If you can't see this video, click here. The Joy of Painting (Full Episodes) http://www.youtube.com/watchv=oh5p5f5_-7A&list=PLAEQD0ULngi67rwmhrkNjMZKvyCReqDV4&sns=tw via @youtube Bob Ross was born October 29, 1942. He has inspired generations of artists around the world and although he died July 4, 1995, more than 20 years ago, he still has a strong following for his syndicated TV programs and his YouTube presence. To many people he is the "Happy little cloud" man.
On researching this blog I found the gem above Season I Episode I of the Joy of Painting. A somewhat subdued Bob with extra facial hair, but just as fun to watch.
When I returned to painting several years ago, it was largely due to the influence of Bob Ross. After a series of personal losses I was deeply depressed and took to watching "The Joy of Painting" as a form of therapy. I never followed Bob's methods as a painter, but I did enjoy his shows and his witty banter. Below are a few nuggets of his easy wisdom.
“In painting, you have unlimited power. You have the ability to move mountains. You can bend rivers.”
"You need the dark in order to show the light.”
“Look around. Look at what we have. Beauty is everywhere — you only have to look to see it.”
“Trees cover up a multitude of sins.”
“They say everything looks better with odd numbers of things. But sometimes I put even numbers—just to upset the critics."
“How do you make a round circle with a square knife? That’s your challenge for the day.”
“The secret to doing anything is believing that you can do it. Anything that you believe you can do strong enough, you can do. Anything.”
“Water's like me. It's laaazy ... Boy, it always looks for the easiest way to do things”
“I really believe that if you practice enough you could paint the 'Mona Lisa' with a two-inch brush.”
“If I paint something, I don't want to have to explain what it is.”
“We artists are a different breed of people. We're a happy bunch.”
“We don't make mistakes. We just have happy accidents.”