Sometimes my best sketches emerge at the corners of my sketchbook.  They’re sort of afterthoughts – squeezed in beside more “serious” attempts – and it’s maybe because the pressure’s off that they turn out to be the most successful.  In any case, every sketch teaches me (a little) something!

So without further ado, meet the little people:

The Little People 1

Little people 4

Little portrait

Little people 3


Little people 2


Little people 5


  1. Denise Pellegrino says:

    Love them all, great sketches as always!

    Sent from my iPad


    • Joana says:

      Thanks, Denise! I went on quite the sketching spree last week. My mom was often my subject (unwittingly) but she was a good sport about it. 🙂

      I hope you are having a great week! Joana

      On Tue, Aug 9, 2016 at 9:51 AM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


  2. Sharon says:

    Little people? More like fat blobbos. Cracked me up…. Xo Sent from my iPhone


    • Joana says:

      Hi Meh-meh,

      Glad you still have a sense of humor (along with all of your marbles.) I love you madly and passionately.


      On Tue, Aug 9, 2016 at 10:41 AM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


    • Joana says:

      Thanks, my dear!

      How are things in Milwaukee? Are your raspberry bushes still going strong? Did you manage to travel this summer?

      I just got back from spending the day at Brighton Beach with a good friend. I had never been and it completely boggled my mind that there’s such a nice beach only an hour away from our apartment! Maybe I’ll be able to get Andy to go with me in the fall when the weather turns cooler.

      XOX – Joana

      On Tue, Aug 9, 2016 at 11:39 AM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


      • Helen Reich says:

        Milwaukee is hot, this year. The raspberry season was short but plentiful. The next crop is the grape crop….new strategy to keep birds off the ripening grapes is to tape small paper bags over each bunch. This practice is a little awkward, but better than trying to cover the entire vine in bird netting!

        I did a car trip to upstate NY and also to my sister’s house outside Boston. I visited a horn player at the Glimmerglass festival in Cooperstown, and re-ignited an old flame. The difference is that it’s much better now. And I got to meet my new Chinese nieces-in-law, one from Hong Kong, the other from NJ, born to Taiwanese parents. Both young women are fascinating, well-spoken, and friendly. So, part of my family is getting really Asian.

        • Joana says:

          Hi Helen,

          I’ve been reading the latest news about Milwaukee. Sounds like tempers are hot along with the temperature! Andy just arrived there today. He’ll be visiting with his son for a few days – sort of a last hurrah/impart-as-much-advice-as-possible before Alec heads off to college.

          My mom put netting over her blueberry bushes in NH, but she actually ended up getting a robin trapped in the netting. Fortunately, she was able to free it without incident. I couldn’t believe the blueberries at the You Pick Your Own farm this year. You could basically fill up an entire bucket from just one bush alone, and the farm had hundreds of bushes filled with ripe berries! I miss the blueberries…Whole Foods has some, but they don’t seem to be local.

          So you ignited an old flame? Do tell! Is this a long-distance thing? Is he a musician?

          It’s beastly hot today (and has been for the past 3 days), but tomorrow will finally be a little cooler (high 80s instead of mid 90s.) I’ll take it!

          XOX- Joana

          On Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 8:55 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


          • Helen Reich says:

            Yes, it is a horn player, and yes, it is long distance! Amor de lejos, amor pendejos! But I do not care. I’m 57, it’s different now. I don’t know when I will see him again, I’m just pretty sure I will will see him sometime in the next year, or six months, maybe. Who knows, maybe we will retire together. I’m not gonna worry about it.

            • Joana says:

              Hi Helen,

              Sometimes a little distance is a good thing, especially if it means listening to buzzing mouthpieces…ha! Would I know Mr. Horn player? I hope he is proudly wearing one of your boutonnieres.

              I just got back from volunteering at the Computers for Seniors project I do with NY Cares. I usually love the sessions, but this time I was working with a cantankerous old dearie who set “rules” before we even started: 1. that I shout since she’s hard of hearing and, 2. that I wasn’t allowed to touch the computer. Although I’m always as much “hands-off” with my pupils as possible, she didn’t even want me to point at things on the screen. Sigh. I’m not sure why exactly she wanted computer tutoring either since we were on the library computer and she doesn’t own a computer of her own.

              Off to practice now. Whoopee. 🙂 Joana

              On Mon, Aug 15, 2016 at 8:04 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


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