New Letterpress Print & Art Inc. Now in my Shop!

08/20/14

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Friends, I’m so happy to announce that I am now offering signed copies of  my new book Art Inc. in my Etsy shop! You can purchase them here. I do ship these overseas!

I’m also offering for the first time online this limited edition letterpress print, hand lettered by me and printed by SF Letterpress shop The Aesthetic Union. Get it here.

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Have a great Wednesday!

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Words for the Day :: No. 34

08/14/14

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I want to thank EVERYONE for all your kind words, tweets, Instagram photos, Facebook and blog posts, emails and messages about Art Inc. Book release day on Tuesday was a great success.

Hope everyone is having a good Thursday.

 

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Words for the Day :: No. 32

08/04/14

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Hope everyone is having a great Monday!

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Words for the Day :: No. 30

07/29/14

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PS: I’m sending out my first email newsletter soon! To stay up to date on my events, classes and sales, sign up here.

Have a great Tuesday!

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Sketchbook as Surface Design

07/25/14

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{I made this spread while sitting at my friend Ron’s pool on a hot July day earlier this summer.}

I am admittedly not a traditional sketchbook user. I don’t sit and sketch the people or places I see — at least very often (though I think that is a valuable exercise for sure — and one I should probably do more of). Instead, I use my sketchbooks as a way to play around with composition, color, and design elements in my work. The great thing about sketchbooks is that they are, by nature, personal work — they are for the user, not a consumer. Sure, I sketch concepts for clients all the time, but those don’t end up in my sketchbook. The majority of people don’t even show what is in their personal sketchbooks. So your sketchbook can really be a fantastic playground for anything you want it to be — traditional sketches or abstract exploration. There are no rules.

On October 10, I’ll be giving a talk sponsored by WeMake Portland for the closing of Design Week. The talk, part of sketchXchange, will focus on — you guess it — my sketchbooks! I’ll be focusing on “sketchbook as surface design,” since 8 times out of 10 I end up filling the entire surface of a spread in my sketchbook with something — a collage, an intricate line drawing, or some random lettering like the one pictured above. I’ll talk about my process, my motivations and what is going through my brain when I am creating my sketchbook spreads. Tickets go on sale soon, and I’ll keep you posted!

While I was on vacation in Portland a few weeks ago, I spent a lot of time with my sketchbook. That’s the thing about “sketching for fun & exploration” when you are a working artist. Unless you have time to build it into your daily work schedule, this kind of fun, free form sketching only happens when you are not working. And since I work most of the time, I don’t have much time to sketch — except on weekends, late evenings and, you guessed it: vacation.

Here are some of the spreads I finished while I was there.

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This one above I made with micron pens and Koi brush pens (also by the Japanese pen company Sakura). I use these pens almost exclusively.

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This spread above I created entirely from one Ladies Home Journal Magazine from 1969, scissors and a glue stick. I did it all while sitting on the guest room floor at my parents’ house watching bad cable TV shows.

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As you know, I love drawing buildings! This time I colored them in. I drew this spread while I was visiting Astoria, Oregon.

And this one took forever! I finished it last night:

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Do you keep a sketchbook or a book of daily or weekly paintings & drawings? Email me at lisacongdon@gmail.com with a short description how you approach your own sketchbook and 2-3 images and I may include it in my talk for Portland Design Week!

PS: I post fairly regular photos of my sketchbooks on Instagram, so if you don’t already, you can follow me there.

Have a great weekend, friends!

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Seven New Prints in the Shop!

07/16/14

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Friends, after a three week vacation, my Etsy Shop is back open! And I’ve got seven new prints for sale, six of which are limited edition and printed on velvety German Etching paper.

1) LOVE CONQUERS ALL PRINT. Celebrate marriage equality with this new print! I had so much fun drawing this one! Get it here.

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2) LIMITED EDITION “LIVE EVERY DAY” PRINT. Limited edition of 20, signed and numbered. Printed on archival quality German etching paper, heavyweight 310gsm. Get it here.
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3) LIMITED EDITION “THE STOMACH CARRIES THE HEART” PRINT. Limited edition of 20, signed and numbered. Printed on archival quality German etching paper, heavyweight 310gsm. Get it here.

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4) LIMITED EDITION “VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY” PRINT. Limited edition of 20, signed and numbered. Printed on archival quality German etching paper, heavyweight 310gsm. Get it here.

