69. Coffee With Rafa - portrait painting by Lisa Sonora from the series 100 Portraits in 100 Days: A Quarantine Diary

69. Coffee With Rafa

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In stark contrast to yesterday’s drama, today the dogs alerted me to a presence outside the gate.

On the street, my neighbor with an offering of couscous. As we stood talking on the street for some time, I asked him in for coffee. In turns out, I have the perfect setup for social distance visiting: 

An outdoor covered patio as long as my house. Set up with a couch, comfy chairs and tables. Like a miniature cafe. In fact, using cafe furniture from its former incarnation.

And so we sat outside drinking black coffee. A monsoon rain started up, and all the trees and plants in my garden got to sip along with us. Rafa is a chef whose beachfront restaurant in Puerto Escondido shut down just when their busiest Spring Break was about to happen. Now he’s recalibrating and reinventing. 

A blessing of quarantine: not taking the simplest things for granted. Like coffee and conversation with a neighbor IRL (in real life).

Mil gracias, Chef Rafa.

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.