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Your Inner Journey of Self Expression

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DEVELOP YOUR ROBUST STUDIO PRACTICE

A 12-week online course to ignite your creativity, cultivate your studio practice and transform your experience of creating art.

Join NOW & Become the Artist of your Dreams: Explore, Experiment, Evolve

Want to be inspired and motivated to show up and create consistently?

Are you stuck struggling with the middle of the painting, feeling lost and not quite knowing what to do next to create paintings you love?

Are you sensing that there’s an astonishing artist living inside of you who only needs the confidence to believe this so she can create her deepest work?

I hear you!

Painting is a mirror

It brings up everything, including fear, self doubt, perfectionism, inner criticism, and even resignation.

I’ve been there myself which is why I created Studio Journey.

After painting for over twenty years in various mediums and styles, I know the stumbling blocks for artists:

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wanting to start painting but afraid it won’t be good enough 

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concern that it’s too late

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feeling like you’re not a “real artist” and never will be

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enjoying starting paintings but feeling anxious about finishing them

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repeating what’s worked before but feeling unfulfilled by this

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replicating other artist’s work and never feeling like you’re expressing your own vision

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wanting to express YOU and not knowing how

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lacking confidence as an artist

I’m here to help you navigate the perils of your artist’s journey and to trust yourself as an artist, deeply experiment and finally express YOU in your art.

I am absolutely enthralled by your course, it really has brought a lot of joy to my life, and put a spring in my step.  I think its your philosophy about believing in yourself.  

I  understand what you mean by many starts, mine end up being a blank canvas.

Now I practice mark making before I start, getting into that stream of consciousness.  This happened in my last painting.

Helen Tainsh

Studio Journey™, Artist's Journey® & Experimenting with Colors™ Alumnus

Hi, My Name Is

DR. NANCY HILLIS

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 years. Several years ago I created a television program "Creativity & Consciousness" where I interviewed artists on their creative process. As I did, 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 livesthe 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!

NANCY HILLIS HAS BEEN FEATURED IN + EDUCATION

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DEVELOP YOUR ROBUST STUDIO PRACTICE

A 12-week online course to ignite your creativity, cultivate your studio practice
and transform your experience of creating art.

What You’ll Receive

Become a Journeyer and receive the following fresh content over 12 weeks.

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Studio Concept

Learn a new concept in abstract painting every week.
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Studio Exploration

Investigate your inner and outer landscape as it relates to the week’s lessons. 

Studio Exercise

Implement what you’re learning by completing suggested exercises. Yes, there’s homework! 

Studio Demo

Watch a fresh painting demo every week where I complete a painting and give commentary and tips throughout. 

YOU CAN ACCESS THE WEEKLY CONTENT ON YOUR COMPUTER

Follow the simple, step-by-step instructions each week, and you’ll be able to create abstract paintings that you LOVE in no time at all.

Even though I have not spent any time in the studio since I signed up for the Studio Journey workshop (Due to travel-- just got back), I must say I am so so glad I joined.

I find the concept to be brilliant. It provides constant stimulation and inspiration and allows members to proceed at their own pace and take their time. The visuals, demos and your presentations are terrific, and the combination of all that with the member Facebook group really give it incredible value.

Despite not being in the studio I spent much time reviewing the materials, watching the color mixing exercises and browsing through the posts members made online. Browsing was very stimulating and as you said thinking about your art is a valuable element even when not painting. Using Facebook more than compensate for the fact it is not a live workshop.

It is a 10 in my book.

I would be happy to recommend it to some artist friends. 

Warm regards and many thanks for conceiving of such a brilliant workshop.

Dahlia Riley

You’ll Get 12 Weekly Painting Demos

Look forward to 12 weekly painting demos as well as lessons, explorations, exercises, resources and surprises awaiting you. Here are some examples of workshops you’ll receive:

First Workshop: Working In A Series

Second Workshop: The Power Of Constraint

Third Workshop: Working Large, Staying Loose

You’ll learn To Cultivate & Nourish Your Studio Practice

Finally create the art of your dreams. Loosen up, express yourself and breathe life into your paintings. Accelerate your development as an artist by learning studio secrets of the pros.

