65. Patti Smith - portrait painting by Lisa Sonora from the series 100 Portraits in 100 Days: A Quarantine Diary

65. Patti Smith

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What is helping you cope these days, in what is turning out to be a marathon of suffering and chaos?

If you’re turning to your beloved books, authors, actors, musicians, and let’s not forget, TV and streaming services, then you are being nourished by someone’s art.

Art (making and consuming) is what keeps me going, even when my focus and ability to concentrate wane. 

Even when some might say art is frivolous. 

I recommend Just Kids, by Patti Smith. 

A memoir that reads like poetry. 

What does a creative journey look like? Let her show you. 

When we read the stories of others, we are given maps to what is possible.

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.