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5) LIMITED EDITION “BE KIND” PRINT. Limited edition of 20 (new colors!), signed and numbered. Printed on archival quality German etching paper, heavyweight 310gsm. Get it here.

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6) LIMITED EDITION “WE SHALL FIND PEACE” PRINT. Limited edition of 20, signed and numbered. Printed on archival quality German etching paper, heavyweight 310gsm. Get it here.

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7) LIMITED EDITION “ONCE IN A GOLDEN HOUR” PRINT. Limited edition of 20, signed and numbered. Printed on archival quality German etching paper, heavyweight 310gsm. Get it here.

Have a great Wednesday friends!

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Words for the Day :: No. 27

07/10/14

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Have a great Thursday, friends!

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One Year Later

06/26/14

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One year ago today and really exciting thing happened in the lives of thousands upon thousands of people: in a historic pair of 5-4 rulings on the final day of the term for the United States Supreme Court, the justices struck down the sixteen year old Defense of Marriage Act, which denied federal benefits to gay couples married under state law, and let stand a ruling that found Proposition 8 (a 2008 voter initiative that ended same-sex marriage in California) unconstitutional. What that meant for me was that Clay and I (along with thousands of other couples) could get legally married. Elated, I wrote about the ruling the next day here. And Clay and I did get legally married in July. It was a very exciting time in our lives and a time I will never, ever forget.

To commemorate the anniversary of this historic date and to advocate for the legalization of same sex marriage all over the country, I made a new piece of art, entitled “Love Conquers All” pictured above, which will be for sale as a print in my Etsy Shop starting July 16 (my shop is closed for the time being while I am on vacation). Sign up for my mailing list to be alerted when the print is available in July!

I wanted to also recommend a fantastic documentary, which I saw a week ago at the opening night of the LGBT Film Festival in San Francisco: The Case Against 8, which documents the fight against Proposition 8 in California. It’s a gut wrenchingly fabulous film airing now on HBO that follows the plaintiffs and attorneys in their multi-year struggle which ended this day last year. If you do watch, bring your tissues!!

Have a happy Thursday everyone! To marriage for all!

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Words for the Day :: No. 23

06/13/14

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I’m off to LA this weekend! Hope to see some of you there.

Happy Friday!

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Los Angeles Book Signing & Show Preview!

06/10/14

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Friends, as you may know, this coming Saturday, I am having a book signing and show at the POKETO Flagship store in LOS ANGELES from 5-8 pm.

Today I’m going to share with you the 20 original paintings and six limited edition prints that will be available at the event.  That evening, I’ll be signing copies of Whatever You Are, Be a Good One, and we’ll also be selling 20 of my small original paintings (pictured below) and six different limited edition prints (scroll down to see those). Original paintings and prints will be available first to folks who come to the opening//signing and then at 8 pm on the 14th, whatever hasn’t sold will go up for sale on the Poketo website.

You can RSVP for the event here on Facebook (though it’s not necessary to RSVP — just come!)… Either way, I hope to see you there!

Here is a preview of the 20 small 6×9 inch paintings on paper, which will all be for sale for $60 each. (Excuse the wonky iPhone images for now!):

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And here is a preview of the six limited edition prints. They are all editions of 20, 11×14 inches, printed on German etching paper, signed and numbered. They are $50 each:

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Have a great Tuesday.  Los Angeles, I’ll see you Saturday!

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Happy National Donut Day!

06/06/14

 

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{My first ever donut-themed piece of art, created in 2012}

Its NATIONAL DONUT DAY, friends.

I grew up in a home in which donuts were deemed inherently evil, my mother citing “zero nutritional value” as the reason they did not ever grace our table. They were basically deep fried dough covered in sugar, she said (um, hello MOM, that sounds DELICIOUS!). The only treats we got for stretches of time in our home were homemade cookies made with whole grains and fruit juice. Occasionally on extravagant occasions my mother would make whole wheat cinnamon rolls drizzled in a powdered sugar glaze (the use of actual refined sugar was rare). I love my mom, and while I really appreciate my mother’s attempt to feed us a healthy diet now (and she was/is a great cook), then I was only pining for the stuff I couldn’t have. Which also might explain why I gained 25 pounds my first semester of college when my entire diet was finally up to me & the dining hall options. But that is another story.

Anyhow, the only way around this dearth of donuts was to sneak out to Dunkin Donuts whenever we could. So my brother and sister and I (and some combination of other recalcitrant church-going teens) figured out that we could conveniently drive or walk away from the church parking lot on Sundays — just during the time when we were supposed to be in Sunday school — and return just before the ending time. This served two purposes: donuts and not having to participate in church youth group activities.

