Following The Dots

by Lynn S. Schwebach Dots are everywhere in Western Australian art galleries—sort of like having a dizzy spell and seeing stars. Okay not every painting consists of dots, but so many do that you realize they have to mean something important to indigenous painters. I had the opportunity to ask an artist connected to the …

Get Crazy Creative with Your Bullet Journal

by Lynn S. Schwebach I arrived reluctantly at the bullet journal idea, thinking it would be one more unexciting thing for me to do, one more task that takes me away from creating, one more boring detail for my already cluttered mind. But as I let out-of-the-box thinking take over, the journal took a turn …

5 Ways to Get You and Your Etsy Shop Ready for the Holidays

by Lynn S. Schwebach For those of us who spent the last few months of summer creating, designing and building, we now must prepare for the roller coaster of upcoming holiday sales and promotions. This is the point—early September—where we shine our shops, polish our sale skills, and attractively merchandise our products. I know. I …

Three Ways to Squash Creativity

by Lynn S. Schwebach Artists go through the same ups and downs as anyone in any job. And believe it or not, nurturing and feeding one’s own creativity parallels how managers nurture—or squash their employees’ creative ideas. In fact, artists do not own any secret processes that feed creative output. In addition, the same “downers” …

Marmalead Secrets for Etsy Sellers: Get Inside Advice For Powerful Keywords

Change is a nasty word for many of us, yet if you sell art or handmade items on Etsy, you  get as cozy with this word as possible. Repugnant but true. Which is why I have to change my advice I gave you in the article I wrote and published on February 23, “Three Great …

Neuroscientist and Fiction Writer, An Interview with Ashok N. Hegde

by Lynn S. Schwebach Writers often work day jobs in addition to clocking evening hours on their writing. If they're lucky, those daytime jobs include skills that nurture the creative seeds needed to develop original works of art. Ashok N. Hegde is one of those lucky individuals. By day, Hegde is the William Harvey Endowed Professor …

Three Great Tools for Etsy Sellers

by Lynn S. Schwebach Friends who know I am on Etsy want to know if I have advice for selling art online, and this is a tough question, because after a year and a half on Etsy, I have 55 sales—for some too low of number and for others a nice, moderate number. So much depends on …

Van Gogh’s Paintings Come Alive In “Loving Vincent”

by Lynn S. Schwebach If you have ever wanted to step inside a Van Gogh painting, you now have the opportunity. Go see the film “Loving Vincent.” Publicity for this unusual movie describes it as “the first feature-length film to combine live action computer animation and hand-painted animation.” But after seeing it last Saturday, I …

Knowing the Ten Traits of Creativity Helps Entrepreneurs

by Lynn S. Schwebach Not too long ago, a successful entrepreneur told me that he wanted to know more about how the synergy between creativity and business acumen works. He doesn’t see himself as “creative,” yet he knows that without this most important skill, his business will not grow. I found it curious that he …

“Cockatoo” a Thames and Hudson Art Book Arrives in Bookstores

by Lynn S Schwebach As artists, we enter everything. We try to get into juried shows. We try to get into galleries. We try to sell our artwork online. As bravely creative individuals, we try everything and anything to get our art and our message out into the world. So when someone contacts YOU, someone …