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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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Of Crosswords, Chimeras & Creativity

Of Crosswords, Chimeras & Creativity

Paradoxically, the use of constraint is related to exploring the adjacent possible.

This is paradoxical because constraint sounds like closing in or reducing possibilities whereas the adjacent possible sounds like expanding possibilities. But they are both about boundaries, and creativity lives at the boundaries. This applies to both art and life itself.

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Nature and the Improbability of Art

Nature and the Improbability of Art

Great art is associated with complexity and un-resolvability, not solely in the artwork itself but rather in the collective system of artwork and audience. Art challenges the model of reality of the person who experiences it, to evoke thought and emotion and sense-making.

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Creativity & Illusion

Creativity & Illusion

Creativity & Illusion   It's the New Year and we're back! The temptation today is to write about American politics or perhaps COVID or some other disease of the body and mind, but we will resist this temptation. Instead, Bruce will turn to one of his heroes for insight into more permanent things, the inimitable Einstein.   Reality is an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. Albert Einstein     Bruce's Story   People have wrangled over what this quote meant ever...

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The Creative Journey Through Darkness Into Light

The Creative Journey Through Darkness Into Light

  The Creative Journey Through Darkness Into Light   In The Cycles of Creativity we talked about the special properties of this dark time of year, a season that seems drab and dreary and moribund, but is paradoxically anything but. This is a time of marshaling of energies. In the landscape, a leafless and brown terrain belies the activity that is occurring unseen and underground. Much of the world is invisible to human eyes and must be seen by the power of thought, the magic of...

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Creativity & Fame: From Zero to Infinity

Creativity & Fame: From Zero to Infinity

As we digest the excesses of Thanksgiving here in the US, we invite you to explore the transience of fame
through the lens of art, creativity and physics My Little Pony and Euclid make cameo appearances And we end up ten feet underground.

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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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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.