Obsession – daily painting

Obsession, mixed-media painting by Lisa Sonora

Obsession, mixed-media painting by Lisa Sonora


Having creative projects, with a defined parameters help me navigate all the gates of the creative process: beginning, middle, ending.

In order to make anything, we must successfully pass through all three of these three gates. There aren’t any shortcuts, but we can find ways to make starting and finishing easier. Not to mention navigating the middle, which is where so many projects and ideas get lost and forgotten.

Each of these gates offers us a particular creative initiation. The artist’s passage or pathway.

Doing a project like more than one thousand paintings in a series was my creativity marathon.

Obsessive-compulsive? Or focused and committed to follow through?

I like to lean into healthy obsessions, those things I’m compelled to do even if they don’t make sense or seem to serve an practical person.

This is my inner imperative. This is how I learn how to be an artist, and to live my life artfully. It’s how I learn to pass through the gates of creative initiation.

What do you have an Obsession? Read on about how to share your story here.

Call for Entries – Share a story for the 1008 paintings project

Why: When I began this daily painting project, whose working title is: 1008 Meditations on the Human Condition, I knew it would always become a collection of shared stories. Yours, mine, everyone’s.

To learn more about story collecting for this project check out the first post in this series, Magical Thinking – Daily Painting & Story Collecting.

Your Turn

How to share a story: Simply add your own story inspired by today’s painting title in the comments. The title of the post, before the hyphen (— daily painting) is the same as the title of the painting. You can stay anonymous or include your byline and a link to your website. For the purposes of  our project, we’ll treat all work as fiction.

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