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Creating The Adjacent Possible Book

Creating The Adjacent Possible Book

  Creating The Adjacent Possible Book   Creating a book is quite the journey. There are many steps to bringing it to completion. Today we discuss our journey of creating our forthcoming book, The Adjacent Possible: Guidebook & Stories of Artistic Transformation, from inception to near publication and how principles of the adjacent possible guided our steps.     Here's the book cover that won the Cover Contest!     With gratitude from my studio to yours, Nancy...

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The Apogee Of Summer

The Apogee Of Summer

This intermediate time that we are in brings forth a formless and mysterious yearning, a feeling that something powerful and profound is right at hand if one could only seize it. 

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Stealing Victory From Defeat

Stealing Victory From Defeat

I think our lives and those of others are full of scabbed-over defeats like this, seemingly forgotten but still exerting a powerful force, a force of impossibility, a repeated litany of limits. 
Our particular example is in the realm of long walks, but we believe that it describes a common phenomenon, one of self-limiting behavior, of setbacks allowed to become permanent, a subtle and insidious ossification. 
I think that this is the kind of process that might be at work when creatives experience artistic block.

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A Symphony Of Life & Creativity

A Symphony Of Life & Creativity

There is a parallel between the creation of truly novel unprecedented life with artistic creativity, particularly radical changes in expressive direction. New ideas are brought into an existing context, one that is established and well defended, both in the artist’s mind and in the creative community.

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Art Class: Stanford Sierra Camp

Art Class: Stanford Sierra Camp

Every year I’m honored to teach an art class with my friend and colleague, Dr. Jane Lombard, at Stanford Medical Alumni Sierra Camp at Fallen Leaf Lake in South Lake Tahoe, California. It’s wonderful to work with brilliant Stanford physicians, medical students, doctoral students and their families. They’re an earnest and kind and competent group, as befits those that go into the work of caring for others medically.

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A Walking Retrospective & The Adjacent Possible

A Walking Retrospective & The Adjacent Possible

What if we could teach ourselves to explore the adjacent possible in creative environments in the same way that we explore it automatically when confronted with physical or existential challenges? To mute the creepy soundtrack of fear and just watch the video, as it were?

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Adventure & The Distillation Of Creativity

Adventure & The Distillation Of Creativity

Adventure & The Distillation Of Creativity   Stripping life to its essentials. Nancy and I just returned from a backpacking trip, which is not something we’ve done a lot together. By spending three nights out on the trail, we doubled our collective lifetime total.       The Lost Coast   We hiked a stretch of California Coast called ‘The Lost Coast,” called that because it was lost to road engineers but otherwise just as found as all the other segments of...

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FREE WORKSHOP: The #1 Secret to Creating Authentic Abstract Paintings You Love!

You question your talent. Painting becomes arduous and painful. You feel lost, wanting to express yourself but not knowing how. Learn the #1 secret  to paint with joy and create art you love.

 

   

 

About Nancy Hillis

About Nancy Hillis

Nancy believes that your most astonishing work comes from deep exploration and experimentation. She encourages you to find the nascent, unexpressed parts of yourself, give voice to your subconscious experiences, and finally express YOU in your art and life.