Portland Studio Holiday Sale December 3!

11/22/16

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Portland and PNW friends! Holiday shoppers! I’m having HOLIDAY SALE at my painting studio on Saturday December 3 from 12-5 pm! [Note: for those of you who have been to my illustration studio at my home, this event will be at my painting studio on MLK, so please refer to directions & map below!]

I’ll be selling all kinds of fun stuff, including signed books, coloring books, prints, calendars, tote bags, small original works. notebooks, and posters. Many items will be discounted. A small sampling of what I’ll have on hand is pictured below (there will be so much more than this for sale!!). I’m also selling a large wooden easel and possibly some other art supplies. I will be taking both cash and credit cards.

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IMPORTANT: MAP, DIRECTIONS & PARKING!
This event will be held at my painting studio and not my home studio. My painting studio is located in the building at 2808 NE Martin Luther King Blvd in Portland. The building is between Graham and Stanton on Martin Luther King. PLEASE REFER TO THE MAP BELOW for directions on how to enter, since my studio is NOT directly on MLK (you must enter on either Stanton or Graham)! Feel free to drag this map to your desktop and print it out. I will also place signs around the block to direct folks into the studio. Lastly, PLEASE USE STREET PARKING and do not park in the lot adjacent to my studio. Thank you so much!

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Questions about the sale? Email us at hello@lisacongdon.com! I hope to see you there!

CATEGORIES: For Sale
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New Podcast with Danielle Krysa!

11/21/16

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Friends, I am so happy to let you know about my latest podcast recording — this one with Danielle Krysa (aka The Jealous Curator) while she was here in Portland recently on a book tour for her latest book Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk.

This is my second recording with Danielle and we had a great conversation about inner critics, imposter syndrome, the ego, insecurity, self doubt and all the other stuff that plagues us. I hope you will give it a listen!

Happy Monday!

CATEGORIES: Podcasts
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New Class Series & Class Launches Today!

11/17/16

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Friends! I am so excited to let you know that I am launching a new series of business and creativity video classes straight from my website. The Lisa Congdon Sessions launches today with my first video course — Idea Generation: Expanding Your Creative Repertoire & Finding Your Voice. Here’s the best news of all: the course is only $29 and you have access to all three class videos and a course PDF for an unlimited time.

What are The Lisa Congdon Sessions?
The Lisa Congdon Sessions is a new series of online video classes I am developing and rolling out over the course of 2016-2017. The first class in the series, available now, is called Idea Generation: Expanding Your Creative Repertoire & Finding Your Voice. I am developing additional classes on other topics, which will be coming in early 2017! (Read more FAQ here).

What is the Idea Generation course all about?
This course is designed for aspiring, beginning or established artists who are looking for tools to further develop personal sources of inspiration and their own distinct perspective in their work. It’s for people who would like to draw influence from the world differently in order to advance their own creative style.

Through this video course, I’ll will guide you through practices for generating new ideas, using inspiration, and developing a body of work around subject matter that is meaningful to you—all with the goal of creating work that is interesting, specific to you and stands out in a world filled with prolific artists.

Watch the trailer!

The course includes three parts:

Part One: In the first class video, I cover brainstorming as a way to generate new ideas about what to paint, draw or make. You’ll focus on exploring the stuff you are already passionate about in your regular, everyday life as a basis for generating ideas for subject matter in your work. You can use brainstorming to begin to find your own distinct perspective and set your work apart. I’ll also discuss the role of research to expand your ideas even further.

Part Two: In the second video of the class, I talk about getting inspired by other artists, both tips and cautions. Nearly every artist has influences, and studying and even mimicking the work of other artists is a normal and natural part of becoming an artist. However, it’s really important to take that inspiration and make it your own, in a very concerted and distinct way, before you claim it as your own or attempt to sell it. I will discuss how to put boundaries around inspiration in order to move away from your influences and toward your own voice.

Part Three: In the third and final class video, I focus on developing and following through with a personal creative challenge or set of challenges. The direct route to developing your own distinct voice as an artist is showing up and making/drawing/painting something at regular intervals—for a few days a week at least, even if it’s just a few minutes a day. Creative challenges are the best way to engage in this kind of disciplined practice. I have done many creative challenges in the past seven years, and I credit them with not only helping me to hone my own styles of drawing and painting, but also to generate interest in my work, including paying client work and gallery shows. I will talk you through practical tips for designing and embarking on your own creative challenges.

Still want more info? Check out our course information page!

Ready to purchase now? Go!

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A Year Between Friends: 3191 Miles Apart

11/15/16

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Some of you may know this, and others of you may not: I have a very talented sister and her name is Stephanie. Some of you may know her as 1/2 of the dynamic & gifted duo, Maria Alexandra Vettese and Stephanie Congdon Barnes, of 3191 Miles Apart. For those of you who don’t know the work of Stephanie and Maria, let me tell you a little bit about it (and stay tuned, because after I tell you about it, I’m going to share with you about their latest book).

Maria and Stephanie met in 2005 back when blogs were a rather new phenomenon. They quickly developed a friendship based on a shared love of many things, including, in their own words, “film photography, art and craft, everyday beauty and a well-lived domestic life.” Just two years later in 2007, they decided to embark on a year long photo project together on a shared blog called 3191 — which was the number of miles between their homes in Portland, Oregon and Portland, Maine. The first project was called A Year of Mornings, which culminated in a book that was published the following year in 2008 by Princeton Architectural Press. As part of the project, they each took one photo a day and merged them as diptychs without discussing content ahead of time — they did this everyday for a year! They quickly acquired a worldwide following of devoted fans inspired “by the magical coincidences and pictorial synchronicity of their photographic pairings.” (via Princeton Architectural Press).

Their friendship grew, and they have continued collaborating on endless ideas and projects for almost ten years now, including publishing A Year of Evenings (now sold out & out of print), a quarterly journal, among many other projects.

Just last week, their latest book (pictured above) A Year Between Friends was published by Abrams. Through letters exchanged over the course of a year and heartfelt sharing of real life events, the book includes the story of a year inside their friendship — including moments of serenity, sadness, and overwhelming joy. Nestled between their letters, the book is also abundant with Stephanie and Maria’s aforementioned shared passions for gorgeous film photography, art, craft, food, everyday beauty and a well-lived domestic life — including recipes and projects for living a sustainable, economical, and handmade life.

Just this past weekend, I went over to my sister’s house (she is one of the reasons I moved to Portland!) and we made one of the projects from the book: waxed cloth wraps! My mind was blown by these wraps. They are so easy to make. Totally reusable and sealable, you can use them to wrap sandwiches and other items instead of foil or plastic wrap.

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The specific directions for making them are included in the book, of course. First, we cut our fabric to size (the book has specific suggestions for different usable sizes). We used some linen pieces and also some of my FABLE fabric from my Cloud9 Kindred collection!

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Then you melt some beeswax and apply it to the fabric. The book offers specific techniques for applying and smoothing the beeswax onto the fabric.

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Let dry and voila! You have reusable waxed wraps!

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Want to take advantage of this project and others in the book? You can purchase A Year Between Friends on Amazon or wherever books are sold.

Congratulations to my sister Stephanie and to Maria for this gorgeous new book!

CATEGORIES: For Sale | Inspiration
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Experiments in Blue: Week 46

11/14/16

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This week’s Experiment in Blue is a collection of cabinet portraits I’ve been decorating. I started drawing on cabinet portraits years ago, and started this most recent series the summer of 2015 while I was at my Hudson residency. I’ll have some of these for sale at my studio holiday sale on December 2 (more info on that next week, but Portlanders, save the date.)

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