New Gallery :: My Work at Uprise Art

11/20/14

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Friends, I’m very excited to announce that I am now selling abstract works through New York gallery Uprise Art. You can find my available pieces here and read an interview they did with me here.

I am thrilled to be working with this gallery to show & sell my abstract work (see larger images below for what we’re offering now) and to be listed next to such an amazing cadre of artists on their roster.

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Hope everyone is having a great Thursday!

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For the Love of the Swim

11/18/14

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Every now and again images of what I’m working on pop up on my Instagram feed. And you may have noticed a few swimming related images popping up, including the one above. And that’s because I’ve started working on a new book, as yet unnamed, about…you guessed it: SWIMMING! I have been passionate about swimming since I was a kid and it’s always been a huge part of my life, and so I am very excited to be working on this book. The book will cover swimming history, fashion, culture, innovations, lore & so much more. It will also include profiles of swimmers, some famous, some not. The book will include mostly my artwork & hand lettering, with some photos and a couple of essays .

I am still looking for a bit more content for the book: Do you have a collection of old swimming medals or ribbons I could photograph (and return to you)? Do you have a collection of any swimming gear that is vintage (1980’s or previous)? Do you have vintage photos of swimmers I could use? Do you have an exceptional swimming story or history or know someone (dead or alive) who does? I am also looking for a few African American or Latino swimmers of all ages or genders as subjects to profile in the book (I already have many White and Asian swimmers). My subjects just need to love swimming and do it regularly (and do not need to be fast competitive swimmers). Email me at lisacongdon@gmail.com if you think you may have something to contribute. I cannot guarantee I will be able to use what you send my way, but I’d love to hear from you in the event that it’s a good fit (and it just might be!).

Look out for the book to be released in early Spring 2016 by Chronicle Books.

Have a happy Tuesday, friends! Stay tuned tomorrow for information on a big sale in my Etsy Shop!

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New Creativebug Class :: Geometric Painting

09/11/14

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Today my next class at Creativebug launches! In this new class I teach you how to paint an eight-pointed star.

Play with shape and color as you learn how to make one of my iconic star paintings. In this class, I’ll show you how to draft an eight-pointed star with a template, and then you’ll tape off sections and paint clean, crisp shapes. I’ll also demonstrate how to mix acrylic colors to create different shades for a striking final piece.

If you have a Creativebug subscription, you are all set — go ahead and watch the course! If not, you can either buy a class ala carte or sign up for a monthly subscription (a bargain at 9.99 a month!).

Learn more about the course (including the materials you need) and buy the course here.

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Have a happy Thursday, friends!

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Four Squared Show at Arc Gallery

08/21/14

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Friends, I’m included in a really interesting — and what should be a really visually beautiful — show in San Francisco that opens this weekend at Arc Gallery (located at 1246 Folsom St, SF). The show, Four Squared, in its fifth season, is a unique exploration of the works of sixteen Bay Area artists. Each of the artists has produced sixteen small works, presented in sixteen clusters giving the audience the experience of sixteen micro solo exhibitions. All works are priced under $500. Each work can be purchased individually or as a collection.

My sixteen paintings are the smallest in the show at 4×4 inches each! You can see my 16 paintings arranged in their proper grid, above.

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Four Squared opens this Saturday, August 23rd, from 7-10PM. The reception is open to the public and I encourage you to come and take a look, especially if you are interested in purchasing any of my small works (which are priced at $150 each). I’ll be at the reception from about 6:30-8 pm if you’d like to come say hello! The show closes on September 23rd and you can view it during open gallery

Featured artists include John Arbuckle, Lisa Congdon, Monica & Robin Denevan, Rebecca Fox, Paul Gibson, Joseph Kowalczyk, Lisa Levine & Peter Tonnigsen, Saundra McPherson, Howard Munson, Miwako Nishizawa, Sawyer Rose, Tim Svenonius, Kirsten Tradowsky, Truong Tran, Heather Wilcoxon, and Jan Wurm.

The show was curated by Arc Gallery partners, Michael Yochum & Matthew Frederick. Michael Yochum is the author of SF Art News, which maintains an exhaustive list of art events and openings in San Francisco. Matthew Frederick is founder of Art Farm, an artist collective in the Mission, where he maintains his studio.

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Have a great Thursday and hope to see you Saturday at Arc Gallery!

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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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Giveaway at Little Collector!

06/27/14

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I am so excited to let you know that I’m collaborating with my friends at Little Collector on a giveaway of both my CITY and COUNTRY prints! The giveaway prints are 11×14 inches and come unframed.

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All you have to do to enter to win both prints is sign up for Little Collector’s email list & Like them on Facebook. You can do that all right here. You must enter by Sunday, midnight EST. On Monday, Chrissy from Little Collector will randomly choose a winner. We’ll announce the winner next week and contact the winner next week for your mailing address.

Prefer not to enter the contest but still want to get one of these prints? They can be purchased here at different sizes, framed and unframed.