Studio Journey is a new workshop delivered weekly to you for 12 weeks and with a year of access that helps both new art students and seasoned artists enrich their studio practice through lessons, exercises, painting tutorials and resources. After a year you can renew access for a nominal fee.

In Studio Journey you’ll receive emails to guide, encourage and motivate you as you explore, experiment and connect with other artists.

You’ll have access to a growing library of resources including: art lessons, video demonstrations, painting exercises, supply lists, studio tips and other surprises.

In Studio Journey you’ll have access to Dr. Nancy Hillis in our private Facebook groups. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to meet a community of artists who know the agony and the ecstasy of creating abstract art.

Journeyers love creating abstract art and together we inspire and encourage one another to explore and experiment as artists because that’s where the magic is!   

Breathe life into your art. Become a Journeyer!

I'm learning all sorts of things on this journey! Lots about creating art, and lots about how I learn. I seem to absorb information unconsciously, obliquely. I'm learning without grasping or knowing?

I've been working on a painting that I've been tinkering with for some time. The last few days I've returned to it. Just laying color down, no thinking. And now that I look at it, I hear your voice: yellow vibrates with violet. I have not focused very much on the color assignments, but somehow, they have gotten into my brain! These are colors I do not normally use much.

Also, the last piece I worked on was completely intuitive. I was just playing, and found I liked dripping, something I have not done much. I kept dripping, wiping, buffing, more dripping. It was so fun and relaxing. Hoping I can remember how I did it because I was very happy with both results and process.

So I want to thank you for this class, for the space you hold us in, the support & gentle guidance. It's just what I needed to move forward with work that truly feels like mine.

SWB

Benefits of the Course

Art Workshop & Training

Weekly Workshop

Each week, a new concept based workshop is released. Each workshop includes four main lessons: Studio Concept where we explore a concept relevant to abstract painting, Studio Exploration where we investigate both the inner and outer landscape that gives juice and fuels our evolution as artists, Studio Exercise where we implement and experiment with the concepts we’re learning and Studio Demo where I complete a painting and give commentary about the process.

TRAINING

Imagine having a new art focused training every week. You submit topics, questions and art techniques you’re most interested in as well as images of your art. Be inspired and encouraged by Nancy and Team Journey as well as the other wonderful Journeyers.

Community & Library

Art Secrets & Resources

Need a refresher on how to employ flux on an automatic drawing? Need to find out which paper to purchase? Want to know how to ship a large canvas painting half way across the country inexpensively? This growing ORGANIC LIBRARY of resources will save you loads of time. This is an evolving collection you can access as needed.

Community

In the Studio Journey Intensive course we believe in encouraging and inspiring one another on our artist’s journey. Fellow artists will celebrate your experimentation and your accomplishments. They’ll also believe in you on days when you need it the most. We have a private Facebook group and this is where you can access Nancy through comments and questions. We’re here to guide and support you to create your deepest studio practice and art.

The Holy Grail Of Creating

Mindset

Threading through Studio Journey as well as all my courses, workshops, video tutorials and books is the idea that your inner landscape affects everything in your art and life. In order to create your deepest, most meaningful, astonishing and alive abstract art…you’ve got to believe in yourself enough to take the risks necessary to explore and experiment.

What this boils down to is finally trusting yourself as an artist and person. Indeed, this is the holy grail of creation.

It’s not easy but it’s possible to cultivate an attitude of trusting yourself as you paint.

It’s the work of my life to help artists to believe in themselves and I’m here to help and guide you on your artist’s journey in your studio.

Your course has made such a difference in my abstract painting.  I can’t tell you how glad I am to have found your courses! Thank you! A teacher had mentioned you in class so I googled you and signed up for your email updates.  When I was able to, I signed up for both of your classes. You have made such an impact on my life. You have helped me be better at something I am passionate about. For that, I can’t thank you enough!

