Drawing Your Own Path
By John F Simon Jr
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Since publishing "Drawing Your Own Path : 33 Practices at the Crossroads of Art and Meditation" with Parallax Press in 2016, John Simon has begun organizing a community of creative contemplatives; people interested in exploring Art and Meditation. For this community podcast, he is recording discussions and interviews with contemporary artists and contemplatives about their personal experiences and lessons from their practices. Enjoy!
||CleanEpisode 20 : Michael Rees||Michael Rees and I are friends from the early digital art days in NYC. He is an innovator in the integration of technology and sculpture experimenting with robotic marble carving, 3D modeling of inflatables, and AR activated imagery.||11/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19 : John F Simon Jr||After interviewing Deborah J Haynes in episode #17 the conversation hasn't stopped! In this episode the tables are turned and Deborah interviews me. We delve deeply into studio practice and the source of creativity.||10/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 18 : Olivia Gatwood||Poet, performer, and author of "New American Best Friend," Olivia Gatwood joins me for a discussion of poets on the road and the storytelling sources of her creativity. Find out more about Olivia Gatwood at oliviagatwood.com||8/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17 : Deborah Haynes||Deborah J Haynes is a giant whose shoulders I stand on! Her experience and practice as a creative contemplative inspire me and show me the way to a deeply integrated and engaged studio. https://deborahjhaynes.com/||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16 : Donna Mikkelsen||Hudson valley artist and educator Donna Mikkelsen and I talk about drawing simultaneously with both hands, the healing power of daily practice, dance and intentional movement, and the experience of teaching ambi drawing to groups. https://www.ambiarts.n||6/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15 : Janine Ibbotson||Contemplative Artist Janine Ibbotson dives deep into Enso practice and shares her genuine love and respect for this ancient , creative, and meditative method of painting. We talk about paper, ink, and brushes, as well as the state of mind of the painter||5/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14 : Amy Jenkins||Award winning documentary film maker and visual artist Amy Jenkins discusses the difficulties and joys that arise when intimately mixing art and life in her new release "Instructions on Parting" Trailer and information here: http://www.on-parting.com/||4/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13 : Joan Bankemper||I visit the Black Meadow Barn for a rollicking dialog with Joan Bankemper just days before her opening at Nancy Hoffman Gallery @ 520 W 27th Street in New York City. Find out more about Joan here: joan-bankemper.com||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12 : Shelley Marlow||Artist and author Shelley Marlow and I discuss the finer points of creativity, gender identity, the writing process, and living in New York City that flowed together to make her novel, "Two Augusts in a Row in a Row."||2/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11 : Mary Ann Strandell||Mary Ann Strandell and I grab a couple of chairs and hang out in front of a large wall painting and lenticular prints she created for the 'Solace' group exhibition in Chelsea, NY. We discuss painting, meditation, and the sources of creativity.||2/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10 : Ayn Choi||Artist Ayn Choi co-organized "Solace...an artist's chapel. A group show of artists who turn inward, especially in times of turmoil, to find and inspire calm." a recent exhibition in the Chelsea neighborhood of NYC.||12/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9 : Rick Jarow||I chat with author, professor of religious studies, and mystic Rick Jarrow about the sources of creativity, his current retreat, and how the open masculine archetype is so important today.||11/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8 : Sarah Potter||A curator, art dealer, and witch : Sarah Potter and I discuss the nomadic art market and how creativity is magic!||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7 : Nancy Princenthal||Nancy Princenthal joins me to discuss creativity and meditation in the life of Agnes Martin, the subject of her 2015 book, "Agnes Martin : Her Life and Art". I also ask her about creativity in her own writing process.||10/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6 : Cody Rounds||From here in Sugar Loaf, NY, I talk to Cody Rounds, an artist, meditation teacher, community leader, and all-around magic person. We talk over her artistic growth and debate the sources of creative energy.||9/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5 : Wendy Ann Greenhalgh||Please join me for a wide ranging (and bonus extra long!) conversation with Wendy Ann Greenhalgh, author of Mindfulness and the Art of Drawing. We talk about red threads, blind contours, and the source of creativity.||8/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4 : Amy Maricle||Amy Maricle and I discuss the benefits of daily creative practice, working with the inner critic, and her efforts to help others through MindfulArtStudio.com and the Facebook group called CreativeSelfCare.||7/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3 : Laura Vitale||Artist and meditator Laura Vitale spends some time in between silent retreats to talk about her creative process and her meditative path.||6/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2 : Eva Lee||Eva Lee, visual artist, film maker, and meditator joins me to talk about Mandalas, brain waves, and Dr. Seuss||5/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1 : Betsy McCall||Betsy McCall, the co-founder of Art Monastery, talks about upcoming ArtMonk retreats in Vermont, the history of the Art Monastery, and what made her fall in love with drawing and art at a young age - plus knitting!||4/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Episode 4: Amy Maricle
Thx, John, for sharing your path ~ I look forward to your podcasts ... your guests are so creative, generous and inspiring.
I especially enjoyed Amy today. Using art leads to "deep self knowledge." I love that!
You are such an excellent educator and guide into the world of art and mindfulness, and I thank you for that!