Richard's Post on Motivation and the Purpose of Painting


I am new to your site.  I wanted to compliment you on the email to sent out today on motivation and the purpose of painting.  It was insightful and written from the heart, something that is hard to do.

Thanks for all that you are doing to promote painting and help others learn.

Looking forward to leaning more about you and your style of painting.


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Comment by Irish Cajun on March 25, 2015 at 4:18

The article came in an email Richard sent as part of his "tips" to introduce his teaching tools.  You may want to shoot him an email to get the original.  I do not see how to attach a document, but I can copy and paste the text.  Here it is:

Richard Robinson – Motivation to Paint


 Someone just emailed me asking a very common question among artists...

She wrote: "I have a common problem.  Even though I paint wonderful paintings (if I do say so myself)  I don't seem to be able to see a good reason or better yet, a purpose for doing them.  How do I find my true passion in painting?  That's my question. Thanks, Peni."

I was away painting for a week and mulled this over while I was out there. Here are a few thoughts that bubbled up to the surface...

Little Moments

Our life is a collection of little moments which slip by so quickly when we don't notice them. The act of painting allows you to be very present in the moment, whether it's struggling or soaring, you're right there - present. When you aren't in the present is when the painting goes bad. Enjoy the moment.

What is the purpose in painting?

What is the purpose in anything? It's THE question. What reason? Ask me on different days and one day there will be no purpose, no reason, and the next day there will be the pure joyful purpose of living and experiencing. I use goals to get me from the hard days through to the easy days. Goals propel me forwards even when there is no reason for them to do so. Sometimes I think having no purpose at all is the purest form of being. Does a tree worry for tomorrow? Does the finger painting child worry for the purpose of their painting?

FINDING your Passion

What FILLS you with passion? Write a list of 5 or more things. Is it visiting a new place at sunset? Meditating? Running down sand dunes? Romantic times? Flying? Diving into turquoise waters? Praying? Running through the shallows? Dancing? Find those things and build more of them into your life - make lists, have goals, dream dreams, have a calendar on your wall with big green ticks in it for the days you've done something that moves you, leave stickers around the house which remind you to get your passion shot for the day, get friends on the same mission helping you helping them, read inspiring books and movies, listen to live music, follow that tingly feeling where EVER it may lead you. "Painting is like the cornerstone in a great arch. It takes the pressure of the day and holds all things together."

- Deborah Strandberg

Lost and Found

We are ALL on the hormone rollercoaster, and those of us who do fly a little higher invariably sink lower too, despite outward appearances. The entire Universe is designed on the basis of ebb and flow, so it's little wonder that our days and weeks and years follow the same pattern. We can't expect to live passionately all the time, but our consolation in the quiet hollows can be that we know we won't remain their long - we're just gaining momentum for the upward swing.


PAINTING with Passion

Aristotle said, "The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance." What is significant to you about your subject or concept? Find the thing you love most about the subject or concept, and focus on that feeling - let everything in the painting and in your experience of creating the painting be an expression of that feeling. One of my favorite moments is sitting back with a coffee and absorbing a freshly finished painting - seeing how my passion translated itself into paint. If the translation is garbled their is inevitably disappointment, but if the translation is true the coffee seems to taste extra good.

:-) Ooh, I'm all inspired! Better stop before I write a book.

Hope that helps in some way - it helped me. :-)

All the best for finding your passion/s.

Richard Robinson

Comment by Marikath Pabico on March 25, 2015 at 2:08


Where could we find this article on motivation?

Comment by Jane Cerami on March 24, 2015 at 7:17

Wish I could have seen that.


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