DIY Spray-Painted Table

by Lynn S. Schwebach Creative individuals roam through garage and estate sales with their minds running on a cerebral treadmill. Imagining how we can “makeover” or use another’s junk for yet another project – proposed or ongoing – fires our thoughts into a manic sprint. So it happened to me with this ugly green table …

Illustrator Kathryn Rathke’s Iconic Illustrative Icons

by Lynn S. Schwebach Observing my favorite artists’ works on the Web soaks up hours of my time. I rationalize this pastime as “research.” I also love typing in long-tail searches such as current popular illustrators working today to retrieve hundreds of links where I find my favorite illustrations – and illustrators. While researching a …

The Creative Process of Steve Jobs

  by Lynn S. Schwebach Few people have made such a dramatic impact on the world as Steve Jobs. His innovative products are universally known and coveted, changing the way we communicate, conduct business, create and listen to music, design, spend our leisure time and learn. Jobs earned and deserves the title “creative genius.” Like …

Creative “Aha” Moments Arrive While Taking a Break

by Lynn S. Schwebach Problem solvers often describe having insights during unusual moments. Artists, scientists, computer programmers – probably every person regardless of occupation - has experienced this phenomenon. While away from work on vacation, walking the dog, running and sleeping our brains unconsciously go into overdrive. We might “think” we’ve stopped working on a …

Jennifer Egan’s Writing Process Defines Creativity

by Lynn S. Schwebach Author talks and readings bring together a curious crowd, and during those gatherings when it comes time for questions from the audience, one question always inevitably gets asked: “What is your writing process?" The audience—both readers and writers—want to know how authors work, how they take imaginative thoughts and ideas and …

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 …

Move As A Fish Swimming

Writing is a solitary, insular experience. For those of us driven to get our fiction published, we want to share what has been created within our minds and driven by our souls. It’s the ultimate form of connection. Why else write fiction? Yet getting short stories published in literary journals takes an enormous amount of …