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!
Episode 11 : Mary Ann Strandell
Mary Ann Strandell and I hang out in the gallery in front of a large wall painting and a set of lenticular prints she created for the 'Solace' group exhibition in Chelsea, NY (Nov-Dec 2017). She and I talk about how her ideas for wall paintings and room installations were influenced by 18th century chinoiserie period rooms. Mary Ann shares about her childhood, her entry into the art world, and how meditation and inner life have been important to her artistic growth. We end by talking about the more esoteric aspects of the creative process and what it means to get your art out into the world. See her work and find out more about this terrific artist here: https://www.maryannstrandell.com/
Episode 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. We discuss work from his ongoing exhibitions, the relationship of his work to the world, and then, of course, we talk about the creative process and what it means to make things in the digital world.
Grounds for sculpture: http://michaelrees.org/2018-synthetic-cells-site-and-parasite/
Aldrich Museum: http://michaelrees.org/aldrichonedge/
On the Sunny Side of the Street: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGt0AITYbaI
Episode 19 : John F Simon Jr
NEW PODCAST EPISODE #19 with John F Simon, Jr.
After interviewing Deborah J Haynes in episode #17 the conversation didn't stop! In this episode the tables are turned and Deborah interviews me. We talk about Color Panel v1.0 - a work of mine that is being shown at the Whitney Museum's 'Programmed' exhibition until April 2019 and then delve deeply into studio practice and the source of creativity.
Episode 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. She is skilled in remembering and sharing personal details of her life and through them finding universal, emotional connection. The episode has three poetic interludes captured from live performances of her work. She begins a 26 city tour next Thursday, August 23rd, 2018, in Cambridge, MA and goes across the USA and back, through the northwest, Oregon, California, even Arkansas, and ending in Brooklyn on Sept 30th! Find out more about Olivia Gatwood and see the entire tour schedule at https://www.oliviagatwood.com/
Episode 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. Deborah is both an artist and writer, about to publish her seventh book, "Beginning Again: Reflections on Art as Spiritual Practice" Her creative work includes drawing and carving words in marble, while her writing addresses themes such as the cultural function of art and the role of the artist. She has so much to offer the DYOP community and I hope you will enjoy her interview.
Episode 16 : Donna Mikkelsen
Donna Mikkelsen is an artist and educator living in Beacon, NY. She has been exploring ambidextrous drawing for over 25 years, developing her own unique style and turing her passion into a daily practice of drawing meditation. She has developed AMBIARTS, a practice of group symmetry drawing, into workshops for all ages.
Donna 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.
More about Donna here: https://www.ambiarts.net/
and follow her active Instagram feed at:
to see videos of her creating ambi drawings
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!