Two Brand New Creative Live Courses!

05/18/18

Friends!
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:

  1. Watch one or both classes LIVE as I am recording them FOR FREE on May 30 and 31 (more on how to RSVP below)
  2. Sign up to be part of the LIVE studio audience in Seattle where the classes are being recorded (more on that below)
  3. 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:

  1. 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).
  2. 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 hello@lisacongdon.com. If you have any logistical questions about viewing either class or about CreativeLive, email my producer Heather at heather.posten@creativelive.com

See you in class!

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New Class with Creativebug!

12/19/17

Hello friends!

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)
  • Palette
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Ruler
  • Water
  • 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!

Lisa

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Adobe Make-It Episode!

11/01/17

A few months back I traveled to Adobe in San Francisco to tape an episode of Adobe Make-It, a new talk show on You Tube for creatives. I chatted with hosts Paul Trani and Brooke Francesi about my unusual career path. You can view it here!

 

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A Glorious Freedom // West Coast Book Tour

09/05/17

I’m super excited to be doing a West Coast book tour for my latest book – A Glorious Freedom: Older Women Leading Extraordinary Lives (see pre-order & purchase details here)! Other dates around the U.S. to come later in the year and in 2018. If you live in Seattle, Portland or the Bay Area of California, I hope you will join me for one of my kick-off events! I love meeting people, and I’d love to meet you!

October 14, SEATTLE WA. I’ll be at Elliott Bay Book Company for a reading, conversation with book contributor Shauna Ahern and signing! 1521 Tenth Avenue, Seattle, 7:00 PM

OCTOBER 16, PORTLAND OR. I’ll be at Powell’s Books (Downtown) for a reading, a conversation with book contributor Jennifer Maerz, and a signing! 1005 W Burnside Street, Portland, 7:30 PM

OCTOBER 20, San Francisco: I’ll be at Booksmith for a reading and Q&A and a book signing. 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, 7:30 PM

OCTOBER 21, Richmond, CA: I’ll be at Kaleidoscope Coffee for a conversation with Betty Reid Soskin, who I interviewed in the book. In her late 90’s, Betty is the oldest park ranger in the National Park Service! Join us at 109 Park Place, Richmond, 6 PM

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Drink & Draw at Outlet PDX

08/02/17

Friends, I am so excited to let you know that I am having my first ever Drink & Draw at Outlet PDX on Tuesday, August 8 from 6-9 pm! Join me for an evening of drawing together (bring your own drawing supplies) and make new friends! We’ll sell beverages (both alcoholic and non for sale — please no outside beverages). I’ll also have some posters, books and journals for sale! You can view all the details here, including the exact address (Outlet is located on NE Sandy and 25th). This is an indoor/outdoor event and it’s likely going to be hot, so dress appropriately (aka: no AC).

Please RSVP here as well (if you are on Facebook). This will help us get an accurate count so we have enough chairs and beverages!

See you on Tuesday!

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