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.

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 Painting | Tulips in Blue Vase My tulips are red In this vase of blue With petals so sweet They blossom for you. (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)

Watercolor Illustration | Children’s Book I am having a fun time developing a new set of characters for another children’s book. Sheep has a bad day and learns to use healthy language to express his feelings. (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)

Watercolor Illustration | Fairy and Sprites Rainbows and pearls  Adorn fairies and sprites Who dust imaginations With magic and light. ~ Janna Vanderveen (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)

Watercolor Character | Halloween Hyacinth (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)

Random Watercolor Painting of a Deep Sea Angler Fish Random paintings occasionally appear out of nowhere. Seriously.  I found this deep-sea angler fish dried on the inside lid of my Winsor Newton watercolor paint set. I couldn’t resist adding some teeth. Ha! Here it is… (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 Painting of Roses in Vase Dabbling with roses With love and with light This paintbrush of prose Births color and life. ~ Janna Vanderveen (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)

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

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

Watercolor Window and Roses “One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our window today.” ~ Dale Carnegie (Click on thumbnail for high-resolution image) Reference Photo Inspiration : Larissa O’Duffy: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lariod/3551184572

A Tonal Watercolor Study: Farmhouse in the Dell Fingers of fog, Desecrate lightly The farmhouse in the dell Where silence walks And stone walls talk And darker stories dwell. ~ Janna Vanderveen This watercolor painting of an English cottage is my second assignment in Peter Woolley’s Watercolor For Beginners DVD: Tone and Composition. (Click on thumbnail for high-resolution image)      

(Watercolor: Girl with Red Umbrella) A Poem of Thankfulness Your love is everlasting Your arms reach far and wide You carry me in splendor You never leave my side Upon your winds of favor You lift me up to fly Your wings, beloved savior A shelter in the sky. Your gifts, they fall like raindrops, Your water soothes my soul You fill my heart with plenty Your grace, it makes me whole ~ Janna Vanderveen (Click on… Read More

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.