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Yearning (pastels) by pauldrobertson

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In my work, I try above everything, above anything, to be honest.

This is kind of terrifying.

I try and make pieces that move me, because I want so desperately to move others. I ache to share, to know – it touched me, can it touch you too? Are we alike? In this, if in nothing else?
The art-works that I admire most have a kind of… courage to them. They would have taken balls. It is always the human form that calls to me thus, in love gasped or grief breaking.
We are all beautiful, the ugliest of us become tragedy, and form beauty by its physical absence.
It is for these reasons that humanity has become the subject of my attempts.
I am trying to be brave enough to find a kind of magical promise – A sketched line of tension in a raised palm of farewell… (almost alive, so close to alive; a story but still;)
A sharp thrill of sudden recognition the arc of a cheek lips barely parted and bitten fingers white strained tongue barely visible pressed against small white teeth.
Perfect knowing eyes imploring our own – and for a moment we share the image creature’s lust, her bliss, his agony.
The weight behind me feels like old stone driven to its shape; relentless and implacable.
After so long and so much and so long and so very much that has hurt me as each of us must hurt: with this paint I will try to tell you, I will try and find the courage to share with you. And perhaps you will see, and know, because of the deep scars that you wear upon your heart.
The skills to paint and draw are tools that I have earned, that I am fiercely proud of. Something that I love hard. I think, I hope that they matter. That part of what gives meaning to art is how hard-won the artwork is, how much it has cost for it to be forced into existence.
So I try, and I use them. Like nails, like teeth. I will never, and can never stop.
This has become, I admit, bloody-minded stubbornness.
I think that that’s ok, really… yeah.
It is. I will try to make beautiful things. I will try and make meaning. I must live with all that I have because living is all that I have.
It is wonderful! An ocean of choices that can be made beautiful by choosing well. Our time is our own.
I hope so hard that somewhere in this swarming, seething world of humankind I will I may I might share this wonder within me. That we exist at all. The stunning miracle of chance that we are.
How vehemently, how intensely happy I am that I ever occurred.

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pastel, master, longing, loneliness, passion

I have been writing my novel, which is so exciting i made my cat throw up last chapter I finished. Um… I spun her around saying “YAY!” too much. so i haven’t been painting anywhere near as much as i like to. (I’ve also been realllllllly sick. oh well.) Apart from painting I have a side-line in cat straightening – an uncommon skill that i learned in a dzong in Bhutan.

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  • RavenSoul
    RavenSoulover 3 years ago

    Just Beautiful!

  • thanks ms raven :)

    – pauldrobertson

  • Ina Mar
    Ina Marover 3 years ago

    YES! At last new artwork by you Paul! Your artwork and your words always touch me, so please continue “being honest” :)
    “In my work, I try above everything, above anything, to be honest” – how beautifully said. This should be the first rule for every artist.

  • thank you so much ms ina. i am finally, truly healing from my illness.

    so expect a lot more!!

    – pauldrobertson

  • annacuypers
    annacuypersover 3 years ago

    Beautiful art, x

  • thank you ms anna :)

    – pauldrobertson

  • Mike Paget
    Mike Pagetover 3 years ago

    Nice work!

  • cheers mike !

    – pauldrobertson

  • linaji
    linajiover 3 years ago

    genre: digital art ~ May 2011

  • thank you so much linaji!
    but this is not digital art i am afraid, it is a drawing done in chalk pastels… :)

    – pauldrobertson

  • linaji
    linajiover 3 years ago

    Oh my goodness.. I will put it up next week in diff genre!! .. can you delete!!

  • you mean the image or the posts???

    – pauldrobertson

  • waterbug
    waterbugover 3 years ago

    " a sketched line of tenson in a raised palm of farewell" This is a work of intense beauty and insight. Your work has, in its brushstroke and penstroke, moved me. Yes, it did.

  • oh my friend that means so very much to me. thank you.

    – pauldrobertson

  • Anne  McGinn
    Anne McGinnover 3 years ago

    so gorgeous

  • thank you ms anne :)

    – pauldrobertson

  • Lissywitch
    Lissywitchover 3 years ago


  • thanks!


    – pauldrobertson

  • Ginny Schmidt
    Ginny Schmidtover 3 years ago

    Poignant and powerful, well done.

  • thank you very much ms ginny


    – pauldrobertson

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