JANNA VANDERVEEN

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Acrylic Painting | Mystery at Midnight I followed a YouTube tutorial by Lucy Brydon, a Gel Printing master, to create this abstract-type, midnight landscape. It consists of many different layers of transparent colors. I used golden open paints, a Gelli plate, brayer, and Posca pens.

Watercolor Painting | Loretta Grayson Inspired Stained Glass Tree My son Gabriel came home from middle school last week with an art assignment; to paint a Loretta Grayson style color theory tree. The project seemed a little daunting, so I offered to do one alongside him. Together we looked up Loretta Grayson’s web page and discovered that she had an on-line tutorial explaining how to complete this project. We’d been told to use water medium paints for our… Read More

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