Hello and thank you for visiting my blog! I am no longer keeping this blog regularly. While I might occasionally post something here, I just don’t have time anymore. This blog is filled with the history of my career since 2011, so feel free to go back and read about my journey! Want to ask me a question? Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m super duper excited to announce that I will be recording two brand new classes for CreativeLive on May 30 and 31. Here are three different ways you can participate in the classes:
- Watch one or both classes LIVE as I am recording them FOR FREE on May 30 and 31 (more on how to RSVP below)
- Sign up to be part of the LIVE studio audience in Seattle where the classes are being recorded (more on that below)
- Watch each class after it’s recorded. They’ll live on the CreativeLive site and you can pay for access to watch them at your leisure. Follow the links below to purchase.
More about the two classes:
- Working Successfully with Clients: A Class for Illustrators and Designers: Establishing yourself as a professional illustrator or designer requires a lot of dedication to building skill, brand and visibility. Equally important, yet often underestimated, is the development of client interaction skills. Working with clients takes practice! It’s not easy and it’s not always intuitive. Knowing how to communicate with clients clearly and effectively is a skill that will ultimately set you apart as a professional illustrator. This class is all about learning about perfecting your client communication skills. RSVP, purchase or sign up to be in the studio audience here. (Black RSVP link is up top, and the link to be in the studio audience is below that).
- Organization and Time Management for Creatives:You have everything you need to create and implement effective, lasting organizational systems, whether you know it or not. As creatives we’re taught to believe this isn’t true.Do any of these common myths about creatives sound familiar to you?
- Creatives are inherently disorganized
- They’ll never get a handle on their workload.
- They lack the ability to create solid systems for getting things done.
These false ideas keep so many creatives from even trying to seek better workflows and organization systems, and ultimately bars the creative from doing better work. Not only that, believing these negative perceptions leave so many feeling stressed, scattered and unable to fully capitalize on their artistic strengths. It’s time to shatter these myths and learn to create the systems you need to to your best work as a creative.(Black RSVP link is up top, and the link to be in the studio audience is below that).
I’m very excited about both of these classes and hope you” participate in one or both! If you have any questions about the content of either class, email me at email@example.com. If you have any logistical questions about viewing either class or about CreativeLive, email my producer Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org
See you in class!
I’m super excited to announce my upcoming solo show (my first major solo show since 2011) at Fullerton College Art Gallery, in conjunction with my residency at Fullerton College. The Fullerton College Art Department is one of the select few college art departments in the nation who can boast an ongoing, yearly, viable and prestigious Artist in Residence program. When California artist Wayne Thiebaud helped launch the first residency in the early 1970s, the Art Department had no idea that a new chapter in its history would be written. Decades later, the impressive list of guest artists include Miriam Schapiro, Frank Romero, Mia Tavonatti, Thomas Campbell and Gronk Nicandro, just to name a few. I am so proud to be the 2018 recipient!
The show, entitled Allegory for Grief and Grace, opens March 8 from 5-7 pm. It is open to the public! The show will feature 25 original paintings on wood, 60 drawings on paper, a limited edition signed print, an installation of sketchbooks from the past few years, and numerous illustration projects and commissions. I will be present at the opening, and would love to see you there! Most of the paintings and a limited edition prints will be for sale at the show.
If you cannot attend, or you would like, I will also be giving a public talk at Fullerton on March 13.
Details and info for both events (plus general gallery hours) are below:
+I will also be speaking at Fullerton College on March 13 at 7 pm on a topic near and dear to me: finding your creative voice (and my own related story). That lecture will also be open to the public. Please go to Wilshire Auditorium for the lecture (the gallery will also be open that evening).
+The gallery will also be open for the First Friday Artwalk event: April 6, 5:30-7:30pm and evenings 6-8 pm: March 21 & April 2.
+GALLERY HOURS: Monday through Thursday from 10:00am to 12:00pm and 2:00 to 4:00pm. The gallery is closed during campus holiday closures.
+As always, email me at email@example.com if you have any questions at all!
I am now offering wholesale options! You can purchase many of my products wholesale via a few different places, including my very own Etsy Wholesale shop. See below for details, and please let me know if you have any questions by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
PRINTS AND STATIONERY
I offer a number of my PRINTS and STATIONERY via my ETSY WHOLESALE offerings. If you already have an Etsy wholesale account, you can place an order directly. If you do not have an Etsy wholesale account, you can apply for one here.
BADGES, PATCHES, STICKERS AND MAGNETS
If you are interested in ordering my Unity or Cat pinback buttons (badges), patches, stickers or magnets wholesale, you can do that at Portland based Badgebomb. Their wholesale application can be found here.
BOOKS AND CHRONICLE STATIONERY
Most of my books and ancillary stationery products are available for wholesale purchase through Hachette. If you don’t already have an account, setting one up is easy! Simply call 1-800-759-0190 and a friendly Hachette representative will walk you through the process.
To place an order, call 1-800- 759-0190 with your account number handy.
A Glorious Freedom: Older Women Leading Extraordinary Lives
(Chronicle Book, 2017)
The glory of growing older is the freedom to be more truly ourselves—with age we gain the liberty to pursue bold new endeavors and worry less about what other people think. In this richly illustrated volume, bestselling author and artist Lisa Congdon explores the power of women over the age of forty who are thriving and living life on their own terms. Profiles, interviews, and essays from women—including Vera Wang, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Julia Child, Cheryl Strayed, and many more—who’ve found creative fulfillment and accomplished great things in the second half of their lives are lavishly illustrated and hand-lettered in Congdon’s signature style. The perfect gift for women of all ages, A Glorious Freedomcelebrates extraordinary lives and redefines what it means to gain wisdom and maturity.
