued by the title, learning quickly that it’s not a reference to one’s attitude. Instead, it ‘s a style of backward painting, or painting outside the lines/edges of a picture. Another way to describe it is coloring in the negative spaces, using multiple layers. This technique fosters an impressionistic or fantasy  feel. My watercolor painting was inspired by Sydney Harper’s, “Rooftops.” (Click on thumbnail for high-resolution image)

My five-year-old daughter drew this village picture, with a house, pink cotton candy tree (her most favorite snack), garage, car, dog, and flowers. We added a few trees to fill in the blank areas. Around it all is a fence. She would have preferred that I watercolor paint the entire picture pink, but I assured her that added color would look nice too. So, voila! “Pink World” (Click on link for high-resolution… Read More

Now that the kids are back on school, I have plunged back into editing and writing. It is always a challenge to keep life balanced when I immerse myself into my work, so I make an effort to do activities with the kids that I think they will enjoy. This week, on a whim, I asked my children to each draw a picture that I could watercolor paint . I wanted to do… Read More

Watercolor attempt #16. “Volkswagen Camper Van” Our family camping trips are complete for 2014 and school planning has begun. Change is in the air. It’s been a good summer filled with lots of happy memories. In honor of all those memories, I painted a Volkswagen Camper Van. (Click on thumbnail for high-resolution image). Reference Photo Inspiration: http://www.ABPosters.com http://www.abposters.com/posters/vw-california-camper-v13241

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

Blue shutters and bright red geraniums…I can envision this window along the busy streets of Paris or perhaps the narrow streets of old Quebec.  To make this watercolor painting, I followed a watercolor tutorial by John Lovett and used my new birthday present, a paper stretching board by Ken Bromley, to ensure an unbubbled surface. Both the board and the tutorial worked well. I am happy. (Click on thumbnail for high-resolution image)