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A Design a Day – Day 361 (Going with the Flow)

This rendering isn’t perfect (none of my renderings are!), but I had fun letting my imagination wander, and I enjoyed pairing unusual stone cuts and colors in this pendant design:

Watercolor and Gouache Multi-Colored Gemstone Pendant Rendering on Vellum Paper by Joana Miranda

Watercolor and Gouache Multi-Colored Gemstone Pendant Rendering on Vellum Paper by Joana Miranda

And, to close this post, a wise observation…

“There  is no royal road to anything.  One thing at a time, all things in succession.  That which grows fast, withers as rapidly.  That which grows slowly, endures.”

(Josiah Gilbert Holland)

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A Design a Day – Day 356 (Out and About in NY City – Finding a Seed of Inspiration)

The sights and sounds of NY -

Blinding sun glinting off the Hudson River by Riverside Park yesterday,

a rude heckler yelling “Yah! Go!  Keep it up” as I did my jump-roping and “burpees” in the park,

Jews gathered in groups along the parkway path reading and singing in observance of Rosh Hashanah today,

the “fwap-fwap” of my Nike windbreaker as I braced head-first into the 30 mph wind gusts on my early evening walk,

and this curious seed pod I picked up, put in my pocket, (and only remembered when I laid on my side and thought my hip bone was going bad),

Photo of seed pod found in Riverside Park by Joana Miranda

Photo of seed pod found in Riverside Park, NY by Joana Miranda

all led me to create this pendant rendering tonight:

Watercolor and gouache gold and diamond ball, chain and tassel pendant rendering on black silk cord by Joana Miranda

Watercolor and Gouache Gold and Diamond Ball, Chain, and Tassel Pendant Rendering on Black Silk Cord by Joana Miranda

I’m dedicating this rendering to my parents, who are celebrating their 42nd anniversary tonight.

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A Design a Day – Day 337 (Remembering the Turkey Prize, or How to Avoid Creating a Total Flop!)

One summer when I was teaching violin and coaching chamber music at a music camp for middle school and high school kids, we decided amongst us faculty to award a “turkey prize” to the coach of the worst sounding group.  Cruel as that sounds, it helped take away some of the competitive edge among us, as well as adding an injection of much needed humor.  Having the best sounding group AND the worst sounding group became lofty goals to which to aspire.  (Needless to say, this was a private prize – not something that we shared with our blossoming music students.)

I was reminded of the turkey prize as I worked on tonight’s rendering:

Watercolor and gouache diamond twist pendant rendering by Joana Miranda

Watercolor and Gouache Diamond Twist Pendant Rendering by Joana Miranda

Interestingly, even though my eyes were tired as I rendered this design and I was convinced that I had created a real “turkey” of a pendant, taking the time to make it still look as good as possible resulted in a not-so disappointing finished artwork.

Much like the process of doing this rendering tonight, caring enough to try to transform music for some of the less naturally-gifted or interested students at the chamber music camp usually ended up giving decent results.  I’m proud to say that I escaped being awarded the “turkey prize” that summer.

Oh, and by the way, the prize was a bottle of  Wild Turkey Bourbon…maybe I missed out on a good thing?

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A Design a Day – Day 334 (Peaceful Reflections)

In the spirit of serenity (and an ode to a lovely 2 1/2 day spa vacation my husband and I are wrapping up) I’m posting this gentle design with these thoughts:

Watercolor and gouache amethyst, gold and pearl drop pendant rendering by Joana Miranda

Watercolor and Gouache Amethyst, Gold and Pearl Drop Pendant Rendering by Joana Miranda

“We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.”

(Dalai Lama)

“What is the good of having a nice house without a decent planet to put it on?”

(Henry David Thoreau)

“The best things in life aren’t things.”

(Art Buchwald)

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A Design a Day – Day 327 (Exploring New Diamond Rendering Techniques Using Gouache Paint on Vellum Paper)

Tonight’s diamond Lotus Pendant design is maybe not the most original design.  However, I was more interested in experimenting both with using only gouache paint on vellum paper, AND trying out a new technique for rendering the diamonds.  Interestingly, this diamond rendering technique is actually simpler than what I’ve been doing in the past, and the effect is maybe even more brilliant.  Plus, it takes less time…which in my book is also

brilliant!

Basically, I’ve rendered the diamonds by painting a circular outline of the basic shape using a very pale grey gouache paint over a darker grey ground.  Then I’ve added the illusion of a raised table to the gemstone with just one dot of pure white gouache paint per gemstone.  The icing on the cake is tiny strategically-placed white gouache “x” marks in the upper left of the diamond, finished with dots on either side of the diamond to suggest bead setting.

The result?

A feast for the eyes, and another fun technique to add to my arsenal!

