Something happened that I really want to talk about.

Since this happened, I did a lot of research & I want to get it out to other creative people & artists. This deeply affected my understanding of anxiety & creativity. Please consider listening.

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PDF (Theory of Human Motivation):

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The Five Levels of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (explains the concept):

* Peak Experiences in Psychology (discusses parts of self-actualization):

*** 9 Characteristics of Self-Actualized People:


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  • Here are the resources I mentioned. Thank you for listening!

    PDF (Theory of Human Motivation):

    YouTube Audiobook (Theory of Human Motivation ): 


    The Five Levels of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs (explains the concept):

    * Peak Experiences in Psychology (discusses parts of self-actualization):

    * 9 Characteristics of Self-Actualized People:

    Robin Sealark June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • Every time I'm struggling artistically I keep coming back to this video. Thank you so much for sharing this back then, it means so much to me (and ofc so many others!) So just– thank you thank you thank you for sharing ♡

    KyuuBear June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • 10:29 that is me in a nutshell… I got put down so much in art that I hide it… I feel more comfortable sharing it with strangers online than with mah family… I also massively hate hovering…

    Lady Seshiiria June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • I’m scared of making nsfw or anything a bit inappropriate because don’t want my family to think I’m disgusting

    Red Blood June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • Hi, 👋 it's grateful from the future 🙏❤

    Cione Ciox June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • I know this is an older video, but I only discovered you in the past few days as I began my journey with acrylic painting. I wanted to comment on what an incredibly deep and beautiful soul you are, and how your emotional breakthrough touched me. I often have similar emotional epiphanies, and I was deeply moved by your emotional bravery and raw truth. You are a powerful and effective person. ❤️

    Kelly Resch June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • Wow! Robin you are such an old soul. I came across this video of yours today and you really got to my most innermost feelings about my life. I only started painting when I was 55 yrs old. I was intrigued by you and your art and your aproach to life in general. I was loving the journey and feeling of creating art but then something happened and I couldn't bring myself to paint at all.
    Years ago I wrote inspirational poetry for my work. I called myself "The Hopeful Poet" and had a great community of friends. I was called apon to make cards for any occasion and I also wrote one proposal for a friend's son to his intended bride. He actually read it in public in a parade. I made brochures and tried to get my own card business off the ground. I was going to call it "Honestly" and my motto was "understandable realistic and true,
    Made specifically and especially for you" I had questions for clients to answer so I could gear it towards them; so they were original and not just general. Time went by and thru loss of my, job, marriage, home excetera that dream fell by the way side. Jump forward to my 50's and I was still trying to make the best of a life.
    There is too much sadness and tragedy to go into but I have to say that listening to you today makes me understand so much more. I'm 58 on the 19th this month. I've begun to try and paint again. I'm going to practice more instead of trying to turn every thing I paint into a satisfying piece of artwork that I'm ok with sharing…why do I have to be so critical of myself expression? I wish I could talk more with you. You understand so much at such a young age. You are so passionate and real. You help me! You really helped me with this video. I just wanted you to know. I look forward to watching more of you again. I missed you when you were gone. Thankyou for caring enough to share your thoughts and knowledge and art! I hope you are well! This pandemic has really got me down. I'm high risk and staying home but getting some sun in the back yard. I have terrible self esteem and no close friends or family where I live. It definately effects my ability/(want) to literally set up and paint! Keep doing what you are doing. Again. Thanks so much!

    gina balayti June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • I love your willingness to be vulnerable! From Kindergarten to HS graduation I received accolades for my artistic expression. As I got older I felt like I grew out of it but now I know that I was making art for love, attention and acceptance. Competition with others seemed to take the fun out of it and deadlines were another pressure that I thought stifled creativity. I can now see that a part of my spirit died when I stopped creating art.
    At the age of 52 I've recently started exploring artistic expression again. That's how I came across your channel! Thank you SO freakin' much!

    James Calbert June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • These are awesome ideas!! If you liked "The Subtle Art..", I highly recommend "First, We Make the Beast Beautiful" by Sarah Wilson if you have anxiety and feel disconnected from your place in life. It's inspired by "The Subtle Art…" and it has a similar concept and great mechanisms for feeling at peace.