Art Inc: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist
(Chronicle Book, 2014)
In this practical guide, professional artist Lisa Congdon reveals the many ways you can earn a living by making art—through illustration, licensing, fine art sales, print sales, teaching, and beyond. Including industry advice from such successful art-world pros as Nikki McClure, Mark Hearld, Paula Scher, and more, Art, Inc. will equip you with the tools—and the confidence—to turn your passion into a profitable business.
Fortune Favors the Brave: 100 Courageous Quotations
(Chronicle Books, 2015)
A treasure trove of inspiring quotations in the tradition of the bestselling Whatever You Are, Be a Good One, this new volume from beloved author and artist Lisa Congdon gathers rousing wisdom from history's great minds on how to be bold, stay strong, and take courage.
The Joy of Swimming: A Celebration of Our Love For Getting In the Water
(Chronicle Books, 2016)
Dive in! Enter these pages and find yourself immersed—in beautiful images, in fascinating stories, and in the wonders, lessons, and memories that swimming evokes. From Lisa Congdon, bestselling author and illustrator of Whatever You Are, Be a Good One, comes a colorfully illustrated tribute to our universal love for swimming.
Whatever You Are, Be a Good One: 100 Inspirational Quotations Hand-Lettered by Lisa Congdon
(Chronicle Books, 2014)
A quote book like no other, this thought-provoking collection compiles the timeless wisdom of great original minds— from Marie Curie to Stephen King, Joan of Arc to Jack Kerouac, Oscar Wilde to Harriet Tubman—brilliantly hand-lettered by beloved indie artist Lisa Congdon
Tender Buttons: Objects
(Chronicle Books, 2013)
This new edition of Gertrude Steins "Objects" pairs Stein's avant-garde verse with colorful contemporary illustrations by indie art star Lisa Congdon, who illuminates and interrogates the classic Cubist text with visuals as capricious as Stein's own prose. A celebration of independent thinking old and new, this captivating marriage of image and text is a treasure of arts and letters.
20 Ways to Draw a Tulip and 44 Other Fabulous Flowers: A Sketchbooks for Artists, Designers, and Doodlers
(Quarry Books, 2013)
Each spread in this book features 20 inspiring illustrated examples of 45 themes–tulips, roses, dahlias, and much, much more–over 900 drawings, with blank space for you to draw your take on 20 Ways to Draw a Tulip. Presented in the Lisa Congdon’s uniquely creative style, this engaging and motivational practice book provides a new take on the world of sketching, doodling, and designing.
Draw 500 Fabulous Flowers: A Sketchbook for Artists, Designer, and Doodlers
(Quarry Books, 2014)
This cute chunky volume features 500 inspirational illustrations in a perfect small size for drawing on the go! From tulips, orchids, and pansies to roses, daffodils, and honeysuckle, Draw 500 Fabulous Flowers is perfect for illustrators, cartoonists, doodlers, and anyone who loves to sketch.
Birch Forest Flexi Journal
(Chronicle Books, 2009)
As subtle and colorful as an autumn walk in the woods, this journal features a wrap-around landscape painting by Lisa Congdon. (5” x 7”)
Whatever You Are, Be a Good One Notes: 20 Different Notecards & Envelopes
(Chronicle Books, 2015)
Featuring a different hand-lettered quotation on every notecard, this boxed set channels the words of some of history's greatest figures to offer an eloquent message for every occasion.
Whatever You Are, Be a Good One Notebook Collection
(Chronicle Books, 2015)
The words of extraordinary minds provide extraordinary inspiration. With quotes from Abraham Lincoln, Oscar Wilde, and Publius Terentius Afer on each cover, these three notebooks invite users to dream big and capture their best ideas.
A COLLECTION A DAY
Lisa’s book A Collection a Day is not available for purchase through Hachette, but you can purchase it directly through Uppercase!
Create your Uppercase wholesale account here: http://uppercasemagazine.com/stockistapplication
Collection A Day: Small Treasure and Curious Things
(UPPERCASE Press, 2011)
Having amassed a curious collection of objects, on January 1, 2010, Lisa Congdon embarked on a year-long project: a daily documentation of arrangements of these items, posted online. With 365 collections, plus peeks into her home and studio, this book has over 400 pages of inspiring content. The book comes packaged in a collector’s tin where you can store your own precious collections.
Join me for a month-long creative journey starting January 1st 2018! In this 31-day painting challenge, I share my love of designing and painting colorful patterns with gouache. Each day you will learn how to paint a new pattern, including traditional designs, botanicals, geometric shapes and motifs made from everyday objects. Challenge yourself to draw inspiration from the world around you, working alongside me as you hone your daily painting practice. Be sure to share your paintings in the student gallery on the Creativebug site and post them on Instagram with the hashtag #cbpatternaday!
In this class you will learn how to:
- Paint with gouache
- Create an all over pattern, directional pattern, and full bleed pattern
- Use negative space
- Artfully arrange motifs
- Improvise patterns
Materials you’ll need:
- 6” x 9” 140lb watercolor paper (but any size close to that will do!)
- Assorted watercolor brushes
- Gouache paints (Lisa uses Acryla gouache)
- Watercolor or markers (optional; can use instead of gouache)
- Pencil and eraser
- Paper towels
For those of you who are not already Creativebug members, follow this link to view the class link and register. Creativebug is an exceptionally affordable class platform (less than $5 a month!) with so many amazing art and craft classes — and your membership gives you access to all of them, including my previous classes on the site.
Can’t wait to start January 1 and can’t wait to see what you create!