Coloring in my K is for Kale and Other Illustrations Moleskine spread was the perfect way to make time fly today. And why did I want it to fly? Well, because I was eagerly anticipating getting my vaccine! Focusing on healthy eating of course brings to mind kale. I happen to be a fan of kale and enjoy eating it in several different preparations. (By the way, making your own Kale Chips at home is super easy.) But I digress. The letter K also brings to mind Kindergartner, Kitten and Kapellmeister. I hope you enjoy seeing those characters as well as my other K-inspired illustrations below!

K is for Kale and Other Illustrations

K is for Kale and Other Illustrations - Alphabet series Moleskine ink and watercolor illustrations by Joana Miranda

As for Getting Vaccinated…

I can’t say enough good about how the Javits Center ran my vaccination process from start to finish. Today’s vaccination tally (at least by the time I got my shot at 5:15 p.m.) was over 9,000 at that site alone. Yet, everyone I encountered was friendly, calm, kind and efficient. It took me 45 minutes of battling rush hour traffic in a Lyft to make the short trip from the Upper West Side to midtown Manhattan. However, once I arrived at the Javits Center, I was vaccinated within about 4 minutes. No kidding! And the physician’s assistant, quickly picking up on the fact that I don’t like needles, distracted me with small talk about my cat. The shot was, literally, over before I knew it.

Speaking of Cats (and Dogs)…

I keep working on refining and simplifying how I draw both. I’ve created a video on my channel at YouTube so you can see my latest attempt…


The first wealth is health.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


  1. Helen Reich says:

    I can definitely see the improvement in the cat drawings, especially compared to several years ago. I’m sure it helps having a real cat around, too!

    • Joana says:

      Yes, having my own “model” at home to study is definitely helpful. 🙂

      Little Ziggy has been a lot more vocal of late. We’re not really sure why, but he’s meowing much more in the mornings. I feed him, play with him, cuddle, play with him…sometimes all to no avail. Aaack! Then he konks out for hours under the covers. I’m hoping that this is just a phase. After all, he was neutered only a week ago. Any words of wisdom?

      XOX – Joana

        • Joana says:

          Interesting! Ziggy is also going through new stages with his food. When we first got him, he inhaled his wet food in about 30 seconds. A few months later, he seemed to get much more picky about the wet food – hardly touching it – so I started giving it to him a 1/4 can at a time (from the teeny 3 oz cans!) so that it wouldn’t sit out too long. At that stage, he seemed a lot more fond of his dry food. Now he’s back to eating a lot of the wet food. Since his surgery, he seems a lot more hungry. The meowing/crying mostly happens in the a.m. when I go back to bed (I think he wants me to stay and play with him) and sometimes when we’re having lunch. But after lunch, he konks out for about a 6-hour nap and then remains pretty quiet for the rest of the night. He’s a doll. I can’t wait to start introducing him to friends and getting him used to other people besides (boring) us. 🙂
          xox – Joana

  2. Mehmeh says:

    Oh very cute, your kale and kitten! And very good your vaccine! Que coragem. Xoxo

    • Joana says:

      Thank you, Mm! I’ve been tinkering around with my cat illustrations some more. I’ll debut the “new and improved” ones soon. 🙂 (Never a dull moment…)

      xox – J

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