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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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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Scaffolding The Complexity of Creativity

Scaffolding The Complexity of Creativity

How often have you admired beautiful art and wondered how something so amazing could flow from the creative hand?
It definitely can happen, but as usual, the story has a few twists. We take lessons from Gothic cathedrals and scientific papers for insight. Medieval artisans have something to tell modern artists about “selection bias.”

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Creativity & The Garden Of Forking Paths

Creativity & The Garden Of Forking Paths

Our beloved forest is ablaze, and not just metaphorically. Flashes of lightning changed our life and jolted our reality. Even in fear and trauma there are lessons to be learned. Reality is a delicate thing, as solid as smoke.

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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.