All serious daring starts from within.       -Eudora Welty

Help along the path to self-realization comes in many forms. Rather than a guidebook with steps from a spotless guru, this is a scrapbook of courageous introspection from a fellow traveler. With two mediums at once, visual artist and writer Dori DeCamillis validates our journey by revealing with uncompromising honesty the bewildering, treacherous, and magnificent territory of the human heart. An experiential, illustrated narrative that eschews preaching or advice giving, this revelatory offering paves a passage through the sweet and sour reaches of the human psyche and opens a gateway to usable insights and spiritual connection.

Dori owns Red Dot Gallery, a working studio, teaching space and art gallery in Birmingham, Alabama. She has written three books and her paintings have been exhibited at galleries, festivals, and museums across the country. Her bio has the full scoop on Dori.

“Without a Net started in 2010 as a series of paintings about my mind states. I bring to canvas my inner life in an attempt to be honest with myself about my habits, traits, emotions, and behaviors. Because I’ve found the exploration of each mind-state to be incomplete with the painting alone, I write an essay for each painting to explain its inspiration and process.”

Without a Net Blog offers the writings, workshops, and other inspirations that spun off from the paintings. The posts may eventually be compiled in book form. In the spirit of Dori’s painting process, Without a Net creativity and self-awareness workshops are held every couple months, and are meant to share the transformative process of making art with the intention of self-inquiry.

Click here for a deeper look into the creative process of the Without a Net series. (Link takes you off-site.)

“Thank you for visiting my blog. This project has been a powerfully moving adventure for me, and your interaction here (whether silent or more involved) makes it all the more profound.”