New Notebook from Denik!



Friends, I am so happy to share with you the release of a new notebook from Denik.  What’s special about Denik is their mission and vision: For every product they sell, a portion of the proceeds goes directly to building schools.

This particular cover came from a design I drew in my own sketchbook earlier this year:


You can purchase the notebook here and visit my artist page on Denik here.

Have a great week!


Portugal & Spain Sketchbook Spreads



“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”
― Anita Desai

Hello friends!

As many of you know, I traveled with my wife Clay to Portugal and Spain during the month of October. We had an amazing trip. You can see many of the photos I took in the six cities we visited on Instagram. Since we traveled between six different cities (and had two stops on our way to Portugal), I spent a lot of time on buses, trains & airplanes and at cafes drawing in my sketchbook. I think there is no happier place for me than being on a train in a foreign country with my headphones in (playing my favorite music, of course) and drawing! Nothing fills me with such bliss. Some of the trains were a bit bumpy, but somehow I managed to pull off some detailed spreads! Here are some of my favorites from my adventure. You can see more of my sketchbook spreads here.


{I made this spread at a cafe; it was inspired by all of the beautiful ceramic tiles in Lisbon!}



{Portugal was one of the most colorful and pattern-rich places I have ever been.}


{A sketch of the view from the Duoro River in Porto, Portugal}




{A rendering of the beautiful hillsides of Granada, Spain}


{The beautiful windows of Madrid!}




{And, finally, things I saw in the visually-rich city of Barcelona!}

Now that I am back home, I am settling into my routine again, to working, painting, keeping my life organized. I am also planning the content for my upcoming online course for artists, which I am very excited about!

Happy Thursday, everyone!


My 2016 Calendar is Now Available!



My 2016 Wall Calendar is here!

Note: this is a pre-order and will ship on November 5th.

This is a limited edition of 300 calendars! When they sell out, they are gone. Please limit your order to no more than THREE calendars.

This monthly calendar is 7×14 inches, printed on 100 pound opaque bright white paper and spiral bound with a wire-o hanger for easy display.

These calendars were digitally printed in the USA in beautiful Portland, Oregon by a family owned print shop. All artwork was created by Lisa Congdon, especially for the calendar.

Purchase the calendar here.



NOTE: This calendar will ship on Thursday November 5th. Depending on where you live, it can take 2-12 days to arrive (if you are in the US). International orders always take a 1-4 weeks.

All work copyrighted © by Lisa Congdon.


Hudson Residency // Experiments in Blue



Friends, I am finishing up my residency here at Drop Forge and Tool this weekend, and culminating it with a small one-night-only exhibition. If you are the area, I hope you will stop by. All works will be for sale. Below is some of the work I have made while I have been here (and you can view much more here on Instagram).









Have a great Tuesday and hope to see you this weekend at the open studio.





I’ve written a lot about marriage over the past few years on this blog. And today Love Conquered All with the United States Supreme Court’s Decision to support marriage equality in the entire nation. I never thought I would see this day, and I am so thrilled. You can get my LOVE CONQUERS ALL print (pictured above) here in my shop.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!


New Print // Free to be Me



New print in the shop! “FREE TO BE ME” // 11×14 inches // archival inks on white paper with small border // signed and dated.

Purchase yours here!

Have a great Wednesday, friends!


Portland Pride Exhibition at Wieden & Kennedy Gallery



{My contribution to the W&K Pride Exhibition & Silent Auction this Friday!}

Portland! Come kick off Gay Pride Weekend at Wieden+Kennedy’s gallery (address below) this Friday, June 12 at 6 p.m.  Local artists (including me!) have created original artworks for a silent auction, with half the proceeds benefiting P:EAR, a local organization that builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art and recreation.

Drinks will be offered at the event thanks to the generous support of For a Song Wines, Snowdrift Cider Co., Citizen’s Gin, Capitol Vodka, Skippers Rum and BG Reynolds Syrup. See you there!


Have a great Wednesday, friends!


Illustration for Harvard University



{front (right) and back (left) of the Harvard Gazette, which I illustrated recently}

Every now and again I see an email arrive in my inbox from a potential client that literally knocks my socks off. Earlier this spring I got one such email from Harvard University — one of the most prestigious institutions in the world — inquiring if I would be interested in illustrating the upcoming cover of the Harvard Gazette for the 364th Commencement.

I gladly said yes and got to work early last month drawing and painting for them a montage of many of the notable buildings on the vast campus. The intention was not for the buildings to look super realistic, and they allowed me freedom with color and stylizing different elements. It was an incredibly fun project, and I am so happy to share the result with you!

Have a great Thursday, friends!






Friends, I am so honored to have created some artwork to help promote the EAT (RED) campaign! This campaign, which launched this past Monday, unites restaurants, bars, and food trucks around the world to raise awareness and money for the fight against AIDS. The original (RED) campaign was founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver to engage businesses and people in the fight against AIDS. (RED) partners with the some of the world’s most well known brands that contribute up to 50% of profits from (RED)-branded goods and services to the Global Fund.

