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From My Sketchbook – Rhymes and Doodles

In this cartoon vignette,

You’ll see an unlikely quartet.

Not en route to a soiree,

Just strangers on the subway.




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Friday’s Thought – On Simplicity

Terra Cotta Restaurant and Winery

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

(Leonardo da Vinci)


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My Favorite Things – After the Snow

After winter storm Jonas, Central Park took on an almost carnival air with seemingly all of New York City out enjoying the snow.

sledders in Central Park after Winter Storm Jonas

But today as I walked home, the paths were mostly dry and clear, and except for the occasional jogger, I had the park to myself.  

Photo of Manhattan as seen looking towards Central Park South

The air was clean and crisp – perfectly refreshing and conducive to feeling in the moment.  (To be honest, I thought I might have even spied Buddha.)

Buddha snowman

Tomorrow’s warm forecast will probably melt the rest of the snow.  I’ll be sad to see these creatures go…

Conehead snowman

Cute snowman melting in the sunlight


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Joana Miranda Studio 2016 Calendar Now Available!

2016 Calendar Cover for EtsyI’m delighted to announce that the 2016 Joana Miranda Studio Calendar is now available in my shop at Etsy.

The calendar features 13 brand new illustrations.  Each illustration is whimsically stylish and fun.  Here’s a snap-shot of what you’ll find inside:

Jan Feb March

April May June

July August September.jpg

Oct Nov December

At only $18 (shipping and tax – where applicable – not included) you can buy one as a gift and pick up another for yourself!  Just saying…

Click here to purchase!


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My Favorite Things – The Wonderful Illustrated World of Izak Zenou

I’ve been a fan of Izak Zenou’s illustrations ever since I moved to the Big Apple.  His work is an inspiration to me for its chic, yet cheerful and fun vibe.  The illustrations look effortless and always capture lively movement.  And I love that his girls are often in recognizable New York settings.

Henri Bendel Holidays by Izak Zenou

Lately, I’ve even taken my hero worship a step further and have tried my hand at creating my drawings, a lá Izak, with ink and a bamboo reed pen.

Portrait of Pina Ferlisi Henri Bendel creative director portrait with Izak_LR

The beauty of drawing in ink and with a somewhat unpredictable implement like a bamboo reed is that each illustration is unique.  Furthermore, imperfections can become inspiration for the direction the illustration takes.  (Needless to say, no two illustrators will use the pens the same way!)

Portrait of Pina Ferlisi, Henri Bendel creative director from Retrospective opening night

As a “cyber disciple” of Izak’s, I was super excited to learn that this year’s Henri Bendel holiday windows not only feature Izak’s work – a collaboration that has spanned 20 years – but that the entire store has been fashioned as a retrospective of his work.  Even better, Bendel’s is hosting “A Very Henri Holiday Sweepstakes” this year.  You can enter to win the Grand Prize :

  • Win a trip to NYC for an exclusive portrait session with Izak Zenou, a one-of-a-kind Henri Bendel handbag hand-painted by Izak and a $1,500 shopping spree at Henri Bendel

And Two Runner Up prizes:

  • Two runners up will each win a one-of-a-kind Henri Bendel handbag hand-painted by Izak.

(Maybe Bendel’s will also create a prize specially for me so that I can just be a fly on the wall and watch Izak draw!)  

In any case, if you like Izak’s work as much as I do, you can enter the sweepstakes online at or in-store at any Henri Bendel store. The contest ends at 11:59pm ET on 12/24/15.


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Friday’s Thought – On Love, Light and Hope

pink peonies

(No quote today, just the video below.)

In my eyes, the most poignant expression of love, light and hope I’ve seen in the aftermath of the Paris attacks…

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Happy Easter!

Easter Bunny


Joana Miranda Studio


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