design a day 51 final resized
Colored Pencil and Gouache Earring Rendering on Vellum Paper by Joana Miranda

My husband’s and my flight back from La Guardia airport today was one of those magical everything-is-going-right  events.  The flight boarded and left on time, the sky was cloudless with the sun reflecting warm, golden and then orange off of the various rivers and lakes we passed, there wasn’t a spot of turbulence the entire flight, the landing was smooth, our luggage was going around the belt as we reached baggage claim, and, although we mistakenly missed the correct parking shuttle, the next one came almost as soon as we had discovered our mistake.

Why am I bothering to write about this?  Because, life so often seems to consist of one stressful event followed by the next.  Sometimes I (and maybe others?) forget to really appreciate when things happen go smoothly.

I do often think that I’d like to be more in a state of flow with everything that happens to me, whether it be good or bad.  I’m realizing that part of being in a state of flow is just being…something that I’m certainly not good at doing.  My quest to create and surround myself by beauty is maybe an attempt to get closer to that state, since I find that when I am creating I feel most at peace.

Today’s rendering was sketched 35,000 feet above the earth.  Here is the finished rendering done in colored pencil and gouache on vellum.


Leave a Reply