A Sneak Preview of the Joana Miranda Studio 2015 Calendar

I’m thrilled to announce that I’m working on a 2015 calendar of illustrations for my shop.  And although January 1st is still a ways away, I thought I’d give my fans a little teaser of what to expect.  These are just portions of the illustrations…because after all, what fun would it be if I did a complete reveal right now?

October teaser

February teaser

Like what you see so far?  Then stick around because I’ll be posting more “appetizers” of what’s to come.


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Friday’s Thought – Through a Rose-Colored Lens

rose in Obidos

“Beauty is simply reality seen with the eyes of love.”

(Rabindranath Tagore)


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My Favorite Things – The Street Lamps of Portugal

Quietly keeping watch over the streets and neighborhoods of Lisbon, Sintra, Obidos and Queluz, each of these beacons seems to tell a story of its own.  Enjoy!

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Indian Summer – A Timely New Illustration from Joana Miranda Studio

Not sure if we’re having an “Indian Summer” this year or not.  But, judging from the fact that the strappy tan lines on my feet haven’t yet faded, I’m still optimistic…and am celebrating the spirit of late summer in my latest illustration!

Indian Summer with Trees cropped for blog

(You can purchase the greeting card version of this illustration here.)


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Madeira, Portugal – A Day in the Life

Although I love to share the stories behind my photos, I felt that this collection – taken from our recent trip to the island of Madeira, Portugal – speaks for itself.


Leitao boat in Madeira

Madeira coastline

Madeira coastal rocks

lizard in Madeira

madeira natural pool and bathers

Madeira beach umbrellas

hydrangea in Madeira

window on pink house in Madeira

Old people crossing in Madeira

Birds of Paradise in Madeira

swan in Madeira

Madeira musician

historic ship off the coast of Madeira

Madeira at night


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A Sunny Saturday Stroll Through Obidos, Portugal

Ok, we actually were in Obidos, Portugal on a Friday; but it WAS brilliantly sunny, and was one of the most enjoyable days we spent on our recent trip overseas.  I’d never been to this charming town enclosed within the walls of a medieval fortress.

Only an hour by bus from Lisbon, Obidos is well worth a visit!


Pass through the city gates…

Archway into Obidos

And you’ll emerge into a picturesque town with quaint cobblestone streets…


Obidos 2


And quiet side alleys leading to the dwellings of the approximately 3100 inhabitants who call this town home.


Window in Obidos


It’s impossible to take a bad picture here.  From the rustic simplicity of the white-washed houses and fortress walls…


Obidos window

To the abundance of flowers and climbing vines…




This tiny jewel box of a town is enchanting!  The fortress walls are steep…

there he goes

But from along them you’ll get panoramic views over the town…




And over the undulating hills of the surrounding countryside.

Portuguese countryside through the walls at Obidos

And you just might spot a windmill or two!

Windmill through a gap in the wall at Obidos




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Friday’s Thought – The Spirits Among Us

black cat

“I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.”

(Jules Verne)

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