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A Wee Bit of Shameless Product Promotion…

Guess what?  My mom ordered one of my tote bags recently from my shop at Society6 (thanks, Mom!) and since I happen to be visiting her, I got to “try it on” today.

Here’s a closeup so that you can see how nice the printing looks…

Close up of The Practice Session tote bag

And a little farther away to give some perspective (this is the 16×16 sized tote.)

The Practice Session2

Take it to your music lesson, or to the gym…

The Practice Session Tote bag

With plenty of room, sturdy construction and the image printed on both sides, you’ll look good coming and going!

The Practice Session tote on chair


P.S.  Other designs are available as well.  Take a look here.



Filed under Art, Drawing, fashion illustration, illustration, Joana Miranda Studio, Joana Miranda Studio at Society6, Josephine, watercolor and ink illustration

Keeping It Fresh – New Illustration Debuts!

My latest illustration has been an exercise in, well…

keeping it fresh!

Although I did quite a few versions of this illustration trying out different settings for Josephine and her little dog André (see below for an example)…

fruit stand

In the end, I decided Jo and André were just fine on their own, thank you very much.

By the way, if you’re environmently conscious like me, then this new tote is a must for your grocery runs!

Fresh Shopping Tote

(To purchase, please click here.)


Filed under Art, Influences, Joana Miranda Studio at Society6, Josephine, marker and colored pencil illustration, New work, print, Society6

Stepping Back to Look at the Easel…

Because of my busy schedule and a trip out of town recently, I’ve had an illustration “in-progress” for a lot longer than I usually like.  Although I completed what I thought was going to be the final color rendering over a week ago…

Turning heads version 1

I was not entirely happy with the background.  Stepping back to “look at the easel” also gave me more perspective on the size of the figures in relation to one another.  So I’ve spent the intervening time mulling over my options and figuring out if this is an illustration that can be salvaged, or if I should restart from scratch.

Here’s what I came up with last night…

Fleet Week

And I’m liking where the story is headed!


Filed under Art, illustration, marker and ink illustration

Turning Heads – A Shift in Focus

The progress on my latest illustration – which I’m calling at present “Turning Heads” – has been slow, to say the least.  Although I did flesh out a lot of the details of the background, the transferred fine-line outline drawing is all that I have to show at this time.

Turning Heads outlined illustration

But if you’d like to hear Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence, Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony, Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances,  the full-length Cinderella Ballet and a handful of other gems from the orchestral repertoire, you can stand on the sidewalk outside my window as I do some serious (as we call it in the business) “wood-shedding.”  Or, better yet, come to see the San Francisco Ballet over the next two weeks at Lincoln Center.  (After all, hearing the entire orchestra together with the dancers on stage will probably be a lot more interesting than just hearing a single viola part.)

And after all of this practicing, my playing might even turn a few heads.

(Here’s hoping…)


Filed under Art, Drawing, illustration, Influences, motivation, New work, New York, support the arts

New Illustration In Progress – Turning Heads

My latest illustration is still in the sketch-and-revise phase.  But I’m hoping that it will be a head-turner once it is finished!

Here’s a sneak preview…

Military Josephine

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Filed under Art, Drawing, Josephine, Josephine in the City

Jo’s Journey – A Somewhat Irreverent Guide to Doing Anything Better (Accessorizing a Pixie ‘Do)

I’ve been so busy recently that there’s been no time to schedule a haircut, let alone take much time to make myself presentable.  So I turned to Josephine for some inspiration.

Being a “Josephine,” her first suggestion naturally was to go retro – like REALLY retro (circa 1800 to be precise)…

Josesphine with Laurel Headband

When I went searching online for a headband similar to the one she suggested, I found exactly what I was looking for here.

I was about to buy it, but since headbands sometimes pinch the sides of my head, I asked Josephine for more hair accessory ideas.  She showed me this look which I thought was darling…

Fancy Josephine

An online search for purple rose clip brought me to a very similar-looking product here.  I immediately bought the clip but realized I might need something less sumptuous for every day.

Josephine suggested something sunny, playful and fun like this small bobby pin flower.

Winking Josephine

Imagine my surprise when I learned all three lovely hair accessories are made by a friend and violist colleague from my Milwaukee Symphony Days!

(Coincidence?  Hmmm…)


Filed under Art, Josephine, marker and ink illustration

In the Mirror – New Twilight Version

I created a fun illustration a few weeks ago and then decided to redo it with a new background.

Here’s the “old” version…

In the mirror final signature erased watermarked

And the new…

In the mirror new final cropped watermarked

Although it wasn’t my intention, I love how the pink of Josephine’s hair towel along with the green upholstery of the chair are suggestive of a rose in the new “twilight” version!

This illustration will be available on a new product debuting in my shop at Etsy soon…but for now (like Josephine’s hair) I’m keeping the project under wraps.


Filed under Art, Drawing, illustration, Joana Miranda Studio at Etsy, Josephine, marker and ink illustration, New work