Two Brand New Creative Live Courses!


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 If you have any logistical questions about viewing either class or about CreativeLive, email my producer Heather at

See you in class!



New Class with Creativebug!


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!



Adobe Make-It Episode!


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!






New E-Course: Building a Robust Portfolio


Friends, I’m so excited to announce my brand new video E-Course: Building a Robust Portfolio. This is a three-part, easy to follow video e-course designed to help you prepare to build a portfolio that best showcases your work.

This course is designed for aspiring or beginning artists who don’t yet have an online portfolio and are unsure of where to start. It can also be helpful for experienced artists who have been out of the game of working professionally for a few years. This class answers questions like: What exactly is a portfolio? What should go in my portfolio? How should it be organized? Should I create one myself or hire a designer? How do I approach building my portfolio when I haven’t any or much professional work yet?

Through this video course,  guide you through practices for building your portfolio, including how to organize it, what to include in it, pros and cons of doing it yourself versus hiring a designer and building a body of work to include in your portfolio.

You can take this course from anywhere in the world at your own pace! It includes pre-recorded videos, along with a written summary of video content and resources in an easily downloadable PDF.

The class has three parts:

Part One: In the first class video, I cover what a portfolio is and why it’s important to have one as a working artist.  I’ll talk about what we mean by the term “portfolio.” I’ll also cover what other information should accompany your portfolio on your portfolio website.

Part Two: In the second video of the class, I will cover the criteria for deciding what should go in your portfolio, different ways to organize your portfolio and a few key design principles.

Part Three: The third and final video, I focus on how to approach building your portfolio when you are just starting out and don’t yet have client work, along with tips, tricks and best practices for creating a cohesive body of work.

PLEASE NOTE: This class is not about the technicalities of how to build an online portfolio. There are many platforms out there that allow you to do this easily (and some for very little money) without knowing code or complex programs, and there is a list of the best of the best of those platforms in the class PDF for you to research. In the second video I do discuss the two different ways to approach building a portfolio: either by hiring a designer to do it for you OR by using one of the online do-it-yourself platforms (or a combination of the two). There are pros and cons to each approach and I’ll discuss some of those.

This class will prepare you to take the next steps.

Register here.

Still not sure? Read an FAQ about my video courses here.

As always, email me at if you have any questions at all!



A Glorious Freedom // West Coast Book Tour


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