Samantha Hahn

05/31/16

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Friends, I am so excited to launch the next phase of Interviews with People I Admire: recorded interviews! I’m not calling this a podcast (you won’t find links to the interviews anywhere but on my blog for now). But it’s a format I’m testing out for the time being. I think recorded interviews will give you a richer perspective into the creative process of the folks I feature here!

Today I am so happy to share an interview with my good friend, Illustrator Samantha Hahn. Samantha is an illustrator from Brooklyn, New York, best known for her beautiful ethereal watercolor portraits of the female figure. Not surprisingly, many of her clients include iconic fashion industry labels and magazines like Marc Jacobs, J Crew, Glamour, Elle, Marie Claire — the list goes on and on. She is also the author of two gorgeous books, Well Read Women and A Mother is a Story. Below I have shared photos of her latest book and some of her work so you can get a flavor for her style.

In the interview Samantha and I talk about her work and inspiration, but most interestingly, about “the other side of success” — what happens when you work hard to pursue a career in illustration and then, as you’d always dreamed of, you become a busy illustrator. We discuss what we thought that would look like for us and what the realities have ended up being.

Just click on the play button below to begin listening! The interview is about 53 minutes long.

Samantha’s latest gorgeous new book: A Mother is a Story (and the companion journal).

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Samantha’s first book, Well Read Women: Portraits of Fiction’s Most Beloved Heriones

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Images from the interior of A Mother is a Story:

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Experiments in Blue // Week 22

05/30/16

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Yesterday I was inspired to paint a floral motif for this week’s Experiment in Blue. I draw flowers a lot but I don’t often paint them, and so this was a true experiment. I really had fun doing it, and I plan to keep working on my watercolor floral motifs! This piece was made mostly with watercolor paints and a touch of gouache.

I hope everyone in the U.S. has a nice and relaxing Memorial Day holiday. The weather here in Portland should be lovely! My best to everyone.

Tomorrow I’m back with a new interview with someone I admire. Stay tuned for that!

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Joy of Swimming Instagram Contest!

05/27/16

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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!

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New Print in the Shop!

05/26/16

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Friends, I’m so happy to release a new print into the shop! It’s called Springtime Friends and it’s available for sale here! Brighten up your home with this beauty!

Happy Thursday!

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New Podcast: Design Matters with Debbie Millman

05/23/16

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Friends, I’m so happy to share my interview with renowned designer, design thinker and podcaster Debbie Millman on her long-running show Design Matters. We really delve into my past & discuss my journey in depth. I hope you take a listen.

Thank you, Debbie!

CATEGORIES: Podcasts
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