Back for More Taping at Creativebug!


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Friends, I’m so excited because this week I’m back in the Creativebug studios in San Francisco taping my next series of classes that will launch in January. I’m super excited about this series — it will be SIX weeks long and cover everything from color to collage to getting messy with oil sticks to creatiing your own small book (and many, many other things in between).

If you’ve taken and enjoyed my Creativebug classes before, you will definitely enjoy this new series of classes too. If you haven’t, you can get started with some of my current classes now and gear up for this class in January. Creativebug is a very inexpensive subscription service. With your monthly payments (which you can cancel at any time) you also have access to hundreds of other classes, from sewing to cooking to other art classes. And don’t forget CBTV, the new series of short films where you can get a deeper look into the processes, studios, and daily lives of your favorite artists.

Your first month at Creativebug is also free!

Whether you are someone who already makes art everyday or you’d like to get more creative, my classes are for everyone, even kids. You can watch trailers for all of my current classes here and sign up for Creativebug by clicking the “Start Free Trial” button in the upper right corner.



Strut Your Mutt Portland



Friends, I am so excited to announce my participation in Strut Your Mutt this year on September 10 at Sellwood Park Riverfront Park in Portland! Strut Your Mutt is one of the largest and most exciting fundraising walks and festivals for local rescues in town. We will have field day games and fun activities like little dog races!

I’ll be there with Wilfredo and I’ll also be judging some of the contests, so come say hello!

Strut Your Mutt is in its 5th year in Portland, with usually over 500 people in attendance and raising over 50,000 for local animal rescue organizations. We have our largest fundraising goal ever, so we really want to get the word out in the community. Learn more about the event and register here. Out of town folks can also donate here.

Have a great Wednesday, friends!


Sketchbook Roundup: France Edition!



{PS: I learned after I drew this that the wording above should be La Chèvre, not Le Chèvre! My apologies!}

One of my favorite times to draw in my sketchbook is while I am traveling, especially when I am traveling alone (by the way, if you are interested, I wrote an essay on traveling alone which you can read here).

Last month I traveled in France for two weeks (to Paris, Nice and Antibes), and I drew several spreads while I meandered through these cities (though truthfully I don’t draw WHILE I am meandering). I love observing what is around me — architecture, animals, plant life, people, the general vibe of a place — and then drawing my interpretation. Here are some of the spreads I made on this trip:










Do you dream of keeping a sketchbook but don’t know where to start? I offer two different sketchbook classes to give you a jumpstart. You can take Sketchbook Explorations here or More Sketchbook Explorations here (both via Creativebug, which is a subscription online class platform for only a few dollars a month). I also teach several other classes at Creativebug. You can see all of my offerings here.

Happy sketchbooking!


Help Me Develop a New Suite of Classes!



Hello friends! I am considering offering a new suite of short, manageable online class modules in the area of setting up and running a successful art business. The modules will be affordable and set up for you to take anytime at your own pace. For those of you interested in taking classes from me, I’d love for you to fill out my very short survey (will take you less than a minute!). It is an information gathering tool to help me decide which modules to develop and roll out first. I appreciate your input!

Have a great weekend!


Two Upcoming Portland Events!


Hello friends!

I am so happy to announce two different Portland events in which I will take part, one TOMORROW NIGHT and one in OCTOBER

First, The Portland Art Museum Monster Drawing Rally!


No, we won’t be drawing monsters (the “monster” part refers to the size of the drawing rally!). Monster Drawing Rally (MDR) is a drawing event and fundraiser featuring more than 75 Portland-based artists. Part performance, part laboratory, part art bazaar, MDR is an incredible opportunity to watch some of your favorite Portland artists create original drawings from a blank page. The event begins promptly at 6 p.m. in the Museum’s courtyard and consists of three one-hour rounds that each feature approximately 25 different artists drawing simultaneously. As the drawings are completed, they are immediately hung up and made available for a flat price of $35 each. If more than one person wants to purchase a particular work, the winner will be determined by drawing straws. Proceeds support free school and youth programs at the Museum. The Monster Drawing Rally provides a unique opportunity to watch a drawing come to life, and to purchase a work of art minutes after its completion.

I will be drawing from 7-8 pm! Please come say hello, watch artists draw, bif ! Going to be a great event!

Second, I am so happy to announce I will be the opening keynote speaker at this year’s THE HELLO SESSIONS in Portland on October 7th (more info below the photo!)


I am offering 15% off the ticket price with the code CONGDON15. The Hello Sessions is a one-day, workshop-based conference for creative entrepreneurs, which takes place in Portland, Oregon. Joy and Melissa, who run the conference, like to keep things intimate and that means they only have 100 seats in total. You can purchase your ticket here.

I gave a workshop at The Hello Sessions last year and it was so much fun. You can see a list of this year’s speakers here and learn more about what they’ll be talking about here.

Don’t forget about my discount offer! And register today!

Go Portland! And hope to see you at one of these great events.