artist bio: San Francisco illustrator and fine artist Lisa Congdon was raised in both upstate New York and Northern California where she grew to love the trees and animals that surrounded her. That love is now expressed most intensely through her paintings and drawings. Lisa comes from a family of creative people and has been making things with her hands since she was a little girl, but she did not begin painting until she was 33 years old. Ten years later, it is now the most significant part of her life and livelihood. Aside from four painting classes, Lisa is entirely self-taught. Four years ago, she left a career as a leader in the education nonprofit world to pursue her intense desire to live a full-time creative life.
---Apparently, I have been living under a rock to not have seen Lisa Congdon's A Collection A Day blog or book. Both are inspiring. Both make me feel less like a hoarder of junk, and more like a collector of invaluable treasures.
You will want to click on the links above to see Congdon's collections and illustrations.
I collect books, especially old books or books with marginalia (scribbles or annotations of any kind on the pages), rhinoceros figurines, religious iconography - crosses, saints, Milagros, reliquaries, Virgin Mary, Guadeloupe Mary, Buddha, Sacred Heart Jesus, Shiva, Kali scupltures, shoes - especially vintage pointy toe shoes or folk-inspired, old dolls - the kind that look like survivors of world disasters or dolls that could be featured in scary movies, kitchy ceramic birds, tarnished silver, vintage jewelry, coins of the world, jewelry boxes - the kind that look they could be reliquaries or sacred niches to hold the image of a saint, folk art of any kind, thrift store mirrors. And that's the short list.
What do you collect?