96. JULIANNE RETREATS TO HER GARDEN - portrait painting by Lisa Sonora from the series 100 Portraits in 100 Days: A Quarantine Diary


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Here’s the the thing when it comes to painting portraits of people I know: the more abstract, the better.

I must have painted this portrait of my friend, Julianne, over and over about ten times.

Each subsequent attempt showed no improvement over the last. Probably my first attempt was the best.

Anyway, I just wanted to capture the essence of my friend, seeking and finding solace in her garden. A way to recoup her energies after too many hours on Zoom meetings.

Painted on July 11, 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.