    Lauren Nuggets June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
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    runsaber1 June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • Woke up an hour ago and thought:
    "Hey, this girl inspired me to paint.
    What happened to her?".

    To tnis day, turns out she hasn't been active on YouTube since 10 months ago. I hope she's ok.

    Thanks for this vid Robin.

    Galileo R. Cuevas June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • This was beautiful. I’ve been journaling my creative values for years but never created it and right now I’m in the middle of my art revitalize period, so this is good to remember

    Artist and the City June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • This really helped me a lot today, thank you.

    Rhi Funke June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • 😊

    supanova20 02avonapus June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • Ayahuasca!

    John Murphy June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • I literally throw away everything "not perfect" and barely have a sketch book left.. this was a really special video to me. ♥

    Tamara Ida June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • I was watching this while debating on trying and expanding out more mediums. When you had mentioned the part about the sketchbook and hiding yourself. I related to that so much, I tend to hide my art because I fear it isn’t as good as an old friends or it wasn’t as good as people expected from me. Your video had an impact in such a way where It has influenced me to go back to the drawing board and find out what my purpose is or what is it that I want and to possible accept myself and where I am in my art career . Even as it’s a hobby at the moment , I want to eventually expand and make it a career or even as a semi professional. I want to be able to show the passion in my work and show that all art can be different and doesn’t have to be stereotypical and blend in with the norms. I find myself often scared to try new things or even scared to show my art. The thing stopping me would be fear if anything. The fear of accepting myself and the fear of being unliked for my works or myself. So thank you for taking your time and talking about it. It helped a lot 🙂

    Tranquil June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • Thank you so much for this beautiful discovery that you made and shared with such heartfelt passion and with such brilliance and articulation. You are a great find your inspired by Beyonce. I am inspired and touched by your spirit. I love your personality, passion and joy.

    Also your art instruction is such a delight to watch. Robin you are like a Skylark in the poem by Shelly. Beautiful spirit!

    Susanna Artist June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • I’m sitting here drawing a toad with a hat and I agree wholeheartedly

    lizzie grumble June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • thank you for this, really <3

    Hiba Jaafar June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • I loved this, and needed to hear it. Thank you for sharing your heart and mind!

    brittany campbell June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • Thank you for expressing your ideas and your vulnerability.

    Richard Coleman June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • Supposing I understood you correctly, one of the most powerful things we can do for people (especially artists) is to encourage them to love their own uniqueness.

    If yes, it's a beautiful message. I had always wondered how I as an artist could use my art to help this world. With a message such as yours, it could be as simple as telling someone their crazy art ideas are okay, lovable, and deserving of bringing them happiness.

    AJ June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • I’ve recently rediscovered your channel, and I’m so thankful to have viewed this upload. I cried a lot because I haven’t found my community of love and acceptance and I know it’s what stops me from being happy. Thank you Robin, for your research. Self-esteem is what I badly need to work on. X

    C Grande June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • Just started out with painting with a professional mind set and taking myself seriously as an artist, aged 39. Thank you for this talk , much love from Germany 💗💗💗

    Karen Singing ASMR June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • There are literally no words I can say to describe how watching this video made me feel.. I have been going through a lot of similar realizations and intense emotions and have struggled to verbalize it myself, so the thoughts have just kind of manifested as more anxiety (which hasn't been helpful lol). You discussed this so perfectly and I just want to thank you so, so much for sharing your experience in such an open and honest way. I feel like some of my anxiety has been lifted. Thank you <3

    Andrea Alexander June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • You have contributed to aiding humanity just by making this video alone, even if you never did anything else from this day forward. Something I really needed to hear at this time. Thanks, Robin.

    Ekim Yazici June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • I just discovered your channel but you are helping to inspire me and look beyond what I thought art was. You are most certainly on your way to unlocking your full creative capability. Just know you are helping people do that for themselves. Thank you for that, truly.

    Gavin Devereaux June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • Thank you so much for your words and feelings, I needed this ♥️

    Charm D. June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • no offense, but…. were you high, when you filmed this?

