82. MIRROR WORK - portrait painting by Lisa Sonora from the series 100 Portraits in 100 Days: A Quarantine Diary


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Every Saturday night since lockdown, I have a video date with Zen and Jorun. We met thirty years ago at a spiritual retreat in Wisconsin. Each of us is from a different generation, they’re more like big sisters to me, rather mom or grandmother substitutes. 

They give me advice and remind me to love myself, no matter what. A lot of times I feel afraid to show up for these video calls because of how I can spontaneously burst into tears when someone asks how I am. 

No matter what I’m struggling with, Jorun will ask me:

Are you looking into the mirror every day and saying, I love you?

Oh, for F's sake. No. I most certainly am not doing that.

Mirror Work is what Louise Hay called it. Saying kind things to yourself while looking into the mirror.

It’s terrifying. Have you ever tried it?


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. 

These small, original portraits are painted on top pages cut and upcycled from my sketchbooks.


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.