In this episode I talk to fine artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon about inventing challenges for yourself, listening to Bulgarian folk music, and getting good at something by doing it over and over and over and over.
“It is absolutely possible, especially in this day and age, to make a living as an artist.”
Lisa is best known for her colorful abstract paintings, intricate line drawings, pattern design and hand lettering. She’s the author of five books (and counting!) and writes a popular daily blog at Today is Going to be Awesome.
Photos: Shot of Lisa by Sarah Deragon. Pinball Wizard, by Lisa Congdon. All Good Things, by Lisa Congdon.
Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) – The Beatles
The Analog Kid – Rush
All Your Secrets – Yo La Tengo
Own It – Drake
Within Your Reach – The Replacements
Mur stho sme se razigrali (Hey Let’s Dance) – Bulgarian State Television Female Choir
Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes
Owning It: I Am An Artist – blog post by Lisa
Art, Inc.: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist, by Lisa Congdon
Whatever You Are, Be a Good One: 100 Inspirational Quotations Hand-Lettered by Lisa Congdon, by Lisa Congdon
A Collection a Day, by Lisa Congdon