The Artist’s Manifesto
- Short Form Version
- Chapter 1: What Is An Artist?
- Chapter 2: The Creative Work
- Chapter 3: Purposeful Accident
- Chapter 4: Embracing Solitude
- Chapter 5: Why Create
- Chapter 6: Time
- Chapter 7: The Creative Self
- Chapter 8: Mastery
- Chapter 9: Happiness
- Chapter 10: The Exchange
- Reader Bonuses
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by Bobby Kountz
About once every decade or so, an Artist will tap into what I refer to as the Infinite Source of all things creative… When this happens, there is an actual, palpable shift or shudder, if you will, in the space-time continuum. Behind the curtain, or veil, or cloak, or whatever you care to label it, lies the truth. When an Artist accesses the truth, magic happens, literally.
The book you are about to read isn’t a book at all. It is a collection of ideas and inspiration structured in a format that will hopefully have you asking questions and seeking answers, believing where you previously doubted and doing things which up until now, you only ever dreamed. If it does that for you, then you will be experiencing a similar awakening as happened to me.
The Artist’s Manifesto may not grab you as it did me, it may not shake you violently as it did me, but it will wake you up to yourself if you let it – I promise. At some point, while reading the book, you will become suddenly aware that something is different and yet you won’t know what it is. But you will KNOW!
The Artist’s Manifesto permitted me to become the writer I always knew I was capable of becoming. The reason you are reading these words now is a result of the profound experience I had from reading one of the first early versions of the book.
You can imagine how incredibly proud and honoured I was when Larry asked me to contribute the Foreword. I told him he would have it by the end of the week. He said I should take my time. But I felt like there was no time like the present, so I got to work. It felt to me that the Foreword would write itself and I merely needed to do my best to capture the essence of it. It was only hours after that initial conversation that the foreword was complete. This is the essence and principle message of The Artist’s Manifesto in effect.
When an Artist connects with the truth of her inspiration, time stands still. What she once knew, or thought she knew, becomes suspect because of the depth and breadth of the new information she has witnessed. Because the Artist, sharing her work, has broken through something and suddenly dared to share. The
You see, as Winston Churchill said: “The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” Truth is like gravity or the wind. It can’t necessarily be seen or felt, but we know it exists, period.
The Artist’s Manifesto is a document of truth. It documents the truth about anyone who has ever considered sharing something unique with the world. The Artist’s Manifesto is a permission slip, a license if you will, giving you the reader, or anyone who ever thought they needed permission to be creative, the authority to create.
This document, this manifesto is all you will ever need to access the depths of yourself. It will awaken you if you let it. If you surrender to the underlying message, to the space between the spaces, to the words between the words, to the time between the time, you will find yourself in absolute awe of all that is not only possible but more importantly, possible for YOU!
A universe of possibilities awaits… Woven into the words, the sentences, the paragraphs and the chapters, are the ideas that will set you free from the false boundaries you have allowed society to place upon you.
What is “Creative Genius” and where does it come from anyway? What it is might be easier to explain rather than from where it originates. Let’s start with what it isn’t. It’s not YOU, at least not the you your friends and family know as you. It is the you that only you know. It is
It’s the thing that’s known and yet not understood. It is sensed, ever felt, but it cannot be seen, at least not by the outer eye. Simply put, it is what I refer to as our inner wisdom. Some have referred to it as our essence, and others call it our “inner coach.” One well-known writer often refers to this source as our intelligence.
No matter what we label it, understand that “it” has infinite capacity and “it” is what The Artist’s Manifesto is all about. That which can be named is not what we call it. We use words because they are the only method we have to try and describe the indescribable.
Tesla, Michelangelo, Edison, da Vinci, Einstein, Curie, Angelou and so many others, they all knew creativity and imagination were
Believe Completely, Dare Greatly, Achieve Accordingly!
Bobby Kountz, 7:51 PM August 20th, 2018
Author of the forthcoming book:
Commit, Then Figure It Out; How to Accomplish Almost Anything…