You can find the latest news about the campaign on their Flipboard, make a (RED) recipe at home with Yummly, and get your own EAT (RED) merchandise at their Zazzle store. You can also look here to find participating food trucks and restaurants in your area.

Make sure to track the latest activity on Twitter with the hasthag #86AIDS.

Have a great Wednesday, friends!


I ♥ mahabis



{a tribute to my mahabis in pencil and paint}

As many of you know, I moved from Oakland, California to Portland, Oregon two months ago. Since we had yet to purchase our permanent residence, we put most of our belongings in storage and loaded up two small cars with everything we needed to work and live for two months and drove the 630 miles to our new home. When we got to Portland I was, being a long-time California girl, totally unprepared for the chilly April air lingering in Oregon. I was used to daily 70+ degree days and packed as if I was heading to the same climate. All of my sweaters and coats and heavier shoes were in storage. Two days in, I was freezing, even inside our apartment.

As luck would have it, the next day I was on Facebook reading through my feed and saw an ad for mahabis slippers on the side bar of my personal page. True story: I’ve been on Facebook since 2007, and I have never clicked on one of those ads before, but something about this one intrigued me. I don’t remember exactly what the ad looked like — it may have been the Scandinavian look of the slippers or the super-cool logo that drew me in (I am a sucker for good design). Or maybe I was just tuned in that day to anything warm and cozy looking. Regardless, I clicked.

I was led to the mahabis website and fell instantly in love with what I saw. They sell one product: slippers, all in the same design. Your only option? Colors. And the rubber soles can be taken on or off (you can also purchase the slippers without the rubber sole).

Since moving to Portland, I work from home, and I realized these comfy looking slippers might be the answer to my cold toes. The hardest part was deciding which color sole to get. I chose the “ryjuken red” (which is actually pink) but was very close to ordering the “borgen blue.” I also have a soft spot for the “skane yellow” (pictured below).  These slippers are not cheap, and I expected the quality to be high, and so I was very excited when the slippers arrived less than a week later from London and were simply beautiful in every way. To boot, they serve the purpose I was looking for: warm feet.


The next day I posted a picture of my feet wearing my new slippers on Instagram and mahabis emailed to thank me. I don’t write about products that often, but I really love these slippers and wanted to share them with you.

You can visit the mahabis site here to view the slippers and learn more about the company.

Have a great Wednesday, friends!


PRINT Magazine // 75th Anniversary



{Piece I designed for the 75th Anniversary Edition of Print Magazine}

Every now and again I have to pinch myself, and this past week was one of those times. I finally got my hands on the 75th Anniversary Edition of PRINT Magazine (a bimonthly American magazine about visual culture and design). A few months back, design luminary Debbie Millman, on behalf of PRINT Magazine, asked 75 “of the best creatives working today” (their words) to design the word “print.” All of the pieces were exhibited at the recent HOW Conference and just 34 were chosen to appear in the magazine. Mine was one of the pieces chosen. To boot, I’m sitting on a spread with two friends (Jessica Hische and Kate Bingaman-Burt) and two design heroines Maira Kalman and Jennifer Morla.


Dreams do sometimes come true. Have a happy Tuesday, friends!



For the Love of San Francisco



SF Print // Now available in my Etsy Shop

As many of you know, I moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to Portland, Oregon one month ago today. I am happy too report that I am absolutely loving my new city. But one thing I know for sure is that San Francisco will live forever in my heart. I’ve written here before about the significance of this great city in my development as a human being. No place will ever be part of me as much as San Francisco.

To celebrate San Francisco, I’m offering two new pieces in my Etsy shop starting today. First, the SF Print pictured above, which is a collection of many of the things I love about the city. Second, I’m also offering copies of the SF Wildsam Field Guide (pictured below) which I illustrated in 2013 (you can see more images of the book here). This guide is a little book packed with local lore, interviews, memoir, hand-drawn maps, personal essays and more. Equal parts travel guide and tribute, the field guides suit both weekender and native.


Have a great Tuesday, friends!



New Original Works Available



Friends, I’ve got eight new original pieces for sale through Hellion Gallery. If you see one you like (at the time of this writing, the bottom left “Spring Flowers” has sold but all others are available), email to make your purchase. All pieces are 12×16 inches, framed in wood, and $350.

You can see larger images of each piece here on Hellion’s website.

Have a great Thursday, friends!


New Limited Edition Prints in the Shop!


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Hello friends! So excited to have two new LIMITED EDITION prints in the shop! The prints are each printed on high quality thick Hahnemühle etching paper and are signed and numbered (editions of 25 only). They are both 11×14 inches.


Fish Limited Edition Print // Get yours here.


Yes Town Limited Edition Print // Get yours here.

Have a great Monday!


New Print in the Shop!



Friends, I am excited to release a new print today in the shop! It’s called “Arches” and it’s 11×14 inches, printed full color on white paper. You can grab yours here.

Have a great weekend!