2020 Multifaith Calendar Reimaging Peace and Harmony

The Multifaith Calendar is an inclusive and comprehensive source

of information for those who want to learn more about world religions.

The Multifaith Calendar facilitates understanding of world religious occasions and festivals important to our diverse cultural society, providing a basis for discussion and involvement. This Multifaith Calendar is held in high regard for its accuracy, integrity and visual impact. It is an invaluable resource for your home and workplace.

My mixed media piece, Harmonic Silence Between Two Friends, will represent the month of April in the 2020 Multifaith Calendar.
Here is the June calendar page.

For more information about this wonderful resource and to find out how to purchase your copy or a set of calendars for your organization or fundraising project please go to http://www.multifaithcalendar.org/

Semi-Abstract Figures

I was recently introduced to these fabulous semi abstract figures by my talented art teacher, Diane Segal. I just happened to meet Diane in a local art store and knew right away that I wanted to sign up for her workshops. (See below for information on Diane’s upcoming art show in Troy, NY)

I love the potential of these simple figures. After finding magazine and catalog pictures, I traced around them with a thick marker, extending their length in order to lengthen them a bit. From there, I cut them out (just like making paper dolls) and gave them a coat of gesso. They’ll be given their forever colors after I decide how I want to integrate them into various mixed media pieces. I’ll keep you posted on the outcome.

Have you ever played around with this type of figure in your artwork or art journal? Would love to see how you integrated them
into your work.
Can’t wait to see this show. Diane’s art is unique,
thought provoking, and beautiful.

My Rock

This is my rock. Large, smooth, and nonthreatening.

My rock welcomes me to the warmth of the sun or under the midnight stars.

My rock never disappoints. It is always there… undiscovered, all mine.

My rock never judges me. Not even when I am at my worst. It loves me no matter what.

My rock awaits my return. That’s when I say “thank you” for making me feel safe and loved

Allow Me to Introduce Myself

Greetings. So glad you stumbled upon my little spec of cyber space. My name is Joanne Van Genderen. I have a pretty obvious “tell”. If I introduce myself as Joni that means my guard is down and I’m up for almost anything. Joanne, on the other hand, indicates a more formal side of my personality, generally used when I speak to law enforcement to try to get out of a ticket or possibly when I have to pay my water bill, depending on my state of mind.

I love everything about art. I love making art, teaching art, seeing art, talking about art, selling art, buying art, buying art supplies I don’t need, organizing said art supplies in a too small studio….you name it. I even love that moment of frustration when I think what I’m making is pure trash. Even that moment. If you are an artist, you know what I’m talking about.

The purpose of this site differs according who’s explaining it.

Joanne would say, “The purpose of this site is to help lead me to business and career opportunities and extend my on-line reach.” Then you’d hear a bunch of things like “connecting people to my brand” and “search engine optimization”.

Joni, on the other hand, would say something like this…“It’s purely for the fun of putting my art out there with the possibility of someone, anyone really, connecting with my content in some way. And maybe someone likes what they see and wants to buy something, or ask me about my workshops, or invite me to their workshop, or just talk art.”

Another truth about my purpose here is that I really like to write. I missed my calling as a journalist so blogging is the next best thing. And I don’t have to get any of those pesky rejection letters.

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This is what I pretty much look
like when I’m at dude ranch in northern New Mexico.

Artists Love a Good Estate Sale

Just by chance I happened upon an estate sale in my neighborhood. I went directly to the garage because that’s where you can find rusty old metal things. This sale didn’t disappoint.

Here’s my stash. The wheels of creativity are going a little crazy with ideas of how I will incorporate my findings into an assemblage. Any ideas?

Check out these hand forged spoons.
Can you see the stamped markings?

The Winter of Summer

The end of summer.

A good one, too.

What can be better than gazing at the moon

on a warm evening;

listening to the sounds of the night

with a faint scent of the sea in the air?

A perfect setup for meditating about everything

or nothing at all.


My dear friend, Joyce Noerr, introduced me to SoulCollage® yesterday. She is a wonderful facilitator and taught me how to tap into my intuition using this fun process. After creating an entire deck of cards they can be used on a daily basis to provide insight and set daily intentions.


I Am One Who uses tools of privilege to help protect all who are vulnerable to injustices, persecution, abuse, and oppression in a disoriented world.

I can only hope to live up to this intention.