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Indian Summer – A Timely New Illustration from Joana Miranda Studio

Not sure if we’re having an “Indian Summer” this year or not.  But, judging from the fact that the strappy tan lines on my feet haven’t yet faded, I’m still optimistic…and am celebrating the spirit of late summer in my latest illustration!

Indian Summer with Trees cropped for blog

(You can purchase the greeting card version of this illustration here.)



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Happy Mother’s Day!

Playing Dress Up final with black and white borders blog

With love to my mommy and to all my friends who are mothers (and stepmothers), too!

(P.S.  This illustration is now available in my Etsy shop as a greeting card and as an 8.5 x 11 print.)



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Getting Back In the Groove – An Illustration Starts to Take Shape

I recently finished a big custom project for a client and am now getting back to working on projects for my shop at Etsy.  Getting “into the flow” was actually a challenge for me today.  It seemed like I spent as much time erasing as I did drawing!

eraser stress

However, this evening I started to see progress…

preliminary rendered girl with big dog illustration

Although I need to redo elements of this drawing tomorrow, I’m glad to be getting back on track!  Stay tuned…


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Jo’s Journey (A Somewhat Irreverent Guide to Doing Anything Better) – A Mile in Her Shoes

I did something totally out of character the other day…

suede shoes

and bought a pair of non-black shoes!  They’re suede, slipper soft and definitely a splurge.  Truth be told, I feel tres chic every time I slip them on.  Now Josephine is urging me to get the leopard-print pair.

leopard print heels

Do I dare?


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It All Comes Down to Attitude…

andre and jo sticker with watermark blog


May 25, 2013 · 5:48 pm

Jo’s Journey (A Somewhat Irreverent Guide to Doing Anything Better ) – The Naked Truth

One of my personal goals, and, in fact, a big part of the “raison-d’etre” for this blog, is to continue to challenge myself to grow as both an artist and a human being.  Even though I have perfectionist tendencies, I’ve learned along the way that the process of learning is far more enriching than just being “there.”  I also feel that sharing what you create is the best way to see not only your accomplishments, but where you need to grow and evolve.  That said, the process of creating art is a deeply personal one, and as such has to be nurtured with infinite care and compassion.

Lately, as I’ve been working at my Josephine illustrations, I’ve been focusing more on the entire composition, as well as aiming for more dynamic movement overall.  In this “naked” sketch (PG, of course), Josephine is teetering on one heel, about to lose grasp of her balloons.

birthday surprise

(At least she still has all her marbles!)

I’ll need to settle on the clothes and colors for this illustration, as well as refine the overall composition over the next few days.  But that’s the fun part!  I hope you’ll stop back soon to see the finished result…

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Jo’s Journey (A Somewhat Irreverent Guide to Doing Anything Better) – The Journey of a Thousand Miles

…starts with a single step.


Which is why I was delighted today to stumble across these Italian-made suede and leather high-heeled Oxfords on a 70% off sale .  Vain, maybe; but at least I’m also frugal.  Besides, the journey is much more fun if you’re stylish along the way!

(P.s. In case you’re wondering, I’m currently away from home performing at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.   Translation…no scanner, no art paper, and no colored markers.  But at least I’ve still got my imagination!)


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