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 …

The Artist Entrepreneur Will Appreciate Lisa Congdon’s “Art Inc.”

by Lynn S. Schwebach I love the internet, but sometimes I get lost clicking several links as I read, getting off topic and into areas that aren't relevant. This happens a lot when I am seeking business advice on selling art, because I tend to find artists' works I admire and then I am totally …

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 …

Six Marketing Tips for Artists Using Instagram

by Lynn S. Schwebach Imagine if Vincent Van Gogh had been able to post his art on Instagram and people from around the world would have seen his genius. It's likely that Instagram, and its millions of users and buyers, would have allowed this impoverished artist a more financially stable income. We will never know …

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 …