Heather Zappettini

Studio Journey™ & Experimenting with Color Alumnus

What You’ll Learn Each Week

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1: Working In A Series
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2: The Power Of Constraint
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3: Working Large, Staying Loose
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4: Color Contrast
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5: Value Contrast
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6: Intuitive Composition
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7: Rhythm
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8: Structure
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9: Shape & Shape Relationships
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10: Color & Value Relationships
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11: Exploratory Mark Making
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12: Minimalism
Explore the Syllabus for the Course

Studio Start

  • Start Navigating The Website
  • Start VIDEO WELCOME: Introduction
  • Start About Me
  • Start Philosophy
  • Start Studio Resources
  • Start Welcome – Introduce Yourself
  • Start Studio Journey Discussion Board

#1: Working In A Series

  • Start Introduction
  • Start NEW VIDEO: Studio Concept
  • Start NEW AUDIO: Studio Exploration
  • Start Studio Exercise #1
  • Start Studio Exercise #2
  • Start NEW VIDEO: Studio Exercise #3 
  • Start Studio Demo 
  • Start Studio Secret: Creating Many Starts
  • Start SPECIAL Preview of Art Bundle #2: Zorn Palette 
  • Start Studio Discussion

#2: The Power Of Constraint

  • Start Introduction
  • Start Studio Concept 
  • Start Studio Exploration
  • Start Studio Exercise #1 
  • Start Studio Exercise #2 
  • Start Studio Demo 
  • Start Studio Discussion
  • Bonus: Studio Secret #1
  • Start Introduction
  • Start Studio Exercise #1: Zorn Palette #1 
  • Start Studio Exercise #2: Zorn Palette #2
  • Start Studio Demo: Zorn Palette Art Journal #1 
  • Start Studio Demo: Zorn Palette Art Journal #2 
  • Start Studio Discussion

#3: Working Large, Staying Loose

  • Start Introduction
  • Start Studio Concept 
  • Start Studio Exploration
  • Start Studio Exercise #1
  • Start Studio Exercise #2
  • Start Studio Demo 
  • Start Studio Discussion

#4: Color Contrast

  • Start Introduction
  • Start Studio Concept
  • Start Studio Exploration
  • Start Studio Exercise: Color Contrast #1
  • Start Studio Exercise: Color Contrast Exercise #2
  • Start Studio Exercise: Color Contrast #3
  • Start Studio Demo
  • Start Studio Discussion

#5: Value Contrast

  • Start Introduction
  • Start Studio Concept 
  • Start Studio Exploration
  • Start Studio Exercise
  • Start BONUS Studio Exercise: Go Big With Value Studies
  • Start BONUS Studio Exercise: Value Predominance
  • Start Studio Demo 
  • Start BONUS Studio Demo: Divide The Space With Values 
  • Start Studio Discussion

#6: Intuitive Composition

  • Start Introduction
  • Start Studio Concept: Intuitive Composition
  • Start Studio Concept: Simplifying Composition 
  • Start Studio Exercise
  • Start Studio Exploration
  • Start Studio Demo 
  • Start Studio Discussion

#7: Rhythm

  • Start Introduction
  • Start Studio Concept
  • Start Studio Exploration
  • Start Studio Exercise #1: Rhythm Maquettes 
  • Start Studio Exercise #2: Rhythmic Sequences 
  • Start Studio Exercise #3: Rhythm & Combinatorics 
  • Start Studio Demo: Rhythm 
  • Start Studio Discussion

#8: Structure

  • Start Introduction
  • Start Studio Concept 
  • Start Studio Exploration
  • Start Studio Exercise #1: The Grid + Automatic Drawing
  • Start Studio Exercise #2
  • Start Studio Demo 
  • Start Studio Discussion

#9: Shape & Shape Relationships

  • Start Introduction
  • Start Studio Concept
  • Start Studio Exploration
  • Start Studio Exercise #1
  • Start Studio Exercise #2
  • Start Studio Exercise #3
  • Start Studio Demo
  • Start Studio Discussion

#10: Color & Value Relationships

  • Start Introduction
  • Start Studio Concept
  • Start Studio Exploration
  • Start Studio Exercise
  • Start Studio Exercise: Color Value Palette
  • Start Studio Demo 
  • Start Studio Discussion

