a long while back i shared bay area artist lisa congdon’s san francisco studio with you. well, lisa congdon now lives across the bay and has a brand new (but old, loft-style) studio in east oakland. she also has a brand new book out, Art, Inc.: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist — so it was the perfect excuse to drop in for a visit. lisa shares her extra large studio with a few other artists, but since it is so large she has plenty of space to stretch out and paint commissions like the massive 7′ x 9′ painting you see here. like all of lisa’s work (and she is very prolific!) it’s bright and beautiful and soon to live in the lobby of a apartment building in san francisco’s Mid-Market district. how awesome to have this greet you as you come home every evening!
in her new book, Art, Inc. lisa shares her hard-earned insights into having a career as a working artist. as a former teacher turned artist, lisa began her career in 2006 and gives expert advice on how one can make a living as artist, including commercial illustration, licensing, fine art sales, print sales, teaching and more. all valuable and very practical advice for any artist who’s dreamed of earning a living doing what they love. Art, Inc. also includes insider tips from art world pros, like jessica silverman, nikki mcclure, mark hearld and paula scher. but until you get the book in your hot little hands, here’s a peek at lisa’s studio — i think you’ll find it most aspirational and inspiring.
• all photos by victoria smith for sfgirlbybay.
hey everyone—it’s leslie from spotted sf spreading the local love and bringing some gorgeous flowers your way today! adding to the spotted series is the new ampersand, a darling new floral shop that just opened its teal blue doors in the city this past weekend.
i first heard of ampersand through their instagram. it was here i saw photos of their beautiful bouquets and i’ve been following them since. i happened to be in the area and on a quest for sunflowers when they announced their opening, so i decided to pop on in.
owned by the sweetest and most cheeriest couple, emerson and benjamin recently decided to leave their desk jobs to start their new venture. in fact, neither one of them had a previous background in the floral industry. they both just had a knack for putting together beautiful things. they came upon an old garage down an alleyway, and after much painting and sledge hammering, they created the dreamy little space that it is today. it’s definitely a fresh and inviting addition to the neighborhood, and i especially love they have seating, too. they’re also for supporting local farmers, sourcing fresh and seasonal flowers, as well as repurposed vessels of all kinds for their arrangements.
if you happen to be in sf strolling around the mission, be sure to stop by and welcome these guys to the neighborhood!
• all photography by leslie santarina.
hello folks, it’s me, mrs. french from bliss. i love a good mystery don’t you? this week’s pin-worthy pick is a bit of a mystery to me. “gina demm” is all i know. i am assuming “gina” is her name and it’s obvious she has amazing taste.
the contrast between stark white and jewel tones completely draw me in…i swear i could write a story based on her boards…
well, sadly we’re heading into the tail end of summer. sigh. but happily, we’ve got another long weekend coming up shortly. labor day is just around the corner and to celebrate lo & sons has an awesome summer giveaway for you! they are generously giving away to one very lucky reader two great bags: a Claremont crossbody Camera Bag and The Catalina weekender bag — both bags, perfect for a long weekend getaway, camera in hand!
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• sorry, this giveaway is for U.S. residents only.
• we’ll announce a winner on my twitter account the week of september 2nd, so be sure and follow along.
last September the lovely julie of pod traveled to Tokyo and found these books, well, more like pamphlets, that were published by a small Japanese publishing company. The work is by french artist Philippe Weisbecker and they are the most beautiful little pieces of ephemera. this book depicts charming Drawings of the most unusual, but intriguing little items (like girdles and handbags) — such very inspirational work from Monsieur weisbecker, who is now showing his work in galleries worldwide.
philippe weisbecker studied interior design and moved to new york in the 60′s to work as a draftsman and illustrator, and has been published in The New Yorker and the New York Times. i love this little books, and you can find a few more at pod right here. Philippe Weisbecker has been filling old notebooks with themed drawings for years and one book is the result of his interest in a friend’s camera collection. It’s hard not to be fascinated by his books of drawings, and there’s a great NY Times article about his work, right here as well.