For Those Who Love Tom Petty, Unique Gifts and Remembrances

  by Lynn S. Schwebach Inspired by Tom Petty's announcement late last year that he and the Heartbreakers would tour for the band's 40th anniversary in 2017, I sat down and painted an image of Tom Petty in black ink. I was stoked. He and the Heartbreakers would be performing at Red Rocks in late …

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 …

“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 …

Fort Collins Eatery Shows Funky Australian Bird Print

by Lynn S. Schwebach   My funky cockatoo print currently watches over patrons at Big Al’s restaurant in Fort Collins, Colorado. This same bird makes it debut this November in an Australian book titled, Cockatoo. Published by Thames and Hudson Australia Pty Ltd, Cockatoo will contain artworks by over 80 artists from all over the …

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 …

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 …

Sheila Dunn’s Authenticity on Life and Art—an Update

Back in 2012, I had the privilege of interviewing artist Sheila Dunn. I continue to follow Sheila because her paintings stir the spirit guiding me, the one called Ruach, the one that delivers divine inspiration. Here is the definition of this Hebrew word: Ruach is a Hebrew word meaning "wind" or "spirit." In its prophetic …

Fort Collins Artist Christy Alden Teaches Art

Artist Christy Alden points to her student's art. Three walls of art greeted me as I walked through the front door of artist Christy Alden’s house. A colorful assortment of birds, dragons, trees, bears, wolves, stars, flowers, fish, and buildings filled my eyes. I wondered, as I look around, enchanted, why we all don’t cover …

SMocK: A Paint Party, Gift Idea, and Creative Way to Help Fund The Arts

by Lynn S. Schwebach A lifelong friend who knows me quite well, called me while I was living in Chicago this past summer and asked me if I wanted to go with her to a party.  “I know you’re going to love this. The party involves eating, drinking, and PAINTING.” “I’m in,” I said, hearing …