New Book! Broad Strokes


I’m so excited to let you know about a book that I had the great fortune to illustrate has been released today! It’s called Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (In That Order). It’s a wonderful informative book about 15 female artists you should know (and might not). Here’s a little interview I did about the illustrations in Huffington Post last week! I’ve got a handful of signed copies in my Etsy Shop.

Here’s a little slideshow of the portraits I made for the book!

And a bit more about the book from the publisher, Chronicle Books:

“Historically, major women artists have been excluded from the mainstream art canon. Aligned with the resurgence of feminism in pop culture, Broad Strokes offers an entertaining corrective to that omission. Art historian Bridget Quinn delves into the lives and careers of 15 brilliant female artists in text that’s smart, feisty, educational, and an enjoyable read. Replete with beautiful reproductions of the artists’ works and contemporary portraits of each artist by renowned illustrator Lisa Congdon, this is art history from 1600 to the present day for the modern art lover, reader, and feminist.”



My Next Book!



Friends, I am so happy to announce my next book! It’s my first children’s book (at least the first I’ve written and illustrated myself), and it’s a book all about First Ladies. It will be geared toward 9-14 year olds and be published by Chronicle Books in 2018. My goal is to make a book that is written for kids but filled with rich and interesting facts and stories about the lives and contributions of each First Lady (even if some of their stories have unsavory aspects)! I’m a history buff (I wrote my senior thesis on Eleanor Roosevelt), so I’m very excited to get started on this book.

Are you related to a First Lady? Do you have any book or resource recommendations (besides the books above) that I should use for research? Any interesting facts you think I should include? If so, email me at! (PS: I’m not looking for writers or contributors — this is a book I’ll write entirely myself).

In a time when a former First Lady could become president, this book feels very timely.

Have a great Thursday, friends!



Joy of Swimming Instagram Contest Winner!


Joy of Swimming Stop Motion June 2016

Thank you to everyone who joined in on my Joy of Swimming Instagram contest (you can view the original post and rules here). I loved all of the entries (and will share my favorites below), but the winner is Abbie Adams, who created this really amazing stop motion gif with the book! It’s incredible, isn’t it?? Abbie is an illustrator living in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

I loved all of the entries but these two below were close runners up after Abbie!

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I love this gorgeous painting of the cover (as a library book!!) by @jdgchocolat!

And I also loved this painting that includes the cover by @zestandlavender! Isn’t it fabulous???

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Thank you to everyone who participated!! Abbie, I’ll be in touch about claiming your prizes!

Speaking of Joy of Swimming, check out this article in Swimming World about the book!

Have a great weekend, everyone!


Joy of Swimming Instagram Contest!



Introducing my Instagram photo contest for The Joy of Swimming!

Here’s how to participate & some info on the contest:
+Post an image of the book (or yourself, your kids or your friends with book) in an interesting environment to Instagram using #theswimmingbook and #myjoyofswimming (using both of the hashtags is really important — if you don’t use them, we have no way to find your entry) and you must also tag me using my IG username @lisacongdon  in the description of your photo.
+Extra points for creativity or humor! Your image can even be a drawing or painting of the book, a hyper lapse video —  wherever your inspiration takes you! The only rule is that the image of the book cover must be in the photo.
+Entries are due midnight, June 23rd. I will judge the entries and announce one winner on June 24th.+Contest starts…NOW!

What’s the prize???

Winner will receive  two signed copies of The Joy of Swimming, two archival prints of artwork from the book (both signed by me), and a $50 Speedo gift certificate! I’ll also throw in some other surprise goodies from my shop! I’ll also post your winning photo to my feed and tag you!

If you don’t already have your own copy of The Joy of Swimming, there’s still plenty of time to get one so you can participate in the contest. Head on over to the book’s website for information on where to purchase (click on the “Buy the Book” tab up at the top of the site.

Can’t wait to see what you post!


San Francisco Speaking and Book Event Tuesday!


April 26th marks the start of my launch tour for my latest book, The Joy of Swimming: A Celebration of Our Love for Getting in the Water, and to kick it off, I’m starting in my hometown of San Francisco! Join me for a talk at California College of the Arts, all about my motivation and process — both the joys and the challenges — as I created this book. I’ll also welcome Kimberley Chambers to the stage for a short conversation about her life-changing experience with swimming. I profiled her unbelievable story in the book, and can’t wait to chat with her in person. Afterwards, I’ll be signing copies of the book (they’ll also be for sale) and giving high fives.
Seating is limited, so get there early to grab one! The event, generously sponsored by Adobe & @creativecloud, begins at 7pm and will include a talk by me, an interview with Kimberley Chambers, a Q&A, book sale & signing, and reception. Hope to see you there! All the info here