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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.

The Cycles of Creativity

The Cycles of Creativity

  We are approaching a special time of year, a time of happenings both celestial and cerebral. As most everyone knows, this is the time of year in the Northern Hemisphere where the days are shortest and darkest.  It is also a time of internal reflection and outward ceremony, and I believe this is related to the lack of light and color in the environment. One half of the world leans away from the Sun and withdraws into itself under the cloak of darkness. The world is brown and grey but our...

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The Artist’s Journey Creativity Surprise

The Artist’s Journey Creativity Surprise

The Artist's Journey Creativity Surprise Awaits You In my blog post last week The Adjacent Possible: Making Room For Surprise you may have wondered why I talked about my partner Dr. Bruce Sawhill's experience of finding a book on the ocean floor while swimming the frigid waters of the Pacific in November. It might have seemed tangential, at best, to the concerns of creativity in general and abstract painting in particular. But hang in here with me. There's a method to my madness. That said, I...

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The Adjacent Possible: Making Room For Surprise

The Adjacent Possible: Making Room For Surprise

The hero's journey, the adjacent possible and the mathematical concept of zero to one show up in surprising ways in art, life & creativity Dr. Bruce Sawhill, my partner, had an astonishing experience that combined the hero's journey, the adjacent possible and the concept of zero to one while swimming recently in Santa Cruz. This is not just any swimming. It's more like full immersion baptism in the cold Pacific waters of northern California in November.  Without a wetsuit. He thinks this...

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The Artist’s Journey: Say YES To Your Hero’s Journey

The Artist’s Journey: Say YES To Your Hero’s Journey

Speaking On Stage At Author Advantage Live This summer I was one of four authors selected to speak on stage at Author Advantage LIVE in Austin, Texas, a gathering of over 400 independently published authors. I wrote my best selling, award winning book The Artist's Journey after discovering Chandler Bolt's Self Publishing School. I spoke about the hero's journey inherent in the artist's journey- about saying YES to your dreams, stepping into the unknown and facing and finding yourself there....

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The Artist’s Journey, Creativity & The Adjacent Possible

The Artist’s Journey, Creativity & The Adjacent Possible

The Artist's Journey Retreat & Workshop A dream of mine came true last week: The Artist's Journey Retreat- a workshop where we explore The Artist's Journey, Creativity & The Adjacent Possible. Eighteen amazing creatives and artists came together for a week of opening creative channels in their painting. At the deepest level, The Artist's Journey is about saying YES to creativity, the adjacent possible and your dreams of creating a meaningful art and life.   It's about crossing the...

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Behind The Scenes #1: The Artist’s Journey 5 Day Retreat & Workshop

Behind The Scenes #1: The Artist’s Journey 5 Day Retreat & Workshop

Preparing for The Artists's Journey 5 Day Workshop I'm excited to share with you the experience of planning and orchestrating The Artist's Journey 5 Day Workshop and Retreat at 1440 Multiversity in Scotts Valley, California October 20-25, 2019, an abstract painting workshop and retreat. These are behind the scenes images of how I construct an experiential workshop. It's all about stepping into the unknown... I'll share with you our experience as we take the journey conception to fruition- from...

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Best Creativity Books: The Artist’s Journey

Best Creativity Books: The Artist’s Journey

The Artist's Journey is in the list of 100 Best Creativity Books Of All Time by bookauthority.org You can see it in the list HERE.  The Artist's Journey was also on the BookAuthority list for the 16 Best New Creativity Books To Read in 2019 You can see it here.      Intrigued? Get your copy. SHOP NOW. 

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The Artist’s Journey International Book Award Winner

The Artist’s Journey International Book Award Winner

The Artist's Journey by Nancy Hillis, MD Wins Silver Medal in Reader's Favorite International Book Awards Snag your copy HERE.  Readers' Favorite International Book Award Contest recognizes "The Artist's Journey" by Nancy Hillis in its annual international book award contest, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/product/0999750410. The Readers' Favorite International Book Award Contest (Press Release) The Reader's Favorite International Book Award Contest featured thousands of...

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Nurturing Your Creativity

Nurturing Your Creativity

Nurturing Your Creativity. Finding Inspiration Outside The Studio   Inspiration is everywhere...in the sun's reflection on a puddle, the shapes of oranges on a tree, the pattern of dirt on a car's window.Nature is the ultimate master of patterns, profligately and freely creating.I think it’s so important to take time to nurture yourself and your creativity.Not all of this happens in the studio.The last few weeks I’ve been on a journey of inspiration and rejuvenation. I traveled to...

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Invitation to Studio Journey

Invitation to Studio Journey

You're Invited To Become A Studio Journeyer Watch A Snippet From A Studio Journey Demo Below If being a Studio Journeyer and having a weekly Art Bundle loaded with lessons, inspiration and encouragement sounds exciting to you...then REGISTER HERE NOW and get into Studio Journey. A wonderful artist, Carol Dickerson is a founding member of Studio Journey. She wrote about her experience of the course on Artsy.com:   You can see Carol's full press release HERE.    If you desire to go...

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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.