The Artist’s Manifesto by Larry G. Maguire
The Artist’s Manifesto
by Larry G. Maguire
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The Artist’s Manifesto
1.1 What Is The Artist’s Manifesto?
1.2 Who Is An Artist?
1.3 Our Challenge
1.4 Creative Integrity
1.5 The Creative Process
1.6 Embracing Solitude
1.7 The Artist’s Duty
1.8 The Work
1.10 Exchanging Art For Dollars
You Are A Storymaker
About The Author
I am an artist. I guess you are too, because you’re reading this, even if you’re not presently calling yourself so. I’ve always been an artist, I felt it just like you do. That feeling of something bigger and broader, waiting for me.
That something inside me, a feeling that I can’t explain. It drew me to weird people, to freaks, people with tattoos and crazy hair and crazy clothes, to bars with alternative music, to lyrics of songs, to arty non conformist things.
To the hidden meaning in words and sentences, to a deeper reality that escapes most of the world. It all just felt like it was my place.
Instead of following what felt natural I chose to fit in, to be normal, to get a job, to follow the pre written rules for survival and success. But it didn’t last.
Something else was calling, quietly, whispering to me to follow it. I had no choice, it expressed itself through my work by default. I committed to making the best things I possibly could. Attention to detail was paramount for me but those around me didn’t understand.
My customers, my employees, my friends – most of them wanted less than I was prepared to give. But I knew that it was right and proper to complete my work to the highest level possible.
I had no choice you see, I had to follow what my heart said.
However this caused problems for me. I was working in the world others made, and I was bound by the rules of that game. On one side I had this need to make unique things to a high standard, and on the other I had this idea that I needed to follow the rules.
This was like trying to ride two horses at the same time and it didn’t work. I ignored my inner voice for many years and made many wrong decisions.
After many years of hammering that square peg into a round hole I finally gave up and decided to follow the voice.
Have you ever felt like I did?
Are you tired of trying to make those shoes fit?
Is the constant need for acceptance killing your creativity?
If you’re fed up following the rules others made, if those shoes don’t fit anymore, and if you’re ready to follow your heart the read on.
The Artist’s Manifesto is a call to arms for creative people like you to ignore the opinions of others, to leave behind the need to be accepted, and finally create the beautiful things you were meant to.
It is a request for you to find the silence, to finally listen to the small voice that’s been calling you all your life. It’s call for you to bring a true representation of yourself into the world without fear of rejection.
We are the Storymakers, and we tell our stories through our art. That can never be compromised for the sake of applause, for when we do, we lose the truth and honor in our work.
The Artist’s Manifesto is declaration of who we are and what we stand for. It is a gracious presentation of the middle finger to the world that says we should row in, join the machine, be the same as everyone else.
It is a message to my fellow creatives that there are more like you, you are not alone, your tribe is waiting.
The Artist’s Manifesto is about us, our art, and that which calls us to make it.
Everyone is an artist and everyone has the ability to create art. We were born with it, it is inherent in our being. It wills to be expressed and will express if left to do so unhindered.
Everyone feels the need to create in their own way and no one has the right to encroach on other people’s creative integrity, method or means of creation. Art is unique, it is never the same despite the insistence of the world to place art in boxes with labels.
The street sweeper can be an artist. The barista can be an artist. The plumber, the architect, the florist, the mechanic and the accountant, they all can be artists.
Everyone has the opportunity to create art in their chosen profession, but not many choose it. For us who can see art in all things and people, their artistic ability is obvious, even if they can’t see it themselves.
It is there, waiting to be allowed expression. Allowing that energy expression is a challenge because the world tells us we need to be productive and efficient, to contribute and to earn.
Our challenge therefore is to follow the sound of the small voice and allow it to lead us in the direction of what we inherently know is right. Some of us know it and express it, some of us know it and don’t express it, many others don’t yet know it.
Maybe this lifetime is not for them to know it, but eventually everyone will know it and express it freely. That is the ultimate will of the soul.
The momentum of the world is our greatest challenge. It has been building for a very long time, and if we try unwittingly to be a part of it then try to create from there, our art will be spoiled.
