Inspired by my friend, Keith, who I met when he opened up Selected Works Used Bookshop in Chicago in 1984, down the street from my apartment on Broadway.
My favorite used bookstore, which only recently closed a few years back.
Keith wouldn’t probably wear a shirt like this (or be unshaven), but I just had to use this hand-printed paper I got in Florence, Italy on something. Why not a men’s shirt? Having much fun with this faux fashion designing business.
Remember: For me, the amount of paper cutting I’m doing mirrors the amount of anxiety being thwarted. Did you know that I’m kind of obsessed with having a pair of scissors in every room of my house?
Could this have been a coping strategy of Matisse? I mean, the guy not only cut huge pieces and amounts of painted paper, he glued it all around his dining room walls.
Mural-sized anxiety relief?
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.