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Overcoming A Crisis Of Creative Confidence

Overcoming A Crisis Of Creative Confidence

Overcoming A Crisis Of Creative Confidence   CLICK ON THE ARROW ABOVE TO WATCH THE VIDEO P.S. Speaking of books- our forthcoming book, The Adjacent Possible: Guidebook & Stories of Artistic Transformation is getting closer to being published. Meanwhile, we're still running the cover contest and we'd love your help selecting the cover! Here are the 3 contenders. Which do you prefer? What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.       Meanwhile, we found out...

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The Adjacent Possible: Flow & Ease

The Adjacent Possible: Flow & Ease

The Adjacent Possible: Flow & Ease     P.S. Speaking of books- our forthcoming book, The Adjacent Possible: Guidebook & Stories of Artistic Transformation is getting closer to being published. Meanwhile, we're still running the cover contest and we'd love your help selecting the cover! Here are the 3 contenders. Which do you prefer? What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.       Meanwhile, we found out this week the first Adjacent Possible...

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Lost & Found On The Adjacent Possible

Lost & Found On The Adjacent Possible

If you search for the Adjacent Possible, it is going to require taking some paths less traveled. And if you take these paths, you might occasionally get lost. In fact if you don’t ever get lost, you’re probably not exploring adventurously enough. It comes with the territory.

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Swimming, Art & Zero to One

Swimming, Art & Zero to One

Swimming, Art & Zero to One   We have often spoken of the idea of Zero to One, an idea that is both mathematical and existential, of going from nothing to something. It’s about doing something you’ve never done before. Even though this concept is very relevant when you, as an artist, face the blank canvas, it has application far beyond the world of art. It comes up so many times in a typical day that it is easy to take for granted or miss it entirely. Every day is composed of many...

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Color & The Cycle of Life

Color & The Cycle of Life

Color & The Cycle of Life   Spring is hitting us in full force, the air is redolent with a wild mix of perfume as everything blooms in a hurry. To a plant, it’s always late. They’re all trying to be first with the result that they’re all pretty much at the same time.     We are fortunate to live in a place where something blooms every month of the year, but March and April is the crescendo in the annually performed Symphony of Life. By May things are already drying up,...

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Light, Color & Perception

Light, Color & Perception

some women may be “tetrachromic,” having an increased perception of color than the rest of the population, based on four different kinds of cones in their eyes. Could this be why so many women are drawn to art? The correlation of tetrachromacy with artistic expression has not yet been explored, but it’s a compelling question. 

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Symmetry, Asymmetry & Activating The Canvas

Symmetry, Asymmetry & Activating The Canvas

Symmetry, Asymmetry & Activating The Canvas   Just a couple of weeks ago, an artist wrote to us asking why it was necessary to “activate the canvas” instead of just starting with a blank canvas. It’s a good question, and I didn’t have a ready answer. Not surprisingly, especially if you’ve been reading this blog for any period of time, the question brings up parallels in the natural world.   Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking   In physics, activating the canvas is related to the...

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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.