JANNA VANDERVEEN

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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 | 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 | Waning Sun Even when the sun wanes, You are not alone, For in darkness, My love shines brightest for you.

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)

Watercolor Painting | Tulips in Recycled Glass Vase Like the tulip which lifts its head in silence, Revealing blossoms the color of crimson, Your beauty also shines forth, Revealing your value and worth.

Watercolor Painting | Peace amidst Chaos I took some time to paint this weekend, amidst the stress that broken bones and too much time spent in an emergency room creates.  After things settled, I contemplated the beauty of the setting sun, the majesty of towering mountains, and my thankfulness for the life we have. This painting is a reflection of that moment.  

Watercolor Painting | Blue-haired whimsical Girl I quickly watercolor painted this whimsical girl on a bus ride home from my son’s Mackinaw Island class trip. It was a challenging experiment, considering the frequent sway and bump of the road. I loaded my seat with my carry on luggage, made a makeshift table, balanced my watercolor paints, and sketched fast. Using an Elegant Writer and a little water, I shaded her face, then colored in her features with an inexpensive travel… Read More

Watercolor | You are not Alone Truth is the sorrow which lingers in my tears. Love is the compassion Which erases all your fears. You are not alone. You are not forgotten. (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)        

Mixed Media Card | So Thoughtful It’s spring break, the kids are home from school, and writing is NOT happening. I should be throwing myself into book 2, but have decided to instead show myself grace by giving myself permission to do a few other creative things, like catching up on thank you notes. I followed a Danielle Donaldson tutorial to create this card, which combined my creative hobby loves – watercolor painting, sewing, and mixed media layering. It was… Read More

Watercolor Painting | Galaxy Girl She holds galaxies in her gaze and dreams life into existence. My muse…Qinni. (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image) If you click on the word Qinni (or the one above) and follow the link, you will be taken to the artist’s YouTube page where you can watch a speed drawing of how the original artist drew this painting. This painting on my page, is my study of… Read More

Watercolor Painting | Love with Abandon Let truth reside in your heart, wisdom on your lips, and compassion in your arms. May you love with abandon. (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)    

Watercolor Painting | Dreaming of Nebulas With the final edits of “The Shrouded Planet” finally around the bend, I’ve begun to dream of nebulas and the worlds of wonder that they contain. Lumen is calling, and the story of Daeryn burns through my veins. I’ve never been more excited to start writing a second book. Here’s to hoping that the last six chapters of my first novel fly by with ease. (Click on… Read More

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 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