Gouache on Vellum Rendering of Diamond Lotus Pendant by Joana Miranda

Gouache on Vellum Rendering of Diamond Lotus Pendant by Joana Miranda

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A Design a Day – Day 322 (Looking for Destiny in My Heart)

If we would see the color of our future, we must look for it in our present; if we would gaze on the star of our destiny, we must look for it in our hearts.
(Canon Farrar)

Colored pencil and gouache looped heart pendant rendering by Joana Miranda

Colored Pencil and Gouache Gold and Diamond Looped Heart Pendant by Joana Miranda

I couldn’t have said it better.

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A Design a Day – Day 318 (Keeping Things Lacy)

I’m a fan of delicate, feminine and lacy designs.  Here is my latest take on the heart pendant idea:

Colored pencil and gouache "lace" heart rendering with gold and diamonds by Joana Miranda

Colored Pencil and Gouache "Lace" Heart Rendering with Gold and Diamonds by Joana Miranda

This rendering is more a fantasy sketch than an actual technical drawing.  To be really precise, I’d either have to make a model, or render this using CAD.  Since I had to delete some of my gem files due to my recent computer hacking, I’m forced to hold off on my CAD renderings for the time being.

But my imagination wasn’t hacked and it seems to still be going strong!  See you tomorrow!

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A Design a Day – Day 317 (Nurturing Both Creativity and Confidence)

Colored pencil and gouache diamond flower pendant rendering by Joana Miranda

Colored Pencil and Gouache Diamond Flower "Lace" Pendant Rendering by Joana Miranda

My husband and I have been watching the Next Food Network Star TV show each Sunday night this summer.  (If you don’t know what it’s about, check out the contestant’s profiles and the description of the past weeks’ challenges here.)  For fun, we’ve drawn up a list of who we think will be the final winner and have created an order for each week’s eliminations.  Last week we were right; this week, the five remaining contestants threw us for a loop, and contestant Brad got eliminated when we had predicted that one of the other contestants would go.

Coming into today’s show, the five contestants were almost equally strong, so it was hard to figure out which one would be eliminated.  Most interesting, in my mind, is how the ever magnetic Aarti is showing signs of flagging confidence when she has proven herself week after week to be a standout as both a chef and a TV personality.  Perhaps, though, what makes her so appealing on camera, is also what could bring her down.  In addition to her remarkable culinary skills, she’s obviously got lots of smarts and a mature sense of her own personal strengths and weaknesses.  In her case, the ability to look inward might prove to be her downfall since she seems to self-talk herself into a hole at times.

I’m no stranger to the self-talk demons myself and I am a card-holding member at times to the Smart = Stuck club.  I suspect that with even more maturity, I (and people like Aarti) would learn the following….

Growth begins when we start to accept our own weakness.

(Jean Vanier)

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A Design a Day – Day 315 (A Heart Turned Upside Down, But Not Inside Out!)

Colored pencil and gouache pink sapphire, amethyst, diamond and pearl pendant rendering by Joana Miranda

Colored Pencil and Gouache Pink Sapphire, Amethyst, Diamond and Pearl Pendant Rendering by Joana Miranda

Tonight’s pendant rendering is a rather extravagant piece.  I imagined it with colored sapphires (graded from lightest pink to darkest), a designer-cut amethyst, a brilliant cut diamond and an Akoya pearl.  Its a feast for the eyes and it gave me great pleasure to design and render!  Tomorrow will bring hopefully more feasts in the design department, but for now this designer is in much need of sleep.  As we say in Portuguese …

Boa noite.  Até amanhã, se Deus quizer.

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A Design a Day – Day 314 (Giving Thanks; Part 2)

Keeping in a similar vein (giving thanks for having great support from my friends and family), here is another heart pendant idea:

Computer aided design of yellow and white gold heart medallion with diamond center by Joana Miranda

CAD of Yellow and White Gold Heart Medallion with Diamond Center by Joana Miranda

This week I’ve lost two full days of work since my email and Facebook accounts were hacked.  I don’t wish this nightmare on any of you, and from what I have heard from my friends, the scam that hit me had already hit a number of my friends.  Moving forward, I still have no control over my Facebook account.   Please do not follow me there (or go to Joana Miranda Studio on Facebook) unless I give you further notice that is safe again to do so.  My email is back under control and of course my website, my shop at Etsy and my blog are safe to visit.  I am also in the process of finalizing my email newsletter account with Aweber and will be sending my fans an invitation to sign up for my newsletter shortly.  This way you can receive notification of JLM Studio news, design work, new blog posts and other goodies straight into your email inbox.

(Of course, you can still sign up to receive my blog posts via email or RSS feed.  The signups are in the blog sidebar to the right of this post.)

On the subject of goodies…Congratulations to Pam who wrote in with a thoughtful and inspiring how-to-overcome-hardship comment on my Empire Building Week 9 review post.  She will be sent the pendant pictured in that post.

(I’m certainly using her good advice this week!)

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