Our society is constantly in the making and is becoming more and better than is was before. However, we creatives must step outside of that to create. We must enter our own world and make things from there.
For us there is the natural draw towards making things, and in tandem there is the draw towards being a part of the world around us. We strive to stay true to the artistic calling, to make beautiful things while the world pulls us like a magnet toward normality.
It says that we must follow the rules, fall in line, not to drift outside the protective circle of society. Go to school it says, study hard, get a job, be like everyone else, be safe. It’s dangerous to follow your heart, you’ll be left alone out in the wilderness to die.
But something inside us knows that this idea is flawed and it feels like we are being pulled apart. Sameness, normality and mediocrity are celebrated and encouraged by the masses.
They are the arch enemy of the artist and they are the destruction of all creativity in the world. Sameness is like a whirlpool, a powerful vortex with vast momentum and it is easy to fall into this if we are not aware.
Part of the problem for us creative people is allowing this sameness to be without needing it to change. Needing it to change we become a part of it and it drags us in.
In this world of ours we are not alone, we join each other there. Everyone who has ever made great things and changed the world is there. The energy that wills us to make things is there.
Creative people like you and me must go there every day to receive the inspiration and direction we need to make great things. Without this going to the well we fall into the momentum of the world.
We become drawn to the predominant thought patterns of people and become disconnected. Our challenge therefore to remain in that place, our own world.
Break the rules
Fuck the begrudgers
Graciously present the middle finger and say thanks but no thanks.
You must be selfish and uncompromising in your art. You must maintain creative integrity no matter what. The small voice that directs us sounds like a whisper and stays with us always.
It’s loud when we are quiet, and quiet when the world is loud, but it never leaves us. It calls us to keep our creativity intact and true, to never compromise despite the temptation from the world to do so.
I am not religious in the typical sense of the word, however I can see the truth hidden in the stories from the bible. The serpent in the garden represents the world of polluted ideas, of greedy men, of commerce, of a disconnected society.
You are an artist, you see these things plainly. You know this has momentum and you can see there is a draw towards it. Many of us are tempted to go, we think we must in order to succeed. This is the way to fall.
So we’ve got to be careful here not to be drawn into these false ideas. To create meaningful art, we must hold our creative integrity as the highest value above all other things.
If we follow the serpent we will become lost, if we listen to the small voice when it’s when it’s quiet, we’ll learn to hear it when the world is loud.
The universe and all creation is fractal in basic nature, ever creating better versions of itself from itself. It never ceases and it is always changing. Nothing ever stays the same. It is always moving, always flowing.
It is our job, the job of the storymaker then to move with this flow, to harness is and to make ever better and increasingly refined and higher versions of ourselves from it.
The process creates itself, we do not create it, we ride it. In Zen it is known as Zí Rán; That which comes of itself. The artistic process is spontaneous, is free of conditions and requires no force or effort.
Life requires no force, no laws, no boss, nobody to push it around and make it happen. It simply does it.
In describing the artistic process is more accurate to say there is no process, it simply is. To apply a process suggests that there are rules, and there are no rules. What is being created is created now.
Looking back, analysing kills creativity, destroys the very thing we are trying to create. The very act of trying kills it.
The process looks after itself and required no input from you or I. We are simply tools in the hands of our art. To realise that and remove ourselves from it allows it to be created.
The most beautiful place you can be is here. This is where it all began and where it will eventually all fall back into. Life is solitude in expression of itself and to be there is the greatest experiences any artist can ever have.
God lives in the quiet away from the noise of the world, so to allow our art expression we must embrace the solitude.
Many of the world’s greatest artists already know this. The rest of the world does not. They label the artist a recluse, an introvert, they say you are hiding from the world. They simply don’t understand what we understand.
To be an artist, to be a Storymaker is to embrace the quiet of our own minds.
In the solitude of our own company is where that which inspires us waits for us to come home. Never impatient, always loving, it offers us everything we need in every moment to create a masterpiece.
It embraces the artist and give expression to its ideas through our hands. It speaks the truth and wants the world to hear it.
All we need to do is to accept it and allow it expression.
