Following The Dots

by Lynn S. Schwebach Dots are everywhere in Western Australian art galleries—sort of like having a dizzy spell and seeing stars. Okay not every painting consists of dots, but so many do that you realize they have to mean something important to indigenous painters. I had the opportunity to ask an artist connected to the …

Get Crazy Creative with Your Bullet Journal

by Lynn S. Schwebach I arrived reluctantly at the bullet journal idea, thinking it would be one more unexciting thing for me to do, one more task that takes me away from creating, one more boring detail for my already cluttered mind. But as I let out-of-the-box thinking take over, the journal took a turn …

Personal Branding Builds Confidence

by Lynn S. Schwebach Visual artists, writers, musicians, actors, or anyone working in creative fields struggle every day in the workplace and community to have their voices heard, to get   their achievements recognized, and to get the exposure they deserve. It’s demoralizing and exhausting and often the price paid is an erosion of self-confidence. …

Basic Steps to Building a Personal Brand

by Lynn S.Schwebach I have helped other businesses with branding, but sitting down and doing it for my new art business was like jumping in a cold lake on a winter day. Naked. It’s a lesson in taking the advice you dish out to others, and applying it to your own life. But I learned a …

Growing and Designing a Creative Community Garden in Chicago’s Logan Square

by Lynn S. Schwebach Sometimes when intentions are good and solutions for helping others and the world are the goals, creativity snowballs, breeding ideas that are truly innovative and unique. Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood has a corner – literally – on this type of creativity. The Altgeld Sawyer Corner Farm at 3240 W. Altgeld St., …

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 …

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 …

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 …