Strange, Creative Trees and Frito Toes in Minneapolis

Officially, it’s summer – just in case you haven’t noticed. After two weeks of a fantastic pastel painting class with Laurie Beth Zuckerman in Fort Collins,  I packed my car and headed to the Midwest. My first stop was Minneapolis. Creative gardens and garage doors, skyscrapers, thrift stores, strange  trees, and friendly residents gave my …

“V” Lives his Life Without Creative Limits

h by Lynn S. Schwebach Laughing so hard that he found it difficult to talk, Nguyen Vu Tung described Christmas eve in Hanoi as a throng of young, thin Vietnamese men dressed as Santa Claus, driving on motorbikes, sometimes two Santas per bike, a large sack of toys thrown across one Santa’s back. Year round, …

Is the Campaign Promise to Smoke Pot Truly Creative?

by Lynn S. Schwebach  Promising to light up a marijuana joint if you win a congressional seat is original, but does it qualify as truly creative? “It’s certainly novel and original,” said Dean Keith Simonton, Ph.D., of the University of California, Davis. I asked Simonton this question regarding Andy Caffrey’s vow to light up on …

Creativity at Home or in a Coffee Shop?

Graphic designer Rachel Ridenour works on a logo design at Starry Night Coffee Shop in Fort Collins, Colo. by Lynn S. Schwebach Reclusive artists working in solitary studios are often the main characters in books and movies – their idiosyncratic natures providing fertile material for complex and interesting characters. Today we can add another type …

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 …

How Valuable Are Artists’ Thoughts?

How Valuable are Artists’ Thoughts? by Lynn S. Schwebach Eli Broad, founder of two Fortune 500 companies, billionaire, philanthropist, education reformer, and world-class art collector, said something essential about creativity this week. In an interview, Broad told Charlie Rose that he’s learned a lot from artists. When Rose pressed him about what he’s learned, he …

Tartx: Tiffini Elektra X Combines Art and Business into Successful Product Line

Tiffini Elektra X wears one of her Anne Boleyn scarves  by Lynn S. Schwebach Several years ago, I was strolling around an outdoor art fair in Fort Collins, Colorado when a booth of unusual jewelry caught my eye. I instantly fell in love with some domino necklaces – painted dominoes with images of fairy tale …

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 …

Artist Tamarah Long’s Architecturally Inspired Drawings

by Lynn S. Schwebach Artist, architect, and actress, Tamarah Long calls herself “observer of the world.” That’s the name she gave herself in 1996, traveling around Costa Rica, writing in her journal. Having just finished graduate school with a master’s degree in architecture, she realized that she should be sketching as well. She had completed …