How to Use Conflicting Thoughts to Spur Creativity

by Lynn S. Scwebach When Irish playwright and screenwriter Martin McDonagh went to Bruges, Belgium for a short holiday, he found himself at first enchanted with the city's cultural beauty but after only a few hours, McDonagh wondered why he was bored. McDonagh said it was as if two sides of his brain were arguing …

Create A Life. Grow Your Brain. Enlarge Your Heart.

by Lynn S. Schwebach Neuroscientists who study the brain, learning, and creativity know the importance of experience. They have studied the effects of activities such as traveling, learning a new language, solving a crossword puzzle, and playing video games. More specifically, they have studied the effects of these activities on the brain. Every new, stimulating …

Memories in the Making Class Excavates Stories

by Lynn S. Schwebach As an artist, I thought a painting class with Alzheimer’s patients an appropriate way to apply my skills as a volunteer while spending time with my mom who suffers with dementia, but I quickly discovered that a Memories in the Making class entails much more than simply painting colorful pictures. Unlike …

Who is a Creative Genius?

by Lynn S. Schwebach In academic contexts, genius usually implies a person with a high IQ. But another common usage, and much less defined, is when individuals use the phrase creative genius. Research done over the past few decades shows that high IQs do not highly correlate with creativity. In fact, some experts point out …

Three Foundational Tips for Creative, Effective Leadership

by Lynn S. Schwebach An environment of spreadsheets and analytics seems far removed from art studios, but those who study motivation and problem solving say there is much to learn from studies on creativity, and it directly applies to the business world. According to management researchers, it’s a specific type of leadership that ultimately motivates …

How to Increase Your Creativity

by Lynn S. Schwebach Two friends recently asked me how I come up with such quirky ideas for my ink paintings, and I told them I have a “trippy” brain. They were specifically asking about a painting that I had just completed where I combined ink-dyed eggshells, a photograph, and alcohol inks. One friend said, …

Why Cutting Arts Funding Impacts the Bottom Line

by Lynn S. Schwebach Eli Broad, founder of two Fortune 500 companies, billionaire, philanthropist, education reformer, and world-class art collector, told Charlie Rose in an interview exactly what he has learned from artists: “I’ve learned to be a lot more ‘broad’ minded. Artists see the world differently than bankers, lawyers—than we business people.” Excuse the …

It’s Never Too Late to Follow Your Calling

by Lynn S. Schwebach Some people never leave us—they inspire us even after they have left our reality. My grandfather passed away when I was 9 years old, yet every time I enter my art studio, he enters with me. I knew my grandfather Ferdinand, or Frenchy as many called him, during the last stretch …

Personal Branding Builds Confidence

by Lynn S. Schwebach Visual artists, writers, musicians, actors, or anyone working in creative fields struggle every day in the workplace and community to have their voices heard, to get   their achievements recognized, and to get the exposure they deserve. It’s demoralizing and exhausting and often the price paid is an erosion of self-confidence. …

Basic Steps to Building a Personal Brand

by Lynn S.Schwebach I have helped other businesses with branding, but sitting down and doing it for my new art business was like jumping in a cold lake on a winter day. Naked. It’s a lesson in taking the advice you dish out to others, and applying it to your own life. But I learned a …