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” …

Create A Life. Grow Your Brain. Enlarge Your Heart.

by Lynn S. Schwebach Neuroscientists who study the brain, learning, and creativity know the importance of experience. They have studied the effects of activities such as traveling, learning a new language, solving a crossword puzzle, and playing video games. More specifically, they have studied the effects of these activities on the brain. Every new, stimulating …

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 …

Book Covers by Lynn S. Schwebach

Here are two book covers that I had the privilege of designing and illustrating. I was commissioned by Summit Publication Design to design a book cover for Melba Smith-Dudley's first book of published poems.  I scanned into Photoshop images created with alcohol inks on wax paper and Yupo paper in addition to a third scan …

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. …

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 …

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 …

Steve Jobs Creativity and Creative Process

  by Lynn S. Schwebach Few people have made such a dramatic impact on the world as Steve Jobs. His innovative products altered how we communicate, conduct business,  listen to music, design, and learn. Jobs earned and deserves the title “creative genius.” Like others in this lofty category  - Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso, Igor Stravinsky …

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 replied: “I’ve learned to …