Trout Studios: Statement of Faith

Because Everyone Has Got To Believe In Something

Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.  I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he  descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. AMEN.

Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, light from light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.

 We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

"The Nine Pursuits of the True Artist"

The artistic journey begins with a simple desire to create.  But this is only the beginning.  This seed to create will  in time grow into a full blown philosophy of art-making.  And like plants themselves, these philosophies come in all shapes and sizes, from weeds to roses to lilies.  All practicing artists whether Christian or non-Christian are driven by some philosophy of art-making whether they are able to articulate it or not.  In what follows, I've tried to articulate for you nine pursuits of the true artist.  Not "true" as defined by degrees of talent, but rather by their close association with the truth - Christ himself It is out of this association that I offer these nine points, which if pursued with faithfulness, will in my opinion, help the Christian artist develop a philosophy of art-making that is honoring to the Lord.

 

1.     EXCELLENCE IN CRAFT

True artists pursue excellence in their craft.  They purpose to develop skills on par with the talent given them.  They pray for the Holy Spirit of God to fill them with skill, ability and knowledge. They work hard, for as the scripture says: "Aft hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.  " They study models to learn why some things work and others don't.  They doift waste their time in reinventing the wheel.  They get on with it.  They are productive.  Peter Kreeft in his book Making Choices wrote: "A ballet dancer becomes free to make beautiful moves only by conforming herself to laws and principles in disciplined practice.  A scholar becomes free from ignorance only by conforming to truth, to data, to facts."

 

2.   MAKE THE MOST OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY

True artists purpose not to live in a world of "if onlys" but instead make the most of every opportunity.  They do not wait for a national platform to really apply themselves.  They give their best to God in their home church or university, being seen as faithful in the little things that they might be found ready and prepared for the bigger.  They recognize that contemporary tools are nice to have, but are no substitute for astonishing ideas.;

 

 3.  FIND BALANCE BETWEEN WORK AND REST

True artists purpose to find a balance between work and rest.  Foolish is the man that thinks he's succeeding because of all the talk about how hard he is working.  As the scripture says, "Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil.  " Rather than

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 anxiety regarding basic provisions, true artists memorize and trust God's promises to provide.

 

4.     PRAY FOR HUMILITY:

True artists pray for humility and don’t struggle endlessly against circumstances designed to humble them.  Instead they see difficult circumstances as a provision from God and an answer to their prayers. They welcome the discipline of the Lord because it is a testimony of his fatherly love and a sure sign that he is changing them incrementally into the man or woman he has designed them to be.

 

5.     WORK AGAINST APATHY 

True artists work against apathy, indifference, unconcern and disdain, They purpose in their lives and their art to do both in such a way as to lead men and women away from such worthless occupation of the mind and heart.

 

6.     LOVE THE CHURCH 

True artists purpose to love the Church despite indifference or opposition to their work.  Though indifference is their enemy they separate it from the brother or sister who is seduced by it.  They are eager to find their place in the Body and do not consider themselves exempt from fellowship and church stewardship responsibilities.  They love the Church and do all they can to build it up, for how can you love Christ and hate his church?

 

7.     PURPOSE TO THINK 

True artists purpose to think.  Philippians 4:8 is their text.  They meditate on what is lovely and truthful and desire such things in their art.  They never stop thinking.  They are curious to know what makes things work.  They know the power of ideas and pray to useSt Frances
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 only those ideas whose consequences produce fruit in keeping with the Spirit of God.

8.     KNOW MISSION AND DESTINATION 

True artists know their mission and destination.  They know where they are going and what they are called to do along the way.  Their panoramic vision keeps their eyes on the promise ahead.  It keeps their eyes on what has gone before in history.  And when they begin to stumble about the road from fatigue or hunger or loneliness their eyes keep them from failing into foolishness at either side of the road.

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9.     9. IMITATE JESUS 

True artists imitate Jesus.  They pursue greatness in craft in order to give the Lord the best fruit Of the talent he has given them, not to build themselves up.  They understand that true greatness is found in the heart of the servant.  After Jesus had washed the feet of his disciples he told them: "I have set an example that you should do as I have done for you.  I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.  Now that you know these things you will be blessed if you do them." (John 13:15-17)

 

This scripture from Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase of the New Testament best summarizes my philosophy of art-making:

 

"So if you're serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it.  Pursue the things over which Christ presides.  Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you.  Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ - that's where the action is.  See things from his perspective." Colossians 3:1 (2)

 

as seen by Charlie Peacock, off the internet.

 

(1)   Kreeft, Peter, Making Choices (Ann Arbor: Servant, 1990), p. 63. 

(2)   Peterson, Eugene H., The Message (Colorado Springs: Navpress, 1993), p. 425.