To Open Up Your Creative Channels
Learn the 5 foundational pillars of creativity + Access a full year of daily creativity prompts to break through creative blocks and unleash unfettered creativity.
Break through creative blocks and unleash unfettered creativity!
Explore The Adjacent Possible, the science of creativity
This is a self paced, comprehensive creativity program unlike anything out there.
Formulated by award winning and best selling author of The Artist’s Journey, artist, speaker and Stanford trained existential psychiatrist, Nancy Hillis, MD, along with Stanford educated theoretical physicist and mathematician, Dr. Bruce Sawhill
This course explores the intersections of art, science, psychology, creativity, evolutionary biology, theoretical physics and mathematics.
You will cultivate exploration and experimentation, embrace the unknown and discover the surprise benefits of embracing mistakes and “ugly” art.
Express your imagination and your most alive & meaningful art!
- You’ll receive 5 lessons to guide you through the 5 foundational pillars of creativity.
- You’ll receive access to a full year of daily creativity prompts and daily affirmations to break through creative blocks and unleash unfettered creativity.
Are you painting with aliveness and wonder?
Are you listening to the yearnings of your heart?
Do you long to create your deepest work?
Hey there, I'm Nancy
An Abstract Artist, Bestselling Author and Stanford Trained Existential Psychiatrist
I’ve been an artist and existential psychiatrist for over 20 years and I'm passionate about creativity, aliveness, and meaning.
I've been an abstract painter for decades. Several years ago I created a television program "Creativity & Consciousness" where I interviewed artists on their creative process. I learned that artists in every genre grapple with fear and self-doubt and that the interior landscape affects everything!
I believe that abstract painting is a powerful way of getting at meaning and that art is a mirror that reflects our lives…the canvas reflects back our feelings, moods, interior states, and life.
I've guided thousands of artists in creating their deepest, most alive and meaningful work, and I would love to be your guide, too!
It’s lain fallow for years Like a dormant seed
A seed, sleeping, deep in the cold earth
Yet HOPEFUL, waiting for sustenance.
Though it’s languished in slumber for years
It still waits for YOU For YOUR decision
To finally say YES to the un-lived dreams inside you
Your dreams ask you to believe in yourself
Even when you don’t
To take that next scary step
Even when everything in you says to give up
Everything depends upon saying YES.
Saying yes to the things that scare you.
Saying yes to the perils of creating.
Saying yes to the unknown.
Nancy shows you how to awaken your creative soul and find endless possibilities next to you in what she calls the adjacent possible.
She connects you to the eternal quest to be your authentic, self expressive, creative, alive, passionate,
joyful, productive. The transformation is endless, timeless and ongoing unique for each individual. No one could do your homework for you.
You can only learn to swim by getting into the water, not watching other people swim. Nancy’s book provides dozens of learning examples and guidelines to help you on your personal path to self discovery creativity into your true creative self.
And this is where The Adjacent Possible comes in
It’s akin to the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle where your act of observing changes what is being observed-
Whereas, with the adjacent possible your act of creating affects existence itself.
The biggest hindrance to creativity is self doubt.
In this course, we explore 5 foundational pillars of creativity
And the Big Momma concept of The Adjacent Possible threads through all 5 pillars.
The Adjacent Possible is the science of creativity.
My Promise To You
You will begin your journey of saying YES to and embracing your creativity, journeying from facing self doubt, fear and the dark night of the soul towards quieting the critical inner voice and cultivating a sense of self acceptance, inner confidence, excitement and purpose.
First, you’ll access The Adjacent Possible Creativity Immersion Program where we explore the 5 foundational pillars of creating and then each day you’ll see a new Creativity Affirmation and Prompt to fuel your creative fire!
The 5 Pillars of Creativity
Pillar 1: Zero To One
Zero to one is a mathematical concept that says:
From nothing to something…from zero to one…is the largest interval mathematically.
The difference between zero and one mathematically is bigger than the difference between the interval between one to two, two to three and so forth.
So….zero to one…just start!
Learn the Implications Of Zero To One For Artists in this Lesson
Pillar 2: The Adjacent Possible
The Adjacent Possible is a concept in evolutionary biology described by Drs. Bruce Sawhill and Stuart Kauffman at the Santa Fe Institute.
This scientific concept describes how each action you take in a dynamic, evolving environment changes not only your perspective but the environment you’re in. It creates new possibilities that didn’t exist before.
The Adjacent Possible is the essence of creativity & we’ll explore it in this lesson.
Pillar 3: The Power Of Constraint
There’s a Latin phrase multum non multa which translates to much, not many. In employing much, not many we’re going deep rather than wide. We’re exploring a few things thoroughly rather than many things superficially.
One of the most important foundational concepts for artists and innovators is constraint. Indeed, I love to think of painting as employing simplicity and constraint.
The topic of constraint is paradoxically limitless and we’ll explore it deeply in this lesson.
