JANNA VANDERVEEN

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Watercolor Painting | Broken yet Beautiful. What a gift we have been given, to be a light in a broken world, to surrender to love and compassion, to embrace the opportunity we have been given to choose to lay down our lives for our neighbors when it both does not suit us and is downright uncomfortable, to selflessly put others first for their benefit and not our own, and to surrender to… Read More

“You are no stranger to the scarSo you can have my wounded heartYou weren’t protected from the painSo you can hold me when I breakYou seek me out and find me hereWith a love that knows the taste of tearsSo I will trust in who you areYou’re no strangerNo stranger to the scarYou are no stranger to the stormYou have calmed these winds beforeYour voice still whispers, peace, be stillAnd the waves… Read More

Watercolor Painting | Hidden I am drawn repeatedly to paint women peering through secret gardens, as if they are inviting me to enter their sacred sanctuaries where suffering, striving, competition, and inequality no longer exist. They live there, not because of something they have done, but simply because they “are.” In this haven of light, where love is the water of life, all are welcome and none are denied.

Watercolor Painting | Purple Pansies May your roots sink deep Beside crystal streams. May your leaves climb high In sun-kissed bliss. May your blossoms spread wide Releasing sweetened breath And may you dance In windswept ecstasy.

Watercolor Painting of flowers: Lily of the Valley

Mixed media painting of whimsical girl in garden of roses.

Mixed Media Painting | In Good Hands You prepare a table Within this valley of beauty And my tears flow For I know I am in good hands You and me together.

Mixed Media Painting | Paradise When you speak, Wild things rise and shine, All a flutter, And my dreams flourish, Golden in light.

Watercolor Painting | Green-haired Beauty: “Knock, and he will open the door. Vanish, and he will make you shine like the sun. Fall, and he will raise you to the heavens. Become nothing, and he will turn you into everything.” ~ Rumi. I completed this 8 x 10 painting using Daniel Smith and Winsor Newton Professional Watercolor Paints and Luminance Pencils by Caran D’ache. Painting inspired by a photo taken of a… Read More

Watercolor Painting | Pretty Posies Mankind is like a garden of blossoming wild flowers, beautiful as a whole, yet stunning with its unique parts and individual differences. May we continually see the beauty created by our differences and love with open arms. My watercolor study of Danielle Donaldson’s art.

  Mixed Media | Hallowed Night   When the rocks cry out And animals sing They boast of love And peaceful things. Each hallowed night With reverent tone They linger in the embrace Of their Holy Unknown. This 16″ x 20″ painting was completed using Golden acrylics, FW inks, a variety of ephemera, chalk pastels, Derwent Inktense pencils, Caran D’ache watercolor crayons, and Luminance Pencils.

Watercolor Girl | Patriot’s Heart This is the second, in a series of three watercolor thank-you cards, featuring my whimsical princess with her bunny.  I love painting sunsets and valleys reflecting the beauty of life all around.  I used a combination of artist grade MaimeriBlu and professional grade Winsor Newton watercolor paints on this 5×7 card.

Watercolor Girl | Patriot’s Heart This is the first, in a series of three watercolor thank-you cards, featuring my whimsical princess with her bunny.  I love how it turned out. I used a combination of artist grade MaimeriBlu and professional grade Winsor Newton watercolor paints on this 5×7 cards.

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.

Watercolor Painting | The Princess and the Pea I completed this 9″ x 13″ watercolor illustration on 140 lb. watercolor paper using Winsor Newton and Maimeri Blu watercolor paints.

Watercolor Painting | Nomad She wanders alone, Exploring a world not her own, Seeking someone to love, And a place to call home.

Mixed Media | Fantasy Creatures Sometimes  I splash inks, watercolors, and acrylics onto paper just to see what happens. Within the chaos an image usually forms, and in this case, I found fan adorable little fantasy creature. What is she? A who’s it, or what’s that, or whatchamacallit? You tell me. Regardless, I fell in love with her flower filled hair and tail puff, her tiny fairy wings, and her big eyes.

Mixed Media Painting | Girl in Moonlight I completed this 12 1/2″ by 19 1/2″ painting of “A girl in moonlight” using watercolor paints for her face, a variety of inks and watercolor crayons for her hair, modeling paste over ephemera to create textured clothing, and oil crayons over a layered background to create a dreamy sky. I love how she turned out.

 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.

Watercolor Painting | Visions Unseen  Be though my vision When I cannot see. Whether waking or sleeping Reveal yourself to me. (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)