Creating freehand drawn art is a lesson in silencing your inner critic so that you can stay in the moment. I confess my inner critic piped up to express doubts today as I worked on the illustration below. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if my Windy Day illustration had any promise until I added the final touches of watercolor. While I’m not 100% happy with it, there are many elements that I really do like. Even better, every illustration – whether successful or not – gets me closer to expressing who I am as an illustrator, as well as what I want to say.

Freehand Drawn Art: A Windy Day

Freehand Drawn Art: A Windy Day by Joana Miranda

When I’ve let my imagination fly, I’m usually pleasantly surprised with the end result. But throwing caution to the wind as I draw freehand can feel scary. I often find myself like the little man in the bottom right of my illustration…desperately wanting to hold on instead of letting go!

And so…

I plan to keep trying to turn my world upside down, so to speak. In fact, I very literally took that approach in my latest Art Bag: Time Saving Tips and Tricks video:


Somehow we’ve made it to September. If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering where the summer went. Not that I’m complaining. The cooler weather is definitely welcome. So, too, is the thought that maybe we’re just a tiny bit closer to a vaccine that will help us emerge from this pandemic. Fingers are crossed…


“I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.”

Agatha Christie


  1. MM says:

    wow, you even reversed yourself with your feetsies in the air! Good Job!
    xoxoxoxo mm

  2. Helen Reich says:

    I like that guy in the lower right hand corner. He’s the most distinctive guy in the picture!

    I’m also glad to see September! We had lovely cool temps today. I finally found a political volunteer thing to do, thanks to Debbie Patel (MSO Chorus member and one-time interim CEO). I’m going to phone bank to find (young) poll workers and poll watchers. I might even do some poll watching myself, if there’s need for outdoor observation. If it were more normal times, I would jump on most of this with enthusiasm, but it’s not normal times, and I’m over 60. Which reminds me, we don’t have any modified CBA yet, but we know we won’t have anything to perform until January. I don’t mind that much, of course. I just wonder when I’ll be getting some salary-type thing again, and what I might have to do to get it.

    • Joana says:

      Hi Helen, Thanks for your feedback! Maybe it’s the “castle” looking structure I created in the bottom right that I don’t like. I don’t know…there’s something about that portion that I’m not wild about.

      Good for you on the volunteering! I don’t have the stomach for political volunteering, but I’m glad that I’ve been able to do my food bank stuff. I’ll be taking a bit of a break from it over the next few weeks since we’ll be in NH, but I know the need will still be there when I get back.

      I read today that Fauci says it could be possible that a vaccine might even be ready by the end of October. That’s good news for us as musicians (though maybe not good for some other reasons…;-) I, too, wonder when I will be able to go back to earning real money again. Is this Ken-David Mazur’s first official season with you guys? I can’t remember if he came onboard last year…

      Sending a big hug!

  3. Bird says:

    This picture put a smile on my face, remembering so many windy days fighting an umbrella. I often feel like those flying with my drawings, not knowing where I`m going, but I know I`m going to land somewhere someday.

    • Joana says:

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment! I’m glad to learn that I’m not alone in feeling a bit “unmoored” when it comes to the journeys my imagination and drawings take me. 🙂

      I hope you have a great weekend!

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