Three Ways to Squash Creativity

by Lynn S. Schwebach Artists go through the same ups and downs as anyone in any job. And believe it or not, nurturing and feeding one’s own creativity parallels how managers nurture—or squash their employees’ creative ideas. In fact, artists do not own any secret processes that feed creative output. In addition, the same “downers” …

Marmalead Secrets for Etsy Sellers: Get Inside Advice For Powerful Keywords

Change is a nasty word for many of us, yet if you sell art or handmade items on Etsy, you  get as cozy with this word as possible. Repugnant but true. Which is why I have to change my advice I gave you in the article I wrote and published on February 23, “Three Great …

Three Steps to Start Your Bullet Journal—Article Two

by Lynn S. Schwebach After a few weeks of my new bullet journal sitting in its shrink wrap on my desk, I finally opened it, and I started my new organized life. My friend Chip introduced me to the bullet journal concept, and she came to my house to show me her FABULOUS (a.k.a. artwork …

Bullet Journals Help Artists, Entrepreneurs and Professionals Get Organized— Article One

by Lynn S. Schwebach I think my friend Chip (her Vietnamese name is Pham Van Anh) and her “bullet journal” will change my life, but first let me explain. Plain and simple, a bullet journal is a way to get your "to do" list and future goals on paper—in a systematic way. But any kind …

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 …

What Is Your Personal Brand?

by Lynn S. Schwebach At some point in their lives, most people have been labeled or defined in a way that surprises them—or infuriates them. And yet many dislike concepts such as “personal branding,” because many in our society associate branding with bragging.  But, career development experts tell us, the danger of avoiding personal branding …

Strive to Be Creative

by Lynn Schwebach  When I hear people say they aren’t creative, I shudder. To me, it’s the equivalent of saying you don’t have any hemoglobin. It’s nonsense. Our culture has a way of dividing us when we’re young into categories: scientific or artistic, verbal or quiet, visual or nonvisual. These categories unfortunately lead to labels, …

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 …