Are you (like me with my grandchildren) trying to get the good stuff into their heads first ahead of the marketing crap?

I need something from you... pleaseI want your voice in my new book. Please write me an email/letter to about what you are doing for your children and/or students to open doors to creativity for them. Also... who opened those doors for you? 10 words to 500... and this is a letter and doesn't have to be perfect, just true and heartfelt. What are you passing on to those you love most? How are you doing it? What bothers you about our culture that you are trying to … [Read more...]

Please Watch My 2 Min Vid Asking For You to Write me a Letter For My New Book For me to Publish

Will you watch this then help? I would love to hear from you at frankaschaeffer@aol.comDear Family, Will you help me by writing something for me to include in my new book?I’m writing a new book on children, art, and family and what to pass on to those we love most. Will you write me an email today about who and what most inspired you as a child to love art, music, dance, poetry, reading, nature and learning? Will you share what you are doing for and with your children, g … [Read more...]

Our Grandfather/Granddaughter Lucy & “Ba” Art/Icon Art Project

I've just launched a new show of icon art I collaborated with my 7 year old granddaughter Lucy on. She draws the pictures and I paint them in. A motif in modern art has been to capture the primitive forms and childlike wonder present in children's art. I've gone one better and actually am working with a child in an equal partnership. And this isn't just any child, this is the little girl for whom Genie and I provide daily care. She is my heart. These paintings are about the love that drives me … [Read more...]

Come Lord Banksy, come quickly!

Banksy’s Cinderella crash scene. Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian used by permissionBanksy strikes again, come Lord Banksy, come quickly! Banksy’s UK show, Dismaland closed today. Did you miss it? Check this out! He describes it as a “family theme park unsuitable for small children” – and with the Grim Reaper and Cinderella  mangled in her pumpkin carriage crash, this is a breath of fresh air-- to me anyway. WATCH!and this...Frank Schaeffer is a writer. His latest book --WH … [Read more...]


My friend Dave Felten of Living the Question, did me a huge favor: he took me to a Snarky Puppy concert in Boston last night. Being filled with joy by Snarky Puppy's performance was a terrific experience. They are on a 3-month tour. This was one of their first gigs. If they play with the energy and unreserved empathy they shared with us on the rest of their global tour I wonder if they will survive!Puppy gave us everything-plus. Snarky Puppy  serves as a great example of a timeless artistic e … [Read more...]

Frank ” show us some other work!” OKAY

  I get glimpses of your other work in your videos - and would like to see more of it, too. The flowers are beautiful - but show us some other work!Frank Schaeffer added 2 new photos. Published by Hal Fickett · 30 mins ·In the market for beautiful artwork? For a limited time only, I'm offering to personally give live virtual tours of my gallery via Skype or FaceTime. Email me at to set up an appointme … [Read more...]

3 Selfie Art Videos Explaining/Showing My Paintings re Life, Flowers, God and Grandchildren

Here are 3 "selfie" videos I just took in my garden and studio showing and explaining the texture and work in several paintings. Thanks for watching! To buy a painting contact me at frankaschaeffer@aol.com2015 Spring/Summer Art Show All paintings offered here are half the gallery price.  Shipping and insurance included in price (US shipping only). Click On Each Image To EnlargeDaffodils, Tulips & Narcissus in a St … [Read more...]

What Is BAD (and Good) Sex & Art?

Bad art and bad sex matter for the same reason that bad religion matters. A brain can get used to anything. Once we’re used to something, it starts to seem okay. That capacity to normalize failures is why there are people who think that child abuse is “just discipline,” a Big Mac is “good food,” a rotting shark is “good art,” and hooking up with a predatory stranger is “good sex.”The same pattern of brain damage happens to the millions of people like me who were hurt as children by certain fo … [Read more...]