    KaizenKitty June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • Wow. Just Wow. I needed to see this. I am currently trying to dive deep into who i am and find a creative side and hobbies and passions. I'm 27 and been a mom since I was 19 so really never gave my self time to find who i am on a deep level. This was beautifully said. Thank you!

    Katie Stucker June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • I want to find peace to break the moulds I've created" … or something like that. Nice

    Sebastian Rodriguez June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • I used to draw every day and for 10+ years and had ambitions to become a tattoo artist or design clothing or really anything that involved creating art. I still love art deeply but I can’t draw anymore due to depression laziness and self doubt. I am 21 and also struggling with employment and social anxiety. I just need to start the process again and I’ll be back on track. I struggle with motivation, aswell as caring too much about what I am in other people’s eyes. Part of it is I hold my art to too high of a standard and I have compared myself to other artists. I lost my love for the process partly due to lack of practice. Im heart broken and want to be drawing again.

    I’m just going to do it, regardless of how bad or good I am.

    Just wanted to share.

    ian mcnab June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • William Shakespeare – Hamlet – This above all: to thine own self be true……..Don't over think it sweetie,  just be you….feel what you feel, do what makes you happy. You know when you have put yourself on the canvas, when it's hard to let  it go. If art it a means to an end, what is the "end"? I believe creativity is a part of you, some people sing, and if they are a singer they will sing whether anyone listens, dancers dance, and I see shapes no one else can see until I'm done. We have to  feel before we know, and that knowing is unique to us…….if you can paint that, you don't need anyone else's approval….be happy:)

    Marta Escobar June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • Okay so- I literally was just feeling this fear and frustration of not being good enough- like I already tried to paint something similar to what I’m wanting to paint right now, and I failed before. So, I’m afraid of failing again- that my skills are going to be the same, and I don’t want that, you know?
    And I’ve always felt this insecurity while I draw, and when my unfinished pieces get criticized.

    Then I thought about what you said, in terms of my insecurities and growing and that acceptance.

    I wanted to thank you for making this video- and I happened to stumble across it after I prayed about my situation- wanting to find some kind of tutorial to help me- if it would help.

    Then this happened…. and I’m beyond grateful for this video.

    Thank you ♡♡♡

    Madison Montgomery June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • Thank you for sharing this.❤

    Samreen Hashmi June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • Love this and wholeheartedly agree

    Bailey Kuhlman Art June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • I just smiled and felt proud watching you.
    I don’t know you, so the pride is more that you give me hope for the generation coming up next. I see a lot of my own journey coming up in your eyes and your gesticulations. It’s… you’re great… you’re doing wonderful and creative work without any embellishments, but your reach with this channel is so necessary.

    Again, I don’t know you, but it was nice “sitting with you” and listening to your heart and to be a witness to your world expanding so much that your soul cried. Wow, Mine too. You’re lovely. I’m grateful. Sending joy your way. Cole

    C. Samson June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • Sensitive. Creative. Intelligent. You are wonderful to share all this here.

    Kryssy Gee June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • I just found you and have really enjoyed binge watching your channel the past 1.5 hrs. I hope that doesn't sound weird. 🙃I'm a creative soul, many mediums but love acrylics and also struggle with mental health. I remember my doctor talking about Maslow so this was great, I loved what you said. Thank you! -Angie

    Petal Passion June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply
  • ROBIN. You deserve to smile. Stay strong. From one artist to another I must recommend you the book "Big Magic" by Elizabeth Gilbert…she explains creativity so well. I can understand that emotional and highly sensitive condition that you are going through. I, being a Muslim Pakistani artist loved the fact that you shared of different religions and communities comnecting through art. There is this verse in Qur'an that helps me whenever I'm feeling down: "After every difficulty, there is relief."
    P.S I never write long comments especially on youtube but this video forced me to write this.
    Anyways..Thankyou Robin…for sharing your thoughts.
    Lots of love
    Fatima 💞

    Fatima Rizwan Siddiqi June 24, 2020 1:52 pm Reply

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