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Journeying To The End Of The Earth

Journeying To The End Of The Earth

We have a story to tell- of journeying with our daughter to the end of the earth. ​Following in the footsteps of a man
who followed his vision seventeen centuries ago. Golf plays a part, but we didn’t play a single round.

Kimy’s new beginning in a seemingly unlikely place was ultimately engendered by a very old beginning, that of St. Regulus landing (or perhaps being shipwrecked) on the stone ramparts of St. Andrews, resolutely defying the open North Sea. Unlikeliness begets unlikeliness, and stories grow like fecund plants, we have only to let them.

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Book Release: The Adjacent Possible: Evolve Your Art. From Blank Canvas To Prolific Artist – Nancy Hillis, MD

Book Release: The Adjacent Possible: Evolve Your Art. From Blank Canvas To Prolific Artist – Nancy Hillis, MD

Working with the concepts of simplicity and constraint, gave us the big idea for the book- The Adjacent Possible- a principled way of exploring the unknown and generating relatable surprise. This is surprise that is close enough to your existing world view that it can be incorporated- it is adjacent, not distant. It’s a healthy stretch, not a futile lunge. And, since the process of surprising one’s self with creativity is an open-ended experience, it is up to you to decide when to finish and leave other elements for your next creation.

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The Adjacent Possible: Poised Between Creation & Collapse

The Adjacent Possible: Poised Between Creation & Collapse

You are an ecosystem of ideas and they develop and evolve inside of you. One of the things that can happen is you start accumulating unanswered questions or inconsistencies. You pursue a path as far as you can until you can’t get any further. I think what happens at that time is you pursue something new.

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Success Disasters In Life & Art

Success Disasters In Life & Art

A groundbreaking scientific result or a spectacular debut as an artist have an implicit danger. The temptation is to keep doing what you’re doing because it works. Until it doesn’t. 

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Creativity & Bias

Creativity & Bias

Bias is a fundamental feature of life. Since it is inescapable and affects us profoundly, it’s important to be aware of it as much as possible and as a creative, to use it to your advantage.

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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.