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My Favorite Things – Springtime in D.C.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still thrilled to live and work in New York City.  That said, cherry blossom time in Washington, D.C. IS hard to beat!  This week the temps in the nation’s capital have gone from being in the mid-30s and 40s to a balmy 78 degrees today.  Though the cherry blossoms around the tidal basin are still not sure if winter’s gone for good, I’m betting that they’ll overcome their shyness and burst into bloom over the next two days.  (Fingers crossed!)

Here’s what’s blooming so far around the Foggy Bottom and Georgetown neighborhoods…



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My Favorite Things – Springtime in Central Park

Every year spring comes without fail and yet I’m always surprised by how magical it all seems!

When I walked home through Central Park on Friday afternoon this is what I saw…

spring 2016 in Central Park

pink tulips

buds on a cherry tree

San Remo towers in the spring

pale pink cherry blossoms

lavender blossoms

colorful tulips

beautiful cherry blossoms

(P.S. The delicate aroma of the flowers throughout the park was pretty spectacular, too!)


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Friday’s Thought – In Due Time

first cherry blossoms in D.C.

“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.”

(Hal Borland)

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Friday’s Thought – Just Visiting

pink cherry blossoms

“You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.”

(Walter Hagen)

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My Favorite Things – Flower Power

I’m in Washington, D.C. on tour this week with the New York City Ballet at Kennedy Center.  Although the weather was gorgeous the day we arrived, it’s turned cloudy and cold ever since…which is not so bad when you have to be indoors rehearsing, but puts a definite damper on sightseeing! After hibernating in the hotel room this morning, I finally got up the courage to pile on some layers and go for a brisk walk.   And I was so glad I did.  The grey skies were the perfect foil for the vibrant blossoms that are bursting forth on many of the trees.

There was a softness to the statues…

magnolia blossoms framing two statues

And columns.

Magnolia blossoms against columns

Historic hotels looked majestic…

white cherry blossoms against stone building

And the crisp air was delicately perfumed.

magnolia blossoms

Just a tad romantic?  You bet!

white cherry blossoms


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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 – Spring Flowers in Washington, D.C.

I’m spending a few days now in Washington, DC….not working, just getting some much needed rest and being “the wife” as my husband slaves away conducting performances at Kennedy Center.  (In case you’re in town, here is the schedule for the New York City Ballet performances.)

Even though the sky was gray today, the temperatures were warm and the rain held off.  Which gave me the perfect opportunity to take these shots…

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(for Meh-meh)


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