The more I draw and illustrate cartoons and humorous characters, the more I see faces in the most unusual places. Today, on my walk around the reservoir, I noticed the first signs of spring (flowering cherry trees, daffodils and crocus blooms). And then, this tree face – nature’s cartoon – jumped out at me.

Tree Face – Nature’s Cartoon

Do you see what I see?

What about now?

Tree face - nature's cartoon.  Tree hugger cartoon by Joana Miranda

I think he’s either carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders, or he’s discovered the benefits of tree hugging. In any case, seeing this tree face made my day. Not to mention, that being outside in the fresh air getting exercise is exactly what the doctor would order. After all, there’s only so much bad news you can read before anxiety starts to creep in. If you’ve been like me – checking in multiple times per day to learn the latest news about the corona virus – you might also benefit from reading this article on how to keep calm, wash your hands and manage corona virus stress.


I know from experience that laughter goes a long way towards improving mood and combating anxiety! My husband and I are big fans of the improvisational comedy show Whose Line is it Anyway. Watch a few of these Helping Hands skits and you’ll see why…


    • Joana says:

      Thanks so much, Jennifer! I’ve been remiss in posting of late. Happily, it’s due to having a bunch of illustration projects on my plate. I hope things are going well with you. Any sewing projects of late? Sending lots of love, Joana

    • Joana says:

      Hi Helen dearie,

      I STILL owe you an email. Sigh. Sorry! I saw on LinkedIn that the MSO is playing at the new Bradley Center soon. Is this a new temporary hall for the MSO until the Riverside Theater is renovated?
      Sending you lots of love, and I promise a real email soon!
      xox – Joana

  1. Stephanie says:

    Can you see two buddies walking together? Your guy, and a taller second one, sort of like Treebeard from Lord of the Rings, bushy eyebrows, deep-set eyes, nose, and gruff mouth, looking down at your guy, with a short stubby arm/hand around his left shoulder, the two of them commiserating on life, love, whatever?

    • Joana says:

      Hi Stefanie,

      I think I see Mr. Treebeard, except he has only visible eye (the left one) and the other eye is covered by a VERY bushy eyebrow. Maybe we’re seeing the same thing, or maybe there’s a 3rd face? 🙂 I’m headed out to the reservoir again this afternoon so I’m hoping to come across more tree people. Thanks so much for encouraging me to take a second look!
      🙂 Joana

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