Drawing Your Own Path

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 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.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 52.99MB - Duration: 58:26 m (127 kbps 44100 Hz)

Episode 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.

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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. https://deborahjhaynes.com/

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 51.4MB - Duration: 55:47 m (129 kbps 44100 Hz)

Episode 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.

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Episode 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/

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Episode 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

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Episode 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.

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Episode 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.

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Episode 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.

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Episode 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.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 64.78MB - Duration: 1:03:17 m (143 kbps 48000 Hz)

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