Watercolor cat art by Joana Miranda

With summer winding down, my husband and I decided that we should try to squeeze in one last visit to the pond for some rest, relaxation and cat-petting therapy. I guess you could say we’re fans of my mom’s little Siamese. She’s head-over-heels in love with him, too! In fact, this watercolor cat art pretty much sums it up!

Watercolor Cat Art by Joana Miranda

Watercolor cat art by Joana Miranda

I drew the illustration above using dip pen and India ink and then colored it with my new Daniel Smith transparent watercolor paints. I decided to stick with a palette of cool primary colors (yes, I used only red, blue and yellow to create the shades you see above) because I prefer the vibrancy I can get with the cool tones.

That said…

Our planned end-of-summer trip to New Hampshire seemed in limbo, though, when I got summoned for jury duty. However, after spending a day sitting around with a hundred or so of my fellow prospective jurors…

I was released today from service for another 4 years. So this means our trip is on. Yippee!

In other illustration news…


I’m working on a new whimsical cartoon illustration to submit to the #artonlink artist showcase. I think it would be a total hoot to see my art on some of the digital billboards around Manhattan. My illustration is currently laid out in India ink, but I’m going to “sleep on it” before I decide upon the color palette.

In the meantime, if you’d like to see more of my whimsical illustrations, please visit my shop at Etsy!


  1. Sharon Miranda says:

    Is that MOI? It certainly is my Puck. Yup, poor guy is a bit smothered…

    • Joana says:

      It’s based on you…thought you’re far more charming and beautiful, of course. 🙂

  2. Jennifer Greenlee says:

    Fascinating how you can get such colors just by mixing!! Sweet illustration, too!

    • Joana says:

      Hi Jennifer,

      It IS very cool that you can get so many colors from just 3 primary colors. I’ve found that getting a true black is a challenge, though. Supposedly, you can get black from mixing the 3 primary colors, but I haven’t been able to do it yet. Another suggestion I’ve read is to use Phthalo green mixed with red to get black. However, it’s a specific shade of red that I don’t currently have. In any case, the beauty of sticking to just 3 primary colors (and the shades you mix from them) is that you end up with a harmonious color palette.

      It’s turned very pleasant here and I have the windows open so that I can get lots of fresh air (and construction dust and noise. Sigh.) Such is life in The Big Apple!

      xox – Joana

    • Joana says:

      Thank you so much for your nice comment and for visiting my blog, Alyona!

      With all best wishes,

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