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My Favorite Things – All of a Sudden It’s Fall in Central Park

Yes, just like that.  A few days ago, when I went for a stroll through the park, all signs pointed to the impossible.  Could it be that it would remain forever summer?

New Yorker enjoying a warm day in Central Park

And yet, today the park was seemingly transformed! I invite you to come along on a virtual walk for a closer look.

leaves on grey stone walk

From the Pool just north of where we live…

Pond through the trees

Across the north end of the park…

heart shaped leaves with berries in the fall

To the Conservatory Garden

Conservatory garden and bench

Where you’ll come upon a riot of colors bright (and muted) upon which to feast your eyes!

red wild flowers against dark purple background

wild grasses in the fall

mums with bumble bee

colorful fall leaves in Central Park

red wild flowers

If water puts you in a reflective mood…

statues reflected in a pool

Then you can pause here to rest your feet, ponder your reflection and gaze at the water lilies.

Water lily

(Or, further south on The Lake,  you can rent a rowboat and take in the colors from afar.)

On the pond

With the rustle of the wind through the trees and the crunch of leaves underfoot you might just forget that you’re in the city!

Central Park West through the trees



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A Sneak Preview of the Joana Miranda Studio 2015 Calendar (Continued)

I’m closing in on the finish line…only 3 1/2 more illustrations to go for the 2015 Joana Miranda Studio Calendar!  (In case you’re wondering, I’m counting the illustration that is laid out in pencil on my drafting board – but not yet rendered – as the half.)  The entire process of designing a calendar has been a thrill.  The challenge of coming up with an image that fits the particular characteristics of a certain month is actually more liberating than I thought it would be.  And I’ve found that thinking this way has also freed up my approach to creating backgrounds and scenes for my “fashionistas.”

Here are sneak peaks of portions of my most recently completed calendar illustrations.  I’m not giving away the months they represent, but I think you’ll agree that these aren’t winter months…

May Tango teaser

June Calendar Lobster Girl teaser

With any luck, the 1/2 illustration on my drafting table will turn into a fully completed illustration by tomorrow.  Stay tuned for a fun surprise (and thank you Tracy F. for the inspiration!)

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My Favorite Things – Walking Home Through Central Park On a Warm Fall Day

After my rehearsal finished today, I decided to walk home through Central Park.

The sky was spectacularly clear…

NY City castles in the sky

church on Central Park West

And the air was soft and warm.

pea pod tree

As I walked through the park, my eye was drawn to the rich colors…

dark blue berries in the fall

red, yellow and green in the fall

And the cheery yellow daisies.

yellow daisy

At the lagoon, I stopped to take in the view of Central Park South…

Central Park South in the fallAnd was drawn to the vibrant reds…

red berries in the fall

And greens of the berries in the surrounding trees and bushes.

green fall berries

The Beresford looked like a castle in the air…

The Beresford on a clear October day

And I felt a little like an enchanted princess!

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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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Friday’s Thought – On Hope


“Where flowers bloom, so does hope.”

(Lady Bird Johnson)

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My Favorite Things – The Park in the Spring

If you’re wondering when to visit New York, right now would be a good time!  In Central Park, trees are beginning to flower, the daffodils and forsythia are blooming and there is a gentle haze of color beginning to fill the horizon.

Today as I walked home from Columbus Circle, I saw:

The gentlest hints of white, green and yellow framed by dark tree branches…

spring tree in Central Park

A spectacular yellow magnolia…

yellow magnolia and tulips

Pink tulips amid Bleeding Heart plants and blue wild flowers…

tulips and wildflowers

Blazes of yellow forsythia…

Forsythia bushes in Central Park

The gleam of skyscrapers across the pond…

Looking towards the south end of Central Park

The first cherry blossoms…

cherry blossoms emerging

Tulips and daffodils near the Swedish Cottage…

wood fence and wildflowers

A city seemingly renewed…

Looking south in Central Park

Sweet miniature blossoms…

white flowers

 And verdant paths each step of the way!

Lamp post and flowering bushes


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My Favorite Things – A Solitary Stroll Through the Conservatory Gardens on a Spring Evening

Earlier this evening I walked across the park to the Conservatory Gardens.

Conservatory garden


The light was clean and clear and the air was cool.  The gardens are just beginning to bloom, and the annual plantings are little more than promising rows of green shoots.  Even so, there were enough miniature wild flowers, blooming bushes and blossoming trees to keep me and my camera occupied.

This is what I saw:


green Lenten rose


yellow and white daffodils


Yellow Finch


furry twigs


yellow clusters of flowers against a blue sky


snow drops


pink magnolia blossom




pink blossom


pink tulip


pink Lenten rose


white magnolia blossom


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