Watercolor and Gouache Pavé Diamond Star Brooch Rendering by Joana Miranda

In the bitter cold weather we’ve been having these past weeks in Milwaukee, a number of things around the house seem to be protesting.  The garage door takes multiple attempts before it can be coaxed open, storm doors slam shut because their hinges and coils are probably ready to snap, and both of our cars groan at having to be started.  My hands and lips are perpetually chapped, and since I can’t do my work (either rendering or practicing the viola) with fingers greasy from hand lotion, I’m not helping matters with frequent hand washings!

But the cold does have at least one up side…brilliantly clear and starry nights.  Here is another star for tonight.


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