The Adjacent Possible Blog

Explore The Adjacent Possible, a foundational pillar for creativity on The Artist’s Journey. Insights into intersections of art, psychology and science.

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Creativity & The Journey Of Un-Forgetting

Creativity & The Journey Of Un-Forgetting

Remembering what you didn’t know you lost can be one of the hardest things you ever do in your life. Water gives us access to our primordial origins- to a state of possibility, infinite in all directions. Creativity is like the un-forgetting of swimming, a liberation into a whole new reality, an ocean of possibility.

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Memetic Barium & The Languages Of Creativity

Memetic Barium & The Languages Of Creativity

Combining two things to create a new third thing is one of the two pillars of generating novelty in the evolution of ideas, the other being mutation. We build accelerators to smash particles together to divine their inner structure.
What if we could build an accelerator that instead smashed concepts together to create new ones?
We decided to try it out. Come see what we found, no radiation suit required.

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Art & Complexity

Art & Complexity

Art is a kind of poised instability. Art is poised between creation and collapse and the juice is at the edge. Most epiphanies are not sudden and surprising if you dig into them deeply, they basically are the result of lots of previous work which the outside world may not recognize. If you continue exploring with one foot in the known and one foot in the unknown, you will create things that you weren’t able to see before. And in some cases didn’t exist before. That’s the unknown, unknown.

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Creativity, the Universe & Nine Billion Names

Creativity, the Universe & Nine Billion Names

We live in a world where stepping into the adjacent possible affects the spectrum of possibilities that open up after that, the only concrete question in life is what to do next. Everything else is abstract. But deciding what to do next requires an awareness of what we *can* do next. And this requires search.

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What You’re Afraid Of Is Where The Juice Is

What You’re Afraid Of Is Where The Juice Is

Trust yourself to explore the things that scare you in your art. These are the nascent, unexpressed, unexplored parts of yourself where your un-lived dreams reside. This is the realm of play, improvisation, and pure creativity. This is where the juice is.

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Luck, Time & Creativity

Luck, Time & Creativity

We live in a world where stepping into the adjacent possible affects the spectrum of possibilities that open up after that, the only concrete question in life is what to do next. Everything else is abstract. But deciding what to do next requires an awareness of what we *can* do next. And this requires search.

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Creativity & The Menu Of Possibilities

Creativity & The Menu Of Possibilities

We live in a world where stepping into the adjacent possible affects the spectrum of possibilities that open up after that, the only concrete question in life is what to do next. Everything else is abstract. But deciding what to do next requires an awareness of what we *can* do next. And this requires search.

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Construction, Deconstruction & Creativity

Construction, Deconstruction & Creativity

Have you ever played a game of Jenga? So carefully put together, so suddenly a pile of wooden pieces. Construction, deconstruction and destruction. Why do so many things collapse quickly but grow slowly? Creativity and constraint are guilty suspects.

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

You question your talent, and painting becomes arduous and painful. You feel lost, wanting to express yourself but not knowing how. But when you learn the #1 secret to creating authentic abstract paintings, it all changes. Finally, you're able to paint with joy and create art you love.

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.