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The Adjacent Possible Guidebook: Reader’s Favorite Gold Medal

The Adjacent Possible Guidebook: Reader’s Favorite Gold Medal

The Adjacent Possible Guidebook: Reader's Favorite Gold Medal   A bluebird showed up the other day. Our newest book, The Adjacent Possible: Guidebook & Stories Of Artistic Transformation won an International Book Award: Reader's Favorite Gold Medal! Reader's Favorite International Book Award: Gold Medal Book Trailer     From our studio to yours, Nancy & Bruce   P.S. Find out what all the fuss is about. Get your copy of the award-winning book The Adjacent Possible:...

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Abstract Painting, Fiction & The Adjacent Possible

Abstract Painting, Fiction & The Adjacent Possible

Abstract Painting, Fiction & The Adjacent Possible   Sunrise and Fog. A couple of days ago, a fine early autumn morning, Nancy and Bruce beheld a surprising visual phenomenon.  We saw the sun emerge from a typical morning coastal fog bank, a hazy disk.  For a few seconds, the sun was perfectly framed by power lines, three wires evenly spaced that *exactly* fit the sun between them, with the swirling fog all around.         There were several elements of chance...

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Dreams Never Die

Dreams Never Die

A life lived completely out of pragmatic concerns makes a person into a machine, and those lives may be the ones most likely to be replaced by machines.

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Art, Science & The Light From Prometheus’ Fire

Art, Science & The Light From Prometheus’ Fire

Art, Science & The Light From Prometheus' Fire   Last week we had a “city adventure,” making our way 75 miles north to the concrete canyons and spectacular views of San Francisco. We felt like Rip van Winkle, emerging blinking into the light after more than three years of COVID and general COVID-inspired caution. We can understand why zombie movies usually take place in cities, much of the American populace has a fear of cities cultivated by decades of living in sanitized suburbia. It...

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The Transformative Power Of Water

The Transformative Power Of Water

The Transformative Power Of Water   Two days ago, Nancy, Kimberly (daughter) and Bruce decided to take a day off. No phones, no computers, not much of a plan except to go visit a kind of adult water park near Carmel, California. This has been a summer of no long-distance travel, only going to airports to pick up visitors, so this was our Big Event. It was an easy hour drive through the artichoke and strawberry fields of the Monterey Bay coast. Past the little harbor at Moss Landing, the...

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Barbenheimer & Art Mashups

Barbenheimer & Art Mashups

Barbenheimer & Art Mashups   In the last week, two new movies have been released, “Oppenheimer” and “Barbie.” On face value, they are as different as movies could possibly be. One is about a theoretical physicist (Bruce’s professional training) building a weapon of mass destruction, the other is about a doll obsessed with pink.         But people cannot resist the temptation to juxtapose these two creative efforts, with results as odd as pink mushroom clouds and...

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Honor Your Art

Honor Your Art

We are soaring at the apogee of summer,
languorous days and heat shimmering vistas,
a fleeting time that feels paradoxically endless.
What should one do with this gift of time and season?
We offer up some ideas with a musical accompaniment.

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The Adjacent Possible: Art Is An Inner Journey

The Adjacent Possible: Art Is An Inner Journey

What if you trusted and believed in yourself as an artist?

In this blog post, an excerpt from Chapters 3 of our newest book (Book Excellence Award Winner) The Adjacent Possible: Stories Of Artistic Transformation you’ll see that creating art is about wrestling down the monsters of self-doubt, even if it takes a lifetime.

Your inner narrative, your mindset, your psychology affects everything in your art and life. Whether you’re facing a blank canvas, wrestling down the dark angels of self-doubt and wondering if you’re really an artist—or glued to the sofa and finding excuses not to go into your studio—your psychology is central to your creativity.

It may not seem heroic to walk into a studio and pick up a brush, but Hero’s Journeys come in all shapes and sizes, from almost imperceptible to the central challenge of one’s life. They all matter, and they all interact with each other.

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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.