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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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Expeditions In Search Of Meaning

Expeditions In Search Of Meaning

The journey of art is like a mountain expedition, with one important difference. Your actions generally do not directly cause death or injury.
Instead, as the British philosopher Alfred North Whitehead said, “The purpose of thinking is to let the ideas die instead of us dying.” This applies even more so to works of art, physical manifestations of thought. They will die if you abandon them, because they are part of you.

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

You question your talent. Painting becomes arduous and painful. You feel lost, wanting to express yourself but not knowing how. Learn the #1 secret  to paint with joy and create art you love.

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.