Pillar 4: Experimentation
It’s the willingness to step into the terra incognita- the unknown territory.
This is where discoveries happen. This is where the surprises are. This is where new work emerges.
Stepping into the unknown is how we evolve our art.
In this lesson we explore Trust, Experimentation & The surprise benefits of ugly art.
Pillar 5: The Inner Landscape
As an artist you’re facing the perils of creating on a daily basis: self doubt, vulnerability, inner criticism, second guessing, overthinking and procrastination to name a few.
As an artist you know you’ve got to be willing to face the dark night of the soul every time you step into your studio.
In this lesson we’ll go deep into the one inner shift that is essential for creating deep and personal art.
365 Creativity Prompts & Affirmations
In the Adjacent Possible Creativity Immersion Program you’ll receive daily Creativity Prompts & affirmations for an entire year that explores different creativity concepts and exercises to help you amp up your creative mind!
Here you will find the first week of Daily Creativity Prompts & Affirmations
DAY 1: Seeing with New Eyes
DAY 2: Listen To Your Dreams
DAY 3: Imagine a Room …
DAY 4: I AM CREATIVE
DAY 5: What if you were trapped?
DAY 6: You Can’t …
DAY 7: Patterns of Your Own
Here’s what just a few of my students say
Nancy's workshop was phenomenol! I have always had a hard time getting started with a painting project as I would stare at the blank canvas. What will I paint? Will it look like what it should look like? These insecurities often led to passing up on the opportunity to paint for another day. What I've learned from Nancy's workshop is that I don't need to necessarily know what I want to paint. Simply activating the canvas makes starting much less intimidating. The abstract pieces I created in the workshop will serve as a reminder and inspiration to me that I can paint with confidence.
Chrissy now understands the path to her best work
Nancy gives the gift of soul work with intuitive abstract art, moving through fear and into the present moment with joyful experimentation. I now understand the path to my best work, to be able to paint with an expressive aliveness, and am deeply grateful for Nancy’s genuine care and individual attention. The content is presented sincerely and simply, and is deeply motivating.
~ Christine Scurr, Australia, Artist’s Journey® Course Alumna
Tammy got magical insights as she began to believe she could paint
Dr. Nancy Hillis combines a deep professional experience in psychiatry with an intuitive, creative approach to painting. Magical insights come out of this wonderful mix. Through her own personal art journey, she has thought and lived deeply the process of painting through fear and self doubt.
~ Tammy Pittenger, Santa Cruz, CA
Vera took her painting to a new level
Nancy, you are full of life and have a deep understanding of the “other.” You are a fantastic teacher. Your lessons are so intelligently put together! You not only provided invaluable information, you opened doors to a new level in painting and led us through with your encouragement & belief that we can do it. You made it possible for us to venture in new territory & helped us through it!
~ Vera V. Tchikovani, San Francisco, CA, Artist’s Journey® Course Alumna
Betty found her own style
Nancy's course allowed me to experience for the first time an acceptance and love for my art through my mark making and my own style. Not only did I learn about the fundamentals of creating abstract art, but I learned them in a way that was deeper and easy to understand. The weekly lesons, videos, and assignments helped me hone in on techniques through practice. The FB form was an amazing group of supportive artists and Nancy's feedback, guidance, and support were invaluable. It's been the best online course I have taken and completed!
~ Betty Franks Krause, San Jose, California, Artist’s Journey® Course Alumna
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Stories you tell yourself that keep you from experiencing your most meaningful and creative life .
And finally, The Holy Grail of Creating and how uncovering this secret will transform your life.
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Artist, bestselling author, and Stanford trained psychiatrist Dr. Nancy Hillis will guide and inspire you as you step into the terra incognita of your soul and face your vulnerability as an artist. She believes that your most astonishing work comes from deep exploration and experimentation. Nancy 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.
Founder of The Artist’s Journey® and The Adjacent Possible™ workshops and courses, Nancy has led over 21,000 students on their creative journeys. Not only does Nancy encourage you to express yourself in your art, she has created courses and workshops to guide you on a tangible and accessible path to your deepest artistic fulfillment.
Nancy is the best selling author of The Artist's Journey®: Bold Strokes To Spark Creativity. Available on Amazon. Named by BookAuthority as a "Top 100 Creativity Books Of All Time". Nab your copy and leave us a review.
Nancy's just released her new book The Artist's Journey®: Creativity Reflection Journey. It was the #1 New Release in Creativity on Amazon on it's first day of publication. Buy the book and receive the exclusive Big Creativity 30 Day Immersion Program.
Nancy Hillis, M.D., Artist, Best Selling Author, Speaker & Stanford Trained Existential Psychiatrist.
Say YES to embracing your creativity!
Journey from facing self doubt, fear and the dark night of the soul towards quieting the critical inner voice and cultivating a sense of self acceptance, inner confidence, excitement and purpose.