Every creative person has a duty and responsibility to share the truth of things with the world. This truth lies in the beauty of our art. In the poems, in the prose, in the music, in the dress you made or in the meal you cooked. It’s in the book you haven’t written yet and in the drawing you haven’t yet sketched.
There is much darkness in the lives of people, and when we come back to the noisy world from our private creative space we bring a piece of that light with us. People see this and are drawn to it.
They recognise it as a part of them and want to be close to it. This is why people buy art. This is why people want unique things. Without you and I visiting the silent world where we create we have little to offer anyone. “Be a light unto the world” it said.
So the duty of the artist is go to our creative place, create and bring it back to here. To show this world a little piece of that thing they have forgotten they are. To let people see that there is a better way, and it waits for them, for that time when they are ready.
It is the artist’s duty to be non conformist, to highlight the wrongs and present a new idea for the world. Our work must be non partisan, there is no right or wrong just creativity for the sake of creativity.
There is no nationalism, no patriotism, no capitalism, just art. We are Storymakers and it is our job to deliver the truth of the story.
We must never censor the truth regardless of how it might be received. Outside opinion must never influence our message and we must never dilute it for fear of controversy or reprisal. We must be prepared to go to war for the truth, for our art.
Mathematics is art. Driving a bus is art. Planting trees is art. Creating or doing anything that helps brighten the lives of other people is art. Anything you love doing is art. Work is your art, therefore love your work.
Art can be found where any human being is in love with their work. Where we bring commitment, dedication and passion to things we make and do they grow and have influence. People love these things, they see your expertise and they say “wow, she is really brilliant at what she does”.
This praise and acknowledgement comes a result of doing the work and can not be a precondition. If we crave this attention our work will be spoiled. Do it for the sake of it, no other reason.
Our work is in showing up, making time every day to practice and develop the necessary skills to become a master. To dedicate ourselves to the technical skills of our work is to serve the higher calling.
Here there is a risk. To decide we are one thing and dedicate the time to become this is taking a chance. What if we fail? What if it doesn’t work out? What if we can’t make a living from it? What if the world rejects us?
These self doubting thoughts are a trap. It is mistrust of the process of creation that’s present in all things, and when we get caught in those ideas they kill our creativity. In this we are living outside our own minds and in the ideas of the world. We’ve simply got to trust the intuition, follow the path and do the work.
We must realise that all there is, is now. There is no future and there is no past therefore all we have is the present moment. Every moment we delay doing the work we deprive ourselves and the world from the art we were meant to create.
It is our time now, our time to create, to serve our time, be the apprentice, to do the work.
Art is the expression of the soul and in order to allow the soul express itself here we must be willing to dig deep inside and find out who we are. For centuries those who came before us have laid the ground and set the rules to the game.
This is built into the very DNA of our makeup, therefore we have some work to on ourselves to remove the layers and allow our true selves express.
To connect with our spirituality is to accept that this is not simply a world of stuff. Now that is difficult especially for those of us who live in the city, yet even that has an inherent spirit.
Although not as strong as the country, the city can show us its spirituality and offer us inspiration. But the countryside is perhaps the best place for us to reconnect with our spirit.
The truth is easier to see in nature. There is no made made things there, no noise, no distraction. You and I can become inspired by spending time in nature just doing nothing, taking it all in.
In the expression of the soul through our art we shine a light on the old world sterile view of humanity lost in a cold and hostile universe, alone and directionless.
We put out of business the peddlers of nihilist ideology and replace them with the truth that only love and connection to spirit is truly worthwhile.
Through bringing spirit into the world through our art we promote acceptance, forgiveness, love and oneness in humanity. We make this place better one story at a time.
Now we’ve learned to be quiet it’s time to take our silence into the noisy world. When we spend time in solitude, when we’ve done the work, we can do this with ease. We know the truth and the momentum of things has little or no effect on us. We know the world is not broken and we don’t have to fix it, rather we just show up with what we’ve made and others will see the truth of it. What’s rare is wonderful, and people will want to be a part of it, they will want to have a piece of it in their lives.
They will be willing to exchange pounds, shillings and pence for a piece of the truth that you’ve made. Even though they might not know what how significant your work actually is, something in it will speak to them and they will want to be a part of it.
