Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Artist's Creed by Jan Phillips

I wish I had written the Artist's Creed....when I feel like I should be doing laundry instead of creating art, I read this!

I BELIEVE I am worth the time it takes to create whatever it is I am called to create.
I BELIEVE my work is worthy of its own space which is worthy 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 when I open myself up to the gifts of the muse, I open myself up to the source of all creation.
I BELIEVE that my work is joyful, peaceful, and constantly changing, flowing thru 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 am 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 like 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 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 will find life, and the spirit will take flight.
I BELIEVE that as the muse gives to me, so does she deserve from me - faith, mindfulness, and enduring commitment.


  1. I really like this! I am going to print it out and post it in my art studio! Thanks Janette! Is that time really correct? Are you up at 4 am writing your blog?! wow... you really are a night owl! or would that be a very early morning owl? hee hee

  2. Thanks for the comments! Yes, I'm an insomniac and a night owl. I usually sleep until 10 AM and stay up until 4 AM or maybe 5 AM. I've always been this way and then I married a newspaper man! His crazy hours at the paper are 4 PM until Midnight or 1 AM so we live like vampires! Wasn't I lucky to meet another night person to live with?!

  3. I love this! I'm so glad I came across your blog!!

  4. Your poem is beautiful and inspiring ....thank you for sharing : )