16. Sometimes I Feel This Way - portrait painting by Lisa Sonora from the series 100 Portraits in 100 Days: A Quarantine Diary

16. Sometimes I Feel This Way

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This is for all of the brave students working with me now. 

Even though I started teaching online in 2009, there is a different energy to everything now. 

I responded to the despair of the world by telling my students: I’ll do live classes with you on Zoom every week — if that will help you. Way outside my comfort zone to commit to weekly sessions, but where was I going anyway?

We’re all in the same boat: HOME. On ZOOM.

I show them how to keep a visual journal, and we use it to explore how even when we feel depressed, stressed and anxious, and even when we try to cope by overeating, overdrinking, and overthinking (or the trifecta combo platter), we can create anyway. 

This is artmaking as a path to well being.

It’s not about making pretty pictures. 

As I’m sure you can tell from my paintings by now.


These small, original portraits are painted on top pages cut and upcycled from my sketchbooks.

This portrait is from the series, 100 Portraits in 100 Days: A Quarantine Diary. 

What began as a creative challenge to focus my energies during the first weeks of solo quarantine in March 2020, evolved into a diary of my experience. 


Materials: Acrylic, Ink, Wax, Graphite on Paper

Size: 5 X 7 Inches (13 x 18 CM)


This is a signed and authenticated original painting by Lisa Sonora.