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Friday’s Thought – The Colors of the Night

“I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.”

(Vincent Van Gogh)

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Through the Lens of My Camera: Winter Storm Jonas

I headed down to Lincoln Center this afternoon for the first of two shows with New York City Ballet, only to learn that both had been cancelled due to Winter Storm Jonas.

Taking photos at Columbus Circle was a challenge since the wind was whipping snow into my face and camera…

Columbus Circle statue during Storm Jonas

Lanterns in Central Park during Winter Storm Jonas

So I headed home where I spent the afternoon gazing out the window at the few passersby.

Upper West Side pedestrians during Winter Storm Jonas

woman with multicolored snow gear

Though the storm showed no signs of letting up, in the early evening I went for a walk…into a city that was eerily quiet and magically transformed!

Central Park during Winter Storm Jonas

Sparkly street lights in Central Park during Winter Storm Jonas

snow covered tree with little lights during Storm Jonas

Parent and child walking in Winter Storm Jonas

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My Favorite Things – A Quiet Afternoon at Home

My low-energy funk last week didn’t last too long.  Between rehearsing and performing shows with the New Jersey Symphony and the New York City Ballet, there hasn’t been much time to loll around this week.  And in addition to my musical work, I’ve also been busy at the drafting table.  Occupying my time is a fun multi-piece, custom jewelry design project for a new client.  Ironically, it’s the work that’s energized me and also given me a sense of calm and focus.

Today after walking home from Lincoln Center, I took time to brew a pot of Rooibos tea and enjoy one of my homemade Almond Flour Chocolate Oat Chip cookies with Orange (recipe follows below).  

afternoon tea

The light streaming into our apartment was so beautiful that I couldn’t resist taking some photos of my magnificent orchid.

My orchid in bloom

My orchid in bloom Jan 2016

And since I was enjoying being in the moment, I finished my afternoon tea hour by lighting one of my Lisn Japanese incense sticks

teapot with incense ribbon

Joana’s Flourless Chocolate Oat Chip Cookies with Orange

Ingredients:

1 cup packed almond flour

scant 1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp baking powder

pinch salt

1/2 cup unsalted butter (I use Kerrygold Irish butter)

1/2 cup non-fat dry milk

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup candied orange peel

1 cup semi-sweet (or 70% or higher) chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease two baking sheets.  Combine the almond flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a small bowl and set aside.  With an electric mixer, cream together the butter, dried milk and sugar. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until fluffy.  Add the flour mixture and beat on low speed until thoroughly blended.  Stir in the rolled oats, candied orange peel and chocolate chips.  Drop heaped teapsoonfuls on to the prepared baking sheets, spacing about an inch apart.  Bake for 10-12 minutes, until just browned on top.  Let cool for at least 15 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

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From My Sketchbook – Week 23

I’m afraid I don’t have much to show from my sketchbook this week, although, if you’re following Joana Miranda Studio on Instagram, you’ll know that I HAVE actually been doing a lot of practice sketches.  But those have been done in my hotel room (thank God for AC!) and from my imagination, not from live subjects.

However, yesterday my husband and I had a lazy day off together in Sarataga Springs, NY where we’re in residence with the New York City Ballet for two weeks.  After a decadent and delicious brunch at Max London’s , we did some window shopping before stopping in for a refreshing iced tea at Putnam Market.  It was there that I whipped out my pen and sketchbook while my husband sat patiently as my model.

He’s even more handsome in real life, of course…

Andy's head side view sketch

(But then again, I’m biased.)

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My Favorite Things – The Wildflower Garden at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center

I’ve fallen behind on my posts this week for two reasons:

1. It’s been a ten-service week for the New York City Ballet Orchestra at its summer home, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center

and

2. Torrential rains have put a kibosh on any outdoor photography.

But today we not only got out of rehearsal early, but the sun was shining!  So after lunch, I walked away from town back to the entrance to SPAC. SPAC Entrance

Why?  Because every time we drive into the park, I’m in awe of the fabulous wildflower garden on either side of the entrance…

Wildflower garden at SPAC

And I wanted to take a closer look at the sunflowers…

sunflower

Daisies…

Pink Gerber Daisy

Ornamental grasses…

striped grasses

And fuzzy, lilac-like blooms.

fuzzy purple flower

The riot of colors…

riot of colors garden

Would make it seem like this garden is at its peak.  But there are still lots of buds waiting to burst…

green bud

As well as another 10 New York City Ballet shows to take in! (You can buy your tickets here).

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My Favorite Things – A Walk Around the Reservoir

After a particularly long day of performing yesterday – a matinee on Broadway followed by an evening show at New York City Ballet – I needed a break from sitting and made time for a long walk around the reservoir today.  Here’s what I saw…

through the trees on the reservoir

red roses

colorful flowers along the reservoir

pink roses

cloudy day along the reservoir

duck swimming in the reservoir

rushes around the Jackio O reservoir

East side along the Jackie O reservoir

big turtle swimming in the Jackie O reservoir

birds atop one of the Jackie O reservoir buildings

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From My Sketchbook – Week 14

This week I was called in to observe a rehearsal at the ballet.  Although I was there for study purposes (and so needed to focus on the music), I was still able to squeeze in this quick sketch of one of the cellists before the rehearsal started…

Sketch of Hannah

(Hannah is incredibly talented, not to mention beautiful.  Check out her website here!)

Of course, my weekly sketchbook project post wouldn’t be complete without a subway rider sketch.  So here she is…

pretty girl on the subway

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