We can’t force this to happen, rather we must allow it. Hold true to your creative integrity, embrace the silence of your own company and allow that creative force express itself through you. Trust it and the money will follow, doubt it and you kill it.
The internet is the greatest opportunity for artists like us to share our work. But we must show up every day. Learn the basic technical things you need to make the internet work for you. Take a course online or in the real world.
Write about your work, share pictures of what you make, tell your friends. Join others and form a cooperative, do something, anything to spread your work around the world and do it every day.
Research, investigate, learn, do whatever you have to do to get your work out to people. If you are a portrait artist you would look for a gallery to show your work right? Heck, you’d even sit on the side of the street to show your work, right?
Leaving your creations to lie on a shelf aids no one. As I mentioned above in The Artist’s Duty, you must get your material out into the world. Without doing so you rob others of the enjoyment of owning a piece of something special, and you rob yourself of the opportunity to share in that exchange.
Lose any negativity you have around money. If you don’t you’ll push it away from you. Money is not inherently bad, in fact there is no bad, just labels we’ve assigned to things. Money is a means of exchange.
A flower creates itself beautiful and the bee is attracted to it. The bee gets the pollen and the flower is pollinated – fair exchange. You create something beautiful and unique, someone is attracted to it and gives you an equal exchange for it.
Where’s the badness in that?
There is none.
You are entitled to make as much money as you allow into your life and you are entitled to be happy. However, if you believe otherwise then you will prevent it from coming.
If you believe what I have told you here, you will know that all things are spiritual. All things come from that quiet place when ideas and wonderful things lie.
It is our job to allow the vision to come to us, then get out of its way and allow its expression. We are in a partnership with the creative force of the Universe and we get to experience the creation.
Storymakers, our stories are wonderful things, let’s make more of them and share them with the world.
Writer, Painter, Poet, Musician, Chef, Designer, Illustrator, Coder, Carpenter, Gardener, Barista, Plumber you are all Storymakers. Go create your story – bring your love and expression of that which is you into the world. Leave your legacy, make a lasting imprint on the world. That’s your only job here. You and everyone you know will be gone soon… now is your time.
Now go create…
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I’m Larry, born and bred Dubliner. I trained as an electrician from 1990 – 1994, started in business a couple years later and became quite successful counting US Govt and Intel as clients. But something was missing.
After the 2008 crash in the economy I realised I had myself invested in someone else’s idea of who I should be. For a long time I ignored my creative calling for the sake of commitments and responsibilities.
Now I see no greater importance for me and you than to make things that reflect our inner spirit and positively affect this world.
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I am an artist. I guess you are too, because you’re reading this, even if you’re not presently calling yourself so. I’ve always been an artist, I felt it just like you do. That feeling of something bigger and broader, waiting for me. That something inside me, a feeling that I can’t explain. It drew me to weird people, to freaks, people with tattoos and crazy hair and crazy clothes, to bars with alternative music, to lyrics of songs, to arty non conformist things. To the hidden meaning in words and sentences, to a deeper reality that escapes most of the world. It all just felt like it was my place. Instead of following what felt natural I chose to fit in, to be normal, to get a job, to follow the pre written rules for survival and success. But it didn’t last. Something else was calling, quietly, whispering to me to follow it. I had no choice, it expressed itself through my work by default. I committed to making the best things I possibly could. Attention to detail was paramount for me but those around me didn’t understand. My customers, my employees, my friends - most of them wanted less than I was prepared to give. But I knew that it was right and proper to complete my work to the highest level possible. I had no choice you see, I had to follow what my heart said. However this caused problems for me. I was working in the world others made, and I was bound by the rules of that game. On one side I had this need to make unique things to a high standard, and on the other I had this idea that I needed to follow the rules. This was like trying to ride two horses at the same time and it didn’t work. I ignored my inner voice for many years and made many wrong decisions. After many years of hammering that square peg into a round hole I finally gave up and decided to follow the voice. Have you ever felt like I did? Are you tired of trying to make those shoes fit? Is the constant need for acceptance killing your creativity? If you’re fed up following the rules others made, if those shoes don’t fit anymore, and if you’re ready to follow your heart the read on.