92 THE UNCERTAIN BLUR - portrait painting by Lisa Sonora from the series 100 Portraits in 100 Days: A Quarantine Diary


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One of my all-time favorite book recommendations to artists is Pema Chodron’s book, When Things Fall Apart.

I know this is an unlikely pick, so allow me to explain.

If you turn to any page and substitute the word “meditation” for whatever your artform is: painting, writing, photography, costume design, acting...

You’ll find excellent advice for using your creativity as a crucible for growth. Try it and see for yourself.

It was through Chodron’s work that I became acquainted with the idea of befriending uncertainty. Or at least trying not to chafe against it.

Uncertainty exists.

Not just now, although these times amplify all the ways in which uncertainty is at play in our lives.

Painted July 7, 2020.

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.