#11: Exploratory Mark Making

  • Start Introduction
  • Start Studio Concept 
  • Start Studio Exploration
  • Start Studio Exercise #1 
  • Start Studio Exercise #2
  • Start Studio Exercise #3
  • Start Studio Demo 
  • Start Studio Discussion

#12: Minimalism

  • Start Introduction
  • Start Studio Concept 
  • Start Studio Exploration
  • Start Studio Exercise #1
  • Start Studio Exercise #2 
  • Start Studio Exercise #3 
  • Start Studio Demo 
  • Start Studio Discussion

BONUS: Studio Demo

  • Start Studio Demo 

I am excited to be sharing another journey with you Nancy. Under your guidance, tutoring and workshops I have developed my style as an artist and as a result of this I have now taken the plunge to be a full time artist. You have given me the confidence to be disciplined, and believe in myself . It is so exciting to be in my studio each day, putting into practice the knowledge I have gained through your tutoring , and the feeling of joy I experience when I see paintings completed that I am proud of.

Thank you Nancy wholeheartedly , - it is awesome to be sharing another journey with you.

Jo Rankin

Thousands of Artists Have Experienced The Studio Journey.

Here’s what just a few of my students say about working with me in my courses:

Long long ago I was banned from art in my kindergarten class at age 6 for making a mess (I still do!) and told to go and focus on math and English, and so I did...

In time, my career flourished and took me to far and distant places from Singapore to the Jebel Akbar, from Hawaii to Moscow, from Paris to Prague....and many many more. I became a consultant working initially in military and civil aviation and later in transnational law...

I loved to take the road less traveled, but I never ever painted, I had been banned by the powerful wizard. 

And so it was not to be until over 50 years later when that ban timed out - following a severe riding accident and when I fractured many vertebrae. In spinal rehab, there was a very encouraging art therapist, who asked if I would like to paint ...

I loved playing with color, although  I knew I believed I was not really allowed to paint, but a rebel grew in strength and I began to wonder ... ‘ just what if ...?’ And then,  I fell in love with making marks and trying to express feelings and over the next 15 years, I devoured books, courses, videos and all possible to learn ... 

And so, the novice learnt to draw, learnt something about composition, some basic colour theory - and began to exhibit and was astonished when 5 years later I was encouraged to enter a national juried competition. The Gods smiled, and I was selected  - not just that year, but year after year

But, deep inside there was still that persistent voice saying I was not allowed, not good enough. The fear of failure echoed loud and the light went out, I began to stumble around, avoiding my studio - I had lost my belief and compass. 

And then,  one day, when I was very close to giving up, as if by magic, a guide showed up ...a guide who has quietly transformed my studio practice - and brick by brick built my self belief and courage and helped me to paint, paint AND paint and explore and experiment...

Nancy’s way of teaching provides an absolute smorgasbord of learning opportunities and a multiplicity of pathways: from core concepts and principles to guided personal reflection, exciting demonstrations, but always with encouragement for personal choice and growth.  There is a richness of sharing from Nancy the polymath, of the wisdom of the grand masters, not only of art, but also of philosophers, writers, poets, mathematicians and more.

But keystone in all has been to quietly and consistently build self belief. There is magic here and I cannot thank Nancy enough for her generosity and incredible program. The Studio Journey is not a painting course per se, it is a invitation to dance in the internal landscape of magical creativity.

Maggy Herbert-Jobson

Studio Journey™ Alumnus

I come from a figurative background, have been painting in the old Dutch masters style for a few years, but have been finding myself lacking enthusiasm as I paint. Abstract painting is what I am now appreciating, so your course is the perfect thing at the perfect time. How often does that happen, right?! 😊

I am looking forward to your Studio Journeys course. I love the name. One of the many sayings I repeated to my kids as they were growing up, hoping it would replay in their memories, was “Remember to take joy in the journey.” Thanks for helping me do the same.

Diane Schaller

I was one of Nancy's students this past summer, and her class changed my life and my work.

DM

Loving the workshops. You teach some very sophisticated concepts.

R.B.

