Art, Drawing, illustration, Influences, marker and ink illustration, motivation

Jo’s Journey – (A Somewhat Irreverent Guide to Doing Anything Better) The Cycle of Inspiration

In the past few months as I’ve been preparing for a series of high pressure musical auditions, I’ve been scrutinizing my playing – (and, yes, sometimes even my life) – with a magnifying glass.  The result is growth, but at this point, a bit of paralysis, too.

So it was with great pleasure and gratitude that I opened an email tonight from a Persian artist in Iran.  Her name is Shirin, and she contacted me about a month ago.  Shirin is an art student and chose me as the focus of a class assignment.  Part of the project was to pick an illustration of an artist to copy; the other part was to paint the portrait of the artist – me!

Today Shirin sent me copies of her finished work.  I’m so touched with the care with which she copied my illustration (her use of watercolor very closely resembles what I did with markers)…

Copy of the practice session by Shirin

Watercolor copy of The Practice Session by Shirin

The Practice Session by Joana Miranda

Marker and Ink illustration “The Practice Session” by Joana Miranda

 And with the obvious time and love she put into creating my portrait!

Watercolor portrait of Joana by Shirin

I’d give Shirin an A+ on her work on this project; but, since I’m not able to hand out a grade, I’ll just offer my most sincere thanks and appreciation instead.

P.s. If you’d like to see some more of Shirin’s work, please click here.


  1. Shirin says

    Dear Joana, I am so honored to see my assignments and a link to my paintings on your site. Your sweet character and artistic talent are truly reflected in your artworks which are inspiration for many people world wide.

    • Hi Shirin,

      Thanks so much for your comment! I hope you enjoyed working on your class assignment – it certainly looked like you did! I look forward to seeing more of you work. Please keep me updated when you add works to your site.

      With all best wishes and lots of thanks –

  2. Shirin says

    Hi Joana,
    Thanks for your regard, I have added some paintings to the site and gradually add more.
    Best wishes,

    • You’re very welcome! And I look forward to seeing your new work when you’ve added it to your site.

      🙂 Joana

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