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Phil Hansen is one of the most innovative guys out there making art today. He’s also sort of a creation of the YouTube generation as he creates his work on video and often when he is finished the original piece is destroyed. Such is the case with his latest piece. I don’t know why he did this one and I imply no political message from my site anyway, I just can’t believe how cool this came out.

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Okay so here’s the deal. I have been called a winter curmudgeon. I appreciate all that God gives, but snow and ice are among my least favorite of those creations. I think the fact that schools are forcing to change Christmas parties to winter celebrations is ludicrous… What are we celebrating, the icy roads? the back breaking shoveling? It looks pretty, but it can be so debilitating. Then I remember who made it and I realize I need to find a way to appreciate it. Artist Phil Hansen showed a way.

A couple years ago Phil was doing a series of works called Good-bye Art. The idea was that he would create a work on camera and then destroy it so the only place the art existed was on the video.

This piece shows once again, you can make art out of anything. Even snow. So next time it snows, say a prayer of thanks to God, who is always good and then…

Go make art!

I know I have shared Phil Hansen video before even on this topic of embracing the shake, but this one shows a remarkable new piece of art where Phil creates Seurat’s Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte out of a single line. There is so much in this clip brought to us by the folks from Mazda on creativity on embracing and making the most of out limitations and on and on that I had to share it. This is three and a half minutes that will inspire you.
Take a little time and watch it.

Once again, Phil Hansen, of, nails it as he shares a work of art made from the actual struggles and limitations people face. This is an extension of his Embrace the Shake Ted Talk. It an amazing work with an amazing vision.

Here’s what Phil has to say about the piece…

I spent a month in front of a LIVE webcam feed asking people from all over the world, “What’s your limitation?”, and creating a 9x13ft work of art called Refraction, which is completely made out of text. This documentary shows what I uncovered in the process.

What do you see as your limitations and how can you rise above them.

There are so many times when I hear artists and other creatives lament that they are missing something they need to be creative. Here are some videos from Eclectic Asylum and Phil Hansen that remind us, if you’re creative enough you can make art out of anything. You’re only really limited by your own imagination.

and this one is a little gross but now less creative (you’ve been warned!)

Now go and create something! No Excuses!

I know I just posted something on Phil a few days ago, but he nails it on this Ted Talk and every creative I know needs to see this. Phil deals with the creative power that comes from dealing with and even embracing limitations. It’s powerful. Please take ten minutes and check it out.

Some of you have seen Phil Hansen’s story on this blog before but since he is one of my favorite artists and he recently appeared on Last Call with Carson Daly, I thought I’d tell you again. Phil always dreamed of being an artist but doing massive amounts of pointillism caused him to have permanent nerve damage in his drawing hand, which caused his hand to shake. It could have been the end of his art career but instead he decided to “embrace the shake.” In the process, he became (in my opinion) one of the most inventive artists of our time.

What in your life feels like a liability? How can you turn it into an asset?
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I have been a fan of artist Phil Hansen for a long time. His work is some of the most innovative brilliant stuff out there. What’s really interesting is what cause his innovation. You see Phil was an art student with, as he puts it, a single minded devotion to pointillism. Eventually the gripping of the pen for hours and hours making dot after dot did permanent nerve damage to his hand. He was left at a crossroad with a choice, quit art or learn a new way to make it. He opted for the latter and the world is richer for it. Watch the above video and check him out for yourself. This is an audition for Phil to become a speaker for the 2013 series of TED Talks.

If you like what Phil has to say I’m sure he’d appreciate your vote at;TEDNew-York

To see more of Phil’s amazing videos check out his website at

One of the most innovative ways to make art I have ever seen.

Phil Hansen is a true innovator in the world of art. He has pretty much redefined pointillism.
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Phil Hansen from has done it again. He asked people to share their shocking stories and turned them into a portrait of VanGogh. This is great stuff. I share it to fire your creativity. How could you use your gift to do something stunning and amazing?