Join Now & Receive these Exclusive Bonuses

The Creativity Immersion Program ($397 VALUE)

In The Creativity Immersion Program we’ll delve into 5 foundational principles of creativity based in science and psychology. In addition to, daily affirmations and prompts to activate your creativity. 

Studio Secrets ($197 VALUE)

Surprise lessons that are a perennial favorite of the students. We explore 2 Zorn Palette variations and 2 Art Journal Exercises.

The Studio Journey Community
($997 VALUE)

Our fabulous private Facebook Community is where the excitement happens: the exchange of ideas, inspiration, encouragement and friendships flourish in this wondrous, dynamic community of artists.  

READY TO DEVELOP YOUR ROBUST STUDIO PRACTICE

This course will ignite your creativity, cultivate your studio practice
and transform your experience of creating art.

HERE IS EVERYTHING YOU GET WHEN YOU JOIN:

  • The Studio Journey Course                                $997
  • The Creativity Immersion Program                  $397 FREE
  • Studio Secrets                                                      $197 FREE

  • The Studio Journey Community                       $997 FREE

(Course + Bonuses = $2,588 TOTAL VALUE)

GET STARTED NOW!

Choose the package that’s right for you.

PAYMENT PLAN

$367/3 Monthly Payments

7 Day Money-Back Guarnatee

I’m confident you’re going to love the material, just like the artists like you in our community. But if you’re not happy for any reason at all, please email my team within 7 days of joining, and we’ll issue you a prompt and courteous refund. No questions asked!

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this course good for?

This course is for artists yearning to create from the inside out. You desire to express “you” in your art and understand that this is a journey of saying yes to your dreams, facing the perils of creating and learning to trust yourself in your process. You may be at the beginning of your art journey or a seasoned professional. This course is about accessing the deep well of your creativity as you continually explore, experiment and evolve your art.


What is included in the Studio Journey Intensive?

So much! An art bundle every week for 8 weeks plus 4 bonus art bundles so a total of 12 weeks. Each workshop contains an Art Bundle consisting of 4 main parts: an art concept, inner and outer explorations, exercises and a painting demo exploring the concept we’re featuring that week. You’ll receive encouraging and inspiring emails to guide you through the workshop each week.


What else in included in the Studio Journey Intensive?

You’ll get the Studio Start quick start guide when you register. This is located at the very top of the course page. You’ll have access to my 5 module course Activating the canvas.  You’ll have opportunities to share your journey, explorations and experimental works with a wonderful group of artists through our private Facebook group. Videos, Audio, Bonuses, Surprises & much more!


What makes this course different from all other courses?

This is intensive course is meant to get you off the sofa, away from the distractions and back into your studio. This is a course that fosters deep exploration and experimentation. This is about embracing the unknown, allowing the “ugly paintings” to come through and take their place in your development as an artist. This is a course about continually evolving your art. Developed by abstract artist, best selling author and Stanford trained existential psychiatrist who asserts that your deepest art comes from the inside out.


Are the workshops downloadable?

Workshops must be viewed online and are not downloadable. Occasionally a resource will be made available for download such as a PDF.


How long do I have access to the workshops?

You have access to the course for one full year. As an alumnus, you can renew at a nominal fee.


What if I have support issues?

You can contact us at [email protected]. We have office hours Monday-Friday 9 am- 5 pm PST. We’ll respond to you as quickly as possible.


What is your refund/cancellation policy?

We have a 7 day refund policy. You may request a refund at any time during the first 7 days after registration.

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How to create art from inside of you, from your own source and move past repetition in your art.

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The one inner shift that is essential for creating deep and personal art that expresses your own personal marks and gestures.

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The 6 Maquette Exercise that will open up possibility and experimentation in your art

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The Holy Grail of painting; the secret to creating art that is alive and expressive of YOU.

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​PLUS so much more...

Have Questions & Want To Learn More?

You are invited to apply for a complimentary Clarity Call where we can help identify if this is the right program for you and answer any questions you might have.

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Or you can email us at [email protected], and we’ll respond as soon as possible.

About Nancy

Artist, 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® 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 Creativity Immersion Program.

Nancy Hillis, M.D., Artist, Best Selling Author, Speaker & Stanford Trained Existential Psychiatrist.

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