I recently returned home from a trip to Saratoga, NY.  While I didn’t have a drafting table, good light or all of my art supplies at my disposal, I had the luxury of free time and several chances to take long ambling walks.  On one of my excursions, I came upon these flowers:

Flower garden in Saratoga
Flower garden in Saratoga, NY

Back in the hotel room that evening I did a quick sketch inspired by what I had seen:

Pencil Sketch for Lily Necklack by Joana Miranda
Pencil Sketch for Lily Necklace by Joana Miranda

And then got out my water color paints and gouache to render a more complete version:

Lily Necklace Rendering by Joana Miranda
Lily Necklace Rendering by Joana Miranda

My design features gold, platinum, enamel, invisible-set rubies, diamonds and amethysts.


  1. Pamela Frame says:

    Good grief! Watching your process makes me understand some kind of connection between the art and technique involved in both jewelry and your playing.

    Phew. It’s just beautiful.

    • Thanks, Pam! I guess all those years developing concentration and stamina in the practice room benefit me in other ways, too. I find it very gratifying to produce something that I can go back and look at over and over again…it is less fleeting than playing a beautiful B flat;-)

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