31. ROCKING A SIDE PONY CASUAL YET PULLED TOGETHER - portrait painting by Lisa Sonora from the series 100 Portraits in 100 Days: A Quarantine Diary


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Non sequitur from yesterday. Thank goodness.

Every day an effort to find some sort of equilibrium and regain my balance. 

It’s too easy to just flow downstream emotionally. That scares me.

Pattern I notice about my art: when I feel anxious, I get out scissors and start cutting up paper. Sometimes I cut up people from magazines and books, and rearrange their heads or add extra arms. Recalling the surrealist practice of playing Exquisite Corpse, except I’m doing it by myself and not in a group. 

I dream of designing my own clothes. The pandemic makes me want to take action on long held dreams. So this is my first attempt. Her dress and sunglasses are made from Japanese printed rice paper. It was too beautiful to cut up, but what am I saving pretty paper for anyway?

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.