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Portrait of the Artist

By tehconi | April 23, 2008

In the end, we arrive at a kind of model of the artist’s world, and that model is that there exist other, higher planes of reality, about which we can prove nothing, but from which arise our lives, our work, and our art.  These spheres are trying to communicate with ours.  When Blake said Eternity is in love with creations of time, he was referring to those planes of pure potential, which are timeless, placeless, spaceless, but which long to bring their visions into being here, in this timebound, space-defined world.

The artist is the servant of that intention, those angels, that Muse.  The enemy of the artist is the small-time Ego, which begets Resistance, which is the dragon that guards the gold.  That’s why an artist must be a warrior and, like all warriors, artists over time acquire modesty and humility.  They may, some of them, conduct themselves flamboyantly in public.  But alone with their work they are chaste and humble.  They know they are not the source of the creations they bring into being.  They only facilitate.  They carry.  They are the willing and skilled instruments of the gods and goddesses they serve.

—  Taken from “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield

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