And so we did. And we ate donuts. This was also my introduction to coffee — doused with packets of dry creamer and sugar, of course. The combination of donuts and coffee, (and the buzz they made me feel), sitting in our Sunday best inside a booth, the smell of donuts around us, the sun streaming in from outside, giggling and gossiping, the thrill of being insubordinate — they are some of my best memories.

Earlier this winter I was asked to be part of a book about hand lettering. And the editor requested just one thing from me: a donut alphabet. And so I gladly obliged.

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And you may recall that I made this poster for the PSU GoodShop recently (which you can get here). A smokin’ deal at $25:

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Have a great weekend, friends. And don’t forget to eat a donut today!

 

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Illustrations for Florida Travel & Life Magazine

06/05/14

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Every now and again I do a fairly large editorial illustration job. I’ve been drawing a lot of maps lately and recently I did a super fun job for Florida Travel & Life Magazine (cover & exterior excerpt pictured above) illustrating five different maps for their May issue. I drew each of these maps by hand, and in the final artwork colored them with a light touch of gouache paint. One of my favorite parts of illustrating maps is incorporating my hand lettering, which I got to do a lot of here!

First up, a map of Wynwood, the arts district in Miami. So many cool things here!

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Next, a Foodie map of St. Armands Circle:

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And a Family Map (because Florida is filled with family fun!):

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And what would Florida Travel & Life Magazine be without a beach map! This one of Seaside, which looks like a really cool town.

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Last but not least, a map of Calle Ocho, Little Havana:

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The magazine is on newsstands now! Thank you Kim and Vicky at the magazine for being a great team.

Have a happy Thursday, friends!

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New Print in the Shop!

06/04/14

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Friends! I’ve got a new print in the shop! Behold: Bear With Me, pictured above (printed without the copyright notice, of course), signed and dated. Head over here to purchase one.

If you are interested, the original Bear With Me painting is for sale here.

Also, news flash: I have started an email list. If you’d like to sign up to hear occasionally about sales, shows, new products & books, etc, just go here.

Have a great Wednesday.

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AIDS Life/Cycle Designs!

05/30/14

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(In 2012, as we are about to embark on the 545 mile bike ride from SF to LA}

You may recall that two years ago in 2012 I rode my bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles as part of the California AIDS Life/Cycle. It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Earlier this year the folks at AIDS Life/Cycle contacted me to create a hand lettered route map for them that would adorn a bandana and tote bag — for riders to purchase in the camp store. I was so honored to do work for this great organization, and after chatting about iconic stops along the route, I came up with this design:

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The route travels down the California coast and the various spots are either famous rest stops (places where riders stop for food and water) or camps or cities along the way. They even made a t-shirt from my drawing of two bears eating otter pops from the famous Otter Pop Stop (rest stop) on the way from Santa Cruz to King City on Day 2 (the longest day at around 109 miles of cycling).

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If you are riding this year, you can buy the merchandise I designed at the ALC camp store. And good luck riders! They leave Sunday for the 7-day ride.

I’ll be back Monday with a special post reflecting on a year of marriage (yes, it’s been a YEAR!).

Happy weekend! I’m off to Mendocino for my anniversary with Clay.

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New Notebooks for MoMA!

05/13/14

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Back in 2012, a really exciting thing happened: I got a call from one of my dream clients — the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. They asked me to design a series of notebooks for them based on items in their Design Collection. The result are three notebooks which are part of the new “Things I Saw at MoMA and Loved” series!

From the MoMA website: “In 1932, the Museum of Modern Art established the world’s first curatorial department devoted to architecture and design. Today, the department’s impressive collection comprises thousands of new and notable objects, ranging from appliances, furniture, and tableware to tools, textiles, sports cars—even a helicopter. Featuring illustrator Lisa Congdon’s charming drawings, the Things I Saw at MoMA and Loved notebook series highlights several memorable objects in MoMA’s permanent collection.”

I got to comb through images from their Design Collection and arrange any of my choice into “collections.” The first I created was the chair collection, pictured above. I also made a collection of coffee & tea paraphernalia from the MoMA Design Collection, below:

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And lastly, audio/visual equipment from the MoMA Design Collection:

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Each book is 8.25 inches high x 6.20 inches wide with 100 lovely grid pages. You can purchase them here

Have a happy Tuesday, friends!

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