Posted by: Small House Under a Big Sky Homestead | August 26, 2012

Artist Creed

I’m taking a much-needed rest day today and a welcome out-of-town dinner with my brother.

I leave you with this “Artist’s Creed,” written by Jan Phillips. I purchased this from Jan many years ago when I took a workshop.

Artist’s Creed

 I believe I am worth the time it takes to create

whatever I feel called to create.

 I believe that my work is worthy of its own space,

which is worth of the name Sacred.

 I believe that, when I enter this space, I have the right

to work in silence, uninterrupted, for as long as I choose.

 I believe that the moment I open myself to the gifts of the Muse,

I open myself to the Source of All Creation

and become One With the Mother of Life itself.

 I believe that my work is joyful, useful and constantly changing,

flowing through me like a river with no beginning and no end.

 I believe that what it is I am called to do

will make itself known when I have made myself ready.

 I believe that the time I spend creating my art

is as precious as the time I spend giving to others.

 I believe that what truly matters in the making of art

is not what the final piece looks or sounds like,

not what it is worth or not worth, but what

newness gets added to the universe in the process

of the piece itself becoming.

 I believe that I am not alone in my attempts to create,

and that once I begin the work, settle into the strangeness,

the words will take shape, the form find life, and the spirit takes flight.

 I believe that as the muse gives to me,

so does she deserve from me:

faith, mindfulness and enduring commitment.

 Jan Phillips, C 1994

I hope that this speaks to you and that you enjoy it as much as I do. I keep a copy of this creed on the wall of my studio.

Small House  / Big Sky Donna

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