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A Design a Day – Day 364 (The Penultimate Design…Infinity-Inspired Because the Ideas Are Still Coming)

Watercolor and Gouache Gold and Diamond "Infinity" Brooch Rendering by Joana Miranda

Watercolor and Gouache Gold and Diamond "Infinity" Brooch Rendering by Joana Miranda

“Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal: while others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than before.”

(Polybius)

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A Design a Day – Day 361 (Going with the Flow)

This rendering isn’t perfect (none of my renderings are!), but I had fun letting my imagination wander, and I enjoyed pairing unusual stone cuts and colors in this pendant design:

Watercolor and Gouache Multi-Colored Gemstone Pendant Rendering on Vellum Paper by Joana Miranda

Watercolor and Gouache Multi-Colored Gemstone Pendant Rendering on Vellum Paper by Joana Miranda

And, to close this post, a wise observation…

“There  is no royal road to anything.  One thing at a time, all things in succession.  That which grows fast, withers as rapidly.  That which grows slowly, endures.”

(Josiah Gilbert Holland)

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A Design a Day – Day 358 (Taking Inspiration From Nature: Gold and Diamond Link Bracelet)

When you design, paint or do anything creative, it sometimes helps to have outside inspiration.  I took this picture in Vermont recently and happened to glance at it when I sat down to do my design for the day:

Photo of buckets of flowers at a Vermont farm stand taken by Joana Miranda

Photo of Buckets of Flowers at a Vermont Farm Stand taken by Joana Miranda

Because I’m learning that it is important to incorporate “play” into your creative work (something I often forget or put off), I then “doodled” this sketch from my memory:

Pencil sketch of flower buckets by window by Joana Miranda

Pencil Sketch of Flower Buckets by Window by Joana Miranda

Even though I love flowers, what I enjoyed the most about doing the sketch above, was drawing in the knots of wood in the wall behind the flowers.  The lines of wood grain splitting and then closing again around the knots led me to isolate that motif; quite quickly, a concept for a bracelet emerged.  Here is the finished bracelet rendering:

Colored pencil and gouache gold circle and diamond bar bracelet rendering by Joana Miranda

Colored Pencil and Gouache Gold Circle and Diamond Bar Bracelet Rendering by Joana Miranda

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A Design a Day – Day 356 (Out and About in NY City – Finding a Seed of Inspiration)

The sights and sounds of NY –

Blinding sun glinting off the Hudson River by Riverside Park yesterday,

a rude heckler yelling “Yah! Go!  Keep it up” as I did my jump-roping and “burpees” in the park,

Jews gathered in groups along the parkway path reading and singing in observance of Rosh Hashanah today,

the “fwap-fwap” of my Nike windbreaker as I braced head-first into the 30 mph wind gusts on my early evening walk,

and this curious seed pod I picked up, put in my pocket, (and only remembered when I laid on my side and thought my hip bone was going bad),

Photo of seed pod found in Riverside Park by Joana Miranda

Photo of seed pod found in Riverside Park, NY by Joana Miranda

all led me to create this pendant rendering tonight:

Watercolor and gouache gold and diamond ball, chain and tassel pendant rendering on black silk cord by Joana Miranda

Watercolor and Gouache Gold and Diamond Ball, Chain, and Tassel Pendant Rendering on Black Silk Cord by Joana Miranda

I’m dedicating this rendering to my parents, who are celebrating their 42nd anniversary tonight.

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A Design a Day – Day 355 (Assessing Progress)

As I’m finding my “NY City legs” – figuring out how to set up my drafting table, hooking up my printer and getting my scanner to work – today’s rendering felt a bit forced.  When I finished it, my thought was

“Oh, this isn’t original…I’ve done this exact same design before!”

So I decided to dig through my design archives to see just how much I had plagiarized myself.  Much to my surprise, I realized that while today’s design is, indeed, a reworking of a motif that I seem to love, it is significantly different not only in rendering technique but in feel.  In a more critical vein, I’d say that I’m still seeking that “Ah hah!” moment with this motif.  However, with a little distance (nice that I’ve saved my designs) I see merit in each of the variations to date; proof, too, as George Balanchine once said

“There are no new steps, only new combinations.”

I’ve posted the new variation below with the previous incarnations, in reverse chronological order underneath:

Pen and Ink Gold and Diamond Leaf Earring with Gold Tear Drop Dangle by Joana Miranda

Pen and Ink Gold and Diamond Leaf Earring with Gold Tear Drop Dangle by Joana Miranda

Colored pencil and gouache bud and leaf earring rendering by Joana Miranda

Watercolor and Gouache Leaf and S-Diamond Drop Earring by Joana Miranda

Colored pencil and goauche leaf and flower dangle earring rendering by Joana Miranda

Remember…

“Success is steady progress towards one’s personal goals.”

(Jim Rohn)

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A Design a Day – Day 347 (Recipe for Progress: Put One Foot In Front of the Other)

One of the beauties of my Design a Day project is that it has kept me motivated to keep producing even when I don’t exactly feel up to it.  Take tonight’s rendering…when I started to sketch, I felt demoralized, tired and defeated.  I wasn’t sure I’d be able to produce anything worthy of posting here.  Worse, I didn’t exactly want to either.  However, the thought of falling short of my goal of posting a design a day for one year straight with only 19 days to go, was enough of a motivation to get me going.

Furthermore, something happened as I started to paint.  I found a sense of calm, peace and energy that I didn’t think I had.  My earring design is merely a watercolor and gouache painting on vellum paper; however, the shift in my mood is golden:

Watercolor and Gouache Gold and Diamond "Pillow" Earring Rendering by Joana Miranda

Watercolor and Gouache Gold and Diamond "Pillow" Earring Rendering by Joana Miranda

How about you?  What step will you take today that will move you closer to your goal?

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Three Artists at Work (Jewelry Design and Pottery Projects in Pictures)

Two days ago I posted a rather sumptuous gold, diamond and emerald earring rendering for my Design a Day (Day 344).  I was visiting my parents in NH and did the rendering in my parents’ atelier – a combined pottery and jewelry studio.  The following pictures give a glimpse into our activities that day:

Joana sketching and trying to overcome a very sore throat and neck (note the multiple heated neck “collars”)…Photo of Joana in her parents' atelier in NH

Beginning to flesh out the gold metal tones…Photo of a gold earring rendering in process (#1)

Adding some orange highlights…Photo of earring rendering in process (#2)

Adding yellow dots for bead settings…Photo of earring rendering in process (#3)

The finished design…Photo of earring rendering process (#4)

My father pondering the technical details for a ring project…Photo of my father at work on a ring project

My mother working on glazing her bisqued pots for a firing…Photo of my mother at work glazing a squirrel pot

A squirrel emerges…Photo of my mother at work glazing a squirrel pot

Intrigued?  You can see more of my parents’ work at their respective pottery and jewelry websites.

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