86. Come Back As A Flower - portrait painting by Lisa Sonora from the series 100 Portraits in 100 Days: A Quarantine Diary

86. Come Back As A Flower

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The title of my favorite and largely unknown Stevie Wonder song from the soundtrack he made for “The Secret Life of Plants” film.

My friend Thymme (Portrait #57) included this song on a mix tape (hit the heart if you remember those) he made for me. I played it on the cassette version of repeat, pushing buttons to rewinds, pause, play, on portable boom box. Dancing by myself in my first studio apartment in Chicago.

Plants and flowers, dancing and music (not to mention painting) connect me with spirit, my own and the largeness that lives large beyond the limited self.

Today I popped out of my introvert cave to post on Instagram.

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.