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From My Sketchbook – Week 26

In addition to having quite a few subway commutes last week which provided me with ample opportunities for sketching, I had a number of short breaks during the first act of my Wicked shows in which to sketch.  Some of the sketches were from my imagination, like this one…

Surprised girl sketchWhile others were of colleagues around me.  One of the interesting people I’ve met since starting to sub with the show is clarinetist John Moses.  His profile just happens to be right in my line of vision when I’m sitting in the viola chair in the pit, so I did this quick colored pencil sketch of him during one of the shows.

Sketch of John Moses


And in case you’re interested, here’s a neat video clip of John which shows the stage door entrance to the Gerswhin Theater where Wicked has been running for the past 12 years, as well as what it’s like to be in the pit at the show. At the 1 minute 13 second mark, you’ll see John in profile as I do when I’m at the show…


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The Caribbean Princess…

Pen and watercolor illustration "The Caribbean Princess" by Joana Miranda


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Out and About – A Day at the 2011 Surtex Show, National Stationery Show and International Contemporary Furniture Fair

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending 3 trade shows at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan – the Surtex Show (Artist Originals), National Stationery Show and International Contemporary Furniture Fair – all in the company of my artist friend Tom.

There was an almost overwhelming array of products to look at…

Joana views the merchandise at the National Stationery Show

As well as a fabulous display of dresses fabricated completely out of paper (Tom’s tie goes quite nicely with this one, don’t you think?)

Photo of Tom with paper dress on mannequin

At the International Contemporary Furniture Fair the exhibitors came from as far away as my native Portugal (Tom took this photo of  Boca do Lobo’s Rita Oliveira with me)…

Photo of ICFF exhibitor Rita Oliveira with Joana Miranda

While some of the furniture looked like it came from another galaxy! (Tom took this photo at my request, but wouldn’t buy the table for me)…

Photo of orange rubber table with plunger legs from the International Contemporary Furniture Fair

Seeing such great style and design throughout the shows left me inspired (and illuminated)… 

Photo of fashion-forward lamp at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair

If you want to see more great photos, pop over to Tom’s blog (Tom’s Eye View) to see his post about our day:



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Josephine Takes in the View at the Chrysler Building

Pen and digitally rendered "Josephine Studies the Omens in the Clouds" illustration by Joana Miranda

Now available as an 8 1/2 x 11 art print at my shop at Etsy!

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Empire Building Kit – Week 27 Review

Photo of brown and white horses in Central Park taken by Joana MirandaI wrapped up work on Week 27 of the Empire Building Kit today.  This week featured a series of questions from my Emperor-in-Training colleagues.  While all of the questions were interesting (as were the responses that the program’s author Chris Guillebeau gave), one question in particular felt apropos to where I am.

The question…

How do you manage the evolution of a business and how do you recognize when are you forcing something that’s not working vs. directing and creating what you want?

I’ve been living this evolution for the past 5 months or so.   I don’t think that my growing pains are entirely unrelated to the major changes in my life (a cross-country move, house sale and scrounging for work in a fast-paced new city), nor do I think they are unrelated to the work I’ve been doing in this course.  Over this period of time, I’ve had to figure out how and if I want to set up a jewelry studio in my new home (a one-bedroom apartment), and if what I’ve been trying to create really fulfills my passion and my desire to connect with and help others.

Odd how you can slave away at something for over 3 years and then suddenly find that letting go of it isn’t so hard after all.  I guess that is one of the tell-tale signs.

Other signs, as Chris explains are:

When you are forcing yourself to do something, you’ll notice that a) you don’t look forward to it, b) you keep putting it off, and c) when you finally manage to do it, you feel relieved.

The good news is that like the horses above, even if my business seems like it might be going in what seems like an opposite direction, my passion for design and for creating beauty around me will always be at the center of any business I create.  Please visit my new shop at Etsy – more designs and products are being added regularly.  And, it’s not too late to snatch up the jewelry remaining in my Joana Miranda Studio shop.

But hurry, once those pieces are gone, they’re gone!

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Josephine Nests

Although she didn’t like making holes in the walls, Josephine found it hard to really know where she wanted to hang pictures until she had tried them out in a few places.Pen and digitally rendered "Josephine Nests" Illustration by Joana Miranda

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Josephine Stops to Smell a Rose

Even though it was decidedly uncosmopolitan, Josephine stopped to smell a rose, and was transported into her own bubble of delight.

Pen and ink and computer rendered "Josephine Smells the Roses" illustration by Joana Miranda

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