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Cultivating Your Studio Practice: The Power of Starting

Cultivating Your Studio Practice: The Power of Starting

Cultivating Your Studio Practice: The Power of Starting Starting is probably the greatest challenge of all creative enterprises. Zero to one, from nothing to something. Why is it so hard sometimes?   The nature of things is resistance to change, while the nature of process is resistance to stasis. ― William Least Heat-Moon, Blue Highways: A Journey into America   Perhaps it helps to break it down into pieces. There's more to starting than starting itself. It's all the good things...

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Finding Creative Inspiration & Abstraction

Finding Creative Inspiration & Abstraction

As an artist and psychiatrist, I get to work with thousands of artists all over the world and what I see is a recurring theme of artists feelings like their art doesn’t quite measure up to what they want it to be.

This is what I’m going to talk about in my upcoming free training: 3 Massive Mistakes Even Professional Artists Make That Cause Them To Not Like Their Art. 

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Alone & Together in Life & Art

Alone & Together in Life & Art

Alone & Together in Life & Art   Alone together in the Church of Blue Lake Tahoe is one of my favorite places on Earth. I never get tired of staring at the improbably immense expanse of blue, constantly changing color by sun angle, wind, and reflections of clouds and surrounding mountains. It is never the same twice, ranging through aquas and teals and cobalt blue and ultramarine.     An old friend of mine and I swam almost three miles today, crossing our personal...

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Creating The Adjacent Possible Book

Creating The Adjacent Possible Book

  Creating The Adjacent Possible Book Creating a book is quite the journey. There are many steps to bringing it to completion. Today we discuss our journey of creating our forthcoming book, The Adjacent Possible: Guidebook & Stories of Artistic Transformation, from inception to near publication and how principles of the adjacent possible guided our steps. Here's the book cover that won the Cover Contest!   With gratitude from my studio to yours, Nancy & Bruce   P.S. The...

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The Apogee Of Summer

The Apogee Of Summer

This intermediate time that we are in brings forth a formless and mysterious yearning, a feeling that something powerful and profound is right at hand if one could only seize it. 

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Stealing Victory From Defeat

Stealing Victory From Defeat

I think our lives and those of others are full of scabbed-over defeats like this, seemingly forgotten but still exerting a powerful force, a force of impossibility, a repeated litany of limits. 
Our particular example is in the realm of long walks, but we believe that it describes a common phenomenon, one of self-limiting behavior, of setbacks allowed to become permanent, a subtle and insidious ossification. 
I think that this is the kind of process that might be at work when creatives experience artistic block.

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QUIZ: What's Your #1 Artist Archetype?

 

Some artists create amazing art with ease, while others struggle year after year to express themselves.

What's going on? Could it be about how you approach your art?

Take the Artist's Archetype Quiz and find out.