83. KELLY STAMPS BLOWS UP ON YOUTUBE - portrait painting by Lisa Sonora from the series 100 Portraits in 100 Days: A Quarantine Diary


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Here’s one of the hard things about being an expat that no one ever really thinks about (unless they’re also an expat):

You don’t get access to your country’s media channels. I don’t even get to enjoy my USA Amazon Prime videos. I know this is technically a champagne problem, but it brings me to why I am spending far more time watching Youtube.

Youtube isn’t blocking my videos!!!! I can watch PBS Newshour - LIVE. I can watch all the late night monologues - a little bit later or the next day. I can buy/rent movies and shows. HGTV!

Youtube suggests random videos, and so this is how I started following Kelly Stamps. Her channel just blew up at the start of quarantine. How’d she do that? She’s a gal telling her truth. So compelling. And brave.

I’m absolutely too chicken shit / introverted for video. But I want to show up there, because I’d be able to reach all the people interested in my work, who aren’t up for reading. And because doing scary things makes me grow.

What do you think?

This portrait is from the series, 100 Portraits in 100 Days: A Quarantine Diary by Lisa Sonora. 

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.