Have a happy weekend, everyone!

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On Change

06/23/14

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I am a summer girl. Since I was a kid, it has been my favorite season. I love warm air, swimming pools, the light that stays into the evening. The beginning of summer, like all seasons, represents change.

A few seemingly minor things have happened over the past couple of weeks that have made me realize that my world is changing. And they have reminded me that nothing is permanent — that things (even the things we wish wouldn’t) – evolve, and that they evolve constantly. And we don’t even notice most of the time. Things are always shifting and moving — in nature, in relationships, everywhere, all the time. That’s why Buddhists practice non-attachment. They say attachment is the cause of suffering. Since things are always changing, attachment can only cause pain.

We mostly notice when something changes when it begins to hurt. And then we say “WHAT THE *#$^# JUST HAPPENED?” And then we realize this thing that is causing the sting has been sloooooowly changing for a long time, and that we just didn’t notice. That circumstance we took for granted, that thing that grounded us — is no longer what we thought. And we have to start over and find new ground and create a new world view to keep ourselves feeling okay.

In very small ways this happens to us every day. Something in our reality is shaken. But most of the time these things are so small that we move through them with ease, and we might barely notice them. And other times they feel bigger and more significant. At forty-six I’ve been through enough painful evolutions in my life to know I will get through the current one, where when I was sixteen a similar situation might have made me crawl into a hole and not come out for weeks. The more change and related pain we experience over our lifetimes, the more adept we get at moving through it. And that’s a good thing to remember.

And also, let’s face it, while some change is super painful, other change can feel welcomed and exhilarating. Every dark side has a light side, or so they say. So on this lovely summer morning, I’m searching for the light in my current round of change, and feeling grateful for the stuff in my life that is, at least for today, standing still.

Have a good Monday, friends.

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New Designs at PAOM!

06/18/14

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Friends, I have some new designs over at Print All Over Me (aka PAOM), pictured above. They us the artwork from some of my abstract paintings. You can purchase any of the items here. Here I am this past weekend in my very own Fete shift dress!

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Happy Wednesday to all.

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Paintings and Prints for Sale at poketo.com

06/17/14

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Friends, the work from my show at Poketo is up for sale! Some of the original work has sold, but what is still available is up for sale here.

I also have six limited edition 11×14 inc prints (editions of 20, signed and numbered, printed on German etching paper). You can get those here:

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Have a great Tuesday!

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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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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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Lines & Circles: A Few Pieces Still Available!

05/28/14

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{My dear friend Ronald and my wife Clay at the opening of my show Lines & Circles}

As many of you know, my show Lines & Circles opened earlier this month in downtown Oakland. Most of the 22 pieces in the show have sold, but there are a few still available, which you can purchase here through June 15. Grab one of these before they sell out!

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The work is on view at Marion & Rose through June 15. Hours & location here. Purchase online here.

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Lines & Circles Opening Reception on Saturday!

05/08/14

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Friends, a reminder that the opening reception for my solo show Lines & Circles is happening this Saturday, May 10 from 4-7 pm at Marion & Rose’s Workshop! Please come by to see the work in person (22 original paintings), eat delicious food, drink a little wine, and say hello.

You can RSVP on the Facebook invitation here if you wish!

Have a great Thursday!

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New “Fête” Leggings and Shift Dress

05/06/14

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Hi friends, I’m super excited to announce that I’ve got leggings and a shift dress with my “Fête” abstract painting design over at printalloverme.com. You can find the leggings here and the shift dress here.

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Happy shopping & have a great Tuesday!

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Lines & Circles Paintings Now Available

05/02/14

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Friends. work for my solo show Lines & Circles is now available online here in the Marion & Rose shop. There are 22 paintings for sale, and 1 limited edition print (edition of 25 only).

You can also view and purchase the work in person at Marion & Rose’s Workshop in Oakland. You can find the shop’s location and directions here.

Lines & Circles is up until June 15 and can be viewed during any open hours. The show opens tonight (I will be there between 5 pm and 6 pm only tonight) and there is a reception on May 10 from 4-7 pm (I’ll be there for that entire party!).

If you are interested, you can read an interview on the Marion & Rose blog about my work & inspiration and other topics here (with some cool shots of my studio).

I have been making representational paintings and drawings for fourteen years, but this is my first complete body of abstract work. I heard a famous designer say a few years ago that everything is made up of lines and circles. I have never been able to let that idea go, and it has since changed the way I approach drawing and painting. For example, in my representational work, I think of a leaf not as a leaf anymore, but as a collection of connected lines, both straight and curved. In my abstract work, lines and circles play with and against each other to create energy and movement. I am forever obsessed with “perfect balance”, and while I am not sure I ever achieve it in my work, it is always my goal. Abstract painting has freed me up to play with shapes and the space around them in new an interesting ways.

Thank you for your interest! Click here to purchase!

Happy Friday.

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