35. KEITH JUST CAN'T WAIT TO GET BACK TO HIS BOOK - portrait painting by Lisa Sonora from the series 100 Portraits in 100 Days: A Quarantine Diary

35. KEITH JUST CAN'T WAIT TO GET BACK TO HIS BOOK

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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. 

PAINTING DETAILS: 

Materials: Acrylic, Ink, Wax, Graphite on Paper

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

Unframed. 

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