Join Lisa Congdon in conversation exploring both the light and dark sides of being creative during extraordinary times.

With singular insight into the ways stress and uncertainty impact not only our productivity, but our self worth and sense of purpose, Lisa Congdon emphasizes how important it is to keep expressing your imagination and showing up for your art. “Creating in times of stress,” Lisa says, “is like running in humidity. You can do it, it just requires a lot more effort… It’s important to remember that and grant yourself some permission to go slower, to walk through this.” Interview conducted by CreativeMornings/Portland host Kaitlin Carpenter. Featured art in this video provided by and belongs exclusively to Lisa Congdon.

About the speaker

Illustrator and author Lisa Congdon works for clients around the world including Comme des Garçons, Crate and Barrel, Facebook, MoMA, REI, and Harvard University among many others. She is the author of eight books, including the starving-artist-myth-smashing Art Inc: The Essential Guide to Building Your Career as an Artist and her latest book Find Your Artistic Voice: The Essential Guide to Working Your Creative Magic. She was named one of 40 Women Over 40 to Watch in 2015 and she is featured in the 2017 book, 200 Women Who Will Change the Way you See the World. She lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

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Creating in times of stress is like running in humidity. You can do it, it just requires a lot more effort. . . . It’s important to remember that and grant yourself some permission to go slower, to walk through this. — Lisa Congdon

It’s important just to grant yourself some grace in this situation. We all have to give each other and ourselves permission to not do what we had always imagined. This is not the ideal time, necessarily. — Lisa Congdon

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