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Unlike the laws of physics, this process varies from person to person and artwork to artwork, each one creating a miniature new world with new laws, a cosmology of pigment and pattern.
But what if life is as inevitable as the fractal patterns on beaches or the creation of solar systems?
There are a lot more ways to be disordered than ordered.
Click on arrow above to watch The Adjacent Possible Book Trailer In this ongoing series of blog posts, we address the cultivation and pursuit of creativity. There is a flip side to this pursuit, namely the danger of an endless obsession with novelty. Can too much novelty be bad for you? Not all novelty is created equally. One of our central tenets is the idea of the “Adjacent Possible,” novelty that has a particular relation to one’s current...
Artists and other creatives, including science fiction writers, often intuit the Zeitgeist before the scientists measure and codify it.
Bad animal, good thoughts. You never know when inspiration is going to strike. A simple dinner date presided over by a disco ball turned into a philosophical excursion through Calculus, Philosophy, and ultimately back to Art.
We are big fans of story. Story makes sense of things and strings concepts together. The rhythm and rhyme in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey are what allowed the story to survive orally for centuries before Homer wrote it down. And how modern to have only one name.
Click on arrow above to watch The Adjacent Possible Book Trailer Short and sweet today. The Adjacent Possible Is Available For Pre-Order Our fourth book, The Adjacent Possible: Guidebook & Stories of Artistic Transformation, is now available for pre-order on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BJ9Q6G58 Flipping Through The Adjacent Possible Book It's so exciting to see concepts from the adjacent possible animated by artist's stories and artworks. The book boasts over 200...
Art mirrors our life and our inner state. Mitchel Dumlao interviews Nancy Hillis MD on finding freedom in constraint, embracing vulnerability, flow of ideas & embracing ugly art.
A Story A Long Time In The Making In October, 2019, Nancy gave The Artist's Journey® Retreat workshop at '1440 Multiversity,' a venue called this because there are 1440 minutes in a day and they all matter. It was a rich and spontaneous 5-day workshop in lovely surroundings that included a 1200 year old redwood mother tree, a spa with an infinity pool amid a redwood forest, and spectacular locally sourced organic food. Twenty artists threw themselves into the experience with abandon....
If I just had better technique, I’d be a best-selling artist
Is this really the path to fame and fortune?
Maybe so, maybe not.
Art does not have right or wrong answers that are universally agreed upon like the solutions to mathematical equations. Nor is art is merely technique, just as mathematics is not simply numbers and music is not only notes.
QUIZ: What's Your #1 Artist Archetype?
Some artists create amazing art with ease, while others struggle year after year to express themselves.
What's going on? Could it be about how you approach your art?
Take the Artist's Archetype Quiz and find out.