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 …

Sheila Dunn’s Authenticity on Life and Art

"Nude in white" by Sheila Dunn by Lynn S. Schwebach If I could pick my neighbors, I would choose to live next door to Sheila Dunn. I want to be able to knock on her door at anytime to get a glimpse of her next creation. Maybe she would invite me in, from time to time, and I could ask her …

The Healing Energy of Bonnie Lebesch’s Art

by Lynn S. Schwebach Every so often, you meet someone whose philosophy on life causes you to pause and reflect, leading you ask yourself if you’re living out your life in a meaningful, truthful way. This type of introspection seems to especially haunt artists and those who find meaning through careers that don’t deliver monthly …

Keith Kimmels’ Eyes and Art Reflect the World

Organic by Keith Kimmel by Lynn S. Schwebach I connected with North Carolina artist Keith Kimmel through the organization “Artist’s Assembled” in Fort Collins, Colorado. After “friending” him on Facebook, I spent a long time viewing his art on his Timeline, and couldn't stop looking. As one of his friends commented: "It really speaks to …